The venue for the Spring Campus Conference 2019 is surrounded by parks and beautiful green spaces and is situated in the midst of Freie Universität Berlin’s Dahlem Campus.
The history of Berlin’s universities has close ties with the city’s history. Freie Universität Berlin was founded on December 4th 1948, by students, scholars, and scientists in the American sector of the divided city, backed by the Allied Forces and politicians. The move was sparked by the persecution faced by students who criticized the system at what was then known as Universität Unter den Linden (today’s Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), which was located in the city’s Soviet sector.
Today, Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. In both rounds of the Excellence Initiative, a nationwide governmental competition between German universities, it was selected as one of 11 universities with “excellence” status, thereby securing extra funding for its institutional future development strategy. Having successfully backed several new doctoral programs and interdisciplinary research clusters, Freie Universität can proudly step up as an International Network University within the global competition.
Freie Universität has an extensive, tight-knit global network, maintaining 105 university-wide partnerships, along with 339 university partnerships within the Erasmus academic exchange network and 45 departmental partnerships. Each year, around 600 international scholars and scientists contribute to the diversity of teaching and research activities pursued at Freie Universität. In 2007, a groundbreaking development showing the FU’s commitment to international partnerships was made — seven international liaison offices were established in Cairo, Moscow, New Delhi, São Paulo, New York, Beijing, and Brussels.
Overseen by the executive board, the University's Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management is responsible for the integration of sustainability practices within all areas and entities at Freie Universität. For further information about our responsibilities and current projects, please visit our website.
The Spring Campus will take place at Freie Universität Berlin in the Holzlaube (“wooden cottage”) on Fabeckstr. 23-25. We recommend using the convenient U-Bahn connection to the nearby station Dahlem Dorf, or one of the many green bike lanes leading to our campus.
Directions to the FU Dahlem campus by public transport:
- From Schönefeld Airport: take bus 171 to Neukölln/Zwickauer Damm, and then change for bus M11 to Dahlem Dorf (takes approx. 75 minutes)
- From Tegel Airport: take either bus X9 or bus TXL to Beusselstraße, then change for S-Bahn line S42 to Heidelberger Platz, then change for U-Bahn line U3 to Dahlem Dorf (takes approx. 40 minutes)
- From Hauptbahnhof (central railway station): take S-Bahn line S7, S9 or S5 to Zoologischer Garten, change for U-Bahn line U9 to Spichernstraße, then change for U-Bahn line U3 to Dahlem Dorf (takes approx. 30-40 minutes)