Excellence Council

The Excellence Council is the intellectual core of the newly created excellence projects and those that are under development. It comprises 25 outstanding researchers from Freie Universität, including a number of researchers who have won well-known awards and distinctions such as the Leibniz Prize. Most members are also involved in or are the leaders of clusters of excellence or graduate schools receiving funding under the initiative.

The Excellence Council is an internal body that advises the university management of Freie Universität. It cooperates in the development of research emphases within the future concept, initiates new research networks and doctoral programs, and evaluates the effects of all projects that are successful in the Excellence Initiative. The Council meets twice per semester.

The Council’s members are as follows:

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Seminar of East Asian Studies - Japanology
Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Focus Area "Center for Area Studies"

Institute for Latin American Studies - Political Science

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and History

Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Meteorology

Medical School - Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration
Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies

Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Theater Studies
International Research Training Group “InterArt Studies“

Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Department of Literature
Graduate School of North American Studies

Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics

Department of Education and Psychology, Division of Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Seminar of East Asian Studies - Japanology
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics, AG Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Art History
International Research Training Group “Interart Studies”

Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology
Topoi Cluster of Excellence

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut
Focus Area Dahlem Humanities Center

Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Functional Materials at the Nanoscale Focus Area

Department of Political and Social Sciences, Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy
Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, Institute of Biology

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics, Biocomputing Group
Berlin Mathematical School

Medical School - Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine

School of Business and Economics, Department of Management

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Animal Nutrition

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Discrete Geometry