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Scholars and scientists from the three major universities in Berlin and Charité already collaborate very successfully in many projects. In this section we present some of the projects and portray individual researchers.

Ambivalent Solidarity?

Solo freelancers and fast-track assistance during the coronavirus pandemic - an interview with Isabell Stamm and Lena Schürmann

“Ask the BUA!“

At the first panel discussion of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA), all members of the partner institutions were able to learn a great deal about the Excellence alliance.

“Gender studies from Berlin have a name and are well organized”

The “DiGENet” project of the Berlin University Alliance bundles the expertise of Berlin's universities and research institutions not affiliated with academia with emphasis on diversity and gender equality.

"We got the ball rolling"

Sabine Kunst, president of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is the new spokesperson of the Berlin University Alliance. She succeeds Günter M. Ziegler, who had been in charge for two years.

Life during the Covid-19 Crisis

Researchers investigate the psychosocial effects of lockdown

Artificial intelligence in radiology

Digitalization is transforming the healthcare system, but under what circumstances is the use of artificial intelligence considered to be trustworthy? This issue was explored as part of a transdisciplinary project, taking radiology as an example.

“Social commitment at its best”

A photo competition organized by University of Oxford and the Berlin University Alliance reveals students’ diverse interests in helping society.

“We've received lots of positive, enthusiastic feedback”

The conference of the German Association for Educational Development (dghd) was held online due to the coronavirus. Wolfgang Deicke, a member of the organization team, shares his experiences in an interview.

“Learning is a team sport”

Creative concepts for improving education in times of social upheaval were discussed at the Annual Conference of the German Association for Educational Development (dghd) - which took place online for the first time in its almost 50-year history

Cohesion in spite of differences

An interview with urban sociologist Martina Löw on the Berlin University Alliance’s “social cohesion” research focus

Master Plan for Free Societies?

The opening conference for the “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) cluster of excellence discussed fundamental questions about liberalism

The Quality of the Transitory

The Matters of Activity Cluster of Excellence focuses on a new material culture

Looking at Language through School Subjects

With the project “Sprachen – Bilden – Chancen,” researchers from the Berlin universities want to convey learning material in the classroom in a way that also trains language skills

Between the Cells

Scientists from the fields of medicine, chemistry, and physics are working together to detect inflammations at the molecular level at a very early stage

Raising the Curtain on Literature

Freie Universität Berlin officially opened the “Temporal Communities – Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” Cluster of Excellence for Literary Studies

“Now we have an opportunity to convince the skeptics that the joint proposal has paid off.”

Official launch: As of November 1, the Berlin University Alliance is being funded as a university consortium of Excellence. In an interview the heads of the institutions involved speak about what’s next.

Moving toward Green Chemistry

Technische Universität Berlin officially opened Berlin’s only scientific Cluster, UniSysCat, with music, dance, and impressive experiments

The Many Faces of Digitalization

The Berlin higher education program DiGiTal is funding 13 researchers and artists who study digital technologies

When Food Grows in the Middle of the City

The EdiCitNet project promotes local and sustainable food production in cities

Exploring Cohesion

With its first call as part of the “Grand Challenge Initiative” on the topic of “Social Cohesion,” the Berlin University Alliance is promoting networking among researchers on this topic

Machine learning in medicine must be comprehensible and replicable

Scientists at Technische Universität Berlin and Charité are applying machine learning techniques in imaging diagnostics

Democracy – an Outdated Model?

Tanja Börzel and Michael Zürn, spokespersons for the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence on the liberal promise, problems of a globalized world, and the rise of populist movements

Party of Four

At the Urania, the Berlin University Alliance celebrated its success in the German government’s Excellence Strategy competition

“We are very proud!”

Berlin University Alliance Wins Prestigious German “Excellence” Status – An Interview with the Alliance’s Spokesperson, Professor Günter M. Ziegler

“We need academic freedom to find answers to the great challenges of the future.”

In an interview Berlin’s Governing Mayor and Senator for Higher Education and Research, Michael Müller, talks about the potential benefits of a strong alliance among Berlin’s universities

Entangled Literary Histories

Across time, space, and different media – how literature becomes global

“We want to show what Berlin can do when it comes to teaching in higher education”

The Berlin University Alliance and Berlin Center for Higher Education are hosting the German Association for Educational and Academic Staff Development in Higher Education annual conference in March 2020. Lecture/workshop proposals due September 15.

“Setting up your own company means tackling new problems every day.”

The three major Berlin universities and Charité have been awarding “Berliner Startup Stipendium” grants together since 2016. The results speak for themselves.

A Magnet for Junior Researchers Worldwide

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Union enables junior researchers to spend up to two years doing research in Europe. In this respect, Berlin is proving to be particularly attractive.

Mathematics and More

The MATH+ Cluster of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin has been established

When Function Follows Form

Myfanwy Evans investigates the geometry of materials down to the nanoscale.

An Academic Bridge between Berlin and Oxford

Alastair Buchan, a member of the Oversight Committee of the Oxford-Berlin partnership, commented on the promising partnership.

Searching for Matchmakers

UniSysCat investigates complex catalytic systems for the green chemistry of the future.

Bringing Research to the Blogosphere

Discussing lines of argument, presenting ideas, or preparing and following up on events – blogs provide new communication opportunities for researchers. Three examples from Berlin

“From Nature to the Robot and Back”

Three researchers from the Science of Intelligence cluster discuss different definitions and the effects of using AI.

Collecting Clues Together

Students at Berlin universities can learn about provenance research. A new flyer presents the entire range of courses available.

“No Organ Is as Complex”

Neuroscientist Professor Dietmar Schmitz wants to better understand the brain in order to decipher disease mechanisms and develop therapies. This is only possible through interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Minister Learns to Solder

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek paid a visit to the dEIn learning laboratory at Technische Universität Berlin. It belongs to GenaU, a network of 16 learning labs in Berlin.

How Does Gender Affect the Aging Process?

Scientists at Charité and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are researching the effect that biological and sociocultural aspects of gender might have on illnesses in older people.

Listening to the Past

An academic podcast tells the “The Story of Objects”

Pre-Research Forum “New Health”

Ethics, digitalization, health – in a new event format Berlin researchers discuss issues with experts from various areas of society.

Expand Your Notion of “We”

Collaboration between the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies and the University of Oxford is enabling a sustainable, international research network.

iKNOW – What to do if your risk for breast cancer is high?

A research team at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin is developing an online consultation tool for women diagnosed with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer following a genetic test.

Attacking One’s Own Brain

Neurologists at Charité Berlin and their colleagues in Oxford are investigating a new form of brain inflammation — autoimmune encephalitis.

“There Are Still Many Untold Stories.”

At the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin-Brandenburg, scholars from five universities in Berlin and Brandenburg, a rabbinical college, and a research institute are conducting research.

Direct Link between Stimulus and Experience

Neuroscientists at Humboldt-Universität and computer scientists at Technische Universität are working together to develop a new theory of sensory perception.

Adopt a Polyhedron

Doctoral thesis of mathematician Anna Maria Hartkopf gives insights into world of polyhedra

Ancient Knowledge about Water – for Today and Tomorrow

Geographer and climate historian Jonas Berking of Freie Universität Berlin investigates water management in antiquity

From Field to Plate

FoodBerlin, the research network, is working on the nutrition systems of the future: how can people be fed in the future without harming health, animals, or the environment?

Cause for Celebration

Seven clusters for Berlin! The decision in the German Excellence Strategy was cause for celebration at the three major Berlin universities and Charité and demonstrates the high quality of research being done in Berlin in many disciplines.