Participating Excellence Programs

Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations

Key topics: The transformation of antique phenomena; Innovations in antiquity; Maps and diagrams; Ancient economy; Water management in antiquity; and Space related identities.

Research fields: The interaction between ancient human communities and the natural environment; The social control mechanisms through which ancient spaces have been constituted, defined, formed and regulated; The perception and representation of spaces in ancient cultures; Ancient theories of space and all forms of ancient science concerned with the concept of space.

For further questions regarding Topoi please contact Regina Attula, or go to


Research fields: Immune actions in the healthy and diseased central nervous system; Neurogenetic/neurophysiological contributions to speech and language learning in animal models; The cellular and molecular basis of auditory system function and development.

For further questions regarding NeuroCure please contact Tanja Rohweder, or go to

Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies

Research fields: From stimulation to control - Using bone morphogenetic protein for controlled regeneration under compromised conditions; Direct cellular migration to sites of injury; Targeting inflammation to support regeneration; Multifunctional and controllable implant systems; From cell therapy to joint function – adaptation in regenerative therapies; Visualisation of regeneration.

For further questions regarding the research of BSRT please contact Sabine Bartosch, or go to

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Key topics: The plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as in Muslim minority communities in Europe and North America.

Research fields: Islamic reform; Education in Muslim majority contexts; Media and communication.

For further details regarding the BGSMCS please contact Gabriele Freitag,

Berlin Mathematical School

Research fields: Differential and Discrete Geometry, Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Topology, Discrete Mathematics, Visualization, Numerical Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Geometric Analysis, Differential Equations.

For further details regarding BMS please contact Alexander Schmitt, or go to or to the Department of Mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin

Berlin School of Integrative Oncology

Research fields: Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways in carcinogenesis; Cellular stress responses in tumor development and treatment resistance; Cancer immunology; Functional “-omics” and systems biology; Interdisciplinary analysis of pathogenic mechanisms; Translational research and novel treatment options; Stem cells in cancer.

For further details regarding BSIO, its research and training please contact Eleanor Horn,

Graduate School for East Asian Studies

Research fields: The interdisciplinary analysis of institutions in East Asia from a social science perspective and historical grounding; Trans-regional phenomena or interregional comparisons.

For further details regarding the GSC East Asian Studies please contact Verena Blechinger,