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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Leila Papoli Yazdi Appointed International Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

Iranian Archaeologist Combines Archeology with Feminist Commitment / Inaugural Lecture on October 21, 2014

Jul 09, 2014

As of the winter semester 2014/15, Prof. Dr. Leila Papoli Yazdi, an Iranian archaeologist, will be the Dahlem International Network Professor for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In her research, Yazdi, 36, focuses on Iranian gender history and body history from antiquity to the present day as well as art historical themes. She publishes her findings in conventional academic journals and also presents them through performances or exhibitions with political and humanitarian objectives. When more than 30,000 people died after the earthquake in Bam in 2003, she drew on her various methods to draw attention to the suffering.

Research Oriented and Regional: Freie Universität Calls for Proposals for Teaching Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Teaching Projects to Be Implemented in 2014/15 Academic Year, Together with External Partner Institutions

Jul 08, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin is calling for proposals for a Teaching Award in 2014. It will be awarded for project proposals that incorporate members of partner institutions from the Berlin-Brandenburg research hub. The Teaching Award, which is being given for the second time, aims to express esteem for outstanding commitment in the field of research-oriented teaching. The goal is to more firmly integrate cutting-edge research into teaching at Freie Universität. The prize money is 10,000 euros. The application deadline is September 15, 2014.

Edward Snowden Is Honorary Member of Freie Universität Berlin

Snowden Accepted Offer Extended by Academic Senate

Jul 02, 2014

The former employee of the U.S. intelligence agencies NSA and CIA, Edward Snowden, is an honorary member of Freie Universität Berlin. On Wednesday Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin, informed the members of the Academic Senate that Snowden had accepted the offer of honorary membership extended to him the previous week. Alt said that Snowden has not yet responded to an invitation to take part in a discussion at Freie Universität.

Anti-Semitism in Greece

Conference on July 7 and 8 to Address Historical Developments and Current Dimensions

Jul 02, 2014

The Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the TU Berlin, along with the Center for Modern Greece at Freie Universität Berlin and the Greek National Center for Social Research, is organizing a two-day conference on the religious, political, economic, and social manifestations of anti-Semitism in Greece. The conference, Anti-Semitism in Greece – Past and Present Trajectories, will be held in English. It is public, and admission is free.

Early Childhood Education in Europe

Research Group at Freie Universität Does International Comparative Analysis of Structure and Impact of Early Childhood Education

Jun 30, 2014

Within the framework of the EU cooperation project CARE, the Early Childhood Education and Care Division at Freie Universität Berlin analyzed the quality of early childhood education in Europe and its impact. As part of the CARE project, in addition to the education scholars at Freie Universität Berlin, researchers from ten other European universities are investigating various aspects of preschool education and child care. The central goal of CARE is to develop an evidence-based and culture-sensitive European framework of developmental goals, quality assessment, curriculum approaches, and policy measures for improving the quality and effectiveness of early childhood education and care.

New Center for Resistance Research in Veterinary Medicine to Be Established at Freie Universität Berlin

German Joint Science Conference Approved Freie Universität Berlin's Proposal

Jun 27, 2014

A veterinary center for resistance research is being set up at Freie Universität Berlin. Funding for the proposed new project was approved today as one of twelve major projects being supported by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) of the German federal and state governments. Freie Universität Berlin had applied for roughly 28.4 million euros for the new center. The total funding for the twelve research projects amounts to 411 million euros.

Master Class in the New Synagogue

Final Concert of Composition Class in Freie Universität Berlin’s International Summer and Winter School on July 9, 2014

Jun 27, 2014

On July 9, 2014, students in the International Summer and Winter University of Freie Universität Berlin (FUBiS) will be performing in the concert hall of the New Synagogue at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be the conclusion of the six-week composition class taught this year for the tenth time during the FUBiS summer term. New compositions for voice and piano will be premiered under the theme "New Songs – Neue Lieder." The course is taught by the American composer and professor of composition, Samuel Adler, who is the recipient of numerous prestigious music awards. The concert is free. Advance reservations are requested.

Vets with Horsepower

Twelve Horse Specialists on Motorcycle Charity Trip to Stop at Freie Universität Berlin: Various Lectures on Equine Medicine on July 5, 2014

Jun 26, 2014

The Vets with Horsepower, the motorcycle-crazy veterinarians led by Prof. Derek C. Knottenbelt from the universities of Liverpool and Glasgow, will be stopping at Freie Universität Berlin on July 5, 2014. At the Department of Veterinary Medicine they will give talks on the latest findings in equine internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology, treating colic, surgery, and equine influenza. Their fourth charity trip starts July 2, 2014, in London. A total of twelve renowned horse specialists will travel about 4350 kilometers from London to Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Copenhagen. In their luggage they have interesting lectures dealing with all aspects of progressive equine medicine that they will hold at nine universities in Northern Europe in exchange for donations to charity. The proceeds this year are designated for two social projects: the Smile Train organization in India and the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. The lectures will be given for free and are open to the public. Donations for the charity projects will be welcomed. RSVP by June 30, 2014, at:

The Crisis in Ukraine and Gas from Russia

Lecture on July 7, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin on Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis for the European Gas Market

Jun 25, 2014

On July 7, 2014, Professor Jonathan P. Stern will give a lecture at Freie Universität Berlin. He will analyze the effects that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine will have on Russian gas deliveries to the European Union. The chairman of the Gas Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Stern will speak on The Russian Gas Matrix - how markets are driving change. The event is being organized by the Centre for Caspian Region Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture will be held in English. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Reduce, Improve, and Replace Animal Experiments

Official Opening of Berlin-Brandenburg Research Platform BB3R with Integrated Graduate Program at Freie Universität Berlin on July 4, 2014

Jun 24, 2014

On July 4 a new research platform will be officially opened at Freie Universität. It aims to reduce and replace animal testing. The initiators of the Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R are striving for the development of alternative methods to animal testing as well as more animal-friendly techniques. The research platform includes the graduate program "Innovations in 3R Research – Genetic Engineering, Tissue Engineering, and Bioinformatics." It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The abbreviation "3R" refers to the objectives of this research: the reduction, refinement, and replacement of animal experiments. The opening ceremony will take place as part of the 2014 Pharmacy Day. It is public, and admission is free. Informal registration is requested by sending an email to:

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014