Hengstberger Award 2018
The sum of 12,500 Euro each awaits three excellent young researchers (individuals or teams) once again in 2018 to organize a high-quality Symposium at the International Academic Forum. The application deadline for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award is on the 1st of April 2018. The Curatory Board looks forward to seeing excellent conference ideas competing for the award this year. Please use the official application form for your application. Application form
Obituary - Professor Dietrich Ritschl
The International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH) mourns the death of Professor Dietrich Ritschl, PhD., D.D., Dr. h.c. mult., who passed away on 11.01.2018 in Switzerland. He was 88 years old. Professor Ritschl was the first Director of the institute in its early years from 1986 to 1996. From 1983, he was the Professor for Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology, Heidelberg University. Obituary by the Theological Faculty (in German).
Hengstberger Award 2017
On Saturday, the Heidelberg University awarded Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award to four excellent researchers. Dr. Claudia Backes and Dr. Thomas Higgins from Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut won the award as a team. The other awardees are Dr. Diederik Kruijssen from Astronomisches Rechen-Institut and Dr. Jan Rummel from Psychologisches Institut. The three awards comprise of 12,500 Euros each and are allocated for the organisation of Symposia at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH). "The Award ceremony is an acknowledgement of the creative ideas and the scientific proficiency of the young researchers", said the donator, Dr. Klaus-Georg Hengstberger, who is also an honorary senator of the university. The IWH team congratulates the awardees and looks forward to working closely with them on the organisation of three exciting Symposia.
Annual Report 2016
In 2016, the IWH team and the University celebrated a birthday milestone: IWH has hosted conferences at the villa in Heidelberg for 30 years. Our Annual Report, published in July 2017, celebrates the jubilee with the motif “Windows and Doors”. The text and the pictures reflect creatively upon the meaning of the International Academic Forum and academic research. You can download a PDF-version from our website. For a printed copy, please contact us.
Invitation: Summer Fest 2017
Dear friends of IWH,
A few weeks before the summer holidays, we would like to cordially invite you to our Summer Fest on 6th July between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. We will celebrate in our garden with snacks, wine and musical accompaniment - an opportunity for all to meet and greet colleagues. This is also your chance to get to know our ideas for the future and to plan your next meetings with us. We look forward to meeting you! RSVP: http://doodle.com/poll/hwq9mck66kfz2syf
Hengstberger Award 2017: Call for papers closed
The Curatory Board was spoiled for choice once again this year: 18 applications were submitted in April this year and the race for the Hengstberger Award 2017 has begun. The prize money of 12.500 Euro allows the winners to host a Symposium at the International Academic Forum (IWH). In mid May, the IWH Curatory Board will shortlist five to six applicants who will then have the chance to present their projects to the donator, Klaus-Georg Hengstberger and the members of the jury on 6th July.
Klaus-Georg und Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2017
Young scientists and researchers of Heidelberg University from all fields of academic research are invited to apply for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2017. The awarded sum of 12,500 Euro will enable the winners to present a scientific symposium at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH). Post-doctoral scholars with outstanding qualification and innovative ideas for a scientific conference are invited to apply for the award on or before the 1st of April 2017.
Assistants‘ Day 2017 – Invitation
For those who have always been curious about what happens behind the curtains at the International Academic Forum (IWH) and those who always wanted to ask questions but never found the right opportunity to do so, IWH is organising an Assistants‘ Day on the 1st of March 2017 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.
Take advantage of this chance to get to know our multifaceted conference facility. Over drinks and snacks, learn more about this 30 years young academic institution. You may also use the opportunity to reserve the dates for your conference or book rooms for your academic guests.
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New Year’s Reception 2017
For New Year 2017, IWH invited its well-wishers for a New Year’s Reception. The event took place at IWH on Wednesday, 18th January. The team was elated to greet the founder of the house, Professor Gisbert zu Putlitz, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Bernhard Eitel and the Vice-President Finance and Personnel of the University, Dr. Angela Kalous at the event. Like in the previous years, the guests used the opportunity to exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary context. Pictures...
