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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Start-up Mynigma Wins Prize at CeBIT Computer Trade Fair

Spin-off of Freie Universität Won 30,000 Euros

Mar 16, 2015

On Monday at the CeBIT computer trade fair in Hanover, the spin-off Mynigma of Freie Universität Berlin won the CeBIT Innovation Award second prize along with 30,000 euros. Designed for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, the email app "M" encrypts messages between its users almost automatically. Mynigma was founded with support from profund, the start-up support service of Freie Universität.

THE World Reputation Ranking in 2015: Freie Universität Berlin among Top 60 Universities in the World

Freie Universität One of Four Most Prestigious Universities in Germany and 18th in Europe

Mar 12, 2015

In the latest ranking by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, Freie Universität is one of the 60 most highly regarded universities in the world. As announced by THE in London, Freie Universität's reputation improved markedly during the past year, bringing the university up to group 51–60. It is now ranked as one of the four most prestigious universities in Germany and 18th in Europe. The THE World Reputation Ranking is an offshoot of the annually published THE World University Rankings and according to the journal, is based on the world's largest survey of selected academics.

German Malaria Researchers Win International “Humanity in Science” Award

Chemist Prof. Peter H. Seeberger and Chemical Engineer Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern Selected as Inaugural “Humanity in Science” Prize Winners

Mar 11, 2015

Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, a director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg and a professor of chemical engineering at the Otto-von Guericke-University in Magdeburg, won the Humanity in Science prize for their groundbreaking work in developing new production methods for antimalarial drugs. They will receive the prize during a gala dinner on March 10, 2015, in New Orleans. The prize money is 25,000 dollars (roughly 22,500 euros). The award was launched in 2014 by “The Analytical Scientist,” a science journal, and Phenomenex, a separation technology company.

Korean Studies Scholar at Freie Universität Advises German Federal Government

Professor Eun-Jeong Lee Appointed Member of German-Korean Advisory Committee on Foreign Policy Issues regarding Reunification

Mar 05, 2015

The German Federal Government has appointed the professor of Korean studies, Eun-Jeong Lee from Freie Universität, as a consultant on foreign policy issues related to reunification. As one of seven experts each from South Korea and Germany, Professor Lee will contribute to building trust between South and North Korea. The advisory body will analyze and discuss experiences from the period previous to, during, and following German reunification. Furthermore, the members will work out proposals for a diplomatic policy whose long-term goal would be the end of the division of Korea.

Veterinarian at Freie Universität Berlin Is New President of Robert Koch Institute

Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler Succeeds Prof. Dr. Reinhard Burger as President

Feb 26, 2015

The founding director, and up to now the managing director, of the Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics at Freie Universität and a professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, was presented as the new president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). He will take over leadership of the RKI on March 1, 2015. The current president, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Burger, is retiring. Professor Wieler will continue to be closely associated with Freie Universität Berlin through joint research projects.

“An Assembly Line for Medications”

One of the most important HIV medications, Efavirenz, can now be produced faster, more cost efficiently, and more sustainably utilizing continuous flow chemistry.

Feb 23, 2015

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and Freie Universität Berlin have succeeded in developing better methods of producing APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients). As a result, Efavirenz, one of the preferred agents for treating HIV in combination therapies, can now be produced using a concise continuous flow method. This process may fundamentally change the way APIs are produced.

Olga Martynova Awarded 2015 Berlin Literature Prize

Martynova Appointed Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin

Feb 18, 2015

The Preußische Seehandlung Foundation awarded the 2015 Berlin Literature Prize to the writer Olga Martynova. She received the award on Wednesday night from Mayor Michael Müller at the Berlin City Hall. The president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, appointed Martynova the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of Literature for the 2015 summer semester. The prize money amounts to 30,000 euros.

How Plants React to Stress

Symposium on Stress Memory of Plants from February 18 to 20 at Freie Universität

Feb 12, 2015

Stress responses of plants, fungi, and bacteria will be discussed at a symposium on February 18 to 20, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin. The meeting is being organized by the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 973 "Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress." Renowned experts from Europe, the United States, and Mexico will discuss which strategies plants and other life forms use when confronted with stress factors such as heat, drought, cold, pathogens, and insect infestation. They will also address how stressful first experiences prepare the organism for upcoming stress events. In particular, the symposium will focus on the stress memory of plants. Entitled “Bridging Ecology and Molecular Biology: Organismic Responses to Recurring Stress,” the symposium will be held in English. The meeting is public, and admission is free.

Hebrew University and Freie Universität Berlin Sign Agreement for Joint Doctoral Program

Universities Expand Strategic Cooperation as Israel and Germany Mark Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations

Feb 11, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, the presidents of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin further expanded the two universities' extensive strategic partnership by signing a joint doctoral program agreement. The Joint PhD, which is open to all disciplines at the two universities, is the first of its kind between German and Israeli institutions of higher learning. Alternate periods of research will take place at Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Each student will have two supervisors, one in Berlin and one in Jerusalem. At the end of the program, the students will receive a joint degree from both universities.

New International Sustainability Network

Freie Universität Berlin and Its Strategic Partners to Receive € 1 Mio in DAAD Funding for University Alliance for Sustainability

Feb 10, 2015

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will support Freie Universität Berlin in further developing its strategic partnership network with roughly one million euros until 2018. Within the framework of the new “University Alliance for Sustainability,” Freie Universität Berlin, together with its four strategic partners, will focus on sustainability as a comprehensive topic for collaborating in research, teaching, and campus management. Freie Universität’s strategic partners are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the University of British Columbia (Canada), St. Petersburg State University (Russia), and Peking University (China). The new alliance will be under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam.

Last Update: Mar 04, 2015