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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Open Access Online Encyclopedia of World War I

Public Launch on October 8, 2014 / Panel Discussion with International Experts in Brussels

Sep 22, 2014

A comprehensive, English-language, open access encyclopedia of the “Great War” will be presented and released on October 8, 2014, in Brussels. The project “1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” is coordinated at Freie Universität Berlin and funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). It contains the latest historical research from 54 countries. The presentation of the online encyclopedia will take place during an international panel discussion on the First World War in the context of European historical consciousness and current developments in Ukraine. The conference language is English. Simultaneous translation to French, German, and Dutch will be available. Admission is free; journalists are cordially invited.

Cheers to You!

As of September 24 at 00:00 the Institute of Meteorology at Freie Universität Berlin Is Awarding Weather Sponsorships for 2015

Sep 22, 2014

The meteorologists of Freie Universität Berlin will begin awarding weather sponsorships for 2015 on Wednesday, September 24, at 0:00. The high pressure zones will be given female names in 2015, and the low pressure zones male names. This alternates each year. The prices remain unchanged at 299 euros for highs and 199 euros for lows, plus 19 percent sales tax (VAT). The income is used to finance weather observations made by students at the Berlin-Dahlem weather station.

Malaria Medications from Waste

Research success through the collaborative efforts of chemists and engineers from Berlin/Potsdam and Magdeburg

Sep 10, 2014

All of the best currently available pharmaceuticals against malaria can now be produced in pure form using a single process, even from the waste of the plant-extraction. The method which has been developed allows for the complete production of anti-malaria medicines, in a continuous fashion, utilizing one reactor at one location. The process can also utilize both artemisinin and the plant waste product to produce these medicines, allowing for more material to be used and medicines produced without having to increase the amount of material farmed. The ability to utilize multiple sources for production builds on the photochemical reactor developed two years ago by the same scientists in Berlin. In collaboration with Prof. Andreas Seidel Morgenstern from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, it is possible, for the first time, to produce multiple medicines – pure – in a continuous and automated fashion utilizing a single process. The purity of the final compounds exceeds the limits set by certification authorities such as the WHO and the FDA.

Uwe Gellert Is New President of International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Teaching

Education Professor at Freie Universität Berlin Elected President of CIEAEM

Sep 04, 2014

The International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Teaching (CIEAEM) elected Uwe Gellert, a professor of mathematics education at Freie Universität Berlin, as its new president. He replaces Corinne Hahn of the École Supérieure ESCP Europe, Paris. The term of office is 3 years.

Conflicts with Teachers Are Risk Factor for School Shootings

Berlin Group within TARGET Project at Freie Universität Berlin Presents Findings / Researchers Evaluated 126 Attacks Worldwide

Aug 27, 2014

As part of the TARGET project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin conducted a systematic literature search of all the available studies dealing with school shootings. The aim of the analysis was to clarify which social dynamics in the social network of perpetrators can be observed in advance as playing an important role in school shootings. Up to now, researchers had assumed that bullying between peers and the social exclusion of the perpetrators were the most prominent factors in school shootings. This study shows, however, that in many cases conflicts with teachers seemed to be a decisive factor in the school shooting cases investigated.

Commended for Equal Opportunity Policies

Freie Universität Awarded Total E-Quality Rating for Fifth Consecutive Time for Sustainable Efforts as Equal Opportunity Employer

Aug 15, 2014

For the fifth time in a row, Freie Universität Berlin was granted a Total E-Quality award for its exemplary commitment to equality between women and men. Due to its continuing success in this area, the university will be given a sustainability award for its achievements in equal opportunities in addition to the Total E-Quality certificate at the awards ceremony in October. The selection committee said that receiving the award five consecutive times is evidence for the university's strong commitment to equal opportunities over a longer term. As a best practice example, Freie Universität contributes greatly to the positive development of equal opportunities in society as a whole. The nonprofit organization, Total E-Quality e.V., has been assigning Total E-Quality ratings since 1997. The award was first given to companies and political institutions in recognition of their efforts to give women and men equal opportunities for participation in professional careers. Since 2002 universities and other academic institutions can also be taken into consideration. The initiative is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

The Sound of the Ancient World

During Music Archaeology Summer School on September 7 and 8, Experts Will Give Introduction to Study of Ancient Music

Aug 14, 2014

A summer school on September 7 and 8 in Berlin will focus on musical instruments from the Stone Age to ancient Rome. As part of a two-day workshop at Freie Universität Berlin, experienced researchers from Germany, Great Britain, and the United States will give an introduction to this rapidly growing field of research. In addition, replicas of the ancient instruments will be demonstrated, including how they sound when played. The summer school is being organized by the Berliner Antike-Kolleg in cooperation with the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) project, which is a transnational project in music archaeology funded by the European Union. It is intended primarily for students in classical studies and musicology but also for interested laypersons. The conference languages are English and German, and there is no charge. RSVP by August 31.

Neurobiologist and Dementia Researcher Is New Einstein Professor

Professor Stephan Sigrist Can Expand His Research Group at Freie Universität Berlin and the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence

Aug 13, 2014

Stephan Sigrist, a professor of genetics at Freie Universität Berlin, is being supported by the Berlin Einstein Foundation, so that he can increase the size of his lab, where a multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists and geneticists does research together. Sigrist is one of the leading experts in the field of cellular and molecular organization of the nervous system. Recently his research has contributed to a better understanding of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, particularly age-related dementia. A biochemist, Sigrist has been courted by top universities around the world for some time. Thanks to the Einstein Professorship, this internationally sought-after researcher will continue to work in Berlin.

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.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014