Invitation: Summer Fest 2016
In April 2016, IWH turned 30 years young. A birthday milestone needs to be naturally celebrated with friends, old and new. The best opportunity for this is our Summer Fest on the 20th of July, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, in our garden. We would like to thank friends, organisers and well-wishers - especially those we don't see on a daily basis. We would like to cordially invite you and your family for a small reception with fingerfood, topped off with music and other attractions. This is also an opportunity to visit our rooms and to get to know more about what is new at IWH. You can also reserve your conferences with us.
Hengstberger Award 2016: Call for papers closed
This year we received 17 interesting conference proposals from young researchers of all Heidelberg University faculties for the Hengstberger Award 2016. By the end of April the IWH Curatory Board will short-list five to six of these projects. On 20th July these applicants will get the opportunity to present their project to the board members and the donator Klaus-Georg Hengstberger. Three projects will be awarded 12.500€ to organize an international Symposium in 2017 at the IWH.
Secretaries' Day 2016
On International Women's Day, as part of the jubilee year celebrations, IWH invited the assistants of Heidelberg University and the non-university scientific organisations of Heidelberg to an info-lunch. The positive feedback was enormous and more than half the invitees visited the event and viewed the facilities at IWH. About 60 ladies informed themselves about what the house has on offer and were pleasantly surprised by the ambience and the environment at IWH.
Klaus-Georg und Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2016
Young scientists and researchers of Heidelberg University from all fields of academic research are invited to apply for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2016. The awarded sum of 12,500 Euro will enable the winners to present a scientific symposium at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH). Post-doctoral scholars with outstanding qualification and innovative ideas for a scientific conference are invited to apply for the award on or before the 1st of April 2016.
New Year's Reception 2016
Dr. Ellen Peerenboom and her colleagues welcomed 40 guests at the New Year's Reception on the 26th of January. Friends of the organisation, old and new, used the occasion to meet and greet each other once again. The team was especially pleased to greet not only the two founders of the house, Gisbert zu Putlitz and Siegfried Kraft, but also the founder of the Hengstberger Award, Dr. Klaus-Georg Hengstberger at IWH. The welcome speeches were delivered by Prof. Peter Comba, the Director and Prof. Bernhard Eitel, President and Vice-Chancellor Heidelberg University who emphasised the role of IWH for science. Prof. zu Putlitz had a few witty anecdotes to share about the founding of the house. The Vice-President Finance and Personnel of the University, Dr. Angela Kalous and the former Director Prof. Michael Welker were also among the guests. Stephanou Neophytos rounded the evening out with his music.
Announcement: Hengstberger Award 2016
International Academic Forum invites young researchers of the Heidelberg University to apply for the Hengstberger Award 2016. The award is aimed at scientists, researchers or scholars in any field of academic research, be it in the natural sciences and medicine or in the humanities and social sciences. The prizes are intended to enable the winners to present a scientific symposium at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH). Each of the three winners is awarded the sum of 12.500 Euros. The last date for application is April 1st, 2016.
Klaus-Georg und Sigrid Hengstberger Award Winners 2015
End of July, the IWH Curatory Board chose three projects from the applications received this year. These projects were officially presented with the Hengstberger Award in October 2015 during the annual celebration of the University. The projects come from varied fields – Psychology, Medicine, Pharmacy and Robotics. Each project receives a sum of 12,500 Euros to realise an international conference at IWH. The symposia will take place in 2016.
Hengstberger award 2015: Six projects shortlisted
From the 15 applications received this year for the Hengstberger award 2015, six projects were shortlisted beginning of June. The applicants may present these projects before the jury end of July. The panel is expected to then award the prize to three projects, as it has been in the past years. The winners shall be announced this summer on this website. The official bestowal will take place during the anniversary celebration of the University of Heidelberg in October.
Read more about the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger award here.
