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Prostate cancer: Newly-developed inhibitor shows massive potential
New epigenetic inhibitor is also effective in treatment-resistant prostate cancer cells
Red deer populations in Europe: more influenced by humans than by wolves and other predators
An international study shows that human hunting and land use have a decisive influence on red deer density in Europe. Red deer density is only reduced when wolves, lynx and bears co-occur at the same site. Research findings shed new light on the wolf’s return to Central Europe.
Maturation instead of cell death: Defective signalling pathways disrupt immune cell development
Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Freiburg discover key factor in the development of immune cells / New approaches for the treatment of ALPS
Most international universities 2024
The University of Freiburg is one of the hundred most international universities in the world
The Sustainability Innovation Campus is Launched
The fifth Innovation Campus in Baden-Württemberg aims to provide scientific guidance for the transformation to a sustainable lifestyle
Statement by the University of Freiburg on strengthening diversity, democracy and the rule of law
"We protect plurality and scientific knowledge from anti-scientific and undemocratic currents."
3D-printed pneumatic modules replace electric controls in soft robots
Research team at the University of Freiburg develops 3D-printed pneumatic logic modules that control the movements of soft robots using only air pressure
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Strengthening the impact of Freiburg’s research
The University of Freiburg has been successful in the current round of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.
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The Young Academy for Sustainability Research is going into another round
The Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation is extending 1.26 million euros of support for the Young Academy for Sustainability Research (YAS) until 2027, with even greater internationalisation among its aims for this next round.
Nearly Complete Genome Version of Spreading Earth Moss (Physcomitrium patens)
A research team including University of Freiburg scientists presents new data on the model plant
Spy-satellite images offer insights into historical ecosystem changes
New study advocates the use of more than one million declassified images for ecology and conservation.
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A large forest clearcut from the 1960s in the vicinity of a one-hectare forest research plot in the Southern Black Forest Region. Although much of the area is forested today, historical harvests have changed the forest structure and composition. Left: Historical spy-satellite image. Right: Current Google Earth Image.
Statement by the University of Freiburg Senate against racism and anti-Semitism
The University of Freiburg Senate passed a resolution against racism and anti-Semitism at its meeting on 21 February 2024.
Statement by the University of Freiburg for diversity and mutual respect
Given the current political and social events surrounding the war in the Middle East, the University of Freiburg is also receiving an increasing number of enquiries, particularly regarding the role of the University and offers of help for its members. In line with the diversity of our members, the enquiries cover a broad spectrum of opinions.
First Step Toward Early Diagnosis of Metastasis
Team involving the University of Freiburg has developed a new analytical method for the basement membrane in human lungs
Using Data to Improve Understanding of Relationships between Proteins and Diseases
Working with a new Emmy Noether Group, Dr. Pascal Schlosser is investigating how machine learning can aid in understanding the complex relationships between genes, proteins, and diseases
Jürgen Kleine-Vehn is the new speaker for Freiburg’s CIBSS Cluster of Excellence
Since January, plant scientist Professor Jürgen Kleine-Vehn has rounded off the team of three speakers at the University of Freiburg’s Cluster of Excellence CIBSS – Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies. He gave an interview about what he finds so fascinating about researching biological signals, and what is special about the University of Freiburg.
How surface roughness influences the adhesion of soft materials
Research team discovers universal mechanism that leads to adhesion hysteresis in soft materials
The simulation shows the contact area of a soft solid
The simulation shows the contact area of a soft solid that is separated from a rough surface. Each coloured spot corresponds to an instability of the contact. The different colour intensity shows how much energy is lost in the process. Source: Antoine Sanner, Lars Pastewka.
Award ceremony: Jörn Leonhard receives Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
On 13 March 2024, the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to Freiburg historian Jörn Leonhard
For excellent doctorate conditions
In future, the Graduate Centre (GraCe) will unite the services for doctoral candidates at the University of Freiburg under one roof
Understanding Epigenetic Mechanisms during Brain Development
Tanja Vogel is coordinating the new German Research Foundation Priority Programme EPIADAPT
Funding for research beyond national borders
“AUTOMETA” develops microfluidic chips to make personalised treatment with medicines more effective
How blue-green algae manipulate microorganisms
Research team at the University of Freiburg discovers previously unknown gene that indirectly promotes photosynthesis
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Sonja-Verena Albers and Oliver Einsle both receive an ERC Advanced Grant
Archaeal cell division and a natural alternative to the industrial Haber-Bosch process: European Research Council (ERC) funds basic research by two Freiburg scientists.
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: University of Freiburg garners several top 10 spots nationwide
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 55 subject-specific rankings were compiled and over 1,500 institutions worldwide were assessed.
Tracking electrons with attosecond lasers
Physicist Prof. Dr Giuseppe Sansone uses ultrashort light pulses to investigate how electrons move in molecules.
CHE Ranking 2024: University of Freiburg Gets Multiple Top Marks
Students gave the University of Freiburg marks of "very good" in many areas. Positive evaluations in organisation of study and introduction to academic work are particularly worth noting.
Science for All
The University of Freiburg publishes its Open Science policy
Nils Wiedemann elected into Academia Europaea
Biochemist recognised for outstanding achievements in mitochondrial research
Prof. Dr. Nils Wiedemann, Photo: Jürgen Gocke
Support for women academics on the path to a professorship
Apply now: Invitation to Apply to the coaching programme ”CORA - Coaching Women for Research and Academia” continues until 15 July 2024.
CRC/TRR 179 “Causes and healing or chronification of infections with hepatitis viruses” extended
Collaborative Research Centre /TRR 179 will receive a total of 14.3 million euros in funding, 4.4 million euros of which will go to Freiburg
Statement on the protests at universities regarding the war in Gaza
In light of the protests at universities about the war in Gaza, an initiative organised by people identifying as students has also set up a camp in Freiburg.
Honorary senatorship and university medals awarded for 2024
The University of Freiburg is honouring the merits and achievements of Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, Daniela Kleinschmit and Jörn Leonhard at the Dies Universitatis.
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Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit and Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard.
How nature repurposes ammonium transporters as receptors
Research team at the University of Freiburg identifies new membrane protein Sd-Amt1
Membrane protein Sd-Amt1 in the bacterium Shewanella denitrificans
Membrane protein Sd-Amt1 in the bacterium Shewanella denitrificans
QS World University Rankings: The University of Freiburg is among the top 10 in Germany
The University of Freiburg has taken fourth place nationally.
THE Impact Rankings: University of Freiburg places among the Top 100 in four SDGs
The University of Freiburg was able to improve on several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals compared to the previous year.