The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) analyses Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America.
The Center for Area Studies (CAS) represents a unique feature of Freie Universitaet Berlin in that it concentrates regional expertise across the humanities and social sciences for North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Near East.
The Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC) creates an overarching interdisciplinary research framework to study the outward manifestations, principles, and functions of cultural dynamics.
The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) carries out systematic and comparative study of East Asia in its wider global context.
Research fields: The interdisciplinary analysis of origins, effects or interdependence of institutions in East Asia from a social science perspective; Trans-regional phenomena, interregional comparisons, or regional case studies in China, Japan and Korea.
Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations examines the interdependence of space and knowledge in civilizations of the Ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Black Sea region and parts of the Eurasian steppe from the 6th millennium BC to around AD 500
Key topics: Innovations in antiquity; Mapping in physical or mental diagrams, maps, and pictures; Ancient economy; Water management in antiquity; collective identities; and the transformation of antique phenomena.
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.
The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) develops mathematics for key technologies and supports partners in industry, economy and science.
Research fields: Differential and Discrete Geometry, Algebraic and Arithmetic Geometry, Algebraic Topology, Discrete Mathematics, Visualization, Numerical Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Geometric Analysis, Differential Equations.
The Dahlem Centre for Plant Sciences (DCPS) aims for a comprehensive understanding of diverse aspects of plant life by integrating disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, plant geography, and history of botany
Key topic 1: Plant mobile genetic elements: activities, functions, genome evolution
Key topic 2: Ecology and biodiversity of plant-soil interactions
Key topic 3: Regulation of plant growth and development
Disease in Human Aging (DynAge) investigates dynamics at the level of molecules, individuals and society.
Key topic: Disease in Human Aging: Tumors, Cardiovascular Disease, Musculoskeletal Diseases, and Cognitive Disorders/ Depression
NanoScale focuses on advanced interdisciplinary research on materials properties of nanoscale systems.
Key topic 1: Supramolecular Interactions
Key topic 2: Nanoscale Systems
NeuroCure focuses on neurological disorders known to have overlapping pathophysiological cascades, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, focal epilepsies, and developmental disturbances.
Research fields in which Freie Universität Berlin is a collaborator: Synaptic basis of cognitive aging; Neurogenetic/neurophysiological contributions to speech and language learning in animal models; The cellular and molecular basis of auditory system function and development.