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News Archive

New Technologies for Astronomical Research

DFG supports development of micro-optical systems for use in astronomical instruments [More]

Selim Jochim Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

European Research Council awards two million euros for quantum physics research [More]

Rahul Mukherji at International Studies Association in Baltimore

Professor Rahul Mukherji, head of  department of Political Science at SAI, helped launch the South Asia in World Politics Section [More]

DFG Funding: An Atom Trap for Water Dating

Heidelberg physicists develop new dating method for the earth and environmental sciences [More]

Baden-Württemberg Foundation Funds Research Project on Protein Aggregation

Heidelberg molecular biologists pursue experiments in Parkinson's research [More]

Michael Mastalerz Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

European Research Council awards approximately two million euros for chemist's project [More]

Frank Bigiel Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

European Research Council grants approx. 1.7 million euros to astrophysicist [More]

Exchange Programmes at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”

The Cluster “Asia and Europe” offers a mobility-option for students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies [More]

Frank Postberg Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

European Research Council awards approx. two million euros to fund his research [More]

Annika Guse Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

European Research Council grants approx. 2.3 million euros to biologist [More]

Center for Motion Research Begins Work at Universität Heidelberg

Carl Zeiss Foundation funds new interdisciplinary research facility with 800,000 euros [More]

Award from the Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation for Excellent Young Scientist

Funding award to Dr. Matthias Fischer is endowed with 100,000 euros [More]

Anja Seibert-Fohr Named Endowed Professor for Legal Studies of the Rule of Law

Hengstberger Foundation sponsors "extremely relevant" field of research at Faculty of Law [More]

Matthias Hentze Has Received HMLS Investigator Award

Prize of the Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences is endowed with 100,000 euros [More]

Highly Endowed Funding for Five Young Researchers at Heidelberg University

Heidelberg is the most successful German university in the present award of ERC Consolidator Grants [More]

Florian Diekert Receives ERC Starting Grant

European Research Council grants approx. 1.4 million euros to Heidelberg economist. [More]

At the Top with Ten Highly Cited Researchers

Heidelberg University in prominent place on list of most cited scientists worldwide – the most successful university in Germany [More]

New Collaborative Research Centre in the Chemistry of Organic Materials

DFG funds research network with approximately nine million euros [More]

Prof. Axel Michaels receives the title of Senior Professor

The President of Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, has awarded Prof. Axel Michaels (Head of Department Cultural and Religious History of South Asia) the title of Senior Professor as of 1 October. [More...]

Humboldt Foundation awarded Sumathi Ramaswamy

On the 8th September 2016 Prof. Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) received the prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation. [More...]

Exchange Programme “New Directions in Active Ageing”

A new cooperation programme between Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies/ South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, aims at enhancing “active ageing” and “age-friendly cultures” in both India and Europe through various forms of knowledge exchange. [More...]

New Emmy Noether Group to Investigate Ocean Currents

Heidelberg research team seeks to identify parameters for understanding future climate change. [More...]

Ruperto Carola Again Best German University in Shanghai Ranking

Heidelberg University in 47th place internationally – and 12th in Europe. [More...]

New Project by Jörg Gengnagel and Eric Decker

A new project with the title “A Pilgrimage Scroll (tīrthapaṭṭa) from Rajasthan: Visual Journeys and Confluences of Devotion at the three Cities of Gayā, Kāśī and Prayāg” has been launched. [More...]

A Protective Cap for Bacterial RNA

Heidelberg researchers unravel structure and function of bacterial decapping enzyme. [More...]

Heidelberg Centre South Asia organizes four workshops on Smart Cities in India

Under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New Delhi, Heidelberg Centre South Asia will organize, coordinate and conduct four Indo-German workshops in India that focus on the potentials and the challenges of the concept of smart cities, entitled “Smart City: Infrastructure & Mobility in the 21st century”. [More...]

Vice-Presidents Re-elected

Senate approves additional terms for Beatrix Busse, Stephen Hashmi, Dieter Heermann and Óscar Loureda [More...]



24 April 2016

Welcome Professor P. Sahadevan

The South Asia Institute is pleased to announce that Professor P. Sahadevan will act as DAAD Guest Professor at the Department of Political Science during the summer term of 2016.



04 April 2016

Christiane Brosius appointed as Marsilius Fellow

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, has been appointed as a fellow of the Marsilius Kolleg at Heidelberg University from March 2016 to February 2017.



22 March 2016

Humanities Earn Top Scores Internationally

QS subject rankings published – interdisciplinary dialogue based on disciplinary strengths



26 February 2016

Highly Endowed Grant from European Research Council for Heidelberg Biologist

Heidelberg biologist Dr. Sylvia Erhardt is receiving a highly endowed grant from the European Research Council (ERC), an ERC Consolidator Grant for excellent young researchers.



12 February 2016

Interactive Online Documentary: Ageing in urban Asia

Heidelberg researchers present website with short films and texts – research project of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”



22 December 2015

New Device Measures Nitrogen Dioxides In Exhaust from Preceding Vehicle

Heidelberg environmental physicists enable mobile measurements in real street traffic



21 December 2015

Protein That Boosts Memory Identified

Research findings of Heidelberg neurobiologists could lead to new treatment approaches for memory loss and anxiety disorders



02 December 2015

Prize for Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences endowed with 100,000 euros

Prof. Dr. Thomas Holstein will receive this year’s HMLS Investigator Award for his groundbreaking work in combining zoology and plant science at Heidelberg University



12 November 2015

Leibniz Science Campus for the Analysis of Digital Linguistic Data Officially Opens

Joint research project of the Department of Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University and the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim



6 November 2015

Indologist Axel Michaels Receives Lautenschlaeger Research Prize

Award endowed with 250,000 euros – prize goes to researcher for outstanding achievement and major international profile



28 October 2015

Andreas Reuter Appointed Senior Professor at Heidelberg University

Expert for information technologies will develop further the IT infrastructure for data-driven science



21 October 2015

A SAI Help Nepal Contributes to International Photofestival

SAI Help Nepal announces its association with Photo Kathmandu, the first international photography festival in Nepal,3-9 November 2015



8 October 2015

Another Excellent Score in the Best Global Universities Ranking

Ruperto Carola is the best university in Germany and surges ahead to 37th worldwide



7 October 2015

Award for Young Researcher: Excellence in Cancer Research

Heidelberg Biologist Dr. Sylvia Erhardt receives Hella BÃŒhler Prize endowed with 100,000 euros



1 October 2015

THE Ranking: Heidelberg 37th in the World's Best 50 Universities

Ruperto Carola moves from third to second place nationally



11 September 2015

Top Recipient of Public Funding

Heidelberg University in second place in the Funding Atlas 2015 of the German Research Foundation (DFG)



11 September 2015

Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University Celebrates 30 Years

Anniversary Session with Minister of Science Theresia Bauer – Current research findings to be presented at Alumni Forum



09 September 2015

Dr. Rudolph Perkins Receives Research Grant From Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Researcher from USA investigating mathematical questions in Heidelberg



24 August 2015

Activated Neurons Produce Protective Protein against Neurodegenerative Conditions

Heidelberg researchers discover central mechanism and identify key neuroprotective molecule



17 August 2015

New Ruperto Carola Best German University in Shanghai Ranking

Universitaet Heidelberg improves its international standing once again



11 August 2015

How Human Cells Can Dissolve Damaging Protein Aggregates

Heidelberg researchers decode fundamental mechanism using in-vitro experiments



19 July 2015

Successful applications for DWIH regular activities 2015

HCSA's four applications for DWIH (The German House for Research and Innovation) regular activities, two as main applicant and two as secondary applicant are successful



17 July 2015

New High Performance Computer Cluster One Of The World's Fastest Supercomputers

The universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim have joined the ranks of the world's top 500 supercomputing sites



16 July 2015

Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing Has New Industry Partner

Experts in digital image processing at Heidelberg University cooperate with Bayer AG



15 July 2015

Heidelberg University Library: Powerful, Efficient and Innovative

Library takes top spot in BIX Library Index for sixth consecutive year



13 July 2015

Heidelberg Researchers Investigate Cytotoxic Effect of Ebola Virus

Can cholesterol-lowering drugs help treat acute Ebola cases?



13 July 2015

The Coldest War At The "Roof Of The World"

Heidelberg geographers analyse causes for the continued Siachen Conflict in Northern Kashmir



8 July 2015

Millions in Funding for Particle Physics in Heidelberg

BMBF provides nine million euros for research at the LHC



25 June 2015

South Asia Institute Invites The Public to a "Nepal Day"

Information, entertainment and assistance – the event is especially designed to attract interested members of the public




9 June 2015

Closing in on the Phenomenon of Superconductivity With a Two-dimensional Atomic Gas

Transition into superfluid phase: Heidelberg physicists characterise an exotic quantum superfluid



27 May 2015

Universität Heidelberg Presents James W.C. Pennington Award

William L. Andrews receives prize for research in African-American history of literature



27 May 2015

Universität Heidelberg Presents James W.C. Pennington Award

William L. Andrews receives prize for research in African-American history of literature



20 May 2015

Asteroid Research Benefits From Gaia Satellite Mission

Scientists discover dozens of small celestial bodies every night



11 May 2015

Ruperto Carola Receives Research Training Group to Develop Novel Particle Detectors

DFG funds doctoral training in nuclear and particle physics with about 3.7 million euros



27 April 2015

Distinction for Ten Young Scholars

Festive ceremony: "Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise" will be presented



16 April 2015

Sanskrit Fever Grips Germany

The newspaper Mail Today (New Delhi) publishes the interview, "Sanskrit Fever Grips Germany" with Prof. Axel Michaels (Head of the Department of Classical Indology) and Prof. Hans Harder (Head of the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures)



13 April 2015

New DFG Research Group: "What Does a Neutrino Weigh?"

