Leibniz-IZW receives grant of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Leibniz-IZW| Foto: Steven Seet
Leibniz-IZW| Foto: Steven Seet

The Berlin Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) support researchers from dangerous regions of the world. Now, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative provided the Leibniz-IZW with an opportunity to award a two years fellowship to a researcher from Syria.

"We are very pleased about the positive decision to promote a scientist who had to leave his home country.  For us, as an international research institute of the Leibniz Association, it is a good opportunity to make a positive contribution in the context of the current refugee crisis.  Moreover, the new colleague will enrich our research team," explains Katarina Jewgenow, Deputy Director and Head of the Department of Reproductive Biology at the Leibniz-IZW.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Foreign Office. It enables universities, universities of applied sciences and independent research institutions to award fellowships to researchers at risk to finance research stays in Germany. The initiative has been made possible through generous support from the German Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Stiftung Mercator.


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The Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research (IZW) is an internationally renowned research institute of the Leibniz Association. With the mission of "understanding and improving adaptability" it examines evolutionary adaptations of wildlife and its resilience to global change, and develops new concepts and measures for conservation. To achieve this, the IZW uses its broad interdisciplinary expertise in evolutionary ecology and genetics, wildlife diseases, reproductive biology and management in a close dialogue with stakeholders and the public. The IZW belongs to the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.