Jürgen P. Rabe re-elected Chairman of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Verband für Polymerforschung (BVP)

The General Assembly of the  Berlin-Brandenburgischen Verband für Polymerforschung (BVP) has re-elected its Executive Board for further two years. Chairman is Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Deputies are Prof. Rainer Haag (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dieter Neher (Universität Potsdam), treasurer is Prof. Michael Gradzielski (Technische Universität Berlin), and Managing Director is Prof. Andreas Lendlein (Universität Potsdam).


IRIS Junior Scientist Christian Seifert successfully defended his dissertation "Control of the electrical transport through single molecules and graphene"

IRIS Junior Scientist Christian Seifert successfully defended his dissertation Control of the electrical transport through single molecules and graphene. His work was supervised by IRIS director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.


Humboldt Research Award for Lance J. Dixon

Lance J. Dixon Professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, USA, has been awarded an Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Lance Dixon is a leading researcher in theoretical high-energy physics.  His contributions range from seminal and mathematically profound papers in the early phase of string theory to very practical high precision calculations in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) relevant to collider physics, and to an ever deeper understanding of scattering amplitudes for quantum field theory. He has even tackled the daunting subject of understanding the perturbative structure of field theory approaches to quantum gravity.

The price will allow him to work for a total of one year with scientists at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to develop new ways to solve quantum field theory nonperturbatively, and to investigate further the elusive theory of quantum gravity. He will be hosted by IRIS Adlershof within the research area "Space-Time-Matter“ (AG Staudacher) and the fields of competence "Mathematical Physics“ (AGs Kreimer, Plefka, Staudacher).

IRIS Adlershof congratulates Mr. Dixon very much and is looking forward to an exciting and fruitful cooperation.


Professor Jürgen P. Rabe re-elected as director of IRIS Adlershof

The IRIS General Assembly re-elected Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe as the director and Prof. Norbert Koch as his deputy for the second IRIS funding phase. Matthias Staudacher, Bridge Professor for Mathematics and Physics, and Emil List-Kratochvil, Bridge Professor for Chemistry and Physics, have been elected as members of the IRIS Council. All elections were unanimous. The elected representative of the IRIS junior scientist Julian Miczajka is also a member.



Art competition for the IRIS research building has been judged

Following an earlier than planned Berlin wide application process, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe together with the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing held an art competition in August 2017 with 10 invited artists for the newly built research building of the IRIS Adlershof (Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The goal of the art competition was to develop independent artistic designs that also corresponded with the scope of the institute’s cutting-edge research work. The artwork was supposed to reflect and contribute to the ongoing discussion with the architecture, urban environment of the Adlershof campus, and the use of the building as a lively place of research and exchange.

The jury, which was chaired by the artist Veronike Hinsberg, unanimously awarded on February 1st, 2018, first prize to the artist group BORGMAN | LENK (Anna Borgman and Candy Lenk). Second prize was awarded to Gunda Förster and Barbara Trautmann and an honorable mention went to Thomas Henninger.

The winning proposal designed by BORGMAN | LENK with the title “Accesses” is an installation of inoperative golden building blocks and elements thus contrasting the working processes and approaches of the institute. The jury therefore honors the artistic idea of contradicting architecture’s functionality. Gold-colored elements like an air lock door, entrance hatch, and elevator display give a new momentum to a “free and searching movement of thoughts.” The proposed design has a dry humor and great sensitivity for the used materials.

We plan to exhibit all the submitted entries of art competition in IRIS Adlershof in due time.




Dr. Agostino Patella accepted a new position at Humboldt-Universität

Dr. Agostino Patella (Theoretical Physics Department, CERN) has accepted the W2-Professorship "Theoretical Particle Physics - Lattice Field Theory" at the Department of Physics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


IRIS Junior Scientist David Meidinger successfully defended his dissertation "Integrability in weakly coupled super Yang‐Mills theory: form factors, on‐shell methods and Q‐operators"

IRIS Junior Scientist David Meidinger successfully defended his dissertation Integrability in weakly coupled super Yang‐Mills theory: form factors, on‐shell methods and Q‐operators. His work was supervised by IRIS council member Prof. Matthias Staudacher.


The first IRIS Roots-Day

At an IRIS Roots-Day, which was being held for the first time this year, numerous participants followed with much interest and pleasure the contributions from nine IRIS young scientists who took up the challenge to give a synopsis of their current research work in just five minutes. The jury, who was made up of IRIS members and representatives from IRIS’s young scientists, found it difficult to choose the best ones. In the end, they decided to increase the award money so they could give a second third place.
The first prize, which was coupled with a travel grant so that the awardee could take an active part at a national or international scientific conference, went to Ms. Inna Kviatkovska who came to Dr. Ramelow’s IRIS young scientists a few months ago to do research on infra-red quantum imaging. The second prize was awarded to Yuhang Zhao who is doing a doctorate in Prof. Yan Lu’s group at the HZB. Wadim Wormsbecher, a doctoral student in Prof. Plefka’s group, and Matthias Runge, a master student in Prof. List-Kratochvil’s group, each received third place.
Afterwards, the young and senior scientists as well as the guests could continue discussing their research with bagels, fruitcake, and mulled wine.

Inna Kviatkovsky        Yuhang Zhao           Wadim Wormsbecher   Matthias Runge 

IRIS Adlershof cordially congratulates the awardees and already announces that the successful format of the IRIS Roots-Day will be continued.


Julian Miczajka and Dr. Sven Ramelow were elected young scientist representatives

  Julian Miczajka         Dr. Sven Ramelow
©: Albert-Einstein-Institut

IRIS Adlershof’s young scientists have elected Julian Miczajka to be their representative and Dr. Sven Ramelow as their substitute representative in IRIS’s committees. The young scientists are therefore being represented in IRIS general meetings as well on IRIS’s board with rights to speak, submit applications, and vote. Julian Miczajka who is a doctoral student in Prof. Jan Plefka’s group is focusing on an exceptional class of higher spin theories in flat spaces, especially on their relationship with hidden symmetries, integrability, and duality. Dr. Sven Ramelow is the head of an independent Emmy-Noether young scientist group “Nonlinear Quantum Optics.” As their first official act, both young scientist representatives will sit in the jury of the IRIS Roots Day and evaluate the pitches of in total nine IRIS young scientists.

IRIS Adlershof  cordially congratulates Mr. Miczajka und Dr. Ramelow and loooks forward to a good cooperation.