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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Freie Universität Berlin Most Popular Destination in Germany for Leading Researchers and Outstanding Young Scholars from Abroad

With Significant Lead in First Place in Latest Ranking by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Aug 11, 2014

According to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Freie Universität Berlin is still the most popular destination in Germany for leading researchers and young scholars from abroad. As the foundation announced in Bonn on Monday, Freie Universität reached first place by a wide margin in a comparison of the number of visits. In the Humboldt Ranking, which bases its calculations on the number of professors hosting visiting researchers, Freie Universität defended its top spot in the recent comparison from 2012. With 141.67 points, Freie Universität placed ahead of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (112.45 points) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich, 73.11 points). Even in absolute numbers, Freie Universität placed first nationwide. The ranking evaluated the number of visits by top international scientists and young scholars who conducted research in Germany sometime in the past five years as a fellowship or award winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Stefan Keppler-Tasaki and Richard Samuels Are New Einstein Visiting Fellows at Freie Universität

Literary Scholar from the University of Tokyo and MIT Expert on Japan to Do Research in Berlin from 2015 to 2017

Aug 11, 2014

The literary scholar Prof. Dr. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki from the University of Tokyo and the political scientist Prof. Dr. Richard Samuels from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are new Einstein Visiting Fellows doing research at Freie Universität Berlin. The funding from the Einstein Foundation in Berlin between 2015 and 2017 will give them an opportunity to create an overarching research group between their respective universities and Freie Universität Berlin. This involves several longer research stays in Berlin.

Web-Project #NichtUnserKrieg launched

Participants of Journalist Program at Freie Universität Berlin Initiate Video Project Dealing with Ukraine Crisis

Aug 06, 2014

They come from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine: During a journalistic workshop, 15 participants of the “Journalisten International” program at Freie Universität Berlin launched the online-project #NichtUnserKrieg (“#NotOurWar”) dealing with the Ukraine crisis. It contains video messages calling for peace from the young journalists as well as personal stories and experiences in Russian, Ukrainian, and German.

Funding Approval for New Einstein Center for Ancient Studies

Berliner Antike-Kolleg Receives Funding from Einstein Foundation to Establish Research Center for Ancient Studies

Aug 06, 2014

As of 2015 the Berlin Einstein Foundation will be financing the establishment of a new Einstein Center for Ancient Studies to be set up by the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. The initial funding will be for 900,000 euros over a three-year period beginning in January 2015. This move will help to secure the outstanding cross-institutional collaboration in ancient studies in Berlin over a longer term. The Berliner Antike-Kolleg was founded in 2011 by six large Berlin-based institutions dealing with ancient studies that had already formed a network within the Excellence Cluster Topoi. The six founding institutions are: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).

Mathematician at Freie Universität Granted Fellowship from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast

Professor Rupert Klein One of First Three Fellows at ECMWF

Jul 14, 2014

Mathematics professor Rupert Klein of Freie Universität was appointed a Fellow of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF). An expert on computer simulations in Earth system analysis and climate impact research, Klein, along with the professor of mathematical statistics, Tilmann Gneiting of the University of Heidelberg, and the professor of climate physics, Tim Palmer from Oxford University, are the first three scientists to receive this Fellowship. During their three-year tenure, they will have access to the data center and databases of ECMWF and will share their research findings with the other scientists at ECMWF. The fellowship program is still in the process of being set up. Plans are being made for a total of ten Fellows, once the program is fully operational. ECMWF is an independent, international organization supported by 34 European countries.

Leila Papoli Yazdi Appointed International Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

Iranian Archaeologist Combines Archeology with Feminist Commitment / Inaugural Lecture on October 21, 2014

Jul 09, 2014

As of the winter semester 2014/15, Prof. Dr. Leila Papoli Yazdi, an Iranian archaeologist, will be the Dahlem International Network Professor for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In her research, Yazdi, 36, focuses on Iranian gender history and body history from antiquity to the present day as well as art historical themes. She publishes her findings in conventional academic journals and also presents them through performances or exhibitions with political and humanitarian objectives. When more than 30,000 people died after the earthquake in Bam in 2003, she drew on her various methods to draw attention to the suffering.

Research Oriented and Regional: Freie Universität Calls for Proposals for Teaching Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Teaching Projects to Be Implemented in 2014/15 Academic Year, Together with External Partner Institutions

Jul 08, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin is calling for proposals for a Teaching Award in 2014. It will be awarded for project proposals that incorporate members of partner institutions from the Berlin-Brandenburg research hub. The Teaching Award, which is being given for the second time, aims to express esteem for outstanding commitment in the field of research-oriented teaching. The goal is to more firmly integrate cutting-edge research into teaching at Freie Universität. The prize money is 10,000 euros. The application deadline is September 15, 2014.

Berlin Researchers Study Self-healing Processes in Older Age Groups

DFG Funding for New Research Unit at Charité

Jul 04, 2014

The self-healing capacities of the human body diminish with age. In light of demographic changes facing society, this presents great challenges in medicine. A new research unit at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin called "Regeneration in Aged Individuals: Using Bone Healing as a Model System to Characterize Regeneration Under Compromised Conditions," aims to investigate what influences have a negative effect on bone healing as individuals age and then link their findings to research into other age-related processes. The project is being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a three-year period. The cooperation partners are Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin.

Freie Universität Wins 2014 Research Alumni Strategies Competition

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Awards University 30,000 Euros for Promoting Research Alumni Activities

Jul 03, 2014

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation once again recognized Freie Universität Berlin's efforts in dealing with its international research alumni. The university received 30,000 euros in the Foundation's Research Alumni Competition for the implementation of its research alumni work. In 2012 Freie Universität had already received 130,000 euros in a similar competition organized by the Humboldt Foundation. The foundation praised the university's adroit incentive system, which is aimed at integrating its research alumni in the existing activities and structures of the university. The concept developed by Freie Universität is successful in keeping researchers from abroad in contact with the university; it is very academically oriented, very stringent, and well thought out.

Edward Snowden Is Honorary Member of Freie Universität Berlin

Snowden Accepted Offer Extended by Academic Senate

Jul 02, 2014

The former employee of the U.S. intelligence agencies NSA and CIA, Edward Snowden, is an honorary member of Freie Universität Berlin. On Wednesday Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin, informed the members of the Academic Senate that Snowden had accepted the offer of honorary membership extended to him the previous week. Alt said that Snowden has not yet responded to an invitation to take part in a discussion at Freie Universität.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014