The Academic Council of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) reappoints Peter A. Frensch

The current Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) Vice President for Research, Prof. Dr. Peter A. Frensch, was re-elected on 9 February 2016, winning 34 votes. The Academic Council thereby confirmed his reappointment, and he will be one of the four President's office  executive staff who report directly to the President, Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst.



Humboldt-Universitäts-Medaille und Dissertationspreis Adlershof verliehen

Gleich zwei Überraschungen gab es anlässlich der Verleihung des Dissertationspreises Adlershof 2015 am 9. Februar 2016 auf dem Campus Adlershof. Der Preis ging erstmalig in der 14-jährigen Geschichte der Auszeichnung an zwei Preisträger: Neysha Lobo-Ploch und Jan-Ferenc Kischkat.
Nach der Preisvergabe betrat Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, Präsident der HU, als Überraschungsgast die Bühne, um Hardy R. Schmitz für seine Verdienste für die HU zu ehren. Schmitz war zum Jahreswechsel nach 14 Jahren als Geschäftsführer der Wista in den Ruhestand gegangen.



Second Joint Call for Proposals: TAU-HU Project "Biological and Soft Matter Physics" - Deadline extended

After three years of successful cooperation between Tel Aviv University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRIS Adlershof and the IRI for the Life Sciences announce a second joint call for proposals either to start or to continue the research in the field of biological and soft matter physics. Funding is available for bilateral collaborative research projects comprising researchers or research teams from the two participating universities. The main goal of the program is to support the ongoing and stimulate new collaborations between the research groups of the two universities.

Joint project proposals by scientists from TAU and HU may be submitted until January 31st, 2016. Deadline extended: March 31st, 2016



Einstein on the Test Bench

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity provides a theory on space and time that has held up for over a hundred years of experimental testing. It nonetheless contradicts quantum mechanics, which describes small-scale matter and is almost as old and is heavily examined as well. Experiments that bring both theories closer together are particularly interesting for IRIS Adlershof’s intensively studied research area “Space-Time-Matter.” Some current examples are the recent tests that were successfully performed in the KALEXUS and FOKUS projects, which were developed by Adlershof’s researchers in Prof. Achim Peters’ group in the Physics Department at the Humboldt-Universität and at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut.




Prof. Sabine Kunst appointed as the new president of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

   Sabine Kunst; Foto: Mark Wagner

The Board of Trustees of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) has appointed Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst on Jan 19, 2016 as the new president. She is likely to take up her post at the start of the summer semester. Sabine Kunst is currently the Minister of Science, Research and Culture of the state of Brandenburg, and also chairs the Administrative Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities, Germany's most important science policy advisory body, where she is also the coordinator of the federal state representatives on the Council. The internationally renowned university professor and politician has extensive experience in the fields of science and research and also in the development of academic institutions and structures.