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Research at the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

The department is characterized by a lively exchange between its three institutes - the Institute of Biology, the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute of Phamracy - as well as with external reresearch institutions.

Collaborative Research Centres

Three interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centers with speakers from Freie Universität Berlin are located in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy.

Participation in Clusters of Excellence

Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin along with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are working together under the roof of Berlin University Alliance. This network is funded in the Excellence Strategy research competition run by the German federal and state governments, and seven Clusters of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have also been approved. As of 2019, the interdisciplinary research projects are each being funded for seven years with up to ten million euros per annum.The Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy at Freie Universität is involved in the excellence clusters NeuroCure and Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat).

National and International Networks

At the national level, there is close cooperation with external research institutions such as Helmholtz Centres, Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes and federal institutes (BAM, BfR, etc.). In addition, the department cooperates in numerous projects with the University of Potsdam, the partner university LMU Munich and many other German universities. One example is the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Biodiversity Research, an association of four universities (FU, UP, TU, HU) and five Leibniz Institutes (IGB, IZW, ZALF, MfN, PIK) with the aim of bridging the traditional boundaries in biodiversity research. Internationally, the cooperation with renowned universities in Australia, Europe, Japan, Canada and North America is to be emphasized.

Young Talent

The training and promotion of young scientists is particularly important to the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy. The Graduate Center is the central service facility for all doctoral researchers at this department. Within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centers and in cooperation with Dahlem Research School, the department has developed its own graduate programs. In addition, the department is involved as a partner in many other graduate programs in Berlin and Brandenburg. Numerous young women scientists are supported by the women's advancement program and a large number of junior professorships has been established.

Core Facilities

Another special feature is the development of "Core Facilities". These facilities have made it possible to bundle scientific work in the field of large-scale instrument analysis and make it available to the entire department.

External Funding

The success of these efforts and collaborations is demonstrated by the considerable publication rate of scientists. Within three years, the department's external funding has increased by 75 percent. In 2018, approximately 20.5 million euros in external funds were raised for research projects.