On 21 October 2013, the ARC was pleased to be visited by Dr Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General, and Dr. Katrin Amian, Head of Division North America, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Department of Sponsorship Network, of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation encourages academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes international cultural dialogue and academic exchange. The Humboldtian network includes ARC's own Professor Aidan Byrne, who spent several years in Bonn, Germany, as a von Humboldt fellow.

Germany is an important collaborating partner country for Australian research; collaborations with Germany have consistently been in the top five countries in ARC-funded projects: in 2010 there were 525 instances of collaboration ARC-funded research projects. In 2014 the ARC is funding 498 new and ongoing research projects that involve collaboration with Germany, under nine different funding schemes.

The ARC and the Alexander von Humboldt delegation discussed current topics on international research cooperation and collaboration, barriers to mobility and globalisation of research, and women in research.

For further information on The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, please visit the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website.

For researchers and institutions interested in Sponsorships for Postdoctoral Scientists and Scholars with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, please see the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsorship page.