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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“An Assembly Line for Medications”

One of the most important HIV medications, Efavirenz, can now be produced faster, more cost efficiently, and more sustainably utilizing continuous flow chemistry.

Feb 23, 2015

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and Freie Universität Berlin have succeeded in developing better methods of producing APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients). As a result, Efavirenz, one of the preferred agents for treating HIV in combination therapies, can now be produced using a concise continuous flow method. This process may fundamentally change the way APIs are produced.

Olga Martynova Awarded 2015 Berlin Literature Prize

Martynova Appointed Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin

Feb 18, 2015

The Preußische Seehandlung Foundation awarded the 2015 Berlin Literature Prize to the writer Olga Martynova. She received the award on Wednesday night from Mayor Michael Müller at the Berlin City Hall. The president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, appointed Martynova the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of Literature for the 2015 summer semester. The prize money amounts to 30,000 euros.

How Plants React to Stress

Symposium on Stress Memory of Plants from February 18 to 20 at Freie Universität

Feb 12, 2015

Stress responses of plants, fungi, and bacteria will be discussed at a symposium on February 18 to 20, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin. The meeting is being organized by the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 973 "Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress." Renowned experts from Europe, the United States, and Mexico will discuss which strategies plants and other life forms use when confronted with stress factors such as heat, drought, cold, pathogens, and insect infestation. They will also address how stressful first experiences prepare the organism for upcoming stress events. In particular, the symposium will focus on the stress memory of plants. Entitled “Bridging Ecology and Molecular Biology: Organismic Responses to Recurring Stress,” the symposium will be held in English. The meeting is public, and admission is free.

Hebrew University and Freie Universität Berlin Sign Agreement for Joint Doctoral Program

Universities Expand Strategic Cooperation as Israel and Germany Mark Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations

Feb 11, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, the presidents of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin further expanded the two universities' extensive strategic partnership by signing a a joint doctoral program agreement. The Joint PhD, which is open to all disciplines at the two universities, is the first of its kind between German and Israeli institutions of higher learning. Alternate periods of research will take place at Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Each student will have two supervisors, one in Berlin and one in Jerusalem. At the end of the program, the students will receive a joint degree from both universities.

New International Sustainability Network

Freie Universität Berlin and Its Strategic Partners to Receive € 1 Mio in DAAD Funding for University Alliance for Sustainability

Feb 10, 2015

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will support Freie Universität Berlin in further developing its strategic partnership network with roughly one million euros until 2018. Within the framework of the new “University Alliance for Sustainability,” Freie Universität Berlin, together with its four strategic partners, will focus on sustainability as a comprehensive topic for collaborating in research, teaching, and campus management. Freie Universität’s strategic partners are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the University of British Columbia (Canada), St. Petersburg State University (Russia), and Peking University (China). The new alliance will be under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam.

Journalists Are Invited to a Special Press Availability: As Israel and Germany Mark Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin Expand Strategic Cooperation

On February 10, University Presidents Will Sign Agreement to Launch New Joint Doctoral Program

Feb 09, 2015

Marking 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, on February 10 the presidents of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin will sign a joint doctoral program agreement. It is the first of its kind between German and Israeli institutions of higher learning, and is open to all disciplines at the two universities. The Joint PhD will create a cadre of graduates with international experience and a solid footing in both Germany and Israel. Alternate periods of research between one to two years will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin. Each student will have two supervisors, one in Berlin and one in Jerusalem. At the end of the program, the students will receive a joint degree from both universities. The signing ceremony will take place on February 10 at 11 a.m. in Jerusalem; Journalists are invited to a Special Press Availability/Q&A with the presidents of Hebrew University and Freie Universität Berlin. To RSVP, contact Dov Smith at: dovs@savion.huji.ac.il.

Can Physics Be Reduced to a Single Formula?

Prof. Dr. Hermann Nicolai to Give 14th Einstein Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin on February 19

Feb 09, 2015

Prof. Dr. Hermann Nicolai from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) will hold the 14th Einstein Lecture Dahlem at Freie Universität on February 19, 2015. The lecture, entitled "Symmetrie und Vereinheitlichung – lässt sich die Physik auf eine Formel reduzieren?" will deal with the significance of the concept of symmetry for the established laws of physics and for more recent approaches. Prof. Dr. Nicolai will be referring to the unresolved questions of physics that arise mainly from the "intolerance" of quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity and that will probably only be resolved in the context of a yet-to-find theory of quantum gravity. The lecture will be held in German. It is open to the public, and admission is free. RSVP by email: einladung@fu-berlin.de.

Recognition for Online Encylopedia on World War I

International Research Project "1914-1918-online" in Annual List of Best Historical Materials of American Library Association

Feb 04, 2015

The online encyclopedia "1914-1918-online" was added to the Annual List of Best Historical Materials of the American Library Association (ALA). For the 11th time, the ALA has compiled projects and initiatives from all fields of historical research that evaluate historical sources about a particular topic particularly well and clearly and published them in its highly regarded Annual List of Best Historical Materials. The international research project "1914-1918-online" is based at Freie Universität Berlin. It is headed by Oliver Janz, a professor of modern history, and the director of the Center for Digital Systems, Professor Nicolas Apostolopoulos. Experts from more than 50 countries are participating in the project, which is publicly available and free of charge.

Honorary Doctorate for Physicist Wolfgang Junge

Department of Physics at Freie Universität Honors Professor Junge for Contributions to Biophysics

Feb 04, 2015

The Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin is granting an honorary doctorate to Wolfgang Junge in recognition of his outstanding achievements in biophysics. The award ceremony will take place on February 9, 2015. The speakers during the special colloquium include Professor Menachem Gutman (University of Tel Aviv, Israel) and Professor Ernst Bamberg (Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt). The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Mynigma Is One of Three Finalists for 2015 CeBIT Innovation Awards

Spin-off of Freie Universität Wins Award for App for Easy Email Encryption / Prize Money of at Least 20,000 Euros

Jan 30, 2015

Mynigma, a spin-off of Freie Universität Berlin is one of three finalists at the CeBIT computer fair in Hannover in March. Mynigma developed a secure e-mail application for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that encrypts messages almost automatically. The product won a 2015 CeBIT Innovation Award and will be on display at the product show from March 16 to 20 in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony in Germany. The developers, Roman Priebe and Lukas Neumann, will win at least 20,000 euros. They developed the application with their company Mynigma that they founded with support from profund, Freie Universität Berlin's start-up support service.

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