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Success for the University of Hamburg and UKE

German Research Foundation to fund two new collaborative research centres at the University of Hamburg and the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)

On Friday 20 November, the German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed to fund academic research in Hamburg with 20 million euro over the next four years.

First International Transregional Collaborative Research Centre at the University

The Sino-German collaborative research centre/Transregio (TRR) 169 “Crossmodal Learning: Adaptivity, Prediction and Interaction” explores the human perception and its computerised simulation to analyse how humans and computers or robots can better interact with each other. The SFB is the first international Transregional collaborative research centre, set up by the University of Hamburg in collaboration with two Chinese universities and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The collaborative research centre 1192 “Immune-mediated glomerular diseases – Fundamentals and clinical implications” at UKE deals with inflammatory diseases of the kidneys. Its goal is to learn more about the development and progression of diseases as well as to bring new therapies on the way.

Additional 20 Million Euro for Excellent Teaching

Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg Minister for Science, Research and Equality, said: “I congratulate the University of Hamburg and the UKE and all their employees for this success. Only a week ago, four Hamburg universities received more than 20 million euro in recognition of their excellent teaching. The Sino-German collaborative research centre at the University of Hamburg is particularly impressive due to its international and interdisciplinary co-operation. UKE now boast the third collaborative research centre. This is an impressive success for its researchers. “

Interdisciplinary and International

Collaborative research centres are university research centres, in which scientists leave the boundaries of their respective disciplines behind and work together with, institutes, departments and faculties in interdisciplinary research programmes. By bundling existing capacities at a university, they enable innovative, sophisticated, complex and long-term planned research projects.

Collaborative research centres are established by the the German Research Foundation and will receive support for a maximum of three funding periods.

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Support for Leuphana's Young Scientists

To support early career researchers in Germany, the German Research Foundation also funds Research Training Groups (RTGs). One of the 16 new RTGs determined in early November is at home at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. The RTG “Cultures of Critique: Forms, Media, Effects” Research Training Group will examine the options, effects and conditions of approaches to critical actions. Increasing digitalisation and radical changes to the ways in which media are distributed have given rise to a plethora of different forms of critical practice. Indeed, the theoretical foundations of critique have become open to substantial doubt as a result: What can still be deemed now to be an act of critique? What players, expectations and conditions play a role? The new Research Training Group will examine how forms and media of representation are mutually determined by the relationship of critique and object. The doctoral researchers will concentrate their research on three areas: art, media and social critique.
Spokesperson of the RTG is Professor Dr. Beate Söntgen.

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