DFG Senate Commission Submits the 50th List of MAK and BAT Values

DFG President Strohschneider Presents the List to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs / 65 Changes and Additions / Success for the Open Access Publication

(04.08.14) For the 50th time, the Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area of the DFG has submitted a list of maximum workplace concentrations (MAK values) and biological tolerance values (BAT values), laying the scientific foundation for the legislation that governs health and safety in the workplace. The DFG President, Professor Peter Strohschneider, presented the list to Hans-Peter Viethen, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, on 23 July.

DFG Funds the World's First Magnetic Particle Imaging Device

Pioneering Technology for Biomedical Imaging / Launch at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

(10.07.14) The world's first magnetic particle imaging (MPI) unit will be stationed at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. The device, which was formally handed over on 10 July 2014, facilitates medical imaging on small animals in order to discover applications that might be relevant and of benefit to humans. The DFG is funding the MPI equipment, developed by Philips Healthcare, with €4 million under its major instrumentation initiative.

DFG Annual Press Conference in Berlin

Urgent Appeal to Policymakers

(03.07.14) The DFG has called on decision-makers at federal and state level to take prompt concerted action to implement their recent agreements on research policy. "The framework has finally been defined and now it has to be filled in. This applies to both the amendment of the Basic Law to allow greater federal involvement in higher education and the use of the additional ten-figure sum released by the federal government for the federal states," said President Professor Peter Strohschneider at the annual press conference in Berlin. The research community urgently needs clarity and reliable planning perspectives, particularly with respect to the continuation of the Excellence Initiative and the programme allowance, he added.

Amendment of the DFG Statutes

General Assembly Passes Revised Regulations / More Systematic, Transparent, in Step With Current Practice

(03.07.14) The DFG has presented its amended statutes at its annual press conference. The amendment was passed the day before at the DFG's General Assembly. The main aim of the amendment is to adapt the statutes to reflect the tasks of the DFG and its organs and also funding activities, which have developed and changed in myriad ways since the organisation was re-established in 1951. "The new statutes are more in step with the current reality and current practice. They are also more systematic, more transparent and more modern in their formulation," said Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek.

Main Content

DFG Representation Abroad (Interactive Map)

One of the DFG's core strategies, which is to promote collaboration between researchers at home and abroad, has gained increasing importance in the recent past. Establishing offices abroad is a part of this international strategy.

Further Information

Revised recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice

In order to safeguard good scientific practice even more effectively, the DFG has revised individual items of its 1997 recommendations on this issue. The publication is available in print.

Science Europe

Miguel Seabra elected as next president

On 20 May 2014 the General Assembly of Science Europe has unanimously elected Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), as the next President of Science Europe. Professor Seabra will take over from Professor Paul Boyle.

Research Policy

Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is a union of the most important German research organisations. It issues statements relating to research policy and funding and the structural development of the German research system. The DFG will chair the Alliance in 2014.

Research Explorer – Research Directory

The Research Explorer is a fully searchable directory of 19,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. It is now linked to the HRK’s Higher Education Compass offering additional information on doctoral programmes.

DFG Office India

Young Indian researchers at the 64th Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindau, Germany

The 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was held from 29th June to 4th July, 2014. 37 Nobel laureates and more than 600 selected young scientists from around 80 countries took part in the week-long meeting. The programme was devoted to the Nobel Prize discipline of Physiology and Medicine. 20 young Indian scientists also participated in this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

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