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Priority Programmes

Particular feature of the Priority Programme (SPP), generally with a funding period of six years, is the nationwide cooperation between its participating researchers.

Freie Universitaet currently participates in 35 Priority Programmes, and hosts 1 Priority Programme.

SPP 2017: Mountain Building Process in Four Dimensions (4D-MB)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Mark Handy (Dept. of Earth Sciences)
Duration: 2017-2020

SPP 527: Infrastructure - International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)

Spokesperson: Dr. Jochen Erbacher, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), Hannover
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Duration: since 2016 (beginnung of the SPP 1979)

SPP 1006: Infrastructure - International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Krastel, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Duration: since 1995

SPP 1158: Infrastructure - Antarctic Research with Comparable Investigations in Arctic Sea Ice Areas

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulf Kasten, Universität Rostock
FU-Participation:
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Duration: since 2019

SPP 1374: Infrastructure - Biodiversity Exploratories

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer, Universität Bern
FU-Participation: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy
Duration:
since 2007

SPP 1596: Ecology and Species Barriers in Emerging Viral Diseases

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Universitätsklinikum Bonn
FU-Participation: Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Virology
Duration: since 2013

SPP 1601: New Frontiers in Sensitivity for EPR Spectroscopy: from Biological Cells to Nano Materials

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Marina Bennati, Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie Göttingen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Duration:
since 2012

SPP 1646: Education as a Lifelong Process

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg
FU-Participation: Dept. of Education and Psychology
Duration:
since 2011

SPP 1666: Topological Insulators: Materials - Fundamental Properties - Devices

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Oliver Rader, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Wilhelm-Conrad-Röntgen Campus, BESSY II, Berlin
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Duration:
since 2013

SPP 1688: Ästhetische Eigenzeiten. Zeit und Darstellung in einer polychronen Moderne

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Michael Gamper, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wegner, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Theater Studies
Duration:
since 2013

SPP 1689: Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Meteorology
Duration:
since 2013

SPP 1708: Material Synthesis near Room Temperature

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Michael Ruck, Technische Universität Dresden
FU-Participation:
Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Duration:
since 2017

SPP 1710: Dynamics of Thiol-based Redox Switches in Cellular Physiology

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology
Duration: since 2014

SPP 1727: XPrag.de - New Pragmatic Theories based on Experimental Evidence

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher, Universität zu Köln
FU-Participation: Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures
Duration: since 2017

SPP 1738: Emerging Roles of non-Coding RNAs in Nervous System Development, Plasticity and Disease

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. André Fischer, Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE), Standort Göttingen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology
Duration: since 2017

SPP 1786: Homotopy Theory and Algebraic Geometry

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Marc Levine, Universität Duisburg-Essen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics
Duration: since 2015

SPP 1798: Compressed Sensing in Information Processing

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok, Technische Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mathar, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Duration:
since 2015

SPP 1803: EarthShape - Earth Surface Shaping by Biota

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Todd Alan Ehlers, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences
Duration:
2019

SPP 1807: Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner Ph.D., Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Duration:
since 2018

SPP 1833: Building a Habitable Earth

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Carsten Münker, Universität zu Köln
FU-Participation: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences
Duration:
since 2018

SPP 1835: Kooperativ interagierende Automobile

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christoph Stiller, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
FU-Participation: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science
Duration: since 2015

SPP 1857: Electromagnetic Sensors for Life Sciences (ESSENCE)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Jakoby, Technische Universität Darmstadt
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Duration: since 2019

SPP 1859: Experience and Expectation: Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
FU-Participation: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies,  Friedrich Meinecke Institute of History
Duration: since 2020

SPP 1881: Turbulent Superstructures

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Schumacher, Technische Universität Ilmenau
FU-Participation: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics
Duration: since 2016

SPP 1914: Cyber-Physical Networking (CPN)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Sandra Hirche, Technische Universität München
FU-Participation: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Institute of Computer Sciences
Duration: since 2016

SPP 1926: Next Generation Optogenetics: Tool Development and Application

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Alexander Gottschalk, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Duration: since 2016

SPP 1927: Iron-Sulfur for Life: Coop. Function Iron-Sulfur Centers in Assembly, Biosynthesis, Disease

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Silke Leimkühler, Universität Potsdam
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Duration: since 2019

SPP 1929: Giant Interactions in Rydberg Systems (GiRyd)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Tilman Pfau, Universität Stuttgart
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Duration: since 2019

SPP 1991: Taxon-Omics: New Approaches for Discovering and Naming Biodiversity

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Susanne Sabine Renner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
FU-Participation: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Duration: since 2017

SPP 2102: Light Controlled Reactivity of Metal Complexes

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Katja Heinze, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
FU-Participation: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Duration: since 2018

2143: Entangled Africa: Intra-African Connections between Rainforest and Mediterranean (ca. 6000 to 500 BP)

Spokesperson: PD Dr. Jörg Linstädter, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen Bonn
FU-Participation: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geographical Sciences
Duration: since 2018

SPP 2172: The Digital Image

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hubertus Kohle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
FU-Participation: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Art History
Duration: since 2020

SPP 2176: The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Premodern Societies

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (DBM)
FU-Participation: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies (Archaeology)
Duration: since 2019

SPP 2196: Perovskite semiconductors. From fundamental properties to devices

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Lukas Schmidt-Mende Ph.D., Universität Konstanz
FU-Participation: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Duration: since 2020

SPP 2205: Evolutionary Optimisation of Neuronal Processing

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Fred Wolf, Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Göttingen
FU-Participation: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology
Duration: since 2020

SPP 2207: Computational Literary Studies

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Fotis Jannidis, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
FU-Participation: Dept. of Education and Psychology (Psychology)
Duration: since 2020

Freie Universität Berlin hosted the following priority programmes:

  • SPP 1000 Theatricality - Theater as a Cultural Model in Cultural Studies (1996 - 2006)
  • SPP 1051 High-field EPR in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (1998 - 2005)
  • SPP 1132 Proteolysis in Prokaryotes: Protein Quality Control and Regulatory Principle (2002 - 2008)
  • SPP 1276: Multiple-Scales Asymptotics in (Geophysical) Fluid Mechanics (2007 - 2014)