News | 2009
DFG Establishes Eleven New Research Training Groups
The DFG has intensified its efforts to strengthen its support of young researchers. At its fall session in Bonn, the responsible Grants Committee approved the establishment of eleven new Research Training Groups. In these groups, doctoral researchers can earn their doctorates in a structured research and qualification programme. The topics range from muscular atrophy to sustainable chemistry to the meaning of “real” and “virtual” in modern cultures.
Differential Geometer Alexander Lytchak Receives von Kaven Award(21.10.09) Differential geometer Alexander Lytchak will receive this year’s von Kaven Award for Mathematics presented by the DFG-managed von Kaven Foundation. Lytchak is a Heisenberg fellow funded by the DFG and is being honoured with the award primarily for his outstanding research in the field of singular Riemannian foliations. The award includes €10,000 in prize money and will be presented on 30 October as part of the German Mathematical Society (DMV)’s Gauss Lecture in Aachen.
Second Season of DFG Science TV a SuccessWith its video portal www.dfg-science-tv.de, the DFG continues to reach a broad and increasingly younger audience. Because there are a total of over 100 films now available to download, they are ideal for targeting at educational use.
Exclusion from Statutory Bodies and Reprimands: The DFG takes Action in Response to Scientific Misconduct in GöttingenThe DFG has taken disciplinary action as a result of the scientific misconduct by members of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 552 “Stability of Rainforest Margins in Indonesia” and the Research Training Group (RTG) 1086 “The Role of Biodiversity for Biogeochemical Cycles and Biotic Interactions in Temperate Deciduous Forests”, based at the University of Göttingen. The Joint Committee of the DFG agreed on disciplinary measures against five researchers at a session which took place in Bonn today, in accordance with the DFG’s agreed procedure for handling cases of scientific misconduct. The former coordinator of CRC 552, Professor Teja Tscharntke, and the former coordinator of RTG 1086, Professor Christoph Leuschner, will be barred from sitting on any of the DFG’s statutory bodies for a period of three years. Written reprimands will be issued against Dr. Jan Barkmann, Professor (apl) Heiko Faust and Professor Stefan Vidal. Eight other researchers were found guilty of scientific misconduct, although no further action was taken against them.
DFG Research Centre for "Renewable Therapies" to be Funded for a Further Four Years
(16.10.09) The DFG Research Centre for Renewable Therapies at the Technical University of Dresden is being extended and funded for a further four years after a very successful first funding period. This decision was taken by the Joint Committee of the DFG at its meeting in Bonn on 8 October. This means that the newest of the six DFG Research Centres can continue its projects until 31 December 2013. Over this period, it will receive approximately €30 million in funds.