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Successful German-Russian Cooperation: Renewed Funding Approval for German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center

DAAD Extends Funding for G-RISC Center of Excellence in Berlin and St. Petersburg through 2019; One Half Million Euros Designated for First Two Years

№ 020/2015 from Jan 29, 2015

Following a positive evaluation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has committed further funding for the German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center (G-RISC), a Center of Excellence organized jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and St. Petersburg State University. The funding is now scheduled to run through 2019. G-RISC supports outstanding interdisciplinary research conducted in collaboration between German and Russian universities in the fields of physics, geophysics, physical chemistry, and mathematics. DAAD has earmarked 510,000 euros for 2015 and 2016 to be used for the exchange of professors and students, the development of educational programs, and the organization of conferences. The funding will enable G-RISC to focus more resources on forging long-term research collaborations.

Founded in 2010 by Freie Universität Berlin and the State University of St. Petersburg, G-RISC is one of four Centers of Excellence worldwide that are supported within the academic relations initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office. The aim of these Centers of Excellence is to highlight particular strengths in German science and, in particular, to facilitate international networking in the training of young scientists.

The German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center is jointly coordinated by Eckart Rühl, a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität, and Alexander Shikin, a professor of physics at St. Petersburg University. An important focus of the Center is to support networking among young scientists and students in the two countries. During the first five years G-RISC was able to support more than 350 research visits, and numerous joint publications resulted from this exchange. In addition, about 40 conferences, workshops, summer schools and joint courses were organized. In total, more than 1500 individuals took part in G-RIS activities between 2010 und 2014.

The German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center builds on a long tradition of scientific cooperation between German and Russian scientists. Freie Universität Berlin has been working closely with the State University of St. Petersburg for more than 40 years. In 2012 the two universities formalized a strategic partnership for the purpose of providing more targeted support for joint research and teaching.

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Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl, Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52396, Email:

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