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Humboldt’s voices

Let us know about your impressions about Humboldt

What do you associate with Humboldt? Seriously, or in jest? Scientifically, creatively, satirically or critically?

Be it the Humboldt Glacier in Greenland or Mount Humboldt in New Zealand, the city of Humboldt, Tennessee, or the Colégio Humboldt in São Paulo, the Humboldt Penguin or the Humboldt lily, Humboldt’s ideal of education or the Humboldt grammar school in Berlin-Tegel – the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt represent education, travelling and discovery as well as reform and progress.

To mark the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2010, the International Office invites international undergraduate and postgraduate students, and undergraduate and postgraduate alumni, to let us know about their impressions, experience and associations with regard to the brothers Humboldt and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

You may express yourself in any of the following media: essay, poetry, video message, collage (with or without photos), photography, sketching, painting or short film. Use your imagination!

Please submit your entry, postmarked, by 15th June 2009, to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
International Office
“Humboldt’s voices”
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

Please note that Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin cannot refund the cost of postage.

Along with your entry you will have to submit an agreement to the terms and conditions and a declaration for the return of your entry material.

All entries are eligible for the prize draw.

1st prize: 800 €

2nd prize: 500 €

3rd prize: 200 €

Furthermore, there will be 10 non-cash prizes from the Humboldt Store’s anniversary collection.

The contributions will be presented – amongst other occasions – in a slideshow during the inauguration ceremony of Humboldt-University’s 200th anniversary on 12th October 2009 at Berlin’s Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt. The International Office will also make the various entries available on its website.

Further Informations:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
International Office
Ms. Nora Butter
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 2093 2505
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 2780
E-mail: nora.butter.1(at)