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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"Writing as the Inhuman Revolution"

Writer Victor Erofeyev Is Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Berlin during 2015 Summer Semester

Apr 10, 2015

The Russian writer Victor Erofeyev is the 33rd Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin during the 2015 summer semester. He is teaching a seminar called "Writing as the Inhuman Revolution." The class is being held on Wednesdays, 2–4 p.m. It is taught in English. The first class will be on April 15.


Public Lecture Series of International Research Training Group »InterArt« at Freie Universität Berlin during 2015 Summer Semester

Apr 10, 2015

A public lecture series being held during the 2015 summer semester is devoted to the art of protest. The series is part of the Open Lecture series at Freie Universität Berlin and deals with the new aesthetics of protest and the associated political forms. In their presentations the participants will address the mutual influence between art and politics that occurs in global protest movements. The series was designed by Dr. Sarah Dornhof and Dr. Frauke Surmann at the international Research Training Group "InterArt." The events are public, and admission is free. No advance sign-up required.

Small Differences, Big Effect

New Findings: Variability Helps Mammals to Become Invasive

Apr 07, 2015

From the time humans began discovering and conquering new continents, they also started transporting animals and plants around the world and releasing them in locations where they had never been before. Most of these alien species died out quickly, but many established populations and some even multiplied and became invasive, causing tremendous economic and environmental harm. In a recently published article in the journal “The American Naturalist,” scientists from Spain, Switzerland, and Germany argue that successful invaders are particularly variable and can therefore adapt to many different environmental conditions.

Students Performed Well Representing Israel

MUN Delegation from Freie Universität Won Several Awards in New York / Applications for Next Simulation Competition Will Be Accepted in July

Apr 01, 2015

A student delegation from Freie Universität Berlin performed well in representing the State of Israel at the recent conference simulation of the United Nations in New York. The 14 students from various disciplines won three awards for their efforts: two were for position papers and one for their active participation in the negotiations. The delegates took on the role of Israeli diplomats, particularly appropriate this year, which marks the 50-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany. In the simulation the students acted as Israeli diplomats, negotiating about current issues and working out proposals for solutions to challenges such as the pursuit of peace and security, the role of women, sustainability, and how to deal with refugees.

Dissolution of the State and Guarantee for Human Rights?

Fourth Panel Discussion of the European Salon on April 27, 2015 / Topic: Perspectives of European Migration Policy

Mar 30, 2015

Migration is the topic to be discussed in the fourth panel discussion of the European Salon series on April 27, 2015, on the premises of the Representation of the Saarland. The planned panelists are the head of the German Federal Chancellery Peter Altmaier, the former Dutch Justice Minister Prof. Dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, and the managing director of PRO ASYL Günter Burkhardt. They will discuss, among other things, the issue of whether and to what extent the understanding of citizenship needs to be adjusted to accommodate the emergence of transnational communities. Other issues to be discussed include the responsibility of the European Union to protect refugees and to take in asylum seekers as well as the opportunities that immigration can offer the European economy and the labor market. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Christian Calliess, a professor of public law and European law at Freie Universität Berlin. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Horse Whisperer to Visit Freie Universität Berlin on Easter Monday

Californian Horse Trainer Monty Roberts Will Be at the Equine Center in Bad Saarow on April 6, 2015

Mar 30, 2015

Monty Roberts, the man who speaks with horses, along with his certified instructors will be in the Equine Veterinary Center in Bad Saarow on April 6, 2015, to demonstrate the training concept Join-Up® that he developed for dealing with rough and traumatized horses. During the event, Monty Roberts will analyze and comment on horses. During breaks he will be available to answer questions. The event will be held in English and will be simultaneously translated into German. The entrance fee is 44 euros for seats in the stands and 56 euros for seats in the round panel, plus 3 euros handling charges. Admission is free for media representatives.

Awards for Master's Theses

Anthropologist Anne-Sophie Weißenhorn and Archaeologist Elisabeth Anna Krüger from Freie Universität Receive Rudolf Virchow Award in 2015

Mar 25, 2015

The anthropologist Anne-Sophie Weißenhorn and the archaeologist Elisabeth Anna Krüger from Freie Universität Berlin have received the Rudolf Virchow Award from the Berlin Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte (BGAEU). Both received the awards for their master's theses. Anne-Sophie Weißenhorn submitted her thesis entitled “C‘est la réalité sénégalaise!” in 2014. It deals with multiple healing worlds in the context of mental illness and is a medical anthropological study of the Moussa Diop clinic. Elisabeth Anna Krüger's thesis was submitted in 2012 and is entitled "«Ein Archäologe ist bei uns zugleich ein guter Pole» - Vom Autochthismus und seiner Aktualität in der polnischen Slawenforschung." It deals with autochthismus and its relevance in Polish Slavic research. Each award comes with 500 euros. They were presented on Tuesday evening.

The Internet and the Peeroskop

Computer Scientists from Freie Universität Berlin Present Research Results against Cyberhacking at CeBIT 2015

Mar 18, 2015

At this year's CeBIT computer fair, computer scientists from Freie Universität Berlin are presenting tools that can be used to better understand and protect the Internet, which in recent years has evolved into one of the most important global infrastructures – and is still vulnerable. For data packets on the Internet to reach their destinations correctly, the paths must be correct, but the "direction signs" change frequently, making it easy to capture the data and misuse them for criminal attacks. Peeroskop is a system for analyzing and protecting data streams. It was developed by researchers at Freie Universität, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and TU Munich. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) with more than 1.5 million euros. Visitors can learn about the new security solutions from now until March 20 at the BMBF booth at the CeBIT fair in Hannover (Hall 9, Booth D40).

New Master's in Eastern European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

"Leadership in Eastern Europe" Degree Program to Start in October 2015 / Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

Mar 17, 2015

The Center for Global Politics (CGP) at Freie Universität Berlin has created a new English-language master's program entitled "Leadership in Eastern Europe." The one-year executive master's degree program provides professional and entrepreneurial skills that are needed to manage an office or a project in Eastern Europe. The CGP works closely with partners from industry and non-governmental organizations. It cooperates, for example, with the International Chamber of Commerce in Germany and Media in Cooperation and Transition. The program accepts 15 graduate students per year and is aimed at individuals who already have a first degree, a good command of English, and at least one year of professional experience. The first classes will begin in October 2015. The application deadline is April 30, 2015, and the tuition fees are 15,900 euros.

Start-up Company volatiles Wins IKT Innovative Prize at CeBIT Computer Fair

Spin-off of Freie Universität Won 6,000 Euros

Mar 17, 2015

volatiles, a spin-off of Freie Universität Berlin, was a winner in the IKT Innovative competition of the German Federal Ministry or Economic Affairs and Energy for founding companies. The team consisting of Fabian Metzeler, René Schulz, and Janos Kutscherauer received 6000 euros at the CeBIT computer fair for an intelligent lighting system they developed. Using LED technology, it is possible to replace light bulbs with luminous surfaces that can be controlled via the Internet, but this potential is rarely utilized. For example, the level of brightness in the vicinity of a mirror can be increased as someone approaches it. The system is controlled via a smartphone application.

Last Update: Apr 20, 2015