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DFG establishes 10 new priority programs
Date:5/9/2012

This press release is available in German.

What is the role of phosphorus resources for trees and forests and what do they mean for the nutrition and balance of a forest ecosystem? How can ultrafast wireless transmission paths help deliver today's growing data streams even in mobile internet access? How do the modern arts experience, perceive and process temporality and what does this view imply for the interpretation of artistic creations in general? These are just some of the foundational questions to be examined in the coming years by ten new Priority Programmes of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

A total of ten new Priority Programmes were established by the DFG Senate at its recent spring session in Bonn. These programmes are set to launch at the beginning of 2013 and leverage the combined scientific expertise of researchers from Germany and beyond who work in particularly current or emerging fields.

The new Priority Programmes cover the entire spectrum of disciplines, from the humanities to the life and natural sciences to engineering. Topics range from the development and testing of a novel class of materials such as topological insulators, which are electrically insulating in their interior but conductive on the surface to innovative paths in forming technology to enable health- and environment-friendly production without lubricants. Another programme deals with the dynamic simulation of complex solids processes, a key technology that could also be used for applications in chemistry, pharmacy and medicine.

The newly established programmes are highly interdisciplinary. For example, researchers from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences will work closely together on issues such as global climate change and climate engineering, investigating the evidence for environment
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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