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Einstein Research Projects

Here is an overview of our Einstein Research Projects.

Arts and Humanities

How have artistic practices and the concept of art changed in the period since 1989 until today? What role played the concrete historical circumstances of the political change? The question of the relationship between autonomy and functionalization focuses on the development of Berlin's visual and performative arts in comparison to developments in London, Vienna and Warsaw since the 1990s. The project, which is headed by Professor Judith Siegmund (Universität der Künste), is being conducted by UdK scientists in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Weissensee-Kunsthochschule as well as the Humboldt-Universität (HU) zu Berlin.

 

Funding period: 01/2017 - 12/2019

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Judith Siegmund
Universität der Künste Berlin
Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Gestaltung
Lietzenburger Str. 45
10789 Berlin
Tel.: 030 / 3185 2536
E-Mail: judithsiegmund@udk-berlin.de
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Applicant: 
Universität der Künste Berlin
Cooperation partner: Freie Universität Berlin

The literary scholars Andreas Kraß (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Tamar Hess, together with historian Moshe Sluhovsky (both Hebrew University Jerusalem), argue that between 1890 and 1945 a new literary canon came into being, which they describe as "Jewish Homosexual Modernism". Furthermore, the scientists assume that modern Hebrew literature, being shaped by the German modernist canon, participated in the construction and dissemination of this Jewish Homosexual canon of modernism. In their research project, the scientists will investigate the entanglement of Judaism and homosexuality from the point of view both of the self-image and the public image. In doing so, they want to explore the influence of this entanglement - often based on antisemitic and homophobic ideas - on European Modernism. The research project aims to extend the knowledge of Jewish-German literature and wants to propose new ways of reading literary modernism.


Funding period:
01/2020 - 12/2022


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für deutsche Literatur

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

T: +49(0)30-2093-9711

M: andreas.krass(at)hu-berlin.de

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Applicant:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cooperation partner: Hebrew University Jerusalem

An expedition to Egypt led by Richard Lepsius had a lasting impact on Berlin’s cultural and academic landscape. The expedition brought back a haul of original objects, plaster casts, and impressions of inscriptions as well as drawings made by the expedition’s five draughtsmen and two architects. Digitization and interdisciplinary analysis of these drawings is the objective of the joint Einstein research project by Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Egyptian Museum. The project is led by Tonio Sebastian Richter (Freie Universität Berlin) and Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin).

 

Funding period: 03/2018 - 02/2021


Contact:
Prof. phil. habil. Tonio Sebastian Richter
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichte- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ägyptologisches Seminar
Fabeckstraße 23-25
04195 Berlin
Tel.: 030 / 83870291
E-Mail:sebastian.richter@fu-berlin.de

Applicants: Freie Universität Berlin & Technische Universität Berlin
Cooperation partners: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

"Viaggio da Berlino a Zante" is a research project of Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. The project examines the cultural and knowledge transfer between Germany, Italy and Greece in the 19th century and is intended to contribute to understanding Berlin as a spiritual and cultural location for the formation of a common European Modernity.

 

Funding period: 06/2017 - 05/2020

 

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Miltos Pechlivanos

FU Berlin

Habelschwerdter Allee 45

14195 Berlin

Tel.: 030 / 83852933

E-Mail: m.pechlivanos@fu-berlin.de

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Applicant: Freie Universität Berlin

Cooperation partner: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)

Life sciences

Electrical synapses and their functional significance in neural networks are currently poorly analyzed. A research group headed by Michael Brecht (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) wants to remedy this situation. The scientists want to explore, among other things, how powerful the electrical synaptic coupling is and how this affects the network level as well as the information processing and ultimately the behavior.


Funding period:
 01/2018 - 01/2021

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Philippstraße 13, Haus 6
10115 Berlin
Tel.: 030 20936772
Fax: 030 20936771
E-Mail: michael.brecht@bccn-berlin.de

Applicant: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cooperation partner: Hebrew University Jerusalem

The neuroscientific project "Functional Role of Feedback in Sensory Representation" aims to better understand the neuronal basis of sensory perception. Cellular mechanisms are examined in the combination of sensory perceptions with internal already existing knowledge about these sensory perceptions. The hypothesis: so-called "pyramidal cells" sitting deep in the cerebral cortex are responsible for this. The project is being carried out by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin.

 

Funding period: 05/2017 - 04/2020

Contacts:
Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Neurocure Cluster of Excellence
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Telefon: 030 / 450539117
E-Mail: matthew.larkum@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Henning Sprekeler
Technische Universität Berlin
Modellierung Kognitiver Prozesse
Marchstrasse 23
10587 Berlin
Telefon: 030 / 31424390
E-Mail: h.sprekeler@tu-berlin.de

Applicants: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin

Cooperation partner: -

The aim of the joint research project of Andreas Meisel (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and Hermona Soreq (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is to better understand the body's molecular processes during a stroke and to generate new therapeutic approaches. The circulatory disorder in the brain leads to severe damage in one third of the stroke patients, which permanently affects their quality of life. Almost a third of the patients die within the first year. The brain damage causes a two-part immune reaction, which manifests itself in an inflammation of the central nervous system with simultaneous weakening of the immune system. The consequence of this autoimmune reaction are serious infections. The physicians are investigating how so-called "microRNAs", this means special ribonucleic acids, control the signal transduction of the messenger acetylcholine in the brain, which regulates the described immune reaction.

Funding period: 01/2019 - 12/2021

Contact:
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Meisel
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Leiter im NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC)
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Applicant: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cooperation partner: Hebrew University

Natural sciences

The research project, which is based at the TU Berlin, investigates the use of new materials in the field of photocatalysis. In particular, applications such as self-cleaning surfaces should be investigated or the extraction of high-energy chemicals should be researched.

Funding period: 05/2017 - 04/2020


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker    
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Chemie
Fakultät II, Sekretariat TC 8
Strasse des 17. Juni 124
10623 Berlin
Tel.: 030 / 314 24973
Fax: 030 / 314 79552
E-Mail: schomaecker@tu-berlin.de
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Applicant: Technische Universität Berlin
Cooperation partner: Hebrew University

Further projects

The Einstein research project has created a bi-national, interdisciplinary research group, in which young scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Freie Universität Berlin research current human rights issues. Between 2014 and 2016, 12 to 14 new PhD candidates will be admitted every year for three years at both universities.

Link to the program of Human Rights under Pressure


Funding period: 10/2014 - 03/2019

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hoffmann-Holland
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft
Arbeitsbereich Kriminologie und Strafrecht
Vorsitzender Richter am Landgericht
Boltzmannstr. 3 
Raum 3330 
14195 Berlin 
Tel.: 030 / 838 547 16 or 030 / 838 540 90
Fax: 030 / 838 540 90
E-Mail: kriminologie@fu-berlin.de
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Applicant: Freie Universität Berlin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Cooperation partner: Universität Potsdam, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte