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.
Freie Universität One of Five Most Highly Regarded Universities in Germany
Mar 06, 2014
In its latest World Reputation Rankings, the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine again includes Freie Universität among the 100 most highly regarded universities of the world. The university improved its position again this year, reaching the 81-90 group. It is also again one of the five most respected German universities. A spin-off of the annual THE World University Rankings, the reputation ranking, according to THE, is based on the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey.
Scientist at HZB Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials and Freie Universität Recognized for Originality and Scientific Importance of His Publications
Mar 03, 2014
The Working Group of German University Chemistry Professors (ADUC/Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitätsprofessoren und –Professorinnen für Chemie) has awarded its 2013 prize for instructors completing their professorial credentials to Dr. habil. Sebastian Seiffert. Seiffert heads a group of junior scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials, as well as teaching at Freie Universität Berlin as an adjunct professor. He will be assuming an associate professorship for supramolecular polymeric materials beginning in April that will be jointly financed by HZB and Freie Universität Berlin.
Südhof Expected to Take up Work in Berlin as Visiting Fellow in Fall of 2014
Feb 27, 2014
The Charité Foundation was able to win the 2013 Nobel laureate in medicine, Prof. Dr. Thomas Südhof, as a Visiting Fellow for the Berlin Institute of Health. Südhof, currently a professor of cellular physiology at Stanford University in California is the first scientist to join the team in Berlin with the support of the Private Excellence Initiative of Johanna Quandt, which is managed by the Charité Foundation. In November 2012 the entrepreneur Johanna Quandt had already indicated her willingness to support the scientific work of the Berlin Institute of Health with up to 40 million euros over ten years.
Freie Universität among Top 50 Universities in Four Disciplines
Feb 26, 2014
The prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject places Freie Universität Berlin among the best 200 universities worldwide in 21 of 30 subjects considered – whereby four of the 30 subjects are in the fields of engineering, and they are not offered by Freie Universität. In a nationwide comparison, only Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, which has 23 subjects among the best 200, performs better than Freie Universität.
Berlin-based Scientific Start-up labfolder Releases Mobile Digital Lab Notebook
Feb 20, 2014
The Berlin-based labfolder GmbH released its free mobile app which allows scientists to use their iPhones, smartphones, tablets, and iPads as digital lab notebooks, making it easier to record research data from mobile devices. The new application fits easily into the highly regulated environment of laboratories. Research data can be more easily recorded and evaluated, saving time and expense. The scientist-entrepreneurs from Berlin complemented their web application by native apps for mobile devices operating under Android and iOS. The spin-off of Freie Universität Berlin won an EXIST fellowship for founders from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and was supported by profund, the entrepreneurship office of Freie Universität Berlin. Worldwide 1,500 scientists are using the cloud-based digital lab book, labfolder, in the beta version to document their research.
Artist Dorothea Fischbeck Stages Figures Made of Felt in Freie Universität Berlin's Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture
Feb 18, 2014
Some additions were made to the sculptures in the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture at Freie Universität Berlin, but not ones made of marble or plaster. Recently, the artist Dorothea Fischbeck began staging figures made of felt among the casts of ancient statues. The felt figures are placed strategically as viewers of individual sculptures and thus draw the attention of visitors to particular statues. The felt visitors will be on display until March 16, 2014, from Thursdays to Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
Monika Schäfer-Korting Runs for Office as Executive Vice President
Feb 17, 2014
On Friday the Board of Trustees of Freie Universität Berlin unanimously nominated two candidates for the offices of president and executive vice president of the university. The current incumbents will face re-election, Professor Peter-André Alt as a candidate for president, and Professor Monika Schäfer-Korting as a candidate for executive vice president.
Education Students at Freie Universität Study History of Holocaust and Create Materials for Teaching and Learning / Concept Developed by Historian Martin Lücke
Feb 16, 2014
How is the history of the Holocaust described in history books in Israel and in Germany? How do the cultures of memory in the two countries differ in dealing with the genocide? These and similar questions will be addressed within a research-focused exchange program for education students majoring in history and ethics at Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The transnational project, which was developed by the historian Prof. Dr. Martin Lücke, won the Teaching Award of Freie Universität. "This program is an opportunity for students learning to be teachers to acquire both historical knowledge and intercultural competence in dealing with the important subject of the Holocaust," said the president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, with regard to the selection of this project.
Mathematician at Freie Universität Berlin and Glaciologist at ETH Zurich Reconstruct Historical Death in the Snow with Glacier Simulation
Feb 13, 2014
In the latest issue of the Journal of Glaciology, mathematician Guillaume Jouvet from Freie Universität Berlin and glaciologist Martin Funk from ETH Zurich published their findings about the circumstances of the deaths of four young men in the Alps in 1926. One day in March 1926 four young men, three of whom were brothers, did not return from a ski tour on the Great Aletsch Glacier. The remains of the three brothers were found 86 years later by two British mountaineers. On the basis of where the bones were found and using a computer model, Guillaume Jouvet and Martin Funk were able to retrack the path the bodies must have taken and localize the area where the men must have died and been picked up by the glacier.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin Launch Joint English-Language Lecture Series on German Literature / First Event on February 19, 2014, in Jerusalem
Feb 12, 2014
A new two-semester lecture series on German literature will be launched on February 19, 2014, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin. The series is intended to give a new impetus to German studies at the Hebrew University. The lectures, to be held in English, will deal with the most important German-speaking writers. They will be given by prominent German studies professors from Freie Universität Berlin and other German and international universities. The Axel Springer Lecture Series on German Literature is being sponsored by the Axel Springer Foundation. The lecture series will include 25 events and cover German literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. For the inaugural event, the presidents of the two involved universities, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson and Prof. Peter-André Alt, and the German ambassador in Israel have been invited to give welcome addresses. The opening lecture will be held on Mount Scopus by Hans-Jürgen Schings, one of the preeminent experts on literature and drama of the Enlightenment and the Classical Period in German literature. Schings, a professor of German literature at Freie Universität Berlin, will give a lecture on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust.