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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In Commemoration of the Liberation of the Auschwitz Extermination Camp 70 Years Ago

Wreath-laying Ceremony on January 27 in Front of the Building Formerly Housing the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics

Jan 26, 2015

On Tuesday, January 27, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp on January 27, 1945, a wreath will be placed at Freie Universität Berlin in front of the building formerly housing the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics at Ihnestrasse 22. A ceremony will be held in recognition of the victims of Nazi tyranny, and attention will be drawn to the ethical obligations of science. The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics existed until 1945. The notorious SS doctor, Josef Mengele, sent body parts of murdered victims from the Auschwitz death camp to be examined there. Currently, the building is used by the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität. A plaque as a reminder of the Nazi crimes also refers to the history of the building until 1945.

Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel: Freie Universität Berlin Participates in Anniversary Year

Freie Universität Recognizes Date with Numerous Events in Cooperation with Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Other Israeli Partner Universities

Jan 23, 2015

The anniversary year "Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel" is reflected in the current academic program of Freie Universität Berlin. In 1963 the first Institute of Jewish Studies in Germany was founded at Freie Universität. This year the university is hosting a variety of conferences and workshops for scholars and scientists in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other Israeli universities. Efforts are underway to intensify the collaboration in research, teaching, and support for junior researchers that has existed between Freie Universität and several universities in Israel since the 1950s. The Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel officially took up diplomatic relations on May 12, 1965. German-Israeli cooperation in science and research was a pioneering factor in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Brazil Today and in the Future

Public Symposium on January 30, 2015, at Latin America Institute of Freie Universität Berlin

Jan 21, 2015

The balance between democracy, economic growth, and inclusion policies in Brazil is the topic of a symposium to be held at the Latin American Institute (LAI) of Freie Universität Berlin on January 30, 2015. The presentations will focus on the social, political, and economic aspects of contemporary Brazil. Particular focus will be placed on the events that shaped the first term of President Dilma Rousseff and her Social Democratic Workers' Party and the expectations placed on them since their re-election in October 2014. The symposium will be opened by the Brazilian Ambassador to Germany, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, along with Susanne Klengel, the director of LAI, and Lucio Rennó, a visiting professor from Brazil. The event will be held in English. The symposium is open to the public, and admission is free. Advance registration is not required.

Memoirs of Founding Student Helmut Coper

Reading and Discussion on January 29 at 5 p.m. in Henry Ford Building of Freie Universität Berlin

Jan 16, 2015

On Thursday, January 29, there will be a reading from the memoirs of Helmut Coper, one of the founding students of Freie Universität Berlin. It will take place in the Henry Ford Building of Freie Universität. Helmut Coper enrolled at Freie Universität in 1948, when the university was founded during the Berlin Blockade. He was officially the second student to enroll. As the first elected chairperson of the General Student Committee, Coper was involved in building up the university from the start, and he maintained lifelong connections with the university. In 1967 he was appointed a professor and was later the director of the Institute of Neuropsychopharmacology. In 2013 Coper passed away at the age of 87. The reading will take place within the context of a conversation with several individuals with long-standing relations to the university.

Students of Cairo University and Freie Universität Berlin Launched Campaigns against Sexual Harassment

Berlin Action Weekend "Verstehste?" on January 16 and 17

Jan 16, 2015

To protest against sexual assault in nightlife, students at Freie Universität Berlin started a campaign “Geddit? Sexual harassment is no compliment.” For January 16 and 17 they organized an action weekend, when they are planning to visit areas in Berlin where there are many clubs and to speak to the revelers. "Especially at night and under the influence of alcohol there is a lot of confusion about what is an appropriate compliment and what a transgression," they say. The project originated as a cross-cultural teaching experiment: the course was held with students at the University of Cairo in virtual joint meetings. In addition, the students of both universities met in December 2014 for a joint "winter school." In Cairo, the participants also started a campaign against sexual harassment - with the university campus as a priority.

Bearing Witness in Cultural and Epistemological Practices

International Conference on Bearing Witness, January 15 to 17, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin

Jan 06, 2015

An international conference to be held from January 15 to 17 at Freie Universität will focus on the witness as a key figure of cultural and epistemological practices. Current controversies and historical perspectives on the subject of testimony will be discussed. The conference is being organized by the research project on "Zeugenschaft" ("Testimony / Bearing Witness"), which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project is being done in cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL). Under the direction of the professor of philosophy, Sybille Krämer (Freie Universität Berlin), and the director of ZfL, Sigrid Weigel, researchers from both institutions will address the phenomenon of testimony from a philosophical and cultural studies perspective. The conference is open to the public, and admission is free.

Do Narcissists Swamp Facebook with Status Messages?

Researchers at Freie Universität Publish Results of Study on Behavior of Facebook Users in Prestigious Journal of Research in Personality

Jan 05, 2015

Researchers at Freie Universität and the University of Arizona looked into whether narcissistic Facebook users post significantly more status messages than others. Contrary to popular belief, the study showed that such users by no means share more posts than the average Facebook user. The findings were published in the online version of the prestigious Journal of Research in Personality and also appeared in the print edition on December 2, 2014.

First 2015 Term of International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) of Freie Universität Gets Started with Record Number of Students

135 Participants from 22 Countries

Jan 04, 2015

The first 2015 term of the International Summer and Winter University of Freie Universität Berlin, FUBiS, started on Sunday. With 135 students from 22 countries, this is the largest enrollment to date for the first term. During the three-week program the students take German language courses as well as subject courses that are taught in English (four of them) and Spanish (one course). Most of the students are from South Korea, the United States, and Brazil. The term runs until January 24.

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.

Postcard Greetings in Perfect Handwriting - Right from Your Cell Phone

Students' Successful Business Ideas Won Funpreneur Competition at Freie Universität

Dec 19, 2014

Ordering hand-written postcards with a picture submitted from your cell phone, smoothie sets with dried fruit, and cultural workshops for disadvantaged teen-agers – these were the top three winning business ideas in the start-up competition for students at Freie Universität. The awards were presented on Thursday evening.

Last Update: Feb 04, 2014