Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows Biennial 2015

Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows:
Global Perspectives, Local Knowledge

in association with the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows

Hobart, Tasmania
20-22 November 2015


Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald (James Cook University): Saying how you know it: the obligatory marking of evidence

Prof Aidan Byrne (CEO, Australian Research Council)The challenge of funding local research in a global environment

Prof Dr Ekkehardt Hahn (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster): Natural Chemistry - an oxymoron or reality?

Dr Brandon Menzies (University of Melbourne): Thylacine DNA: life after death
Presentation slides transcript


The biennial meeting of the AAvHF (in association with the NZAvHF) will take place in Hobart, in November 2015, from Fri 20th to Sun 22nd inclusive. It offers an important opportunity for current and former Alexander von Humboldt Fellows, across both the Humanities and Sciences, to meet, to present and exchange ideas, to mentor younger colleagues, and to learn more about the current and future activities of the Foundation and Australia-German research opportunities.

The venue is at the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies building (IMAS, 20 Castray Esplanade Battery Point Tas 7004), located on the Hobart waterfront in the centre of town.

The conference programme runs from 5pm Friday (bus to reception) to 2pm Sunday (close of lunch/AGM). We hope that participants will arrange their travel to opt for the Sunday afternoon social programme - a tour to the MONA museum, by ferry from town (return to town by approx 5.30pm). We will provide more details on the opening morning.

For further information contact the conference chair, Dr Peter Jarvis (

During the day on Friday 20th there will be an associated pre-meeting for early career researchers under the RAMP programme, sponsored by the DAAD (contact or or for details). ECR participants supported to attend the RAMP meeting are encouraged to stay on for the AAvHF meeting.

Update (22 November 2015):

The reimbursement claim form for delegates attending the meeting can be found here. The completed form should be emailed to tresurer Gary Bryant by December 1st 2015. The ferries to MONA on Sunday leave at 1:15 PM and 2:30 PM on Sunday (we do not have a group booking, you have to purchase tickets as individuals).

Update (10 November 2015):

A draft speaker schedule for the meeting is now available (follow the Programme link in the sidebar). If you wish to write up your presentation for the meeting into a paper, the paper template is available here. The template contains instructions on submission, please follow these and email your submission to Trevor Finlayson by 31 December 2015 (Trevor's email is given in the template).

Update (4 September 2015):

The Kolleg application to the Humboldt Foundation has been approved. Partial subsidies will be available to offset the costs members incurr in attending the meeting (details to be provided at a later date).
The registration fee for AAvHF and NZAvHF members covers the cost of the conference dinner.
Conference poster available here.

Important Dates

Expression of Interest: 1st December 2014
  Registration/Abstract Submission/Payment: 20th Oct 2015
Late registration on application: TBA
The Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows would like to thank the following sponsors: