(27.07.2016) This year’s Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize, which is endowed with €100,000, will go to Dr. Birgit Kegel and Dr. Beate Krämer together with four other members of the working group they head at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut in Langen. The researchers have developed a form of testing that can be used in place of experiments that have been necessary up to now but stressful to animals. The prize recognises this outstanding contribution to implementing the principle of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement).
DFG Awards Prize for Alternative to Animal Experiments
Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize goes to researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut / Award ceremony on 28 September 2016
DFG funded Junior Researchers Sceptical of Recent Political Decisions
150 participants attend 2016 Emmy Noether Meeting in Potsdam / Evening of science policy debate with political involvement
(27.07.16) Researchers whose goal is a professorship are sceptical about the amended Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Early Career Researcher Pact. This became clear at the science policy evening of the 15th Emmy Noether Meeting. Some 150 funding recipients attended the meeting to take part in in-depth discussion on this and other topics.
DFG Approves Participation in “Excellence Strategy”
Unanimous vote in General Assembly at end of annual meeting in Mainz / 2015 annual report presented
(06.07.16) The current situation regarding research policy in Germany and in particular the new federal-state initiative for the funding of top-level research at universities (the “Excellence Strategy”) was the main theme at the DFG’s annual meeting, which concluded on Wednesday at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. At the end of the three-day meeting, representatives of the DFG’s member organisations in the General Assembly voted unanimously in favour of participation in the Excellence Strategy.
Two New Vice-Presidents – One Male, One Female – for the DFG
Fischer replaces Famulok; Griem takes over from Funke / Ertmer re-elected for a further four years
(11.07.16) At its session during the annual meeting in Mainz, the General Assembly of the DFG elected Munich-based chemist Professor Dr. Roland A. Fischer and Frankfurt-based literary scholar Professor Dr. Julika Griem to the Executive Committee. Fischer will take over from Bonn-based biochemist Professor Dr. Michael Famulok; Griem will succeed Münster-based ancient historian Professor Dr. Peter Funke. Vice-President and experimental physicist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Ertmer has been re-elected for a further four years alongside the two new members.
Health and Safety at Work
In 2016, the DFG's Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area presented the 52nd issue of the List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations (MAK values) and Biological Exposure Limits (BAT values), delivering it to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs on 1 July. In providing this list the DFG has fulfilled its statutory mandate to advise on science policy.
New Research Units
The DFG is to set up seven new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. This was decided by the Senate in its summer session during the DFG Annual Meeting in Mainz. In addition, another Research Unit is now in a position to start work. This Unit is funded jointly by the DFG and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). In the initial funding period, the nine new groups will receive approximately €23 million in total.
Calls for Proposals: ERA-CAPS: Third Joint Call Launched
The European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) has launched its third joint call for proposals. The call, entitled “Europe-USA Call Strengthening Transnational Research in Molecular Plant Sciences”, will fund high quality collaborative transnational research in fundamental molecular plant science to meet the European and global demand for innovation in the area.
DFG India Office at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
On 18 March 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) India Office participated in an “Interactive-Session on Higher Education and Research in Germany” at the Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida near Delhi. The interactive session that was jointly organized by the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and the SNU.
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