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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Sports Hall at Freie Universität in Dahlem Being Set Up as Temporary Refugee Camp

Donations of Goods and Money through Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe / Participants of University Sports Courses Informed about Cancelation of Classes

Dec 19, 2014

The Sports Hall of Freie Universität at Dahlem Dorf is currently not available for sports. It is expected that it will be closed to classes through the middle of February. The closure is necessary because the hall is required by the State of Berlin for the accommodation of newly arrived refugees who could get no more space in the existing shelters in the city on such short notice. In such cases the "General Law on the Protection of Public Safety and Order" gives the Senate the possibility of using public buildings for this purpose.

Little Chance of a White Christmas

Forecast of Berlin Weather Map at Freie Universität Shows Rain More Likely than Snow

Dec 17, 2014

The chances of a white Christmas in Germany are slim, according to a forecast by the Berlin weather map e. V. at Freie Universität. The mild but rainy winter weather is expected to continue, said meteorologist Petra Gebauer on Wednesday in Berlin. Between the low pressure area “Engel” near Iceland and a strong Azores high, there is a strong westerly current that continues to direct relatively mild air masses to Germany. "The mild air is bringing a lot of humidity with it, but at low altitudes the precipitation will fall mainly as rain because the temperatures will not go down to freezing, said Gebauer. In the western and southwestern parts of Germany, the temperatures are expected to be around 8 degrees (C) above freezing and in the rest of Germany about 5 degree (C).

2014 Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin: Students Develop Ideas for Research Projects and Startups

Teaching Award Goes to Course on Applied Research in Natural Sciences

Dec 12, 2014

This year’s Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin is going to a teaching project that aims to put master’s and doctoral students in the natural sciences in a position to independently develop and implement research ideas in cooperation with non-academic partner institutions of the university. The course "Trans Pro Idea" ("Translation of Project Ideas in Research and Start-up Projects") was designed by Prof. Dr. Rainer Haag, a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität, and Leonhard Urner, a graduate student in Haag’s group, for the 2015 summer semester. The course includes a lecture series, a seminar, and a research-oriented internship. The prize money of 10,000 euros is to be used for practical testing of the three best project ideas. In addition, as part of the course, the students will be able to become familiar with how to found a company as an innovative career. The award ceremony will take place on January 27, 2015, in the Harnack House, as part of the event "Universities and Non-university Research Institutions Using the Example of the Research Campus in Berlin-Dahlem."

Thinking in Moving Pictures

German Research Foundation Funds Project at Freie Universität Berlin and Filmuniversität Babelsberg

Dec 12, 2014

Movies, TV news, Youtube - audiovisual images are everywhere. A new research center for advanced studies at Freie Universität Berlin investigates the impact these images have on how people perceive the world around them. Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Hermann Kappelhoff at the Film Studies division of the Institute of Theater Studies, Freie Universität, are looking into the thesis that media are not merely the means for communicating facts, but rather technical enhancements of perception. They change the conditions of understanding, judging, and imagining. From this perspective the analysis of filmic images determines forms of thought and feeling and opens up a new perspective on the historical, cultural, and political dimensions of audiovisual media. The project is initially being financed as one of five nationwide newly approved research groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG) through 2019, as the Senate of the DFG announced in Bonn.

New Collaborative Research Center for Prediction of Geological and Meteorological Phenomena

Scientists at Freie Universität Explore "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems"

Dec 12, 2014

A new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) was set up at Freie Universität Berlin to study so-called scaling cascades in complex systems. The project is being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) project. Meteorologists, geologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biochemists will work together to develop modeling and simulation techniques for the prediction of geological and meteorological phenomena such as earthquakes or rainfall. In the "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems" CRC, the participating scientists aim to explore the degrees of freedom and interactions of these phenomena, which represent a major challenge for scientists and mathematicians due to the many possibilities. The first funding phase is for three years and nine months.

The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective

International Conference from December 17 to 20 at Freie Universität Berlin

Dec 11, 2014

The Frankish kingdom of the Merovingians and its external relations are the subject of an international conference to be held December 17 to 20 at Freie Universität Berlin. Researchers from Germany, Israel, Europe, and the United States will analyze the trading relations the Merovingian Frankish Empire (481–751) maintained with the Mediterranean region. It is expected that a new image will emerge of the transitional period between antiquity and the Middle Ages. The conference is being sponsored by the Minerva Foundation in the Gentner Symposium series. The Minerva Foundation, which is based at the Max Planck Society, promotes German-Isreali cooperation in research. Since 1973 the Minerva Foundation has been sponsoring two conferences in the Gentner Symposium series annually. The conference will take place in English. It is public, and there is no admission charge.

Dutch Medieval Historian Mayke de Jong Receives Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Specialist in Field of Early Medieval Political Theology Will Do Research in 2015/2016 at Friedrich Meinecke Institute of Freie Universität Berlin

Dec 11, 2014

The renowned Dutch medieval historian Mayke de Jong has been granted a Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to do research in 2015 and 2016 at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of Freie Universität. She will be hosted by the historian Prof. Dr. Stefan Esders, who heads the research division devoted to the History of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, where de Jong will be doing her research while at Freie Universität.

European Olympic Laurel Award for Professor Gudrun Doll-Tepper

Professor of Education at Freie Universität Berlin Honored by European Olympic Committees

Dec 10, 2014

Gudrun Doll-Tepper, a professor of education at Freie Universität Berlin, was presented with a European Olympic Laurel Award by the European National Olympic Committee (NOC). She received the award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment in the fields of sports development and sports science, said the president of the European Olympic Committee (EOC), Patrick Hickey. As chair of the German Olympic Academy (DOA) since 2007, Gudrun Doll-Tepper threw herself body and soul into the promotion of inclusion in sports and in Olympic education, not only in Germany, but also at the European and international levels. In general, she was very committed to raising awareness for inclusion in sports and for promoting equal access in sports. "Her appointment as an advisor to the World Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) reflects her international recognition as a sports scientist," said Hickey.

Four Doctoral Dissertations Win Ernst Reuter Prizes in 2014

Awards for Outstanding Theses Presented on Founding Day of Freie Universität

Dec 02, 2014

The winners of this year's Ernst Reuter Prizes of Freie Universität Berlin have been announced: On December 4, the anniversary of Freie Universität's founding day, Karim Adiprasito, Jens Elze, Tobias Koch, and David Schweinfurth will be officially commended by the Ernst Reuter Society of Friends, Supporters, and Alumni of Freie Universität Berlin (ERG) for their dissertations. The Ernst Reuter Prize is awarded annually in four different subject groups for outstanding theses. It includes a monetary award of 5,000 euros.

War Fever and Pacifism

Conference on Jewish Intellectuals in World War I: December 4 to 6 at Freie Universität

Dec 02, 2014

The attitude of German Jews to the outbreak of World War I is the topic of a conference to be held December 4 to 6, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin. From historical, cultural, and literary critical perspectives, experts will address the widespread idea that in 1914 an overwhelming majority of German Jews joined in the “general war fever” in an attempt to prove themselves good German patriots to the many citizens with anti-Semitic sentiments. In the view of the participating scholars, this image of warmongering German Jews needs critical re-examination. Literary and autobiographical texts show that in particular the attitude of Jewish intellectuals to World War I was more differentiated than assumed so far. The conference, “Kriegstaumel und Pazifismus. Jüdische Intellektuelle im Ersten Weltkrieg,” is public. There is no charge for admission, and advance registration is not necessary. Journalists may schedule interviews devoted to the conference theme by contacting the organizers.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014