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Research Training Groups at Freie Universität Berlin

Research Training Groups (GRKs) are university training programs established for a specific time period (up to nine years) to support young researchers in their pursuit of a doctorate. The Research Training Groups provide doctoral students with the opportunity to work within a coordinated research program run by a number of university professors.

Freie Universitaet Berlin hosts 6 GRKs, and participates in 8 others, 3 GRKs at Charité - University Medicine.

GRK 2046: Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models to Natural Systems
- since 2015 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Hartmann
Institute: Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Immunology

GRK 2248: Global Intellectual History - Transfer, Ideas Circulating, Actors (18th - 20th century)
- since 2017 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad
Institute: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, History

GRK 2434: Facets of complexity
- since 2018 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Günter Rote
Institute: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science

International GRK 2445: Temporalities of Future in Latin America
- since 2019 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke
Institute: Institute for Latin American Studies

GRK 2638: Normativity, Critique, Change
- since 2021 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Bertram
Institute: Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Philosophy

International GRK 2662: Charging into the future: Understanding of Polyelectrolyte Interactions with Biosystems
- since 2021 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kevin Pagel
Institute: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institut of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Organic Chemistry)


GRK1939: Philosophy, Science and the Sciences
- since 2019 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Vetter (Dep. of Philosophy and Humanities, Philosophy)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

GRK 2043: Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World (NatRiskChange)
- since 2015 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uwe Ulbrich (Dep. of Earth Sciences, Meteorology)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Universität Potsdam

GRK 2118: Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in Dynamic Agricultural Landscapes (BioMove)
- since 2015 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Matthias Rillig (Dep. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Botany)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Universität Potsdam

GRK 2130: Minor Cosmopolitanisms
- since 2016 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Sergio Costa (Institute for Latin American Studies)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Universität Potsdam

GRK 2433: Differential Equation- and Data-driven Models in Life Sciences and Fluid Dynamics (DAEDALUS)
- since 2018 -

Participating scientists: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christof SchütteUniv.-Prof. Dr. Frank Noé (Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Institute of Mathematics)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Technische Universität Berlin

GRK 2473: Bioactive Peptides – Innovative Aspects of Synthesis and Biosynthesis
- since 2019 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Markus Wahl (Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Technische Universität Berlin

International GRK 2544: Stochastic Analysis in Interaction
- since 2020 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nicolas Perkowski (Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Technische Universität Berlin and University of Oxford

GRK 2581: Metabolism, Topology and Compartmentalization of Membrane Proximal Lipid and Signaling Components in Infection
- since 2020 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Burkhard Kleuser (Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmacy)
Univ. of the spokesperson:
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Freie Universität Berlin hosted the following research training groups:

  • GRK 101 Comparison of the Society in Historical, Sociological and Anthropological Perspective (1992 - 2001)
  • GRK 120 Signalling Cascades in Living Systems (1998 - 2003)
  • GRK 276 Signal Recognition and Transduction (1996 - 2005)
  • GRK 406 The Staging of the Body (1997 - 2006)
  • GRK 429 Neuropsychiatry and Psychology: Psychic Potentials and Limits in Old Age (1998 - 2007)
  • GRK 588 European Research Training Group: Combinatorics, Geometry and Computation (2000 - 2005)
  • GRK 788 Hydrogen Bonding and Hydrogen Transfer (2002 - 2007)
  • GRK 865 Mechanisms of Vasoregulation (2003 - 2007)
  • GRK 1012 Organizational Paths (2005 - 2014)
  • International GRK 1369: InterArt / Interart Studies (2006-2015)
  • International GRK 1571: Entre Espacios - Movimientos, Actores y Representaciones de la Globalizacion / Between spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization (2009 - 2018)
  • GRK 1582 Fluorine as a Key Element. Discovering Innovative Synthetic Concepts to Generate Novel Molecules with Unique Properties (2009 - 2018)
  • International GRK 1673 Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology (2010 - 2015)