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.
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
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.
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.
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.