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The Humboldt Award Winners' Forum have been opened by the Rector of the University of Bonn, Michael Hoch; the Mayor of the City of Bonn, Angelica Maria Kappel; and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, himself a chemist. The keynote lecture have been given by the distinguished chemist and Humboldt Research Award winner Cynthia M. Friend, professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

The scientific supervisors for the forum are Robert Schlögl, chemist und Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Essen, and Nicola Hüsing, Professor for Materials Chemistry at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.

The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to connect their research award winners with early career researchers and German host institutions. The conference also aims to raise Bonn’s profile as a centre of science and scholarship.