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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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.

Recognition for Chemistry Professor Hans-Ulrich Reissig

German Chemical Society Honors Reissig for Outstanding Research in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Aug 07, 2014

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society, GDCh) is recognizing Professor Hans-Ulrich Reissig from Freie Universität Berlin for his life's work. A spokesperson for the society in Frankfurt am Main announced that Reissig will be awarded a Liebig Medal for his outstanding research in organic synthesis chemistry as well as his involvement and achievements in science management. The Liebig Medal, which enjoys international prestige, was first awarded in 1903. Among the 66 award winners to date, there are numerous Nobel Prize winners, including Adolf von Baeyer, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, Max Planck, Friedrich Bergius, Hans Fischer, Feodor Lynen, Karl Ziegler, and Gerhard Ertl. The award ceremony will take place in Mainz on September 15, 2014, on the occasion of the 128th meeting of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine (GDNÄ).

Web-Project #NichtUnserKrieg launched

Participants of Journalist Program at Freie Universität Berlin Initiate Video Project Dealing with Ukraine Crisis

Aug 06, 2014

They come from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine: During a journalistic workshop, 15 participants of the “Journalisten International” program at Freie Universität Berlin launched the online-project #NichtUnserKrieg (“#NotOurWar”) dealing with the Ukraine crisis. It contains video messages calling for peace from the young journalists as well as personal stories and experiences in Russian, Ukrainian, and German.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014