Keynote, Panel Discussion and Reception

The Future of Academic Mobility in a Changing World

An era in which one could view with a certain optimism the ability of international cooperation to meet global challenges has been replaced by geopolitical shifts that lead to a triumphant return of nationalism, of economic protectionism, and of colonialist thinking accompanied by the building of long-term economic and political dependencies.

There is no shortage of challenges that can only be met by global cooperation. The pandemic of recent years was one, but climate change and all it brings with it poses an even greater, an existential threat, leaving no alternative to international cooperation.

The Future of Academic Mobility in a Changing World is about personal mobility, above all however about the future of exchange, the mobility of thought, of methods, techniques and research results in an extremely volatile political and social context.

Keynote speech

Robert Schlögl, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


  • Antje Boetius, Deep-Sea Scientist, Director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Member of the Einstein Foundation Council
  • Beate Kampmann, Einstein Professor and Infectious Diseases Paediatrician, Head of the Institute for International Health at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Scientific Director of the Charité Center for Global Health
  • Ralf Beste, Director-General for Culture and Society at the German Federal Foreign Office