NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, Jan. 11, 2012 – Bruce Alberts, past president of the National Academy of Sciences and editor-in-chief of Science magazine, will be the keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and organized by Virginia Tech. The theme for the Feb. 24 through 25 Humboldt Kolleg is “Collaboration and Networks in the 21st Century.”
The aim of the Arlington, Va., conference is to analyze emerging trends that are impacting present and future research. Global leaders from academia and the private sector will assemble to exchange ideas, present findings, and provide networking opportunities. The focus is on three themes: global problems and technologies, new networking tools and generational expectations, and global networking for science.
Organized by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the conference has drawn presenters from across the globe for the two-day program’s extensive agenda.
“The kolleg will be an excellent forum for leaders in science, technology, and policy to engage with each other,” said Tom Campbell, associate director for outreach and a research associate professor at the Virginia Tech institute. “We invite all colleagues to join us and share their expertise throughout the event.”
Doctoral students from any university are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration in a poster session and if accepted, can receive partial travel funds for the conference.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides support to postdoctoral scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines for long-term research projects. Humboldt Kollegs are initiatives of Humboldt alumni associations and are designed to strengthen regional and interdisciplinary networking of past recipients of Humboldt fellowships.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.