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Mar 07, 2018

Between Makeshift and Avant-garde

Salvation from the air: Children wave to one of the “candy bombers” in July 1948. The Berlin Airlift organized by the western Allies supplied the people of Berlin with food and essentials such as fuel during the Berlin Blockade.

Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 / Commitment to academic freedom and democracy

All of a sudden, Berlin’s tranquil Dahlem district became a hive of activity. The year was 1948, and thousands of young people from all parts of the occupied city, which lay in ruins from the war, descended on an inconspicuous building on Boltzmannstraße. Starting on September 10, they were invited to go there to pick up a questionnaire. Filling it out was a prerequisite to study – at a university that did not yet exist.

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Freie Universität Approves Open Access Strategy

Freie Universität Berlin was the first university in Berlin to adopt an open access strategy for free access to scientific findings.

Increased free online access to scholarly literature

Freie Universität Berlin was the first university in Berlin to adopt an open access strategy for free access to scientific findings. It is intended to give all members of the university an opportunity to anchor open access publication in their day-to-day research. The new policy takes into account the publication cultures of the individual subjects. It aims to ensure that scholarly and scientific standards are met and high-quality publications are published

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Excellence Strategy: Berlin Universities apply together

The three major universities and Charité Berlin are entering the Excellence Strategy competition together.

Letter of Intent for Universities of Excellence funding line submitted along with nine full-scale applications for research clusters within the German government’s new competition

Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are entering the Excellence Strategy competition together. On February 21, 2018, the three universities submitted their letter of intent to the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne. Taking note of the unique academic environment and great variety of disciplines in Berlin, they emphasize the vibrant and diverse culture of cooperation. In the Clusters of Excellence funding line, researchers from the named institutions submitted a total of nine full proposals, as invited by the German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation (DFG) in September 2017.

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A Machine to fight the Hate

A campaign against hate and smears: Politicians, activists, and passersby came together on Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt on September 5, 2017, to smash a wall made of expanded polystyrene foam bearing hate speech.

Researchers develop software to detect hate speech online

Hate speech has become an everyday issue on the Internet. In social networks and the comments sections of many online media sites, discussions are increasingly being disrupted by posts insulting people for their origin, skin color, religion, sexuality, or gender.

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Sleepers inside Cell Nuclei

A childhood disease with consequences: Anyone who has ever had chickenpox carries the herpes virus for the rest of their lives

Virologists from Freie Universität unlock the tricks of herpes viruses

Do you have herpes? Most likely, yes! Even those who do not suffer from the annoying lip blisters known as cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus, are probably infected – like more than 90 percent of the world’s population – with one of the other eight human herpes viruses.

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“The fascists aimed to change the memory of World War I”

Hannah Malone in her office at the Art History Department of Freie Universität.

Hannah Malone is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

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Call for Applications: Research Alumni Program 2018-2019

Freie Universität Berlin is now offering new funding for research activities involving former visiting researchers (Research Alumni) and junior researchers.

Short-term Research Stays for Former Visiting Researchers at Freie Universität and Junior Researchers: Applications being accepted until March 31, 2018

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