(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.
DFG Annual Press Conference in Berlin
Urgent Appeal to Policymakers
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.
Three New Members for the DFG Executive Committee
Three New Vice-Presidents Elected
(02.07.2014) On Wednesday 2 July 2014, biochemist and molecular biologist Professor Dr. Katja Becker (based in Giessen), mathematician Professor Dr. Marlis Hochbruck (Karlsruhe) and jurist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön (Munich) were elected to the Executive Committee of the DFG by the General Assembly in Frankfurt am Main. Becker replaces chemist Professor Dr. Ferdi Schüth (based in Mülheim), while Hochbruck takes over from information scientist Professor Dr. Dorothea Wagner (Karlsruhe) and Schön replaces jurist Professor Dr. Christine Windbichler (Berlin).
Reprimand and Ban on Submitting Proposals for Four Years
DFG Decides on Action Against Medical Scientist for Deliberate Data Manipulation
(02.07.14) The DFG is again imposing sanctions following an instance of scientific misconduct. At its session at the DFG's Annual Meeting 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, the Joint Committee decided to issue a written reprimand to medical scientist Dr. Dennis Rottländer and ban him from submitting proposals for a period of four years. Both actions were implemented in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct and at the recommendation of the Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.
International Partners and Agreements
In order to carry out its activities in the interest of research, the DFG maintains partnerships and relations with a large number of partner organisations on all continents. In many countries around the world, formal agreements continue to be a necessary prerequisite for cooperation in the field of science and research.
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.
DFG Modifies Rules for Publication Lists
Much praise in principle, but also criticism for the specific design: The rules for publication lists implemented by the DFG in 2010 drew considerable response. After intense discussions in the research community and the DFG’s committees, the Senate has now further developed the rules pragmatically. Proposals and reports may now cite up to ten publications in project lists and academic CVs.
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.
RiG at the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC)
The DFG’s North America Office attended the annual Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) from June 9-13 in Detroit as part of the “Research in Germany” (RiG) initiative. The conference was combined this year with an industry-oriented trade show on manufacturing technology. The Research in Germany activities included an information booth as well as a “science lunch.”
20 Indian students head for 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2014
Selected by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, 20 young researchers from India will participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2014 dedicated to the fields of Medicine and Physiology. The DST organized a briefing session for these participants on 27th June 2014 at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi to inform them about the 2 week-long Tour to Germany.
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The DFG is the largest independent research funding organisation in Germany. It promotes the advancement of science and the humanities by funding research projects, research centres and networks, and facilitating cooperation among researchers.