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Terms and conditions of participation

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

Every foreign natural person who is studying, or has studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is eligible to participate.

Each participant may submit only one entry. The entries have to be labelled with the following personal information: academic title, surname, first name, postal address, e-mail address, nationality, student/PhD student/alumni, time and duration of your stay at Humboldt-University Berlin, short description of your entry. Along with your entry you will have to submit an agreement to the terms and conditions of participation and a declaration for the return of your material.

The entry must be postmarked by 15 June, 2009.

Please send your entry to the following address:

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


Humboldt-Universität will not refund the cost of postage.
There is no entry fee.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin excludes liability. The exclusion of liability does not apply to physical or health damage that is due to a negligent breach of duty on behalf of Humboldt-Universität or a deliberate or negligent breach of duty on behalf of its legal representatives or persons employed to perform its obligations. Moreover, it does not apply for other damage that is due to a negligent breach of duty on behalf of Humboldt-Universität or a deliberate or grossly negligent breach of duty on behalf of its legal representatives or persons employed to perform its obligations.

The participants are requested to submit a written statement along with their entry, declaring whether their contribution should be returned to them – in this case we kindly ask you to include the necessary postage costs – or whether it will be collected at Humboldt-Universität by no later than 15th March, 2010, or whether it should be destroyed if it is neither returned nor retrieved. The terms and conditions of participation must be expressly accepted.
A judging panel, composed of professors and students of Humboldt-Universität, will announce the winners of the cash and non-cash prizes by 30 August 2009. The panel’s decision will be final and binding. Cash and non-cash prizes will be awarded. Charges for money transfer are not included and will be incurred at the prize winner’s expense. No cash equivalent will be available for non-cash prizes.
Entrants cannot insist on the presentation or usage of their material entered in the competition.

The entrant assures that the following assignment of rights does not infringe any rights of third parties, in particular intellectual property rights, rights of use and – in the case of persons visible in a photo, a photo collage, a video or a short film – personal rights of third parties. If one or more persons are recognizably depicted in a photo, a photo collage, a video or a short film, the individuals concerned will have to consent to the publication of the photo, photo collage, video or short film. The entrant discharges Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from all claims lodged by third parties due to the violation of their rights.

The entrant concedes the spatial, temporal and with regard to content unlimited, non-exclusive rights of usage of the work entered in the competition, including any accompanying text, to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for all measures linked to the competition. These measures include: the reproduction and/or photocopying of the entered works and accompanying texts; the usage of reproductions or photocopies for the presentation on Humboldt-Universität’s website, for a slideshow during the inauguration ceremony of Humboldt-Universität’s 200th anniversary on 12th October, 2009 in the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt, for publication in accompanying print products such as posters, advertisements, brochures, catalogues etc., for any news coverage of the competition and other public relations concerning the competition.

The assignment of rights includes the right to adapt the entry and to employ third parties (e.g. photographers) to perform any of the above-mentioned measures for the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The entrants are kindly asked to enclose a signed copy of the competition’s terms and conditions of participation.

The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall govern the entrance to the competition in accordance with these terms and conditions, as well as all questions and disputes pertaining to the competition.