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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Carla Del Ponte Calls for Greater Involvement of International Community in Syria Conflict

Appeal by Syria Envoy to United Nations as Part of Award Ceremony for Freedom Award of Freie Universität Berlin

Oct 20, 2014

The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Carla Del Ponte, has called on the international community to become more involved in the Syria conflict. The Swiss lawyer who, on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been investigating crimes in the Syrian civil war since 2011, recalled on Monday in Berlin on the occasion of the conferral of the Freedom Award of Freie Universität, the many victims who have already been called for in this war and whose number increases daily. Del Ponto dedicated her award to the people of the Syrian refugee camps and hospitals and to all the victims of these crimes against humanity.

Students in the Role of Diplomats

New Round of National Model United Nations (NMUN) / Applications Being Accepted through October 26

Oct 20, 2014

The National Model United Nations (NMUN) gives students enrolled in any discipline an opportunity to try being an ambassador by participating in various committees. The students are able to gain first-hand impressions about multinational diplomacy. The next conference will be held in the Sheraton and Hilton hotels in New York City in March/April 2015. The voting procedures and closing ceremony will be held in the headquarters of the United Nations. The application deadline is Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Children Out-of-Place and Human Rights

International Symposium on Children's Rights in Memory of Judith Ennew to Be Held October 27 and 28 at Freie Universität Berlin

Oct 16, 2014

A symposium to be held on October 27 and 28, 2014, at Freie Universität will be devoted to the importance of human rights for children in living in vulnerable and marginalized situations. Experts from Germany and abroad will give lectures and participate in discussions. Graduates of the Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) degree program at Freie Universität Berlin will present their research. The symposium is public. The registration fee is 40 euros and for students 15 euros. To participate, please sign up by sending an email to

Inaugural Lecture by Translator from Hebrew to German on October 27, 2014

Anne Birkenhauer Is August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of Poetics of Translation at Freie Universität

Oct 16, 2014

On Monday, October 27, 2014, Anne Birkenhauer will give her inaugural lecture as the August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor of the Poetics of Translation. Birkenhauer, who lives in Jerusalem, will speak about the presence of ancient texts in modern Ivrit, the Modern Hebrew spoken today in Israel. The lecture will be held in the Academy of the Jewish Museum. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. RSVP by Monday, 20 October 2014:

A Particular View of Berlin

Exhibition of Works by Artist Paul Giraud in the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture Opens on October 17, 2014

Oct 15, 2014

From October 18 to December 15, 2014, the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture will be exhibiting humorous drawings by the French artist Paul Giraud. Following the tradition of French caricaturists and illustrators, Paul Giraud and his friend slip into the role of Berliners, as people out for a walk, as observers, victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and of course, as fellow citizens. Entitled “Bilderliner,” which is a pun made up of Bilder (pictures) and Berliner, the exhibition takes a look at Berlin, at Berlin's residents, at stories that happen in Berlin, or just simply at little stories. The exhibition will open on October 17, 2014. Admission is free.

30 Years of Cooperation between Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin

Ceremony on October 17 at Freie Universität Marking Anniversary of Cooperation

Oct 14, 2014

On October 17, Freie Universität Berlin will hold a ceremony in the Henry Ford Building in recognition of the 30 years of cooperation between Freie Universität and the Paris Institute of Political and Social Sciences (Sciences Po). Professor Alfred Grosser, a well-known expert on French-German relations, will give a talk on the 30-year cooperation between the two universities. Other speakers will include the French Ambassador, Philippe Etienne, the director of Sciences Po, Frédéric Mion, the president of Freie Universität, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of the German-French University, Prof. Dr Patrice Neau, and the president of the alumni association of the two degree programs (Association Gerhard Kiersch Verein, AGKV), Christina Heicappell.

Views of an Iranian Archaeologist Abroad

Inaugural Lecture by Leila Papoli Yazdi as International Visiting Professor of Gender Studies on October 21, 2014

Oct 14, 2014

On October 21, 2014, Professor Leila Yazdi Papoli will give her inaugural lecture as the Dahlem International Network Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität during the 2014/2015 fall/winter semester. Yazdi, an archaeologist from Iran, aims in her presentation to correct the image of women in Iran. According to her, both in the West and in Iran itself, the prevailing view about women in the region is very limited. In her lecture, Yazdi will trace the social and political transition processes that began after the discovery of oil in the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century. In her presentation entitled “My Body, A Female One, and Not Dressed in Black: An Iranian Archaeologist Abroad,” she will utilize performance elements. The inaugural lecture is public. It will take place on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Topoi Villa in Dahlem.

African Religions and Modern Choreography

Dancer and Choreographer Koffi Kôkô Is New Valeska Gert Visiting Professor at Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität during 2014/2015 Fall/Winter Semester / First Lecture on October 14 at Berlin Academy of Arts

Oct 12, 2014

The dancer and choreographer Koffi Kôkô, a native of Benin, is the new Valeska Gert Visiting Professor at the Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität during the 2014/2015 fall/winter semester. His first lecture will be given on October 14, 2014, at the Berlin Academy of Arts. Kôkô will offer insights into his current work. The lecture will be public, and there is no charge for admission. During the fall/winter semester Kôkô will develop a performance with students in the master's program in dance studies at Freie Universität Berlin. They will give a public performance on December 14, 2014, in the Academy of Arts.

Director of University Sports Center at Freie Universität Running for Highest Decision-making Body of European University Sports Association

German University Sports Federation Supports Application of Jörg Förster

Oct 09, 2014

The director of the University Sports Center and professional sports commissioner of Freie Universität, Jörg Förster, is running for the Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA). The Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body of EUSA, and the members will be newly elected in April 2016 as part of the EUSA General Assembly. Förster's candidacy for the upcoming legislative period from 2016 to 2020 is being supported by the German University Sports Association (adh). Förster is currently the EUSA technical delegate for volleyball. He has many years of experience in organizing university sports courses and events and the German university championships as well as European and world championships for students.

Pollution and the Environment in Ancient Times

International Conference on Relationship between Humans and Environment in Ancient World from October 16 to 18 in Berlin State Library

Oct 09, 2014

An international conference being held from October 16 to 18 in Berlin will focus on pollution and environmental awareness of people in the ancient world. The conference is being held by Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Topoi Excellence Cluster. It will deal with a topic that has been neglected so far. The participants will address the issue of whether a sensitivity to the environment existed in ancient times and of how pollution or the destruction of nature and the use of natural resources was considered during these times. The opening lecture on October 16 will be given by Klaus Geus, a professor of historical geography at Freie Universität Berlin who is specialized in the ancient Mediterranean. He is the spokesperson for a group of researchers of the Topoi Excellence Cluster. The conference will be held in the Berlin State Library. It is open to the public, and admission is free.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014