Futura – the BIF journal

Ever since its first publication in 1986, the primary task of Futura, the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds' (BIF) international journal, has been to inform readers about the work of the BIF, for example, by reporting on the research it supports. However, in the interest of our fellows, we publish descriptions of planned or ongoing projects only in the print version, the results of completed projects are also published online. The Futura also contains general science news and articles and news from the BIF and its alumni as well as its sister foundations. As the journal is addressed to a wider audience, it aims to be both pertinent to those in the field and understandable to scientists outside the immediate discipline.

Getting your copy

Futura is usually published twice a year in print and online. Fellows and alumni receive a copy automatically, as long as we have their consent and a current postal address.

In addition, Futura is distributed free of charge to everyone who wishes to receive a copy, i.e. to our fellowship holders' supervisors, peers, reviewers, and our donors, as well as to individuals and institutions interested in biomedical research.

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Your project and results in Futura

New PhD fellows are required to submit a description of their project for publication in Futura (print only, not online). Fellows who have completed their PhDs are required to write a short summary of their results for the same purpose. Please find the links to the guidelines for these articles below.

Futura issues

  • Helping the body to fight cancer – immunotherapies
  • 13 results of PhD projects (the print version also introduces 9 new PhD projects)
  • Papers in the spotlight by Michael-John Dolan and Alexander Bates, Jakob T. Rostol, and Mohammed El-Brolosy
  • An article on the Learning from Partners study – an evaluation of BIF's work
  • A take on leadership and self-administration in academia – Perspective with Prof. Christian Ungermann
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to New York City
  • News from the BIF network and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.
  • The heat is on – how organisms adapt to heat and temperature changes
  • Profile of rats and mice as model organisms
  • 5 results of PhD projects (the print version also introduces 21 new PhD projects)
  • 12th North America meeting an account illustrated by alumnus Oliver Höller
  • Papers in the spotlight by Maria Bohnert, Heike Rampelt, Florian Wollweber, Anne Eichmann and Rugile Stanyte
  • Celebrating our 100th MD fellow
  • Who-is-who at BIF: Jan-Michael Peters, member of BIF's Board of Trustees
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Montréal by Maximilian Eivaskhani
  • News from the BIF network and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.
  • The start of life – the journey from oocyte to embryo was topic of the 117th International Titisee Conference
  • 20 results of PhD projects (the print version also introduces 27 new PhD projects)
  • Papers in the spotlight from Camilla Engblom, Hauke Hillen, and Justus Kebschull.
  • Accounts of the Gracht Seminar and the new English-language communication seminar for Europe
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Lyon, France
  • News from the BIF network and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.
  • The inside story of mitochondria
  • Profile of tobacco mosaic virus
  • 12 Results of PhD projects (the print version also introduces 18 new PhD projects)
  • Papers in the spotlight from Daniel Franke, Daniel Kopinke and Konrad Hochedlinger and Alexander Meissner
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Barcelona
  • News from the BIF network and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.
  • Autophagy, again and again (Sarah Williams)
  • Profile of Phage Lambda
  • 18 Results of PhD projects and nine MD fellows (the print version also introduces 25 new PhD projects)
  • Papers in the spotlight from Susanne Falkner, Michael Hauer, and Christian Schmidt
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Szeged by Akos Nyerges
  • A 25 year old project funded by BIF that now paid off
  • News from the BIF network.
  • Supermodels of biological research (by Mitch Leslie)
  • 20 PhD new projects and 8 PhD result summaries
  • BIF's Who-is-who questionaire by Süleyman Tangüler
  • A whale of a good time - impressions from the 2016 Woods Hole Seminar
  • Papers in the Spotlight by Julia Behnke, Marcus Kahnke and Andreas Puschnik
  • Balzan Prize for BIF's Board of Trustee member Reinhard Jahn
  • Our BIF fellows guide to Stanford
  • Heinrich Wieland Prize for Peter Schultz
  • News from the BIF network.
  • Citizen Science (by Kirsten Achenbach)
  • 31 PhD new projects, 9 PhD result summaries as well as the 2015 MD projects
  • Perspectives article about Dr Johannes le Coutre
  • The "Unnecessary Pixel Act" - 30 years of communication seminars
  • From the BIS: IMB and IPP: Attracting top talent to Mainz
  • Our BIF fellows guide to Oxford
  • News from the BIF network,
  • Vaccinations (by Kirsten Achenbach)
  • 19 PhD summaries of our PhD fellows
  • A "Who-is-who?" article introducing our Board member Hidde Ploegh
  • A short note thanking "BIF's guardian in the Mountain" mountain guide Peter Schulz
  • A closer look at BIF's selection process for PhD fellows "How to find the sharpest needle in the stack"
  • Papers in the Spotlight by Tilman Flock, Katarzyna Kowalik, Michael Pasternack, Sybille Pfender, Magda Schlesiger, Elvin Wagenblast, Esen Sefik and David Zemmour
  • Our BIF fellows' guide to Lisbon
  • News from the BIF network.
  • Synaesthesia (by Lily Dayton)
  • Big Data (by Timandra Harkness)
  • 16 summaries of PhD results
  • Our new MD fellows for 2014
  • A "Perspectives" from our alumni Sylvia Erhardt
  • An introduction of BIS' new team member Simone Freimund
  • An overview over the Siblings Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for the Humanities
  • Papers in the spotlight by Oliver Otto, Mirko Sobotta, and Dagmar Wachten
  • Our BIF fellows guide to Aarhus
  • News from the BIF network.
  • Editorial "World champions in science"
  • Turning still lives into action movies - report on the 110th ITC - Structure, Forces and Dynamics of Macromolecular Complexes"
  • "Walking the green or golden road" - Open Access - which path to take
  • 12 fellows report on their results
  • Perspectives: Dr Shane Hanson
  • Who-is-who at BIF - Dr Anja Hoffmann
  • Travel grant portal is online
  • Papers in the spotlight: N. Brancucci, A.-H. Pool, C. Thaiss
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Tel Aviv
  • News from the BIF network.
  • Editorial "The bazinga formula"
  • "The hidden switches of our destiny" - epigenetics
  • "The Red Dragon's PhDs"
  • Foundations weather the financial crisis
  • Who-is-Who at BIF - Dr Ingrid Ohlert
  • New team member Vera Schlick
  • Papers in the spotlight
  • Our BIF fellow's guide to Boston
  • News from the BIF network.