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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Cultural Studies Scholar and Koran Expert Angelika Neuwirth Honored by University of Tübingen with 2015 Leopold Lucas Prize

Protestant Faculty Recognizes Neuwith’s Role in Dialogue between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity

May 12, 2015

The cultural studies scholar Angelika Neuwirth from Freie Universität Berlin was honored on Tuesday at the University of Tübingen with this year's Dr. Leopold Lucas Prize. The Protestant Faculty of the university selected her for this award because of her outstanding international reputation and her active contributions to the dialogue between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. For several years Neuwirth was a professor of Arabic at Freie Universität Berlin. She also worked in various central locations of the eastern Mediterranean, was a co-director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, and is currently the head of the research project Corpus Coranicum. Neuwirth has made fundamental contributions to the Koran and Koranic exegesis, the analysis of modern Arabic literature of the Levant, and research on Palestinian poetry and the literature of the Israeli-Palestian conflict.

Autonomous in Zurich

Freie Universität Berlin Demonstrates First Autonomous Driving on Roads in Switzerland

May 12, 2015

The autonomous vehicle MadeInGermany developed at Freie Universität Berlin is the first such vehicle to be allowed to drive on the streets in Switzerland. It received an exemption from the Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications, and this week it is driving autonomously in downtown Zurich. The exemption was made possible through the commitment of the Swiss company, Swisscom AG. Within this context policy makers and representatives from industry are at a meeting in Zurich discussing the need for action for the infrastructure of the future in Switzerland. The car was developed in the AutoNOMOS Laboratory of the computer science professor Raúl Rojas and has been driving on the streets in Berlin since 2011. It has also driven in the United States and in Mexico City.

A Useless Fiction

Graduate of Freie Universität Wins 2015 Rising Star Award of the Canada International Film Festival and Will Show Film in Cannes

May 11, 2015

The film A Useless Fiction by Cheong Kin Man, a graduate of Freie Universität Berlin, won the 2015 Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival. It will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival from May 13 to 24 in the Short Film Corner category. Cheong Kin Man, a translator and interpreter from Macau, studied at Freie Universität from 2012 to 2014 in the Visual and Media Anthropology master’s program. The film is his final project; it was graded with a German 1.3, which corresponds to A+ in the international context. A Useless Fiction was the first film by a director from the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Macau, to win any awards at an international film festival. It is also the first film by a citizen of Macau to be shown in Cannes.

Subjects Taught at Freie Universität Berlin Ranked High in Latest CHE University Ranking

Geography, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Pharmacy, and Physics Were Reassessed

May 05, 2015

In the most recent university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), subjects at Freie Universität Berlin were again ranked very high. New achievements were recorded, particularly in the field of physics. The university also ranked in the top group in mathematics, geography, pharmacy, Earth sciences, and computer science, just as in 2012 when these subjects were last assessed.

Literary Scholar Eberhard Lämmert Passed Away

Former President of Freie Universität Berlin Was 90

May 04, 2015

The literary scholar and former president of Freie Universität, Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. Eberhard Lämmert, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90 in Berlin. The current president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, praised Lämmert as an outstanding representative of his discipline who was always a critical reformer and a pioneer of new trends. As the president of Freie Universität, he successfully guided the university through difficult times. "He knew how to consolidate academic life without suppressing critical ideas," stressed Alt.

The Feminine View

Vernissage in Confucius Institute at Freie Universität on May 6, 2015

May 04, 2015

"The Feminine View" is the theme of an exhibition to be opened on May 6, 2015, at the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität. Two Chinese women artists, Wang Lan and Yu Simiao, who both have been living in Germany for several years, will be displaying a random selection of recent works. With regard to a specifically feminine approach in their work (female ideals of beauty and identity), the two artists have very different artistic concepts and each has her own creative identity. The exhibition will run until October 21, 2015. The opening event on May 6 at 6 p.m. and the exhibition are both open to the public, and admission is free.

Worldwide Alliances

Graduate School of North American Studies Hosts Conference on International Alliances on May 7 to 9

May 04, 2015

This year's annual conference of the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin will deal with the past, present, and future of forming alliances. Experts from Europe and the USA will discuss the global power shifts that result when alliances are formed or ended. The focus will be on geopolitical or global economic processes as well as socio-economic and ecological issues that affect culture and everyday life. The conference language will be English. The event is entitled "Alliances: Un/Common Causes and the Politics of Participation." It is public, and admission is free.

Writing in Russia

Public Inaugural Lecture by Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor Victor Erofeyev on May 20, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin

May 04, 2015

The Russian writer Victor Erofeyev will be holding his inaugural lecture at Freie Universität Berlin on May 20. His reflections will focus on the question of what it means to be a writer in Russia. Victor Erofeyev is the Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin during the current summer semester. He is teaching a seminar called "Writing as the Inhuman Revolution." The inaugural lecture is public, and admission is free.

ALBA BERLIN and Freie Universität Team Up

Sports to Facilitate Intercultural Exchange / Tryouts for University Team

May 04, 2015

On Sunday the ALBA BERLIN basketball team and Freie Universität Berlin signed a cooperation agreement in the context of the ALBA home game against Bamberg. Through their cooperation ALBA BERLIN and Freie Universität Berlin want to inspire more university students to play basketball and to use sports as a means of encouraging intercultural exchange. The aim is to establish structures under which university sports can continue to expand in Germany. The agreement is valid for three years. Freie Universität is one of eleven universities of excellence in Germany and ALBA BERLIN is an eight-time basketball champion.

Grant Money for Research on Influenza Virus

Human Frontier Science Program Sponsors International Research Project on Influenza Virus; Participation of Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin

Apr 28, 2015

Privatdozent (PD) Dr. Michael Veit at the Institute of Virology, Freie Universität Berlin, is investigating the adaptation mechanisms of the influenza virus including their spreading to and among humans by droplet infection. His work is part of an international research project that is being conducted in cooperation with scientists from the USA, Great Britain, and Singapore. The project received a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) amounting to 1.4 million dollars for a period of three years. The grant is intended to enable new and innovative international cooperation. The HFSP grant is an important scientific commendation for the research team because only 31 projects from among 1000 submitted proposals were selected.

Last Update: Apr 20, 2015