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Omer Aijazi (left) and Martin David (right). | © Omer Aijazi/Martin David

In Tandem – International Exchange Among Young Scholars

Canada meets Germany: in tandem, two young scientists researched current topics in the field of “Culture and Climate Change,” in the process making acquaintance with diverse academic traditions.More ...
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Scientists of Excellence for German Research

The German research scene is becoming more and more attractive to foreign researchers. The reason for this is to be found in the various instruments available.More ...
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Sociology Infiltrates Our Everyday Lives – An Interview with Martina Löw

Since the debates of the 1970s and 1980s the realm of sociology have receded more and more into the background. Does it has lost its significance?More ...
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Beacon in the Academic Landscape: The Last Phase of the Excellence Initiative?

The Excellence Initiative launched by Germany’s federal and state governments has thoroughly shaken up the country’s academic system.More ...
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“Young Moslems wish to play their part in shaping Germany”. An Interview with Naika Foroutan

A new study is shedding light on the worlds in which young Moslems in Germany live. talked to Naika Foroutan.More ...
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A Canon of Many Voices. Gender Studies in the German-Speaking World

Gender studies is a multifaceted field, as the Second Annual Conference of the Gender Studies Association in Oldenburg demonstrated in early 2012.More ...
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The End of the Soviet Union from a Western Perspective – Reorientation for East European Studies

The end of the Soviet Union marked a profound change – for scholarly research as well.More ...
Does it make any difference to the knowledge gained whether scientists carry out their research in English or German? Photo: James McQuillan © iStockphoto

Scientific Multilingualism Promotes Innovation

German scientists and scholars are increasingly publishing their work in English. Some scientists now assume that English will eventually prevail as the lingua franca of European science.More ...
Peter Funke; © DFG

“Science Must Be Multilingual”. An Interview with Peter Funke

English is becoming increasingly dominant in many research disciplines. Peter Funke, vice president of the German Research Foundation, calls for linguistic diversity in science and scholarship.More ...
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Peace Can Be Learned – Am Interview With Education Researcher Volker Lenhart

Peace education and education for reconciliation – that is the motto of German international missions in areas of conflict.More ...
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Climate? Art? Research? – “ClimateArtResearch”!

How, and how far, can art and science profit from one another – especially in respect to a phenomenon such as climate change? A new book finds some surprising answers.More ...
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Verbalizing Feelings: “Languages of Emotion”

What do we mean when we talk about love? And what do people lack who cannot vent their anger through words? The “Languages of Emotion” cluster of excellence in Berlin seeks answers to these questions.More ...
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Improving Sustainability with Swarm Intelligence?

Swarms are intelligent. The same can also be said of “swarms” or groups of people. Swarm intelligence helps when making business decisions and spotting trends.More ...
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“Climate models reflect environmental behaviour”. An Interview with Gabriele Gramelsberger

High performance computers are leading to entirely new forms of knowledge production in climate research.More ...
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Life 3.0 – Scientists Discuss the Future of Evolution

Genetic engineering, cloning attempts, artificial organisms: technologically speaking, life is reproducible. A conference in Berlin explored “Life 3.0” from many different viewpoints.More ...

What Language Does Europe Speak? Value Terms in different Countries

In an interdisciplinary research project at the Universities of Jena and Halle, scientists want to develop a multilingual concordance of norm and value terms.More ...
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“Just as available as the weather forecast” – Christoph Bruch on the Berlin Conference

In October the Eighth Berlin Conference for Open Access took place in Beijing. spoke with Christoph Bruch about the Berlin Conferences.More ...
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Where Space and Time Are Irrelevant – Sigrun Eckelmann on Virtual Research Environments

How can scientists round the globe work in an interdisciplinary network? Who funds virtual research environments? What does the future hold?More ...
Further articles


Interactive element at the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum in Dresden; © Sandra Neuhaus/DHM

More than creepiness and desire: the body as exhibition object

The forefather of modern anatomy Andreas Vesalius relied on a striking setting for his depictions of the human body. Today the established German museums of medicine and anatomy combine the emotional and the rational.More ...
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Work, Family and Happiness – The Socio-Economic Panel researches “Life in Germany”

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), ongoing since 1983, is the most comprehensive longitudinal study on people’s lives in Germany.More ...
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Fundamental Questions of Human Life: The German Ethics Council

The German Ethics Council prepares opinions on debates in which fundamental decisions about human lives are to be taken. Its members, however, do not always vote unanimously.More ...
Some 20 per cent of the population use the Internet intensively in their free time too. Photo: kristian sekulic © iStockphoto

Towards a Digital Future – The Institute for Internet and Society

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society was founded on 25 October 2011.More ...
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Political Cultures of World Society. An Interview with Dirk Messner spoke with Dirk Messner, Director of the recently founded Käte Hamburger Collegium for Political Cultures of World Society, about its research.More ...
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German Humanities Abroad: The DGIA

The Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad pursues basic research worldwide, giving rise to projects that also benefit researchers in Germany. As a result, the work conducted by the institutes is increasingly interdisciplinary.More ...
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The Microbe Hunters – 100 Years of the Robert Koch Institute

When Robert Koch received the Nobel Prize in 1905, he was considered the German authority in the field of microbial research. The Robert Koch Institute is commemorating in 2010 the 100th anniversary of its founder.More ...
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People, Not Machines. The German Education Server

At the German Education Server, the Web is scoured for useful information for its users by people rather than search engine robots. The editors also pick up on themes of interest to specific target groups.More ...
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For The Collective Good: MPI for Research on Collective Goods

Since the financial crisis, the regulatory state has been experiencing a renaissance as the vanishing point of economy and society. The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods has long been on the case.More ...
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Of Art and Money: The Centre for International Art Management

Art has always been a commodity and a business. The Centre for International Art Management (CIAM) in Cologne trains experts for the global art markets.More ...
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How Do They Do Research in the East? The Institute for Research on Higher Education

The Institute for Research on Higher Education in Luther’s city of Wittenberg studies academic development especially in East Germany. It is itself a living proof of the renewal that has occurred since German unification.More ...
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Training for Mind and Body: Elite Schools of Sports

Exertion, competition, world success: special schools such as the “Elite Schools for Sports” pave the way to medals for young professional athletes – and at the same time prepare them for a normal working-life after their sports career.More ...
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Beehive of Development Research: The ZEF in Bonn

The Bonn Centre of Development Research (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / ZEF) is a university within the university: an academic beehive that furnishes scientific advice for the political, cultural, economic and ecological future of emerging nations all over the globe.More ...
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Research for Old Age: German Dementia Research Centre in Bonn

Dementia is increasingly becoming a focal point of research for our ageing society. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has therefore established a „German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases“ in Bonn – a long overdue decision.More ...
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Goethe-Institut Residencies

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“Space for new perspectives” – Information about residencies around the globe

Weblog: Shaping the Humanities

A platform on current discourses within the scope of the Arab Spring and transformation processes in North Africa in the Humanities.

German as a Research Language

A conference and creative contest seek to discover what role German plays in science and research.

Scholars in Residence

Dr. Daniel Feierstein, Scholar in Residence 2009/2010
The residency program offers young international researchers the possibility of scientific exchange.


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