Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale



Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest

18.04.2018, Berlin | Opening on April 26, 2018, at 7 p.m., the exhibtion Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The World as a Forest] moves into the Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin (TA T). The exhibition departs from the South America and Southeast Asia collecting expeditions of British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. One-hundred and sixty years after he deciphered the principle of species evolution during these journeys, the exhibition confronts the destruction of these tropical habitats in the context of deforestation, climate change, and mass extinction. The concept of the project presented in Berlin’s former animal anatomical theater, the Tieranatomisches Theater (TA T) is unique – a hybrid between a historical thematic presentation and a major exhibition of contemporary art critically reflecting natural history through its ties to imperialism, colonial resource extraction, and the valuing of certain knowledges above others.

Die Welt als Wald



Improving Biomedical Research Practice

11.04.2018, Berlin | The reproducibility and robustness of biomedical research have been called into question in both the scientific and the lay press. As meta-research studies have shown, procedures aimed at ensuring research quality have only had limited success. In response to what has been called the “reproducibility crisis,” institutions and granting agencies have begun to implement changes in how biomedical research activity is rewarded and funded. Through a qualitative study, the psychologist Robert Nadon, a professor at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, wants to gain a better understanding of what motivates biomedical researchers and how they perceive their own research practice.



Starting: Young Leaders in Science

11.04.2018, Berlin | Scientists today are increasingly confronted with management tasks, in addition to their research and teaching responsibilities. They are not taught the managerial basics, however, as part of their university education. To fill this gap, the Schering Stiftung, in cooperation with the Center for Science & Research Management in Speyer, conducts the well-established Young Leaders in Science program. The next training course will kick off on April 26, 2018, at the Evangelische Bildungsstätte at Schwanenwerder in Berlin with the first of five modules. The module will focus on communication and conflict management as well as on team leadership and teamwork.




Pooling Resources – Alliances for Promoting Science

11.04.2018, Berlin / Heidelberg | On April 19–20, 2018, foundations, research institutions, private funders, research and funding companies, and investors will come together at the second European Conference of Life Science Funders and Foundations at the EMBL Heidelberg. The one-and-a-half-day conference focuses on the question of how to improve collaboration between different research funders in light of the necessary major investments that are required and the opportunities offered by the life sciences. What new funding models across organizational and national borders are available and how can we mobilize alternative funding methods? The conference is organized by the Wellcome Trust, the EMBL, and the Volkswagen Foundation and supported by the Schering Stiftung.




“Young Investigator Fund” for Cordelia Imig

11.04.2018, Berlin | Why do we have butterflies in our stomach or feel nauseous before an important exam? Our digestive system plays an important role in influencing our behaviour via constant communication with the brain. A major form of information exchange is mediated by signalling molecules (hormones) that are secreted from ‘sensory’ enteroendocrine cells in the gut. Despite a growing understanding of the signals that stimulate enteroendocrine cells, the process by which they secrete hormones is essentially unknown. The research project by the young scientist Dr. Cordelia Imig from the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen therefore tries to identify key molecular players of the hormone release machinery in enteroendocrine cells. These findings will set the basis for a detailed understanding of the hormone signalling mechanisms that regulate pivotal body functions and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple disorders including diabetes mellitus. Dr. Imig’s project is funded by a start-up grant of the Schering Stiftung as part of its program „BOOST – Young Investigator Fund for Innovative Research Ideas“.

Cordelia Imig



“Young Investigator Fund” for Sofia-Iris Bibli

11.04.2018, Berlin | Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has emerged as an important gaseous signaling molecule. Currently H2S donors have been proposed to affect angiogenesis, prevent atherosclerosis and limit cardiac infarct size. Endogenously, H2S is generated in the vascular wall during the metabolism of cysteine, through the action of cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE). The research project by the young scientist Dr. Sofia-Iris Bibli from Goethe University Frankfort tries to explore fundamental regulatory mechanisms of CSE-derived H2S and to apply them to paradigms of atherosclerosis development in vivo and extrapolate the results to human samples. Mechanistically, Dr. Bibli plans to identify the physiological relevance of protein sulfhydration- a post-translational protein modification mediated by H2S. The results of the project that focuses on mapping the impact of H2S on endothelial cell function and the human atherosclerotic plaque ‘sulfhydrome’ is expected to yield scientific breakthroughs relevant to both physiology/pathophysiology and H2S based pharmacotherapy. Dr. Bibli’s project is funded by a start-up grant of the Schering Stiftung as part of its program „BOOST – Young Investigator Fund for Innovative Research Ideas“.

Sofia-Iris Bibli



Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale

The Schering Stiftung presents the latest video installation of the Berlin-based conceptual artist Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale. Filmed inside the DELPHI particle detector at CERN in Geneva, DELPHI Rationale is Lachenmann’s most ambitious film production to date. In this supremely colorful work of visual and sound art, the artist stages the detector both as a “backdrop” for an Indian sarod player and as a painting, whose intensive color scheme makes it the film’s actual protagonist.

Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale, exhibition at Schering Stiftung



Unboxing Photographs: Work in the Photo Archive

15.01.2018, Berlin | From February 16 through May 27, 2018, the National Museums in Berlin will present the exhibition “Unboxing Photographs: Work in the Photo Archive” at the Library of Art History at the Kulturforum. The project, which was developed by the Collection of Photography of the Library of Art History and the Collection of Classical Antiquities, both National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage, together with the Photo Library of the Art Historical Institute in Florence – Max Planck Institute and the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University of Berlin, wants to explore alternative possibilities of presenting photographs, highlighting their three-dimensional character.

Unboxing Photographs, negative films, Hahne-Niehoff-Archive, HU Berlin



Alexandra Bachzetsis: Private Song

20.12.2017, 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 premiered in Athens and will now be presented in Basel on January 24 and 25, 2018. In August 2018, it will also be performed at the Volksbühne in Berlin.

Alexandra Bachzetsis, Private Song, Photo Nikolas Giakoumakis



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