September 27, 2018

Competition among synapses

When resources become scarce, neighboring synapses compete, say Frankfurt Neuroscientists

FRANKFURT. How do neighboring synapses interact during learning? Frankfurt scientists have proposed a new mathematical model describing a competition of neighboring synapses for limited resources during learning. The scientists report their findings in the current issue of eLife.

Neutron Star Frankfurt
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June 26, 2018

Frankfurt physicists set limits on size of neutron stars

Comparison of theoretical models with gravitational waves results in the answer to an old riddle

How large is a neutron star? Previous estimates varied from eight to sixteen kilometres. Astrophysicists at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the FIAS have now succeeded in determining the size of neutron stars to within 1.5 kilometres by using an elaborate statistical approach supported by data from the measurement of gravitational waves. The researchers’ report appears in the current issue of Physical Review Letters.

Vovchenko Prize
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June 25, 2018

Volodymyr Vovchenko receives award for best dissertation in the natural sciences

The award ceremony took place on Friday, 22.06.2018, in the Römer in Frankfurt.

Every year, the Friends of the University award prizes for the best PhD theses from various fields. The prize for the best scientific dissertation was awarded this year to former FIAS doctoral student Volodymyr Vovchenko.

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May 29, 2018

Frankfurt scientist receives prestigious award

Prof. Dr. Hannah Petersen was honoured in Venice

FIAS Fellow Hannah Petersen has been awarded the Zimanyi Medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes her work in the field of relativistic heavy ion collisions. The theoretical physicist has been a Fellow at FIAS since 2013, heads a Helmholtz junior research group at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and teaches as a professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt.


May 4, 2018

Kick-Off Meeting SPP2041

The members of the DFG Priority Programme "Computational Connectomics" met in Frankfurt

On 2 and 3 May 2018, the FIAS hosted the kick-off meeting of the DFG priority programme "SPP 2041 - Computational Connectomics". The goal of SPP 2041 is to better understand the interconnection and function of our brain and nervous system. Under the term "computational connectomics", the scientists involved use computer science and mathematics methods to better understand the structure of the connections between individual nerve cells or entire brain regions.

Dr. h.c. Helmut O. Maucher

March 6, 2018

We mourn for Dr. h. c. Helmut O. Maucher

The FIAS foundation board member passed away on 5 March 2018 at the age of 90.

Born in 1927, the former General Director of Nestlé and holder of the Federal Cross of Merit, he has been committed for years to science and FIAS in particular. Since the founding days of FIAS, he has been a member of the Presidium of the Board of Trustees and was its first chairman. Helmut Maucher has accompanied and shaped the development of our institute with prudence and an eye for the essentials.


January 19, 2018

Deep Learning as a tool for Heavy Ion Physics

A Group of FIAS-Scientists used deep learning techniques to develop a tool for better understanding heavy ion collisions.

The present study is a proof of principle study where Long-Gang Pang, Kai Zhou, Nan Su, Hannah Petersen, Horst Stöcker and Xin-Nian Wang (University of California in Berkeley, USA) used more than 20.000 pictures from relativistic hydrodynamic simulations of heavy ion collisions in a convolution neural network (CNN) to classify two regions in the phase diagram.


November 20, 2017

Hands-on science receives the "Förderpreis 2017" of the Anneliese and Heinz Frisch Foundation

The public relations project of the FIAS is awarded with a second place

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)'s project "hands-on science" was awarded second place in the 2017 Award of the Anneliese and Heinz Frisch Foundation on Thursday, 16 November 2017.


October 10, 2017

FIAS at the Frankfurt Book Fair

"Hessen schafft Wissen" and FIAS present Science experiments at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

"Hands on Science" - From Oct 11-15 we present science experiments for everyone at the Frankfurt Book Fair. You can find us in Hall 3.1 (A26) at the booth from "Hessen schafft Wissen".

Renewable Engergy

August 31, 2017

Optimization of Network building costs

BMWI funds new research project by Stefan Schramm

June 9, 2017

Night of Science 2017

On June 9th the Night of Science will take at the Riedberg Campus. FIAS Fellows and Students will take part in the event. Join us for some interesting talks, robot soccer and exiting experiments!

June 8, 2017

Superconductors and VR at the Hessentag

FIAS Scientists bring science to the people. The FIAS Roadshow "Science you can touch" will be a part of this years Hessentag.

May 11, 2017

Harmony in numbers

Frankfurt researchers find a simple explanation for the typical patterns of nerve cells inside neural maps

Researchers from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research and the Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience have studied why such differences between these animal species exist using two different computer models. Unexpectedly, the researchers found that the existence of this ordered structure is not only determined by the connectivity in the circuit, but also by the total number of neurons. Their findings were recently published in the scientific journal PNAS [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences].


April 24, 2017

Sascha Vogel speaks at Science March Frankfurt

On Saturday, over 2000 people came together to demonstrate for the importance and freedom of science, at the science march Frankfurt. One keynote speaker at the beginning of the march was Dr. Sascha Vogel. The managing director of the FIAS graduate school FIGSS spoke together with Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt; Birgitta Wolff, President of the Goethe-University; Frank Dievernich, President of the University for Applied Sciences and the president of Präsident Uni Gießen, Joybrato Mukherjee.

March 31, 2017

Hannah Petersen was selected by the Editorial Board of J. Phys. G as an Emerging Leader.

Hannah Petersen and Dmytro Oliinycenko developed a new technique to describe the dynamics of heavy ion collisions to study strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions.


February 8, 2017

FIAS PhD student wins UN competition for sustainable energy supply

How to supply people in structurally weak areas of Africa and South America sustainably with electricity, you can calculate with energy models. Jonas Hörsch was able to shorten the computation time of such a program significantly and won thereby a competition of the UNO platform "Unite Ideas".

November 22, 2016

Reliable electricity grids for the future

Scientists discuss with companies and network operators

On November 22nd and 23rd the CoNDyNet (Collective Nonlinear Dynamics of Complex Electricity Grids) project partners will meet with companies and network operators to discuss how sustainable grid stability can be achieved, with ever increasing shares of renewables. Especially with solar and wind energy, the amounts of electricity fed into the power grid fluctuate almost every minute.

November 17, 2016

German preselection for the International Physics Tournament takes place at FIAS

The preselection for the International Physicists' Tournament (IPT) will take place from 21-22 November 2016 at FIAS.


November 11, 2016

"Quantum Dreams"

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reports on the Giersch International Symposium.


October 24, 2016

"The Olympian of computer architects": Volker Lindenstruth in the Frankfurter Rundschau

The Frankfurter Rundschau dedicated a complete page on Friday, October 21, 2016, to the CEO Prof. Volker Lindenstruth and his research in the field of modern high-performance computers.