(22.08.14) With its relaunch of the German-language website "Instrumentenkasten" (toolbox), the DFG once again underlines its commitment to equal opportunities and gender equality in research and academia. The portal at www.instrumentenkasten.dfg.de (available only in German) offers a wide-ranging collection of quality-assured examples intended to promote equal opportunities in research and academia.
Examples of Best Practice in Promoting Gender Equality
Relaunch of the ‘Instrumentenkasten’ Portal / DFG Commitment to Equal Opportunities in Research and Academia
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.
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.”
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.
Who We Are
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.