Ivana Franke



Call for Applications: Science & Society Sessions 2018

04.04.2017, Berlin | You are planning a scientific conference in the natural sciences or life sciences in 2018 and want to include sociological, philosophical, ethical or artistic perspectives? Then you can apply to the Ernst Schering Foundation for support for a Science & Society Session. Applicants are free to choose their session topic. Funding is available up to 5,000 euro. We accept applications for up to three speakers from the fields of sociology, philosophy, ethics, art and cultural studies. Science & Society Sessions seek to inspire discussions that may help scientists gain a new perspective on their work and its public image and that may lead to novel interdisciplinary collaborations. Application can be sent by regular mail to the Ernst Schering Foundation until June 15, 2017.



Call: Einstein Schering Circle

13.04.2017, Berlin | The Ernst Schering Foundation and the Einstein Foundation Berlin are pleased to announce the launch of the Einstein Schering Circle. The program provides support up to a maximum of EUR 30,000 and offers researchers in Berlin the opportunity to participate in theme-based and self-organized collaborations across institutions ind Berlin and beyond. The collaboration aims to produce a concrete result at the end of this period, e.g. a joint publication, a symposium or an exhibition.

Applications may be submitted until May 29, 2017, at the Ernst Schering Foundation.




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

12.04.2017, Berlin | KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Ernst Schering Foundation are pleased to announce the exhibition Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet by artist Hiwa K (born 1975 in Sulaymaniyah, IQ) and the winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016. For the exhibition at KW, the artist presents a selection of works from the past ten years as well as an ambitious new production, co-produced by the Ernst Schering Foundation, with support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication, which presents the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre to date. The publication, Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet, is edited by Anthony Downey and is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Hiwa K honored with Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016



Master-Symposium: On Nature, Race and Gender

26.04.2017, Berlin / Basel | On May 9–11, 2017, the symposium entitled “On Nature, Race and Gender – The politics of the contemporary debates around art, culture and research will be held at the Institut Kunst in Basel. The symposium will introduce some critical perspectives on the current political, economical and scientific situations. From the Trump election, to the new interest on activism and nature, we will go through current debates in the arts and their relation with science. The symposium takes place as part of the professorship “The Next Society,” which is dedicated to the sciences at the Institut Kunst in Basel. Appointees are visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who present their work and collaborate with the art students on selected topics.



About Life – Biopolitical Perspectives in Science and Art

26.04.2017, Berlin | The discussions about the cultural, political, and scientific consequences of the life sciences show that biological dimensions cannot be separated from cultural ones. Conceived by Hartmut Böhme and Beate Slominski, the conference “About Life – Biopolitical Perspectives in Science and Art,” which will be held at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein on May 13, 2017, explores the interaction of cultural studies and natural sciences by addressing the following questions: How are we to understand the living (human) entity? In what way do the boundaries blur between inanimate and animate entities in the execution of advanced technologies? How do organisms create a sphere of meaning in interaction with the outside world? What is the contribution of the arts to defining life? With Ute Meta Bauer, Hartmut Böhme, Frank Fehrenbach, Andreas Greiner, Inge Hinterwaldner, Peter Schiering, Georg Toepfer, and Janina Wellmann.

Aura Rosenberg



The Debate – Facts, Research, Positions

26.04.2017, Berlin | Fake news, alternative facts, conspiracy theories – the public debate on many topics challenges or ignores scientifically proven facts; public discussions on controversial issues are rarely fact-based or enriched with scientific background knowledge. Therefore, the initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue), the Science Media Center Germany, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig have launched the platform “The Debate.” It offers a space for discussing controversial science topics and scientific perspectives on socially relevant and much-debated topics. This takes place in the form of live debates, factual videos, multimedia information tools, and interviews. The first live debate, on May 19, 2017 at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig, will deal with the topic of “Self-Driving Cars.”



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

26.04.2017, 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, organizes the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research on the overarching theme “Life in Numbers.” The five-part colloquium will kick off with a lecture by Luis Serrano, director of the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, entitled “Is it possible to computer model a cell?” 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.” The artist has developed a space- and time-occupying work specifically for the 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 commissioned 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 will be shown first in Athens (from April 8, 2017) and Kassel (from June 10, 2017) before being presented, in the fall of 2017, at the Volksbühne in Berlin.



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