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Health and Safety at Work: DFG Senate Commission Presents 53rd List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations and Biological Tolerance Values

The Permanent DFG Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area has presented the 2017 List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations and Biological Tolerance Values. The DFG has now submitted the list to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. It includes 89 supplements and new entries in comparison to last year’s list and is available in a printed version as well as in digital open access format. The digital version of the 53rd list of MAK and BAT values is available in German and English.

DFG Statement on the Replicability of Research Results

In April 2017, the DFG published a statement on the replicability of research results and thus took a differentiated position in the on-going public debate on the “replication crisis”. “The question of the replicability of research results essentially touches on the question of the quality of research and concerns all of science”, says DFG President Peter Strohschneider. The discussion was triggered by a series on the replicability of research results (in biomedicine) in the scientific journal Lancet in 2014.

€3 Billion in Funding and 31,000 Funded Projects

In 2016, the DFG funded more than 31,000 research projects with a total funding volume of around €3 billion. Of these projects, about 7,900 were newly approved projects which received approximately €2 billion in funding. These figures are taken from the 2016 Annual Report, which was presented on 5 July 2017 at the DFG’s General Assembly in Halle (Saale). The presentation and acceptance of the annual report marked the end of the DFG’s three-day annual meeting.

“Science Is International”

The DFG and other German science organisations have issued a joint statement criticizing US President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The order represents “an act of aggression against the fundament values of science” and gravely impairs the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration. The organisations are calling on the United States government to repeal the order immediately.

DFG Infobriefs

This online publication provides a brief look at the findings of statistical analyses on research funding policies and on individual DFG funding programmes.

Speeches and Statements

In speeches and statements the DFG and its representatives publish their viewpoints. A list of all statements in most cases including an English translation gives an overview.

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