Stoecker Academia Romana

April 20, 2020

Horst Stöcker becomes honorary member of the Academia Română

The certificate was now handed over by post

The Romanian Academy of Sciences (Academia Română) has appointed Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Stöcker as honorary member in recognition of his work on hot, dense elementary matter in heavy ion research and astrophysics, as well as his many years of commitment to the international scientific community. He is thus one of 91 foreign scientists who are entitled to bear this title.

Amblyiopia boy

March 3, 2020

How we learn to see

Active efficient coding explains the development of binocular vision and its failure in amblyopia.

Using a new model, scientists from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and Goethe University can explain the development of binocular vision, which is the joint vision of the right and left eye. In doing so, they show how amblyopic visual impairment can occur.

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February 28, 2020

Current information about the coronavirus

In connection with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Goethe University provides information on mobility and health care. We refer to recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Foreign Office.

XF-IJRC Signing

November 1, 2019

Signing of the Xidian FIAS International Joint Research Center

Joint research laboratory established with Xidian University

​In October 2019, during the Sino-German Conference for Science, Technology, Innovation and Cooperation in Berlin, representatives of Xidian University and FIAS signed the founding documents of the XF-IJRC.

Teaser Politechnikerreihe

October 10, 2019

Frankfurt's cutting-edge research explained in a understandable way

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), a think tank unique in Germany for networking the natural sciences, is organizing a new series of lectures this fall in cooperation with the Polytechnic Society Foundation.

August 15, 2019

Journal Club "Machine Learning" launched

New exchange platform for young scientists

Numerous working groups at FIAS work with methods of machine learning. In order to intensify the scientific exchange between the many scientists involved, the FIAS PhD students and Postdocs have created an exchange platform on their own initiative with the installation of the Journal Club.

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August 14, 2019

FIAS is courageous and encourages

Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder, Research Fellow, has been awarded with the FIAS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE THINKING 2019

The annual FIAS summer party, which was attended by numerous FIAS members, served as a worthy platform to award Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder with the newly established prize.

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June 28, 2019

Frankfurt physicists honoured Luciano Rezzolla

Academic Celebration of FIAS and the Department of Physics with State Secretary Ayse Asar

On 28.06.2019, outstanding physicists were honoured at an academic ceremony on the Riedberg campus with a speech by State Secretary Ayse Asar of the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts. The organizers were the Physics Department of the Goethe University, the Walter Greiner Gesellschaft zur Förderung der physikalischen Grundlagenforschung e.V. (Walter Greiner Society for the Promotion of Physical Basic Research), and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS).

Dr. Rolf Bernhardt

June 27, 2019

New board member at FIAS

Changes in responsibilities

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), a unique think tank in Germany for cross-linking the natural sciences, has a new board of directors.


June 21, 2019

New LOEWE Schwerpunkt at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

Successful application of FIAS and its partners in the 12th funding phase

How can complex biological systems be described theoretically and how can their functions be precisely predicted? The new LOEWE focus "CMMS - Multi-Scale Modelling in the Life Sciences" at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies will investigate this.

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May 29, 2019

Spring visit of FIAS delegation to Xi'An (China) for future cooperation

Considerations on the joint establishment of a research laboratory in AI research are taking shape

The FIAS and the Chinese Xidian University have confirmed the idea to establish a 'Joint Research Center' in AI research during a visit of the FIAS delegation under the leadership of the chairman of the FIAS board of directors, Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff.

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March 4, 2019

The brain as a role model

Book Cognitive Computing published by Springer

With his article "Model Brain - Boundary Conditions for a Cognitive Architecture" FIAS Senior Fellow Christoph von der Malsburg has contributed a chapter to the book "Cognitive Computing - Theory, Technology and Practice" recently published by Springer Verlag.

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February 1, 2019

Research on Energy Networks

FIAS Research Systems of Renewable Energies and Network Analysis receives further funding

Efficient power grids are an essential prerequisite for a successful conversion of the energy system. In order to support work on the power grids of the future, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is extending the funding of an interdisciplinary research project by three years, in which seven institutes, including the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies with Professor Stefan Schramm, are involved. The joint project is funded by the BMBF with a total of 2.5 million euros.

© Veronika Hohenegger, LRZ

November 6, 2018

Computing time for simulations...

... for more accurate models of merging double star systems

FIAS Senior Fellow Prof. Luciano Rezzolla will receive 102 million CPU hours next year at the supercomputer superMUC of the Leibniz Computing Center in Garching near Munich, which he will use for the simulation of neutron star double systems at Goethe University Frankfurt.

© Figure: B. Hein (FIAS); Data: Max Planck Florida Institute

October 25, 2018

Surprising network activity in the immature brain: Developing brain networks act locally to build globally

Even before the first eye opening, local circuits can cause global effects

One of the outstanding mysteries of the cerebral cortex is how individual neurons develop the proper synaptic connections to form large-scale, distributed networks. Now, an international team of scientists has gained novel insights from spontaneously generated patterns of activity by local networks in the early developing visual cortex. Apparently these form the basis for long-range neural connections that are established through brain activity over the course of cortical development. The scientists report their findings in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Elucidating cuttlefish camouflage
© Stephan Junek (MPI Brain Research)

October 18, 2018

Elucidating cuttlefish camouflage

Computational image analysis of behaving cuttlefish reveals principles of control and development of a biological invisibility cloak

The unique ability of cuttlefish, squid and octopuses to hide by imitating the colors and texture of their environment has fascinated natural scientists since the time of Aristotle. Uniquely among all animals, these mollusks control their appearance by the direct action of neurons onto expandable pixels, numbered in millions, located in their skin. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI Brain Research), and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and Goethe University (GU) used this neuron-pixel correspondence to peer into the brain of cuttlefish, inferring the putative structure of control networks through analysis of skin pattern dynamics. The scientists report their findings in the journal Nature.


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.

Laureatus Award Moser
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September 4, 2018

Nobel Laureate Edvard Moser becomes Honorary Fellow of FIAS

Ceremonial act with award presentation by the Giersch couple took place on September 3rd.

On September 3, 2018, the STIFTUNG GIERSCH and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) invited to the ceremony marking the appointment of Prof. Dr. Edvard Moser as a FIAS Senior Fellow Laureatus. This honorary award is given to outstanding international scientists who are not only distinguished by their excellent research, but are also committed to the scientific community.

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August 28, 2018

The Logistics of Neuronal Function

Giersch International Symposium brings internationally renowned scientists to Frankfurt

The human brain consists of a highly complex network of about 85 billion nerve cells (neurons) that constantly exchange information. To function, all these cells have to organise the production, transport, storage and recycling of countless different molecules such as neurotransmitters, mRNA and proteins - a gigantic logistical challenge at the molecular level. So how do they organize these processes to be both robust and efficient? How do problems in solving these logistical challenges relate to brain diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease? To discuss these questions, neuroscientists from all over the world will meet from 28 August for the 3rd Giersch International Symposium at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS).

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.