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New wild plant seed bank building at the Botanic Garden of Freie Universität now open
The Dahlem Seed Bank houses about 7,000 different seed samples, many of them from rare or endangered plant species. The collection functions as a kind of plant archive, and it is an important partner in dialogue and exchange with botanical gardens around the world. Last week, the new building to house the prestigious institution was officially opened by the German Federal Environment Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks, the seed bank’s patron.
An international junior research group at Freie Universität studies the role of the EU in China and India
Taken together, these two countries account for nearly 40 percent of the global population. They are emerging economies and have been strategic partners of the European Union for years: India, “the world’s largest democracy,” and China, with its one-party socialist system. What role does the European Union play in these Asian countries, and what factors affect the perception of the EU “from outside”? And how does this image affect cooperation? The junior research group “Asian Perceptions of the EU” at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI) took up these questions – with surprising findings.
Neuroeconomist Peter Mohr studies what happens in our brains when we make economic decisions
Peter Mohr has dedicated his life to risk. Mohr, a junior professor of neuroeconomics at the School of Business and Economics at Freie Universität, studies how people experience and process risky economic situations, assess risks and react to them, and how the prospects of profits and losses affect their behavior.