International Press Releases

Through press releases, Freie Universität Berlin informs journalists about current events within the university. This could include new courses of study, international cooperation, the conferral of an honorary doctorate, newly approved collaborative research centers, or outstanding research results. The list of international press releases comprises a subset of those published in German.

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Neo-avantgarde as a Model for Research and Teaching

Cooperation between Black Mountain at Freie Universität and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum to Begin May 2 / Public Workshop at Freie Universität on May 3

Apr 17, 2014

Beginning in May 2014, the Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC), the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, and the Institute of Computer Science, all based at Freie Universität Berlin, will be cooperating with the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art to present various events and exhibitions, organize workshops and conferences, and issue digital publications. The Black Mountain – Teaching and Learning as Performative Arts project is dedicated to the American school of arts called Black Mountain College that had a short but influential existence from 1933 to 1956 in North Carolina. The new Black Mountain project aims to analyze the innovative and creative teaching at the college, which had a profound influence on the creative avant-garde of the 20th century, and to apply what is learned as a model for today’s creative and organizational processes. Methodologically the project fits in the relatively new field of digital humanities. Research results from the planned three-year collaboration between Freie Universität and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum will be made available to the public via the website www.black-mountain-research.com as well as in an exhibition in the spring of 2015. Representatives of the media are invited to visit the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum on May 2, when there will also be a guided tour through the sound installation. On May 3 there will be a public workshop at Freie Universität. No admission fees.

Chinese Music, Tea Ceremonies, and Kung-Fu

Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin Hosts Open House, April 26, 2014

Apr 16, 2014

The Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin will celebrate its eighth anniversary with an open house on April 26, 2014. Visitors can expect a program with enough variety for the whole family. Special features will include a traditional guzheng concert and tea ceremonies, as well as guided tours of the exhibitions "Rock, Scissors, Paper – Children’s Games and Rhymes" and "China’s Metropolises in Transition." Visitors will also have an opportunity to try Chinese origami, cutting silhouettes, or painting Beijing opera masks. Children are invited to participate in designing stage sets for a play that will be performed at the Long Night of Sciences on May 10, and those who work on the sets will be invited as guests of honor to see the play. There is no charge for admission to the open house.

A Tapestry of Sound from Interwoven Strings

Concert Hosted by International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures« on April 24 in Werkstatt der Kulturen

Apr 15, 2014

The International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures« at Freie Universität is organizing a concert entitled "Interweaving Strings" to be performed April 24 in the Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin-Neukölln. Composer and electric guitarist Amos Elkana, sitar player Hindol Deb, cellist Dan Weinstein, and flutist Roy Amotz will play together, partly free improvisation and partly compositions Elkana created for this concert. Amos Elkana is currently a fellow at the International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures« at Freie Universität. The Fellows Program of the research center provides outstanding international artists and scholars with an opportunity to both study and experience cross-cultural connections through performance and theater. In line with the motto of the research center, the performance "Interweaving Strings" will incorporate music and instruments from different cultures, with the sitar, the cello, the electric guitar, and flute all being played. Admission is free, and there is no advance sign-up.

Be a Scientist for a Night!

More than 500 Events at Freie Universität Berlin during Long Night of Science on May 10, 2014 / Advance Ticket Sales Online

Apr 08, 2014

During the 14th Long Night of Science on May 10, 2014, there will be a widely varied program at Freie Universität. More than 500 individual events in 35 buildings will be open to visitors. In addition, there will be numerous other events in Dahlem and Steglitz at the Benjamin Franklin Campus of Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Zuse Institute Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. The open house event will start at 5 p.m. and end at midnight. Tickets may be purchased online as of April 9, 2014. Here is a preview of the program at Freie Universität:

Knut Reinert Appointed Max Planck Fellow

Professor of Bioinformatics at Freie Universität Will Also Head Research Group at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Apr 08, 2014

Knut Reinert, a professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin, has been appointed a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG), effective as of July 1, 2014. This gives him an opportunity to conduct research independently for five years as the head of a Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. The Max Planck Society appoints exceptionally successful university professors as research fellows to more firmly establish cooperation between its institutes and universities and to create new opportunities for science and research.

Soccer Robots of Freie Universität Win German Open

FUmanoids Win in Humanoid League of Robots up to 60 Centimeters / Defeated University of Hertfordshire Team in Finals, 2 to 1

Apr 07, 2014

The soccer robots of Freie Universität Berlin reached first place in this year’s German Open RoboCup in Magdeburg. The Berlin United - Fumanoids won in the humanoid kid-size league for humanoid robots up to 60 centimeters. In the thrilling finals, with a goal in the last minute of the game, they beat the British Bold Hearts from the University of Hertfordshire 2 to 1. The FUmanoids won all their games in the German Open.

Translating between Germany and Israel

Translator Anne Birkenhauer Appointed August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of Poetics of Translation at Freie Universität for 2014/2015 Fall/Winter Semester

Apr 04, 2014

Anne Birkenhauer, a translator who lives in Jerusalem, will be the August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of Poetics of Translation during the 2014/2015 fall/winter semester at Freie Universität Berlin. On October 27, 2014, she will give her inaugural lecture in the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Satellites Show High Productivity in the U.S. Corn Belt

Analysis of Satellite Data by NASA Scientists and Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin

Apr 01, 2014

According to a study and analysis of satellite data by scientists at the U.S. space agency NASA and researchers at Freie Universität Berlin, the Midwest of the United States has higher photosynthetic activity than any other region in the world. Through photosynthesis, healthy plants transform light into chemical energy. In the process the chlorophyll emits part of the absorbed radiation as a fluorescent glow that is invisible to the human eye. The magnitude of the glow is an excellent indicator of the amount of photosynthesis, or gross primary production, of plants in a particular region. Investigations carried out in 2013 led by Joanna Joiner from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, demonstrated that the fluorescent radiation given off by plants can be derived from existing satellite data. The satellite instruments the scientists used had originally been designed for an entirely different purpose. The new research led by Luis Guanter at Freie Universität Berlin, used the data for the first time to determine the rates of photosynthesis for agricultural land. The results were published March 25 in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Luis Guanter heads the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group GLOBFLUO at the Institute for Space Sciences at Freie Universität.

The Militarization of Space

International Conference “Embattled Heavens: The Militarization of Space in Science, Fiction, and Politics” from April 10 to 12 at Freie Universität Berlin

Mar 31, 2014

The Emmy Noether Research Group “The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century” is organizing an international, transdisciplinary conference to be held April 10 to 12, 2014. The conference deals with the military dimensions of outer space during the twentieth century. More than 20 lectures will be devoted to outer space as a location for utopian border crossing and the history of outer space as a battlefield of the future. The event is public, but prior registration is requested. Journalists are welcome, and arrangements can be made for interviews prior to the meeting. The conference language is English.

When Bees Can’t Find Their Way Home

Scientists at Freie Universität Publish Study Showing Adverse Effects of Pesticides on Orientation of Pollinating Insects

Mar 20, 2014

Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin have shown that pesticides interfere with the orientation of honeybees and other pollinating insects. Even small amounts of pesticides had undesirable effects on the nervous systems of both wild bees and bumblebees as well, as found by the neurobiologist Professor Randolf Menzel and his group at Freie Universität. Their results were published on Wednesday in the prestigious online journal PLOS ONE.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014