Stiftung Mercator is a private foundation which fosters science and the humanities, education and international understanding. It specifically initiates, develops and funds projects and partner organizations in the thematic fields to which it is committed: it wants to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.
Topic of the Year 2013|14 “Zukunftsort: EUROPA”
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities initiated “Zukunftsort: EUROPA“ (which translates roughly as “Europe, a place where future is planned”) as its Topic of the Year 2013|14 to commit to Europe as a precise part of our future without losing the historical depth of field. Through this initiative the Academy aims to contribute comprehensive academic perspectives to the impassioned debates about the future of our continent and invites a broader public to share different opinions.
The Academy established the “Topic of the Year” programme in 2007. It is committed to promote dialogue between the sciences and society. The Topic of the Year also strives to bundle the activities of scientific and cultural institutions into one thematic complex, and in doing so, strengthens the inter-institutional network in a sustainable fashion.
interfilm Berlin Management GmbH
Short film is our medium, our means of expression: Initially founded in 1982 as a short film festival, interfilm has grown to become an internationally active, interdisciplinary point of call for the short film medium. interfilm Berlin organises the Berlin International Short Film Festival as well as interfilm Short Film Distribution. The festival has years of experience and a growing number of contacts in the international cultural and short film sectors. This has enabled interfilm to forge ongoing links with several significant institutions and hold frequent, regular events, testifying to the festival’s success at bringing the short film format to an ever wider audience.
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF is the largest and one of the most modern film academies in Germany, located in the heart of Babelsberg Media City and in the proximity to the Babelsberg Film Studios. In those excellent surroundings 11 programs – BA and MA – offer comprehensive education for careers in film, television, and new media. With its unique educational approach that focuses on both, craftsmanship and teamwork, its successful artistic productions and innovative research projects, Film University Babelsberg plays a decisive role in shaping the future of moving images. In addition, the university’s continuing education programs and events allow for the discussion of cultural, social, and political issues.
Berlin-Kreuzberg based filmArche is a non-profit organization and Europe´s first self-organized film school. Over 200 aspiring film makers meet here regularly, to teach each other and to make films together. The film school offers an extensive three year program in five departments of script writing, directing, camera, cutting/editing and production. Students become automatic members of the organization from the start of the first year. The members form working-groups, organize events and workshops according to their own personal interests and take an active part in the cultural and social life of the school. At the same time filmArche is also a network to the outside world, maintaining a wide range of contacts to the film industry, to cultural fields, locally and internationally. filmArche is a place for film makers to both exchange about their work, expand their own horizons and to achieve a greater state of openness, by use of film as a means of conveying change within society.
The Deutsche Kinemathek officially opened in February 1963. Its founding director was Gerhard Lamprecht who over the decades had meticulously put together an extensive collection of films, documents and equipment. The City State of Berlin acquired this collection and then handed it over to the new institution for its preservation and use. Since its establishment, the Deutsche Kinemathek has indexed everything related to film history and technology, cinema and, to a certain extent, television: film prints as well as other items indispensable for research on film history, e.g. film programs, posters, drawings for set designs and costumes, photos, scripts, personal estates and other documents. Since September 2000 – as Filmmuseum Berlin – it has been able to present a part of its collections in the Permanent Exhibition Film. It invites visitors to make a journey, thematically and chronologically arranged, through German film history. Another main focus of the Permanent Exhibition is the relationship between Berlin and Hollywood. Special exhibitions complete the program.
duz: Competence since 1945
duz, whose name is the acronym for „German University Magazine,“ is Germany‘s oldest independent periodical for higher education. Established in 1945, duz is mandatory reading for executives in higher education and research institutions. Its highlights include latest front-page news, captivating interviews, high-key profiles, and a hands-on approach. A Europe-wide exclusive – the quarterly journal of the Boston College Centre for International Education – appears as a supplement in the duz.
The publication appears 22 times each year, and each fortnightly release alternates between two titles: duz-Magazine or duz-KarriereLETTER. The Magazine contains a lot of background information, analyses and debate contributions.
Founded at Humboldt University (HU) on November 17, 1989 in the turbulent times of the Peaceful Revolution, the UnAufgefordert is one of Germany’s oldest student newspapers. Since then, it is characterized by critical and professional reporting both on research and teaching at HU and student life and culture in Berlin. In 2005 and 2008 it was awarded the Pro-Campus press award for the best German student newspaper. By working in the editorial team of the UnAufgefordert, Humboldt University’s students get the chance to gain first journalistic experiences in a professional environment. Former UnAufgefordert editors work today for Germany’s most distinguished media such as the ZDF, the Spiegel, the Tagesspiegel and the tageszeitung.