TGerman Research Foundation provides approximately two million euros in funding



9 April 2015

Universität Heidelberg Opens Liaison Office in Japan

Heidelberg University Office in Kyoto to foster cooperation and contacts in East Asia



24 March 2015

Partners sign new agreement for joint catalysis laboratory "CaRLa" in Heidelberg

BASF and Heidelberg University renew their successful research cooperation up to the end of 2017



17 March 2015

What Happens in Cells and Cell Walls During Plant Growth?

European Research Council awards Heidelberg biologist Dr. Thomas Greb ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euros



13 March 2015

Glimpse into the Regulation of Water Exchange in the Brain

Heidelberg researchers discover mechanism that regulates the flow of water in brain cells



12 March 2015

Excellent Placement in THE Reputation Ranking 2015

38th place illustrates Heidelberg University's excellent reputation in the scientific landscape



3 March 2015

Outstanding Young Researchers to Meet at Kyoto University

Santander International Winter School of Heidelberg University explores the concept of religion from a transcultural perspective



12 February 2015

Heidelberg Astronomers Discover Rare Planet

Kepler-432b is a dense, massive celestial body with extreme seasons



5 February 2015

Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award for Two Outstanding Researchers

Brian Luke and Jan Korbel each receive C.H.S. Foundation award of 100,000 euros research funding



23 January 2015

Heidelberg Researchers Find Unusually Elastic Protein

Molecular elasticity may have originated in cnidarian elastomer



12 January 2015

Humboldt Prize for Simon Partner to join HCTS

Simon Partner of Duke University received a prestigious Humboldt Prize to spend a year of research at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS)



19 December 2014

New Leibniz ScienceCampus: Language Analysis on a Large Scale

Joint research project of the Department of Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University and the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim



19 December 2014

News from the Himalayas

Database of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" makes old issues of the "Himalayan Times" accessible online



19 December 2014

Heisenberg Professorship Goes to Geochemist Frank Keppler

Scientist represents the research area biogeochemistry at Heidelberg University



28 November 2014

Hellmut Augustin and Roland Eils Win HMLS Investigator Award

The award of the Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences is endowed with 100,000 euros



10 November 2014

Outstanding Young Researchers Meet At Heidelberg Center for Latin America

Third "Santander International Summer School" being held from 17 to 28 November in Santiago de Chile.



14 October 2014

Baden Wuerttemberg Fellow 2014: Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra



Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra has joined the Department of Development Economics of the South Asia Institute as Baden Wuerttemberg Fellow .



14 October 2014

Baden Wuerttemberg Fellow 2014: Prof. Tana Showren



Prof. Tana Showren has joined Department of History of the South Asia Institute as Baden Wuerttemberg Fellow .



8 October 2014

New Zimmer Chair: Prof. Amiya P. Sen



Prof. Amiya P. Sen is the new chairholder of the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Philosophy and Intellectual History. He will join the SAI in winter term 2014/15 for a two-year stay



8 October 2014

Universität Heidelberg Congratulates Stefan Hell on Nobel Prize in Chemistry



Doctorate and habilitation at Ruperto Carola – physicist's working group conducts research at BioQuant Centre



16 September 2014

Universität Heidelberg Again Best German University in QS World University Rankings



Ruperto Carola advanced to 49th place worldwide – Best German university in two internationally recognised ranking lists



15 August 2014

Best German University in Shanghai Ranking



Ruperto Carola advances to 49th in worldwide comparison



4 August 2014

How the "Biological Spark Plug" in Biomolecular Motors Works



Heidelberg researchers simulate processes that trigger muscle movement



23 July 2014

New Start-Up Professors for Transcultural Studies



Prof. Christian Förster and Prof. Daniel König are the new Start-Up Professors at the Cluster "Asia and Europe"



18 July 2014

Highly-endowed Funding for Heidelberg Biologist Dr. Alexis Maizel



Junior research group leader in "CellNetworks" Cluster to receive up to 900,000 euros



14 July 2014

Award for Excellent Contributions to Cancer Research



Hella Bühler Prize goes to Carmen Wängler and Stephan Singer – Prize money of EUR 150,000 to further advance their research work



10 July 2014

Best of Germany's Major Academic Libraries



Heidelberg at top of BIX Library Index for fifth consecutive year



16 June 2014

Universität Heidelberg Presents James W.C. Pennington Award



Historian Laurie Maffly-Kipp receives prize for research in African-American religion and history



3 June 2014

German-Japanese Knowledge Exchange: High Honours for Motomu Tanaka



Heidelberg/Kyoto scientist receives Philipp Franz von Siebold Award endowed with 50,000 euros



30 May 2014

Symposium in honour of Axel Michaels



On the occasion of the 65th birthday of Prof. Axel Michaels, a full-day programme was jointly organised by the South Asia Institute and the Cluster.



16 May 2014

Announcement of DAAD Young Ambassador Programme 2014-15.



