Newsletter: February 2017

When did you last share something? Even if you now have to think back a little, you are bound to have lent someone a tool, a bike or a car at some point – and therefore shared it with others. The culture of sharing is becoming increasingly popular in many countries around the world. What began as a trend in the IT industry has now evolved to become a new sector in its own right, the “sharing economy”. How might this sector develop in the future? Are there any moral limits to sharing? Who does the trend benefit most – us or the economy? Many researchers in Germany are looking into questions such as these. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why an Argentinian biotechnologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct her research, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.

IN FOCUS: The sharing economy

Fab Lab – a playground for researchers

the Fab Lab makes the dreams of researchers come true
Working on a prototype: the Fab Lab makes the dreams of researchers come true

For many researchers, “quickly building a prototype” is far from straightforward. Often they lack the right equipment and expertise. Knowledge and technologies are shared at the Fab Lab Berlin, allowing any researcher to become a “maker”. 



Current Calls

Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports international doctoral students in all disciplines. The next closing date for applications is 30 April 2017.


Anneliese Maier Research Award

Through its Anneliese Maier Research Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours international academics in the humanities and social sciences. The closing date for nominations is 30 April 2017.