DFG sponsors two new SFBs in Tübingen (english version)

New collaborative research centers to investigate antibiotics and the aesthetic perspectives of the pre-modern age

The University of Tübingen is to have two new collaborative research centers (in German Sonderforschungsbereich or SFB). The German Research Foundation will sponsor the two research initiatives from July 1 with eight million euros each for an initial period of four years. 

The collaborative research center "Alternative Aesthetics" (SFB 1391) will study the actions and artefacts of premodern, alternative aesthetics and examine art terms, artistic concepts and related actions from eras before the term 'aesthetics' was coined in Germany in the 18th century. It also aims to consolidate current debates surrounding the relevance of aesthetics with a deeper historical perspective and methodology, with a view to gaining a better understanding of current issues in art and society.The spokeswoman is Professor Annette Gerok-Reiter (Germanistische Mediävistik – Deutsches Seminar); the University of Stuttgart is participating in two of the 18 research subprojects in the collaborative research center.

Antibiotic resistance and the resulting decline in available antibiotics are a growing concern for the treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, the effects of an antibiotic on a target cell appear to be much greater than previously thought. The SFB/Transregio "Cellular Mechanisms of Antibiotic Action and Production" will investigate the biochemical production and effect mechanisms of antibiotics in further detail. The long-term objective is to contribute to the development of new antibiotics. The spokeswoman is Professor Dr. Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt of the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine; partner institution: University of Bonn.


Professor Annette Gerok-Reiter
University of Tübingen
Deutsches Seminar
 +49 7071 29-72403
a.gerok-reiterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Professor Dr. Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt
University of Tübingen
Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine
 +49 7071 29-74706
heike.broetz-oesterheltspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de