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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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.

Learning from a Writer

Columbian Writer, Translator, and Journalist Héctor Abad to Be Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Berlin during Spring/Summer Semester 2014

Mar 19, 2014

The Columbian writer, translator, and journalist Héctor Abad will be teaching literature at Freie Universität Berlin during the 2014 spring/summer semester 2014. He is the 31st Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature and will be teaching a seminar entitled "Literatura y Violencia" (Literature and Violence).

German Federal Cross of Merit for Cooperation Partner of Freie Universität

Prof. Dr. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain Recognized for Efforts in German-Indian Research Relations

Mar 18, 2014

The microbiologist Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, who is closely associated with Freie Universität, was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony in the German Embassy in New Delhi. The award was presented by Michael Steiner, the German Ambassador to India. Seyed Hasnain was selected for this special honor in recognition of his achievements in strengthening German-Indian scientific relations.

Arabic Philologies between East and West

International Workshop March 12 to 17, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

Mar 10, 2014

An international workshop to be held March 12 to 17, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin will focus on Arabic philologies at the crossroads between the West and the Arab world. The 30 participants are a combination of highly regarded scholars as well as junior researchers from Europe, the Arabic world, and the United States. The workshop goal is to intensify the dialogue between Western and Arab academic cultures in teaching and research. Another objective is to promote the Arabic language as a language for scholarly work in Western Arabic studies. A further aim is to intensify cooperation between Freie Universität and its partner universities in the Arab world (Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco).

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014