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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A Warming World May Spell Bad News for Honey Bees

Research Study on Pathogen Growth in Honey Bees Infected with an Exotic Parasite versus the Original Native Relative

Nov 26, 2014

Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite –now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers, including Myrsini Natsopoulou from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, who co-led the research alongside Prof. Dr. Dino McMahon from Freie Universität Berlin and the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, believes that the parasite could become more prevalent in Europe in the future and their findings demonstrate the importance of both parasite competition and climate change in the spread of this emerging disease.

Computer Science Professor Raúl Rojas at Freie Universität Berlin Is University Teacher of the Year

Honored by German University Association / President Kempen: "Eminent Authority and Exemplary Model for Combining Research and Teaching"

Nov 25, 2014

The computer scientist Dr. Raúl Rojas at Freie Universität Berlin was named "University Teacher of the Year" by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV). The president of the DHV, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kempen, said Rojas, who is a professor of intelligent systems and robotics, is an eminent authority and exemplary model for combining research and teaching. The award is worth 10,000 euros and will be presented to Rojas in Mainz on March 23, 2015, during the seventh "Gala of German Science."

Africa: Revolution – Urban Areas – Elections

Public Lecture Series by OSI Club at Freie Universität Berlin

Nov 24, 2014

A new lecture series at the Otto Suhr Institute of Freie Universität Berlin will focus on the political, economic, and personal opportunities for action in various African societies. Experts from Africa, Europe, and the United States will address the elections in Kenya (2013), South Africa (2014), and Nigeria (2015) from various perspectives. They will discuss the importance of elections for Africans and investigate the impact of increasing urbanization on the course of elections and results. On November 25 the esteemed professor of anthropology specialized in Africa, Georg Klute, will speak on "African Political Actors in ‘Ungoverned Spaces.’"

Freie Universität Berlin First Choice for Students in United States

Most American Students in Germany Go to Dahlem

Nov 21, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin is by far the most popular location in Germany for students from the United States to get a college degree in Germany, according to Open Doors, a report published in 2014 in Washington, D.C., by the Institute of International Education (IIE) as well as statistics by the German Federal Statistical Office. Of the 2376 American students working toward a degree in Germany, 408 students or more than 17 percent are enrolled at Freie Universität. This is followed by Humboldt-Universität with 309 students, and the universities of Freiburg (189), Heidelberg (187), and Tübingen (151).

Veterinarian at Freie Universität Berlin Chosen as New President of Robert Koch Institute

German Federal Cabinet Approves Appointment of Professor Dr. Lothar H. Wieler

Nov 19, 2014

Professor Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, the managing director of the Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics at Freie Universität and a professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, will be the new president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The German Federal Cabinet approved the nomination made by the German Federal Minister Hermann Gröhe on Wednesday. The decision was forwarded to President Joachim Gauck to sign. Wieler is to assume the position on March 1, 2015, when the current director Prof. Dr. Reinhard Burger retires.

Facilitate Understanding

Public Conference on Translating, Editing, and Promoting a Peripheral Literature in Germany on December 15, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

Nov 19, 2014

The Center for Modern Greek Studies (CeMoG) at Freie Universität Berlin is holding a conference on December 15, 2014, that is devoted to the promotion of, translation, and translatability of a peripheral literature, its language, and culture in Germany. The participants will include literary historians, individuals engaged in the cultural sector, journalists, and editors, as well as agents, publishers, authors, and translators. In lectures and panel discussions they will discuss important aspects of the topic with a particular focus on Greek literature. The conference is public, and admission is free.

Reading Comics in the Institute Library

New Comic Book Collection in the John F. Kennedy Institute of Freie Universität to Open November 25

Nov 18, 2014

The greatly expanded collection of comics in the library of Freie Universität Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) will be opened on November 25, 2014, with a presentation of current cartoons by the popular American cartoonist, Keith Knight. The expansion of the collection of American graphic novels and historical and current comics was made possible by the chair of the prestigious researcher of North American studies, Frank Kelleter. The collection is being added to continuously, thanks to cooperation with the Comic Arts Collection at Michigan State University – the largest collection of its kind. The library in the JFKI is the only academic library in Germany to systematically collect American comics. The vernissage is open to the public, and admission is free.

Getting a Closer Look at Protein Molecules

Pharmaceutical Researchers at Freie Universität Explore New Processes to Improve Effectiveness of Drugs

Nov 18, 2014

Scientists working in Jörg Rademann's Medicinal Chemistry Group have gained new insights into so-called pockets of proteins. Rademann is a professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at both Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Leipzig. The recesses and trenches on the surface of protein molecules are responsible for their correct functioning. Drugs function by binding to these cracks and crevices, thereby turning off disease-relevant protein molecules. The new findings help to better understand the mechanisms of action of already existing drugs, for example, to prevent heart attacks. The scientists are working to explore protein pockets that have not yet been investigated using the new method and thereby develop innovative drugs. The findings were published in the November issue of the journal Nature Communications.

Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Recipient of Voss Translation Prize

Award Presentation for Anne Birkenhauer in May 2015 in London

Nov 14, 2014

Anne Birkenhauer is being awarded the 2015 Johann Heinrich Voss Prize for Literary Translation from the German Academy for Language and Poetry. The prize is endowed with 15,000 euros. Birkenhauer, who lives in Israel, is currently the August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor for the Poetics of Translation at Freie Universität Berlin during the 2014/2015 fall/winter semester.

Key Protein Decrypted

Scientists from Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Tübingen, and ETH Zürich Develop 3D Model of Regulator Protein Bax

Nov 13, 2014

Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Tubingen, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) provide a new 3D model of the protein Bax, a key regulator of cell death. When active, Bax forms pores in the membranes of mitochondria, causing the release of proteins from the intermembrane space into the cytoplasm. This in turn triggers a series of operations ending in cell death, which are often impaired in cancer cells. Using Double Electron-Electron Resonance spectroscopy, a research group headed by Professor Enrica Bordignon at Freie Universität has now shown that active Bax is present on the membrane in the form of dimeric assemblies whose clamp-like structures have a central role in the pore formation process. Previous scientific efforts could only provide the crystal structure of the truncated core domain of Bax, but the full-length structure of the protein has remained elusive to date. The 3D model presented by the scientists can explain the way Bax functions and thereby may help future development of new cancer drugs. The findings were published in the prestigious online journal Molecular Cell.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014