On the Far Side of the Marchlands - Ausstellung in der Schering Stiftung



Call for Applications: Young Investigator Fund for Innovative Research Ideas

22.03.2017, Berlin | The Ernst Schering Foundation offers start-up grants to fund promising research ideas by young scientists. Support is provided for projects in the fields of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications. The program is explicitly aimed at highly motivated young investigators who want to become independent researchers and pursue their own research ideas.

Applications for the “Young Investigator Fund” of the Ernst Schering Foundation may be submitted until May 15, 2017.




Empty Oceans or Wild Life? The Global Ocean in the 21st Century

06.03.2017, Berlin | Our oceans are by far the world’s biggest ecosystem. They cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. For a long time it seemed as though the oceans could be an inexhaustible source of food for humans. In the meantime, it has become clear that highly industrialized fisheries, the destruction of marine habitats, pollution and climate change have driven many marine fish populations to the brink of extinction. In his lecture “Empty Oceans or Wild Life? Oceans in the 21st Century,” marine biologist Boris Worm talks about the risks of overfishing and shows how we could rebuild and make good use of marine ecosystems. The talk will take place at the Berlin Natural History Museum on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Online registration starts March 24.




Weiter Schreiben. A literary portal for authors from crisis areas

02.03.2017, Berlin | The project “Weiter Schreiben” (Writing On) publishes texts by authors from crisis areas, thus giving them a voice to make the majority society aware of their themes and issues. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the web portal "weiterschreiben.jetzt," since it broadens the discussion about the causes of flight, gives the writers the opportunity to continue to work, and enables participation through literary-artistic access. The portal enriches our literature and culture and at the same time offers the prospect of more quickly reviving the countries’ artistic and cultural life after the end of the crises and wars in the writers’ countries of origin.



Music Sets the Tone!

07.03.2017, Berlin | On March 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., conductor Felix Krieger and pianist Saleem Ashkar (artistic directors of the Al-Farabi Music Academy) will be among the panelists of a fireside evening discussion. They will discuss the novel educational approach of the Al-Farabi Music Academy with Professor Martin Rennert (president of the Berlin University of the Arts), Hildegard Kiel (director of the Al-Farabi Music Academy), and moderator Heike Catherina Mertens (managing director of the Ernst Schering Foundation).




Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?

20.03.2017, Berlin | Fear of the foreign seems to be an essential human trait. It manifests itself in early childhood behavior as well as in adult xenophobic responses. But how do we happen to distinguish between the foreign and the familiar? What role do prejudices play? And why does the experience of foreignness cause fear? Is this fear nothing but a primordial instinct warning homo sapiens of a potential threat? What is the benefit, what is the risk of such fearful reactions? And how can we deal with fear of the other? Can fear perhaps even be transformed into curiosity?

These questions will be discussed by Dr. Elke Geenen and Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow as part of a salon entitled “Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?” which will be held at the Komische Oper Berlin on May 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.






Project and Financial Management in Science

08.03.2017, Berlin | From March 30 to April 1, 2017, the fifth and last module of the “Young Leaders in Science” management training will be held at Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Bonn. The three-day seminar focuses on project and financial management as well as application coaching. It is the final of five training sessions, which started in May 2016. Initiated by the Ernst Schering Foundation, the “Young Leaders in Science” program is addressed to excellent young scientists in the natural and life sciences who have undergone a competitive selection process to win a stipend from the Ernst Schering Foundation to participate in the training course.

Young Leaders in Science



Final Presentation of the “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” Theme Course

06.03.2017, Berlin | Since April 2014, the “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” cluster of excellence at Humboldt University of Berlin has helped foster young talents through a Germany Scholarship theme course supported by the Ernst Schering Foundation. Again this year, fourteen students initiated and developed their own interdisciplinary research projects and realized them in cooperation with the cluster’s staff. The “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” theme course concludes with a public presentation of the scholarship recipients’ work, which takes place on March 28, 2017, at 6 p.m., at the cluster’s premises (Sophienstr. 22a, 10178 Berlin).




Seminar Art & Science

06.03.2017, Berlin / Basel | On March 22–23 and April 27–28, 2017, a two-part seminar entitled “Art and Science” will be held at the Institut Kunst in Basel. The seminar is conducted by Chus Martinez, head of the institute. Invited guests are David Gruber, marine biologist and ocean explorer (New York), Volker Sommer, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London, and Marcus Coates, artist (London). The seminar examines what art and science share. Both art and science explore, in depth and often in amazed wonder, the questions “What is true? Why does it matter? How can we move society forward?” The seminar 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.



On the Far Side of the Marchlands

02.01.2017, Berlin | A “marchland” is a medieval term for a borderland beyond direct state control, governed by changing laws and rules. The exhibition “On the Far Side of the Marchlands” explores the potential of radically new topographies – border regions (marchlands) created by artists and composed of inextricably linked realms of experience, culture, and materiality.

Cathrine Disney: Synthetic Protection: Biointelligent Membranes, June 2015, bioplastic, dyed horsehair, lambs wool




Hiwa K honored with Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016

30.06.2016, Berlin | Hiwa K has been selected as the winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016. The prize, which is awarded by the Ernst Schering Foundation in cooperation with KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, is endowed with a prize money of 10,000 euro and a solo exhibition at KW for which a new artwork is created. Coinciding with the exhibition, a monographic catalogue will be produced. This is the sixth time that the prize has been awarded, and the fourth time in cooperation with KW.

Hiwa K’s solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art will be curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen and is anticipated to open in June 2017.

Hiwa K honored with Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016




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