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.
One- to three-month fellowship enables journalist to investigate current research in ancient studies and archaeology
Dec 12, 2013
The Excellence Cluster Topoi invites journalists specializing in ancient studies, archaeology, or history to apply for a one- to three-month guest residency. Topoi, a research association of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin devoted to ancient studies, offers applicants the opportunity to observe interdisciplinary research projects in action, to study how new technologies are being applied in ancient studies, to participate in conferences and seminars, and to conduct their own research using the libraries and other resources of participating institutions. Applications with research proposals falling within the spectrum of subjects studied at Topoi may be submitted on or before February 15, 2014.
Inaugural Lecture of Samuel Fischer Guest Professor David Hinton on December 12, 2013, at Freie Universität Berlin
Dec 05, 2013
Ancient Chinese poetry is the topic of the inaugural lecture to be given by the poet and translator David Hinton on December 12, 2013, at Freie Universität Berlin. Hinton, a native of the United States, is the Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Peter Szondi Institute for General and Comparative Literature during the 2013/2014 winter semester. He is teaching a class in English on Another Universe: Wilderness Thought in Ancient Chinese and Modern American Poetry. The inaugural lecture entitled Reading Poems from another Universe is public, and there is no charge for admission. The inaugural lecture is traditionally followed by the Christmas party of the Peter Szondi Institute.
New Exhibition on Cultural History of Chinese Fashion at Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin
Dec 04, 2013
How has clothing in China been influenced by Western fashion and the changing times? A new exhibition in the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin entitled "China-Mode, China-Chic" addresses this question. It opened Wednesday.
First New Checklist in 100 Years - Completion of European Research Project
Dec 03, 2013
According to an international study, Greece boasts the highest diversity of plant species anywhere in Europe. Over a three-year period, eight botanists from Greece, Germany, and Denmark determined that there are 5752 plant species and 1893 subspecies. For the first time in a century, the diversity of species has now been documented in a book. The monograph lists all the known plant species from the Cretan date palm to the Greek mullein that are native to the region or were naturalized there. It was published in English and is entitled Vascular Plants of Greece: An Annotated Checklist. The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem of Freie Universität Berlin was very involved in the research project and co-edited the book along with the Hellenic Botanical Society in Greece.
Funding Amounts to 2.25 Million Euros over Five Years
Nov 29, 2013
The European Research Council (ERC) is sponsoring a project of the orientalist and Jewish studies scholar, Professor Mark Geller, at Freie Universität Berlin for the study of medicine in ancient Mesopotamia. Geller was awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant amounting to 2.25 million euros over a five-year period until 2018. The project "Babylonian Medicine" (BabMed) represents the first ever comprehensive study of ancient Babylonian medical science since the decipherment of cuneiform, comprising the largest ancient collection of medical data before Hippocrates. The researchers in Geller’s group are investigating the largest collection of older cuneiform medical texts in Akkadian, an extinct Semitic language. They are also systematically studying the latest phase of Babylonian medicine, as preserved in Aramaic in the Babylonian Talmud. The researchers at Freie Universität are cooperating in a subproject with colleagues at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. BabMed aims to introduce a new paradigm for knowledge transfer that will recognize the barriers between ancient arts of medicine and how they were overcome in antiquity. One such barrier was script and language.
Institute of Meteorology at Freie Universität Assigns Sponsorships for High and Low Pressure Areas in 2014
Nov 29, 2013
The meteorologists of Freie Universität Berlin can help with what might otherwise become a feverish search for a unique Christmas present. They are currently selling naming rights for the high and low pressure systems in 2014, when the highs will be given male names and the lows female names. To name a high pressure system costs 299 euros and a low pressure system 199 euros, plus the value added tax of 19 percent. The names are widely used in weather reports by the media. A certificate is issued for each name sold and after the pressure system has moved on, the meteorologists prepare a package for each client including a certificate with baptism date, an individual life story, and weather maps of the vortex.
An International Conference of the Excellence Cluster Topoi on Naval Power and Naval Supremacy in Ancient Cultures
Nov 28, 2013
Forms of naval supremacy in ancient cultures are the focus of an international conference that will be held by the Excellence Cluster Topoi from December 12th to 14th at Freie Universität Berlin. Participants will examine the strategies employed by naval powers such as Athens or Rome, the Mediterranean as a space, piracy as a defining moment in Naval Supremacy, and more. The goal is to develop a complex picture of ancient perception and organization of territorial waters. The conference is open to the public, and admission is free. German and English will be spoken.
Chemist Dr. Sebastian Seiffert from Freie Universität Recipient of Reimund Stadler Award
Nov 26, 2013
The chemist Dr. Sebastian Seiffert from Freie Universität Berlin has been chosen to receive the prestigious Reimund Stadler Award for his work in polymer science. Seiffert does research at Freie Universität and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin on “smart” microgel particles. The selection board on behalf of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) recognized Seiffert’s achievements in this field of research and also praised the interdisciplinary synergy between the university and the Helmholtz Center. The award has a monetary value of 2500 euros and will be presented in the fall of 2014. The recipient is expected to write trend reports for the GDCh on developments in the field of macromolecular chemistry for two years.
Irina Podgorny Recipient of Georg Forster Research Award
Nov 22, 2013
The Argentinian science historian Irina Podgorny from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires has been awarded a Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is earmarked for a project that Podgorny will carry out at Freie Universität’s Institute for Latin American Studies following an invitation extended by the historian Stefan Rinke. Podgorny’s research focuses on the history of science, with a special emphasis on the history of archaeology and paleontology. She also does research on the history of collections and museums. Georg Forster Research Awards are given to internationally recognized scholars outside of Germany who have had a lasting influence on their field of research. The amount of the award is 60,000 euros.
Historians Investigate Changes in the Moral Economies of Modern Societies
Nov 21, 2013
An inauguration ceremony marked the start of the PhD program of the IMPRS Moral Economies on Wednesday evening at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. The first cohort of six PhD students joined the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies (IMPRS Moral Economies) this fall. The research school is a joint international PhD program in History in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. The IMPRS Moral Economies offers six PhD scholarships per year to qualified applicants from Germany and abroad. The current call for applications ends on December 1st, 2013.