DAAD invites applications to the Young Ambassador Programme 2014 -15



16 May 2014

Distinction for Ten Young Scholars



Festive ceremony: "Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise" will be presented



16 May 2014

DFG Funds Three Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centres and a CRC/Transregio



German Research Foundation approves four proposals by Universität Heidelberg in latest funding round



12 May 2014

Funding for Research Training Group for Computational Image Analysis



DFG supports doctoral training at Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing



6 May 2014

The German Research Foundation (DFG) explores further Cooperation on Indo-German International Research Training Groups



DFG Bonn, DFG India Office convened with Dr. Shailja Gupta, Director, International Collaborations, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to discuss the co-funding of new projects and further initiatives.



5 May 2014


Kyoto University Opens Overseas Office at Heidelberg University


Opening ceremony with representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Japanese Embassy



25 April 2014

Opening of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies.



The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), a new Institute for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University, was inaugurated on April 28, 2014. The ceremony took place in the main auditorium Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. Philosopher Prof. Avishai Margalit (Princeton) gave the keynote speech.



23 April 2014

Marsilius Academy on Synthetic Biology



Deadline for applications from young academics: 31 May 2014



7 April 2014

Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, was appointed for the Academic Advisory Council – AAC by Rector Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel. Here he will represent the interests of the humanities and social sciences.



The Academic Advisory Council's role is to advise on strategy for Heidelberg University in connection with the Excellence Initiative. The members of the ACC are eminent scholars from internationally esteemed universities and research institutions, high-ranking representatives of industry and senior academics from the University of Heidelberg.



1 April 2014

Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy wins the Leibniz-Prize 2014



Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy from Public Law and International Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg wins the Leibniz-Prize 2014



1 April 2014

Prof. Dr. Irmgard Sinning wins the Leibniz-Prize 2014



Prof. Dr. Irmgard Sinning from Structural Biology, University of Heidelberg wins the Leibniz-Prize 2014.



28 February 2014

HCTS welcomes first Fellows



In March, the first five fellows will start their research at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Later this year nine more fellows will join.



27 February 2014

Study Exchange Programme with Japan



The Cluster established a new cooperation with the Universities of Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan. It offers a new exchange programme with scholarship options for master and doctoral students, especially from the Asian studies, economics, and political sciences.



26 February 2014

QS Subject Rankings: Ruperto Carola No. 1 in Germany in Three Subjects



Universität Heidelberg in the world's top 50 universities in a total of eight subjects



26 February 2014

Computing with Silicon Neurons



Scientists use artificial nerve cells for complex data processing tasks



5 February 2014

European Research Council Funds Heidelberg Mathematician



Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard receives ERC Consolidator Grant of nearly 1.6 million euros



3 February 2014

Papal Bull from the Early Years of Heidelberg University Discovered in the USA



Medieval document from 1387 found in the attic of a house in St. Louis



14 January 2014

Business Model for Open-Access Books



DFG funding for pilot project to publish academic books online



14 January 2014

Karl Jaspers Prize for Prof. Dr. Hans Maier



In recognition of scholarly and philosophical achievements of international standing



9 December 2013

HMLS Investigator Award for Biochemist Felix Wieland



Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences prize endowed with 100,000 euros



5 December 2013

Leibniz Prize for Heidelberg Scientist Irmgard Sinning



Most prestigious research award in Germany – honour comes with 2.5 million euros funding



21 November 2013

Photo Award for Amit Pasricha and Axel Michaels



Amit Pasricha and Axel Michaels receive the German Photo Book Prize 2014. Their publication "Heiliges Indien" documents and explains religious life in India



20 November 2013

DWIH Excellence on Tour at Ahmedabad (Gujarat Science City, Nov. 15-22)



HCSA activities for DWIH "Excellence on Tour" at Ahmedabad



18 November 2013

Lautenschläger Research Prize for Virologist Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager



Award endowed with 250,000 euros goes to an "internationally outstanding research personality"



13 November 2013

How Argonaute Proteins Intervene in the Gene Regulation Process



Heidelberg scientists identify protein motifs that influence gene silencing



8 November 2013

Outstanding Young Doctoral Students Meet at Heidelberg Latin America Center



First Santander International Summer School to take place from 19 to 29 November in Santiago de Chile



18 October 2013

How Chromosome Ends Influence Cellular Aging



"First Look" will monitor correct functioning of all on-board systems



11 October 2013

Heidelberg Astronomers Develop Software for the Gaia Satellite



Historian honoured for his academic achievements



11 September 2013

How Chromosome Ends Influence Cellular Aging



Heidelberg researchers study the function of telomeres in cellular aging processes



10 September 2013

Universität Heidelberg Best German University in QS World University Rankings



50th in the world ranking: also attributable to the Excellence Initiative - Life sciences/medicine lead Germany in subject ranking



16 August 2013

Heidelberg Mathematician Receives Generous Grant From European Research Council



Dr. Bastian GoldlÃŒcke receives ERC Starting Grant to research image processing of light fields



15 August 2013

Ruperto Carola Strengthens Leading Position in Shanghai Ranking



Heidelberg University now second in Germany and 54th worldwide



26 July 2013

Extension to University Computing Centre



Heidelberg University is also getting a new "supercomputer"



24 July 2013

Literary Scholars and Linguists from 43 Countries Meet in Heidelberg



Poetics and Linguistics Association holds its Annual Conference at Heidelberg University



23 July 2013

Senate Elects Óscar Loureda Vice-Rector for Quality Development



Head of the Spanish department of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting takes up his new duties in October



22 July 2013

Young Indian researchers at the 63rd Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindau



The meeting was dedicated to chemistry, with "Green Chemistry" being one of the focal points on the agenda of this year's meeting



9 July 2013

HERA Funding for Christiane Brosius



The Cluster of Excellence will be the home-base for the research project "Creating the 'New' Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi"



8 July 2013

Heidelberg Researchers Identify "Switch" for Long-term Memory



Calcium signal in neuronal cell nuclei initiates the formation of lasting memories



8 July 2013

Front Runner among Germany's Major Academic Libraries



Heidelberg University Library comes out on top in the BIX Library Index for the fourth time running



4 July 2013

Universität Heidelberg and Santander Universitäten to Increase Their Cooperation



Developing networks of strong research partners in Latin America, Europe and Asia



4 July 2013

900 Experts on the Evolution of Stars and Planets Meet in Heidelberg



Astronomical conference "Protostars & Planets" to take place from 15 to 20 July 2013



1 July 2013

Universität Heidelberg Presents James W.C. Pennington Award



Historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham receives prize for research in African American history



28 June 2013

New Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies at Universitaet Heidelberg



German Federal Government and State Government grant about 20 million euros for CATS research facility



26 June 2013

Dr. Sven Diederichs Distinguished for Outstanding Work in Cancer Research



Heidelberg tumour biologist awarded the Hella B&u&hler Prize 2013 endowed with EUR 100,000



26 June 2013

Dr. Sven Diederichs Distinguished for Outstanding Work in Cancer Research



Heidelberg tumour biologist awarded the Hella BÃŒhler Prize 2013 endowed with EUR 100,000



20 June 2013

Leading International Catalysis Researchers Convene at Heidelberg University



Heidelberg Forum of Molecular Catalysis is on 28 June – Presentation of BASF Catalysis Award 2013



21 May 2013

Distinction for Ten Young Scholars



"Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise" presented for the first time



15 May 2013

Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" Sets up Four New Junior Research Groups



Young researchers examine topics such as war crimes tribunals and the Pentecostal movement



14 May 2013

Senate of Heidelberg University Elects Three New Vice-Rectors



A. Stephen K. Hashmi, Beatrix Busse and Dieter W. Heermann will assume their office in October 2013



14 May 2013

International Summer School on "Sites of Knowledge" at Heidelberg University



Organised by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" – Young scholars can apply as of now



08 May 2013

Top Results in QS Subject Rankings



Ruperto Carola No. 1 in Germany in three subjects



26 April 2013

The DWIH New Delhi - Excellence on Tour 2013!



The first ever "Excellence on Tour 2013" is an initiative by the German government and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH New Delhi)



23 April 2013

Joint Lecture Series on "Humboldts Erben" (Humboldt's Heirs), by HCSA



Symposium of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) being held at Heidelberg University



11 April 2013

International Conference on Ladakh High-Mountain Region of Northern India



Symposium of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) being held at Heidelberg University



10 April 2013

Hindi-Course in Jaipur



Eight students from Heidelberg, WÃŒrzburg and Freie Universität Berlin gathered in Jaipur (Rajasthan) in order to improve their spoken Hindi skills



28 March 2013

New Class of Fellows Appointed to the Marsilius Kolleg



Eleven Heidelberg scientists engage with interdisciplinary research issues and projects



25 March 2013

Two New Junior Research Groups at Heidelberg Center for the Environment



Interdisciplinary research in "environment and health" and "environment and society"



10 March 2013

HCE-Junior Research Group



Dr. Juliane Dame, SAI, heads a Junior Research Group at HCE



26 February 2013

Excellent Showing in Webometrics Ranking



Heidelberg University's internet presence best in Germany



15 February 2013

Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing Celebrates 25 Years


Ceremony and symposium commemorate the IWR's start and offer insights into current research


12 February 2013

Cell Shape Changes during Mitosis


Heidelberg scientists study transient degradation of an actin regulator


7 February 2013

New Publication: Alfred Hitchcock and the Arts


Interdisciplinary volume assembles articles illuminating various influences on Hitchcock's films


1 February 2013

Award for Outstanding Work in Biomedical Research


Biochemist Dr. John Briggs of EMBL in Heidelberg to receive the Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award


29 January 2013

International Conference: Pentecostalism and Politics


Researchers from 17 countries convene in Heidelberg to discuss the political influence of Pentecostalism in different parts of the world


28 January 2013

Heidelberg Scientists to Develop a Research Platform for the "Human Brain Project"


Karlheinz Meier is co-director of the EU-funded FET flagship initiative


18 January 2013

Heidelberg Law Scholars Complete Evaluation of EU Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings


Comprehensive reform proposals elaborated at the request of the EU Commission


9 January 2013

Caroline Minuscule Predates Charlemagne


Heidelberg scholar discovers earliest known example of Latin script as still used today


21 December 2012

New Joint Project: How Medications Can Overcome the Blood-Brain Barrier


Heidelberg researchers are developing artificial tissue structure as a test model


19 December 2012

Researchers Develop New Analysis Procedure for Psychological Stress at Work


Business shows great interest in tool developed by Heidelberg industrial and organisational psychologists


14 December 2012

"New Directorate for Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe"


Sinologist Barbara Mittler and Historian Thomas Maissen join three-member board


11 December 2012

Bernhard Eitel Re-Elected Rector of Universität Heidelberg


Senate members voted for the 53-year-old with large majority


3 December 2012

Need for Speed: High-speed Measurements of Molecular Motion in the Cell Nucleus


Heidelberg scientists study interactions between proteins and DNA in living cells


19 October 2012

Heisenberg Fellowship for Roland Wenzlhuemer


Cluster member PD Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer has been awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


15 October 2012

Number of Students at Universität Heidelberg Tops the 30,000 Mark


Highest student count since the early 1990s – Number of first-year students remains high


11 October 2012

Dr. Ulrike Albrecht New Chair of University Council


Council has entered its fifth period in office in October


21 September 2012

Heidelberg Center for Latin American Celebrates Ten Years


Ceremony in Santiago de Chile with Ministers Annette Schavan and Theresia Bauer


6 September 2012

Allegedly Useless Parts of the Human Genome Fulfil Regulatory Tasks


Heidelberg scientists contribute to the encyclopedia of all functional DNA elements in the human genome


6 September 2012

Humboldt-Foundation honours Patrick Geary


The Humboldt Foundation honours Prof. Patrick Geary at Heidelberg University. Alongside the official award ceremony, the Humboldt-Foundation organized a colloquium for the laureates.


29 August 2012

Humboldt Fellowship for Martin Dusinberre


Dr. Martin Dusinberre has been awarded with a Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will use this scholarship to research Japan's engagement with the world in the late 19th-century


23 August 2012


Dortmund and Heidelberg researchers' project receives ERC funding


12 July 2012

Heidelberg Scientist New Member of DFG Senate


Heidelberg molecular biologist Prof. Dr. Frauke Melchior has been elected a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG).


12 July 2012

Support for Young Scientists in Basic Biomedical Research


Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation supports the work of five new C.H.S. research groups


11 July 2012

Front Runner among Germany's Major Academic Libraries


Heidelberg University Library again out in front in the BIX Library Index: high usage and efficient work routines


16 June 2012

Excellence Initiative Second Funding Phase 2012


The concept of a comprehensive university, the central element of Heidelberg's institutional strategy that proved a success in the first round of the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments, has again carried Heidelberg University through the competition's renewal process with flying colours.


4 June 2012

'Transformer' protein creates transport pods of different sizes


For the first time, Heidelberg researchers succeed in a high-resolution view of the three-dimensional structure of a complete vesicle.


4 June 2012

50th anniversary of the Institute of Human Genetics


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Heidelberg Institute of Human Genetics a symposium will be held on 21 September 2012 at DKFZ lecture hall and foyer


1 June 2012

New CRC in Molecular Biology


The German Research Foundation provides over ten million Euros to fund a new Collaborative Research Centre. It is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau, director of the Center for Molecular Biology


28 May 2012

New Funds for Resources on Chinese Periodicals


The project "Early Chinese Periodicals Online (ECPO) - Creating a Prototype for an Intelligent Archive" has been awarded 3.000.000 Taiwan-Dollar (about 80.000 Euro)


11 May 2012

Prof. Dr. Oliver Trapp Receives Proof of Concept Grant from European Research Council


Funding in addition to ERC Starting Grant for the Heidelberg chemist


11 May 2012

Film on Visual and Media Anthropology


This film portrait introduces the work of the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology held by Prof. Christiane Brosius. This film particularly focuses on research-based teaching.


11 May 2012

New Sources for Research on Art Trade in the National Socialist Era


International cooperation project republishes auction catalogues from the time between 1930 and 1945


16 April 2012

Indo-German Urban Mela opens in Mumbai



The Indo-German Urban Mela - a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment - was inaugurated on April 13th, 2012 at Cross Maidan Garden. On until April 22nd, 2012 in Mumbai, this urban extravaganza is part of the celebrations titled "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities" that commemorate 60 years of the establishment of Indo-German diplomatic ties.



16 April 2012

Anniversary Conference of the South Asia Institute in New Delhi



Between Global Aspirations and Local Realities. India's Cities in Interdisciplinary Perspective March 26-28, 2012



16 April 2012

South Asia Institute invites to 50 daily lectures



Current and historical developments in South Asia will be discussed in 50 daily lectures during the summer semester. From April 19 to July 27, the South Asia Institute invites to a lecture series called "Academic Lunch Break".



4 April 2012

German-Japanese University Consortium Signs Joint Statement



Representatives of the six partner institutions met in Kyoto for a two-day conference



16 March 2012

Network Meeting of Heidelberg University for Research Alumni from South Asia



As part of the new Research Alumni project, Heidelberg Alumni International (HAI), Ruperto Carola's central alumni initiative, is holding a network meeting for researchers from South Asia who were once visiting scientists and scholars at Heidelberg University



14 March 2012

Hotspots for biogenesis of small RNA molecules in plant cells discovered



Scientists at Heidelberg University study fine-tuning of protein production



17 February 2012

Three Cluster Members take up New Positions



The careers of three members of research project B12 "Rethinking Trends" have taken new turns: Jennifer Altehenger, Lena Henningsen, and Petra Thiel were appointed to positions at different institutions in Germany and the UK.



16 February 2012

Y-SASM Workshop at South Asia Institute, 14th - 16th June 2012



The third annual Y-SASM (Young South Asian Scholars Meet) workshop will be hosted by the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University and will take place from the 14th to 16th June 2012.



15 February 2012

"Don't Cut My Head Off" closes Film Festival



The documentary "Don't Cut My Head Off" by Dr. Somnath Batabyal has been chosen as the closing film at the Indian film festival "Persistence Resistance" in New Delhi, India.



15 February 2012

Germany as investment destination for Indian IT companies



Flush with cash, German companies are increasing their budgets for full service IT providers, according to recent studies. At this year's NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2012 from 14 - 16 February in Mumbai, Germany Trade & Invest has representatives to share the latest opportunities for India's IT enterprises in Germany.



13 February 2012

Research and development make German companies fit for the future



One of the key results of the 'German Innovation Survey 2011' published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is that in 2010, more German companies continuously pursued research and development than ever before. The figure was at 34,000, or 12 percent of German companies, thus topping the previous peak value from 2008.



7 February 2012

Call for Panels: Annual Conference 2012 organised by Research Area D "Historicities & Heritage"



Dr. Anton Meinhart and Prof. Michael Platten receive the 2011 Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Awards



2 February 2012

Researchers in Heidelberg Investigate Intracellular Transport



Dr. Anton Meinhart and Prof. Michael Platten receive the 2011 Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Awards



27 January 2012

Award for Pioneering Work in Biomedical Basic Research



Third funding period: over EUR 12 million from DFG for Collaborative Research Centre 638



20 January 2012

Conference on "Indian Social Sciences" with Axel Michaels



The Cluster's Acting Director Prof. Axel Michaels will be one of the key speakers at an international conference on the Indian Social Sciences in New Delhi. The conference will be held at the beginning of February and is organised by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).



17 January 2012

SAI Anniversary Program



The South Asia Institute (SAI) celebrates its 50th anniversary at Heidelberg University in 2012. During the entire year 2012 the SAI will organize and present - both in Heidelberg and in South Asia - single events, a central week of celebration in May, lecture series and special programs on single topics and countries of South Asia. This is under the heading: The South Asia Institute: 50 Years of Looking Ahead.



11 January 2012

Third Issue of the E-Journal "Transcultural Studies



The new issue of the E-Journal "Transcultural Studies" is now available online. It is the second issue in 2011 and contains articles by Michael Falser, Vladimir Tikhonov, and Franziska Koch. It also features a themed section called "The Transcultural Travels of Trends"



03 January 2012

Prof. Mitra and Dr. Wolf inivited to speak at European Parliament



Prof. Subrata Mitra and Dr. Siegfried Wolf, Department of Political Science at SAI, are invited to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels



22 December 2011

Describing Reactions in a Fuel Cell on the Nanoscale



International research team comes up with new microscopy technique - Heidelberg mathematician involved



21 December 2011

EU-funded research project combines molecular biology with materials science



An international consortium of academic and industrial partners including the BioQuant Centre at Heidelberg University will receive approx. EUR 4.4 million in funding from the European Union



16 December 2011

HMLS Investigator Award goes to Michael Lanzer and Elmar Schiebel



This year's HMLS Investigator Award for outstanding research in the field of molecular life sciences was presented to Prof. Dr. Michael Lanzer and Prof. Dr. Elmar Schiebel



9 December 2011

Study on Climate Change in the Himalaya



The authors Alexander Erlewein and Marcus Nüsser (Department of Geography, SAI) present a study on the effectiveness of dams for climate protection.



7 December 2011

From the Indian Valentine's Day Card to the Arab Superman



First volume of new book series discusses the transfer of images between cultures



2 December 2011

Three Fellowships for Huang Xuelei



Member of the Cluster's research project B12 "Rethinking Trends" and former PhD student at the Institute of Chinese Studies, has been awarded with three renowned fellowships.



1 December 2011

Masterstudiengang Technische Informatik an der Universität Heidelberg



The new Master of Science in Computer Engineering ('MScTI') at Heidelberg University will start in the upcoming winter term 2011/2012.



24 November 2011

Funding from the European Research Council for Ten Heidelberg Researchers



Heidelberg receives three ERC Starting Grants and seven ERC Advanced Grants for outstanding investigators



7 November 2011

Scholarship and support programme: students do better when they feel at home



DAAD offers a combined scholarship and support programme (STIBET)funded by the Federal Foreign Office



27 October 2011

Universität Heidelberg and KIT Enter into Strategic Research Agreement



Establishment of the "Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership" as joint scientific facility



21 October 2011

Lord Mayor of Heidelberg to visit HCSA



Visit of the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg to Delhi, 4. November 2011



20 October 2011

International Conference at Jamia



Two-day International Conference on Gender Equity and Exclusion in South and Central Asia



18 October 2011

Seminar program Additional Skills winter semester 2011/2012



Course Programmes by Graduate Academy



14 October 2011

Lecture Series Cluster: Transcultural Controversies in Global Health
Lecture Series Cluster: Science Technology, and Transcultural Studies
Lecture Series Cluster: Global Philosophies



Lecture series funded by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows"



14 October 2011

The Order of Merrit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Prof. Dietmar Rothermund



Ceremony on the awarding of the Order of Merrit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Prof. Dietmar Rothermund



14 October 2011

Researchers Directive (Forscherrichtlinie)



The University of Heidelberg accredited to implement the researcher directive (Forscherrichtlinie)



14 October 2011

India and Germany sign an agreement on social security



Indo-German Social Security Agreement in Berlin to guarantee and coordinate the social protection of German and Indian nationals



11 October 2011

Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prizes for Young Scientists at the University of Heidelberg in 2011.



Dr. rer.pol. Jivanta Schöttli, department of political science at SAI, has been awarded with the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prizes for Young Scientists at the University of Heidelberg in 2011.



6 October 2011

Science made in Heidelberg




15 September 2011

The new Indo-German Max Planck Center on Lipid Research





5 September 2011

Heidelberg University Germany's Leading Contender in QS World University Ranking





2 September 2011

Science Tour "Research in Germany" 2011





23 August 2011

Lecture: "Orientalism", Anthropology and the South Asia Institute




South Asia Institute Branch Office New Delhi and IIC cordially invite you to a lecture by Prof. William S. Sax, Head, Department of Ethnology, SAI.



12 August 2011

Ensuring food security in an era of climate change



Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) and Heidelberg Club International HCI), Delhi Chapter cordially invite you to this talk by Heidelberg Alumna and Padma Shree (2011) Dr. Suman Sahai.



03 August 2011

Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HEC) founded




13 July 2011

Heidelberg University Library Still Heads the List of German Academic Libraries




For the second time in succession, Heidelberg Uni­ver­sity Library has achieved first place in the renowned BIX Library Index, which assesses and compares the performance of major academic libraries.



6 June 2011

Indian-European research networking programme in the social sciences



The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR, India) in association with the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, The Netherlands) invite applications for joint social science networking proposals between research centres in the participating European countries and India.



20 May 2011

New Master Programme in Transcultural Studies: application deadline 15th June 2011



Initiated by the Cluster, a Master Programme in Transcultural Studies is being introduced at Heidelberg University. Starting this winter term, students from all over the globe are invited to study the dynamics of transcultural exchanges.



21 April 2011

Newly Discovered Gene Protects against Brain Damage



Therapy prospects for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases



19 April 2011

Germany tops higher education survey by British Council


According to a British Council survey, Germany comes first in an international league table of higher education, ahead of Australia, the United Kingdom and China.


19 April 2011

Master Programme in Transcultural Studies


Initiated by the Cluster, a Master Programme in Transcultural Studies is introduced at Heidelberg University.


4 April 2011 - No. 95/2011

Atom and its Quantum Mirror Image


A team of physicists experimentally produces quantum-superpositions, simply using a mirror


1 April 2011

Large Scale Data Facility for Life Sciences


A team of physicists experimentally produces quantum-superpositions, simply using a mirror


11 March 2011 - No. 62/2011

Max Kade Foundation Supports Renovation of the "Neue Universität"


$600,000 for the modernisation of the grand foyer in Heidelberg University's main lecture hall building


8 March 2011 - No. 57/2011

The Power of Things in Cultural Processes


New publication assembles lectures given at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe"


1 March 2011 - No. 52/2011

Novel High-Resolution Methods in Fluorescence Microscopy


Heidelberg scientists employ chemical reaction for light-independent switching of fluorescent probes


24 February 2011 - No. 50/2011

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Total Genome Sequencing


Green light for fourth research project at Heidelberg University's Marsilius Kolleg


17 February 2011 - No. 43/2011

New Doctoral Programme in Computational Linguistics


Heidelberg University and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) strengthen their cooperation


14 February 2011 - No. 40/2011

New Class of Fellows Appointed to Marsilius Kolleg


Thirteen Heidelberg academics engage with interdisciplinary research issues


10 February 2011 - No. 38/2011

German-Brazilian Research Collaboration in Earth Sciences


Heidelberg scientist organises workshops and visit from Brazilian delegation


9 February 2011 - No. 37/2011

Study Proves: Peace Education Promotes Readiness for Peaceful Conflict Settlement


Scientists from Heidelberg University investigate effectiveness of educational projects in crisis areas


3 February 2011 - No. 30/2011

First Stars in Universe Were Not Alone


Astrophysicists use computer simulations to gain new insights on star formation

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