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Key player in viral heart inflammation discovered
Inflammation of the heart muscle following a viral infection can impede cardiac function in the long term
Humboldt Foundation appoints Prof. Dr. Daniel B. Werz as Humboldt scouting sponsor for early career researchers
Support for scientists in early career phases: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Henriette Herz Scouting Programme invites international researchers to conduct joint research projects in Germany. As a scout, Prof. Dr Daniel B. Werz from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Freiburg now has the opportunity to bring three excellent scientists in the early stages of their careers to Freiburg, funded by the Humboldt Foundation.
Mourning for the victims at Charles University in Prague
University of Freiburg is shocked by act of violence at partner university
Volkswagen Foundation funds two unconventional research projects at the University of Freiburg
Dr Joana van de Löcht and Dr Niels Penke research entities from local myths and fairy tales in the Central German Uplands; Dr Balz Andrea Alter, Professor Nadja Germann and Professor Albert Gouaffo are investigating how to escape the colonial cul-de-sac using an experimental polylogue.
Holiday opening hours
The University buildings and the University Library will not be open for several days
The next generation of AI algorithms for automated driving
A cooperation with the University of Freiburg and Bosch Research seeks to enable safer, more transparent, and more robust overall systems. The focus is on interconnected and jointly optimized modules for automated driving. The cooperation is part of an initiative to strengthen applied research on automated driving in Germany.
Part-time Vice Rectors for University Culture and for Internationalisation and Sustainability elected
The University of Freiburg Senate has elected Prof. Dr Sylvia Paletschek as Vice Rector for University Culture for a second term. The Freiburg historian Prof. Dr Melanie Arndt succeeds Prof. Dr Daniela Kleinschmit, Vice Rector for Internationalisation and Sustainability, who chose not to run for the post again. The new term begins on 1 April 2024.
The University of Freiburg strengthens mobility and digital networking in the Eucor alliance
During the strategy time period 2024-2030 for the international university alliance Eucor - The European Campus, the University of Freiburg will strengthen international mobility and digital networking among the member universities and expand its focus on sustainability. Over the next seven years, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) will fund the State’s Eucor universities, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Freiburg, with a total of 5.5 million euros within the alliance. The University of Freiburg will receive 2.7 million euros of this. Shortly before the start of the new strategic time period, Eucor President Prof. Dr Andrea Schenker-Wicki, Rector of the University of Basel, and Eucor Vice President Prof. Dr Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, were confirmed in office.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2024 goes to the Freiburg-based historian Jörn Leonhard
The historian Prof. Dr Jörn Leonhard, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History of Western Europe at the University of Freiburg, will receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2024, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced on 7 December 2023.
University of Freiburg takes fourth place nationwide in QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024
In the second annual sustainability ranking by the UK’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the University of Freiburg has taken fourth place nationally in competition with 47 other universities.
Inhibitory Signals in Visual Neurons Protect Against Overstimulation
Freiburg neuroscientists identify signals in the brain of zebrafish larvae that suppress the activity of nerve cells during locomotion
Transparent Forests through Augmented Reality: XR Future Forest Lab launches at the University of Freiburg
The project “XR Future Forest Lab” will develop virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality applications for forest and environmental sciences starting 2024.
DFG approves new Collaborative Research Centre “Inhibitory neurons: shaping the cortical code (INCODE)”
A group combining the University of Freiburg and Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Free University and Humboldt University is researching into complex brain function issues
ERC Consolidator Grants awarded to Prof. Dr. Eva von Contzen and Dr. Oliver Höhn at the University of Freiburg
European Research Council funds research projects on retellings in English literature and high-efficiency solar cells
Eight scientists from the University of Freiburg among most-cited researchers in the world
New “Highly Cited Researchers” list published
New Humboldt Ranking: University of Freiburg in Top 10
The University of Freiburg ranks as the 10th most popular destination in Germany for international visiting scholars
Slight increase in satisfaction with life in Germany in 2023
The “SKL Glücksatlas 2023” produced under the academic guidance of Freiburg researcher Prof. Dr. Bernd Raffelhüschen has been released
Digital and Hybrid Teaching Projects from Three Faculties Receive Teaching Awards
The E-IDAs recognize innovative and sustainable ideas for digitalization at the University of Freiburg
Improving the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy with modified CAR-T cells
Freiburg researchers achieved a significantly improved anti-tumour efficacy of CAR-T cells in a preclinical model
Dr. Julian Rapp wins 2023 Albert Bürklin Prize
The Freiburg Academic Society is awarding a research prize for outstanding contributions to the humanities, social sciences, and law at a ceremony on 6 November 2023.