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Previous Lectures

The Future of Academic Mobility in a Changing World

 19 October 2023, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

"The Future of Academic Mobility in a Changing World" was about personal mobility, but mostly about the future of exchange, the mobility of thought, of methods, techniques and research results in an extremely volatile political and social context.

The evening was kicked off with an impulse by Robert Schlögl (President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and followed by panel discussion with a group of distinguished experts  Antje Boetius (Director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research), Beate Kampmann (Einstein Professor and Head of the Institute for International Health at Charité) and Ralph Beste (Director-General for Culture and Society at the German Federal Foreign Office).

New Old World?

Februar 28, 2023, Neues Museum


The Prussian Lepsius Expedition to Egypt (1842-45) and its Influence on Science, Art and Politics

Panel discussion in the context of the exhibition "Abenteuer am Nil" at the Neues Museum, with Bénédicte Savoy, TU Berlin, and the Egyptologist Tarek Tawfik, Cairo University, among others. The exhibition and the event emerged from an Einstein research project.

Gunter Schubert

12 December 2018, Auditorium Friedrichstraße

"China - ein modernes Imperium?"
Keynote und Diskussion mit Gunter Schubert, Professor für Greater China Studies an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen und Einstein Visiting Fellow an der Graduate School of East Asian Studies der Freien Universität Berlin

Brian Kobilka

11 July 2018, Leibniz-Saal Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

"When receptors dance with G proteins: targets for drugs, essential for human life"
Keynote and round table with Nobel Laureate Brian Kobilka (Stanford University) and Roger Sunahara (University of California, San Diego)

Vittorio Gallese

4 June 2018, Säälchen

"Art, brain and human nature: what can we know about ourselves?"

Discussion with neuroscientist and Einstein Visiting Fellow Vittorio Gallese, novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, and philosopher and moderator Gert Scobel 

R. Jay Wallace

26 April 2017, TAK Theater im Aufbauhaus am Moritzplatz

"Wie uns die Moral verbindet"

Vortrag und Diskussion mit R. Jay Wallace, Einstein Visiting Fellow und Professor für Philosophie an der University of California in Berkeley.

Prof. Jesse Prinz

17 November 2016, Silent Green Kulturquartier

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How Emotions Shape Experience"

Keynote and talk with Jesse Prinz, Einstein Visiting Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York

Prof. Richard J. Samuels

11 November 2016, Max Liebermann Haus

"Allies Eye America: Geostrategy under reconstruction"

Panel discussion with Einstein Visiting Fellow Richard Samuels, Klaus Scharioth, former German ambassador to the U.S. and Michael Stürmer, historian and publicist

Prof. Michael Karayanni

22. Juni 2016, Kunstquartier Bethanien

"Multiculturalism under pressure: Between group identity, individual rights and civic unity"

Keynote and discussion from and with Michael Karayanni, Professor of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Hans Schreiber

11. Februar 2016, Französische Friedrichstadtkirche

"Medicine gets personal - gene-based therapies for a new era in treatment?"

Panel discussion with internationally renowned scientists including Nobel Laureate Bruce Beutler and Einstein Visiting Fellow Hans Schreiber

Prof. Avner de-Shalit

29. Juni 2015, Centrum Judaicum

"Of milkshakes and boxers: How inclusion can work"

Lecture and Discussion from and with Avner de-Shalit, Professor of Democracy and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Anita Traninger

PD Dr. Anita Traninger
Einstein Junior Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin
"Unparteilichkeit: Zur Genealogie eines Kernbegriffs moderner Wissenschaft"


Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther


Prof Dr. Detlef Günther
Professor of Trace Element and Micro Analysis, ETH Zürich
Einstein Visiting Fellow at SALSA School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hélène Esnault


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hélène Esnault
Einstein Professor of Number Theory
Department of Mathematics, Freie Universität Berlin


Einstein-Forschungsvorhaben "eCab"


Prof Liba Taub
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "TOPOI"


Prof. David Mooney

Prof David Mooney

Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies


Prof. John Hartwig


Prof John Hartwig
Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "UniCat"


Prof. James Sethian


Prof James Sethian
Professor of Mathematics, University of California Berkeley
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Mathematical School


Prof. Thomas Levin


Thomas Levin
Associate Professor of German, Princeton University
Einstein Visiting Fellow at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies


Prof. Nancy Fraser


Prof Nancy Fraser
Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science, New School for Social Research in New York
Einstein Visiting Fellow at 
the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok


Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok
Einstein Professor of Applied Functional Analysis
Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität Berlin


Prof. Dr. Wendelin Werner


Prof Dr. Wendelin Werner
Professor of Mathematics, ETH Zürich
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Mathematical School


Prof. Raymond Dolan


Prof Raymond Dolan
Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry, University College London
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain


Prof. Adele Goldberg


Prof Adele Goldberg
Professor of Linguistics, Princeton University
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion", Freie Universität Berlin


Prof. Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun widmet sich der Öffentlichkeit in all ihren Facetten: In den letzten 30 Jahren prägte der US-amerikanische Soziologe die Forschung zu politischem Protest, Nationalismus und Machtstrukturen nachhaltig. Als Einstein Visiting Fellow hat Craig Calhoun in der Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences zwei Arbeitsgruppen aufgebaut. Seit September 2012 ist Craig Calhoun Direktor der London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), die zu den fünf britischen Spitzenuniversitäten zählt. Zum Video

Prof. Roger Traub


Prof Roger Traub
Research Member at the IBM Watson Research Center, New York
Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "NeuroCure"