Topics for Journalists

Are you a journalist looking for a topic? For example, about an exciting research project, or a professor with a particular field of interest, or a development for the market of the future? Freie Universität has a collection of stories ready for you. To help facilitate your search for new topics, we offer journalists a monthly selection of newsworthy contributions, features, and background reports – as a reference and stimulus for your own articles. If you publish something, we would greatly appreciate a copy or a link to the online text or radio or television broadcast.

Riesige Müllmengen treiben als "Müllinseln" auf den Weltmeeren.

The Big Cleanup

Computer scientists from Freie Universität hope to use their calculations to clear plastic waste from the world’s oceans

Everyone knows, but no one does anything about it. Huge amounts of plastic waste are piling up at certain points in the ocean, carried there by currents. Five of these “garbage patches” have formed in the world’s oceans. There is talk of there being tens of thousands of tons of plastic trash involved: “That’s just a rough estimate of the amount,” says computer scientist Tim Landgraf of Freie Universität Berlin. “But what’s really impressive, though, is the area,” he adds.

Folgenschwere Krankheit: Rinderzucht bildet für viele Menschen in Nord- und Ostafrika ihre Lebensgrundlage. Umso schwerwiegender ist die große Verbreitung des Erregers „Theilerien“ und umso dringlicher dessen Erforschung.

Following in Robert Koch’s Footsteps

Every year, thousands of animals in eastern and northern Africa die of parasitic Theileria infections. A German-African team of researchers aims to change that.

The first sign is that the animals develop a fever. They grow weak and lose the desire to eat. Then, after two to three weeks of suffering, most of the cattle die – dead of a disease caused by tiny single-celled organisms. Theileria is the name of the genus of parasites that claim the lives of thousands of cattle in northern and eastern Africa every year.

Großveranstaltungen wie Public-Viewing sind eine besondere Herausforderung für die Sicherheitskräfte. Forscher der Freien Universität feilen an Konzepten, um im eventuellen Ernstfall besser und schneller reagieren zu können.

Strategies for Major Emergencies

The “Safety and Security Research Showcase” features technical innovations and simulates scenarios.

A storm is moving in. There is a crack of thunder and a flash of lightning – and smoke suddenly starts to rise from the local chemical plant. Researchers from the Research Forum on Public Safety and Security at Freie Universität are now gathering ideas for possible ways to respond in this and other crisis situations. About 20 team members are working on developing the results of safety and security research for policymakers and the general public.

Last Update: Mar 04, 2015