New Collaborative Research Centre „FONDA – Foundations of workflows for large- scale scientific data analysis“ at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The CRC 1404 entiteld „FONDA – Foundations of workflows for large- scale scientific data analysis“ will initially be funded for four years from July 1, 2020. Spokesperson of the CRC is Prof. Ulf Leser from the Department of Computer Science of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The new research network focuses on the research of techniques, processes and tools that enable scientists to be more productive when creating and using data analysis workflows. Special emphasis is laid on portability, adaptability and reliability that are important for this goal. On the part of  IRIS Adlershof, the professors Claudia Draxl, Christoph T. Koch and Alexander Reinefeld are involved in the new CRC.

We congratulate the successful applicants and wish the new project a good start.



Fengshuo Zu receives 2019 Chinese Government Award

Congratulations! Fengshuo Zu, former doctoral student in the group of Norbert Koch, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, received the  “2019 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad” of the China Scholarship Council. Meanwhile Fengshuo is postdoc in the Koch group and investigates the electronic structure of metal halide perovskites for high-efficiency solar cells.

Well deserved, Fengshuo!


Apply until June 1st, 2020! As part of the Excellence Strategy, the Humboldt-Universität once again awards Humboldt Research Track Scholarships

Flavie Davidson-Marquis 

Funding for Master's students with strong research skills who plan to pursue a doctorate.
The Humboldt Research Track funding line is designed to support outstanding Master’s students from Humboldt-Universität who plan to pursue a doctorate. Graduates from other universities may also be funded if they pursue a doctorate at Humboldt-Universität. The program offers funding for the transition phase between the end of a Master’s program and the beginning of a doctorate. Requirements for funding are excellent academic results and an original, high-quality proposal of the doctoral project. Applications may already be submitted during the Master’s studies, but funding can only start after graduation. The scholarship helps recipients to focus on the preparation of their doctorate.

How much funding is provided?
Funding of 800 EUR per month is awarded for up to six months. Scholarship holders with children receive an additional 400 EUR a month for the first child, plus 100 EUR for each additional child. In exceptional cases, funding can be extended for up to an additional six months Monatlich 800 EUR Stipendium über sechs Monate, ggf. Familienzuschlag (gemäß Richtlinien der DFG), Verlängerung in Ausnahmefällen um weitere sechs Monate möglich.

What are the application deadlines?
The Humboldt Research Track Scholarships are awarded four times a year. Application periods are
1 June to 15 July for funding starting 1 October
1 September to 15 October for funding starting 1 February
1 December to 15 January for funding starting 1 April.

Further information is provided here



Graduate School "Advanced Materials": First admission of members

This April, the Graduate School "Advanced Materials" (GS-AM) admitted 22 doctoral students as members, from HU Berlin, FU Berlin, TU Berlin, and Potsdam Universität. The mission of GS-AM is to provide superior qualification for doctoral students across Berlin and Potsdam, in research on modern and emerging advanced materials for optics, electronics, and optoelectronics, as well as in transferable skills.

The spokesman of the graduate school, Professor Norbert Koch from the Department of Physics and IRIS Adlershof at HU explains: The research projects of our students are devoted to unraveling fundamental and applied aspects of 3D and 2D inorganic semiconductors, organic semiconductors, and their hybrids. During the current period of reduced access to the universities, GS-AM offers online-courses by professional trainers, on topics such as scientific writing/presentation, project management, and scientific leadership. We all hope that meeting in person will become possible eventually, but for the time being digital instruments are our key for interaction.

The next term of applications to GS-AM will be in the fall of 2020.

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„Die Wissenschaft bleibt nicht stehen“

Michael Bojdys zu Gast beim Wis­sen­schafts­pod­cast „Un­end­li­che Wei­ten, Fas­zi­nie­ren­de Wel­ten" der HU Berlin

Die Humboldt-Universität be­fin­det sich der­zeit aufgrund der Co­ro­na­virus-Pan­de­mie – wie alle anderen Wis­sen­schafts­be­trie­be der Stadt – im Prä­senz­not­be­trieb.Die Gebäude der Uni­versi­tät sind ver­schloss­en – so auch das Institut für Chemie – und nicht alle Mit­ar­bei­ter­innen und Mi­tar­bei­ter der HU haben Zutritt. Der Chemiker und Forscher Michael Bojdys hält daher Kontakt zu seiner Ar­beits­gruppe und seinen Studierenden über digitale Plattformen.
In der zehnten Folge des HU Wissenschaftspodcast spricht die Radiojournalistin Cora Knoblauch mit Michael Bojdys über eine in der Krise widerstandsfähige Lehre und darüber, welche Chancen und Herausforderungen die derzeitige Situation für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler bietet. Außerdem berichtet Bojdys, wie die Chemikerinnen und Chemiker der HU derzeit den öffentlichen Dienst in Berlin mit Desinfektionsmitteln versorgen.

Die komplette Folge finden sie hier


Technology Park Adlershof fights against Covid-19

SARS-CoV-2 without background

Many businesses and schientific institutions are involved in the fight against the Coronavirus

Currently, more than 30 companies and scientific institutions in Adlershof are busy fighting the coronavirus. This is the result of a survey by the operating company WISTA Management GmbH. "In order to combat and contain the Covid-19 virus, we need suitable drugs and vaccines quickly," said Ramona Pop (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Senator for Economic Affairs. "Our Berlin locations of future innovations have excellent research skills for this. They are all making an important contribution to overcoming the corona crisis.”"

According to WISTA Managing Director Roland Sillmann, this commitment shows "that companies and institutions in such a diversified science and technology park as Berlin Adlershof are able to act flexibly and develop innovative forces very quickly, especially in times of crisis. This at least makes us confident that the Technology Park Adlershof can successfully overcome the current crisis in its entirety.” (Source: Der Tagesspiegel)