A long way travelled away
Where do our guests come from? We tried to find the answer to this question between 1999 and 2010 with the help of Prof Peter Meusburger from the Geographical Institute. The study results were clear: Our guests do not shy away from long distances. The whole world travels to IWH Heidelberg and networks with local academics or strengthens existing connections.
And the trend continues: Our survey of our organisers for the year 2014, from whom we received 45 responses, shows a similar result. Academics from every continent found their way to IWH last year too. The majority of participants were quite naturally from Germany. The map, however, elucidates the international network of Heidelberg's academic scene - especially within Europe. The longest distance was covered by our visitors from Hawaii and New Zealand in the year 2014.
15 applications for the Hengstberger Award 2015
This year, 15 applications from a total of 21 applicants have been received.
The shortlisting of the applications shall be completed by the beginning of June. The applicants will then have the chance to review their work till 15th July 2015.
The final selection process is expected to be completed between the 20th and the 24th of July. After that, the applicants may present their project before the prize founder and the IWH Curatory Board.
Countdown for the Hengstberger Award 2015
We invite outstanding young researchers from all faculties of Heidelberg University to apply for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2015. The grant of 12.500 Euros enables the recipients to organise an international symposium at the IWH. If you are a motivated, skilled researcher with an excellent track record and you have a brilliant idea for an outstanding meeting do not hesitate to send your application by April 1, 2015. More...
IWH Annual Report 2014
Our printed annual report 2014 is now available for download. Sorry - it is only available in German. If you like to receive a copy anyway we are happy to send it to your postal address. Please send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special offers for our rooms
If you are awaiting colleagues from overseas for a visit, they might like to stay at our beautiful old-town villa. This is possible all year round. There are however special deals for vacant apartments this August for guests who like to stay longer than just a day! Please contact us soon for any bookings. Please click here for more information: Special offers
Hengstberger nominees 2014
On June 30th, 2014 the winners were announced: 18 Applications reached the International Wissenschaftsforum (IWH) in April this year. Among the applications 6 were chosen. The founder Dr Klaus-Georg Hengstberger and the IWH Curatory Board voted for the best performers during this competition on a monday afternoon.
Hengstberger Award nominees 2013
On July 1st, 2013 the winners were announced: The young scientists presented their projects to the founder Dr Klaus-Georg Hengstberger and the IWH Curatory Board. The three most promising projects were chosen.
They will receive the prize money of 12 500 € each to hold their international conference at the IWH.
Kick-off for the Hengstberger Award 2013
We invite outstanding young researchers from all faculties of Heidelberg University to apply for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2013. The grant of 12.500 Euros enables the recipients to organize an international symposium at the IWH. If you are a motivated, skilled researcher with an excellent track record and you have a brilliant idea for an outstanding meeting do not hesitate to send your application by April 1, 2013. More...
On October 19 – 20, 2013 the IWH and Heidelberg University celebrated the award of the Hengstberger Prize for the 10th time. Following the motto "Qualität durch Vielfalt" the IWH invited all previous recipients of the Hengstberger Award to present their research.
The winners of the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2012
Three winners are awarded the Hengstberger Prize 2012. The IWH Curatory Board decided to choose the projects submitted by Dr Benito Campos, Dr Thomas Carraro und PD Dr Roland Wenzlhuemer.
Three female academics receive the Hengstberger Award 2011
This year the young scientists and their projects come of the fields of medicine, politics and psychology.
The award ceremony for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award took place during the anniversary celebrations (Jahresfeier) of Heidelberg University, when the winners were presented with the award certificates. More...
Meeting of the Hengstberger Award winners 2004 - 2010
2011 the IWH has celebrated its 25th birthday. One of our activities for this occasion was a special meeting for previous recipients of the Hengstberger Award and young academics:
The IWH invited all previous recipients of the Hengstberger Award and other interested young academics of Heidelberg University to participate in this meeting held at the IWH from June 19 - 20. An interesting program was presented by 19 Hengsberger awardees. The program was held in German. Program
As the Heidelberg University Conference Centre we host approximately 70-80 meetings per year.
University guests are welcome to use our accommodation service.