Ivana Franke



Call for Applications: Avrion Mitchison Prize of the Schering Stiftung 2017

16.06.2017 | The German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ) again awards the Avrion Mitchison Prize of the Schering Stiftung for the best experimental, clinical or epidemiologic research work in the field of chronic inflammation. The prize is given to young scientists from German-speaking countries in recognition of their excellent scientific work. The 2,500-euro award is endowed by the Ernst Schering Foundation. Young scientists may apply for the award until September 15, 2017, at the DRFZ.

Avrion Mitchison Preis der Schering Stiftung



Symposium: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown

23.05.2017, Berlin | On June 27, 2017, the Ernst Schering Foundation organizes in cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary e.V. the symposiumTowards a Phenomenology of the Unknown” at the Kuppelhalle in Berlin. The symposium aims to explore the experience of seeing the “unknown” on a phenomenological level, while also shedding light on its transformative potential. The symposium is part of the project “Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenlogy of the Unknown” by the Berlin-based artist Ivana Franke. With Ivana Franke, vision scientist Bilge Sayim, curator and art historian Elena Agudio, artist and author Patricia Reed, science historian Jimena Canales, and Sylvia Pont, leader of the Perceptual Intelligence Lab in Delft.

Ivana Franke, Photo: Kristina Lenard


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Long Night of the Sciences at the Ernst Schering Foundation

23.05.2017, Berlin | The Ernst Schering Foundation participates for the first time when more than 70 science institutions in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors for the Long Night of the Sciences 2017 on June 24, from 5 p.m. until midnight. In its interior courtyard, the Foundation offers exciting neuroscience lectures on visual perception and human consciousness. In addition, there are guided tours of the exhibition “Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown” by Ivana Franke and inspiring conversations. An evening with Anil Seth, Michael Pauen, Melanie Wilke, Philipp Sterzer, Ivana Franke, and Elena Agudio.  




Digital Salon: A Soft Spot for Cyborgs

22.05.2017, Berlin | Smart robot hands, artificial legs, printable organs: Are implants the panacea of the future? Where does 3D printing lead us, and what are the legal consequences? These and other questions will be addressed during a Digital Salon entitled “A Soft Spot for Cyborgs,” which will be held at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society on June 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Digitaler Salon_HIIG




22.05.2017, Berlin | In 2013, the composers Mauro Lanza and Andrea Valle began their collaboration on the four-part composition cycle SYSTEMA NATURAE, consisting of the compositions “Regnum animale” (2013), “Regnum vegetabile” (2014), “Regnum lapideum” (2016), and “Fossilia” (2016/17). On June 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. and at 9 p.m., the entire cycle will have its premiere in a performance by the Ensemble Mosaik at the Berlin Natural History Museum. Every part of the cycle takes as its subject a branch of nature or natural science. Here, the two composers refer to the medieval cataloging of research objects on the one hand and to the classification scheme of Carl von Linné’s “Systema Naturae” on the other hand.

Systema Naturae, Carl von Linné: cactus



Hiwa K: Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet

12.04.2017, Berlin | On June 1, at 7.p.m., KW Institute for Contemporary Art host the opening of the exhibition Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet by artist Hiwa K, prize winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award. The exhibition at KW shows a selection of the artist’s works from the past ten years as well as an ambitious new production, co-produced by the Ernst Schering Foundation with the support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The exhibition is accompanied by a substantial publication that presents the artist’s entire oeuvre to date. The publication, Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet, is edited by Anthony Downey and published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Hiwa K honored with Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016



Start of New Germany Scholarship Theme Course

26.04.2017, Berlin | This summer term sees the start of a new theme course with 15 Germany Scholarship recipients at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, again with support from the Ernst Schering Foundation. Over the course of a year, the bachelors and masters students from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences will regularly meet in workshops and colloquia and conduct research in small groups of up to three students within the “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” excellence cluster at HU Berlin. The collaborative work of the theme course will result in a publication which is scheduled for the spring of 2018.




Lecture Series: Life in Numbers

31.05.2017, Berlin | During the 2017 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences (IRI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with support from the Ernst Schering Foundation, hosts the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research in the field of quantitative biology. June will see two lectures in the five-part series: On June 1, at 4 p.m., Peter Lénárt from the EMBL in Heidelberg will give a talk entitled “The same, only different: How does the cytoskeleton adapt to meisosis-specific functions?,” and on June 22, at 4 p.m., Joe Howard from Yale University, USA, will talk about “Microtubules, motors, and morphogensis.” The IRI Colloquium is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, researchers as well as the interested public.



Anne Imhof at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

26.04.2017, Berlin | Anne Imhof designed the German Pavilion for the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, “Viva Arte Viva.” She has developed a performance specifically for the space of the German Pavilion, which inquires into how the new technological and economic conditions affect and act on human beings. In her performances, Imhof reflects on how the optimized and capitalized body is (co-)constituted through the media. Imhof thus addresses a key question at the interface of biology, technology, and art, which is also at the heart of many projects of the Ernst Schering Foundation. The German Pavilion is curated by Susanne Pfeffer.




Alexandra Bachzetsis’ contribution to documenta 14

06.04.2017, Berlin | For the choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis, the communication systems that define our modern culture – pop music, the mass media, and the Internet – are the true sources of modern and contemporary dance.* At the invitation of documenta 14, Bachzetsis has developed a new work which was shown first in Athens and will now be presented in Kassel from July 10–13, 2017. The performance will also be on stage at the Volksbühne in Berlin (tba).

Alexandra Bachzetsis, Private Song, Photo Nikolas Giakoumakis



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