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Only heroic lone wolves are currently able to exercise, and that includes University of Potsdam members. | Photo: Thomas Roese

First online, then with limited contact – Potsdam’s university sports in times of corona

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
No aerobics, no kick boxing, no Zumba. University sports, which for thousands of Potsdam students are just as much a part of the semester as lectures,... more
The big reading room in the Information, Communication and Media Center (IKMZ) in Golm is currently deserted. However, university members can still access many books and other media from home. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Access to sealed treasure chambers – how the University Library supplies its users with resources despite the closure

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Potsdam’s University Library (UB) houses more than 1.5 million printed books in its three locations and has about 1,000 reading stations with more... more
Prof. Uwe Hellmann (right) and Dr. Sargis Terzikyan. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Punishment & Law – Research Center for Russian Law Facilitates Lively Exchange between Germany and Post-Soviet States

Human dignity, freedom, and property are elementary objects of legal protection. Those who violate them can expect sanctions – and these differ from... more
Prof. Dr. Andreas Musil, Vice President for Teaching and Studies. | Photo: Karla Fritze

Fast tracking digitalization – Online teaching in times of corona

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
How can teaching be improved even further? This central question takes on a new meaning in the corona pandemic as several institutions of higher... more
Symbolic Photo. | Photo: AdobeStock/NicoElNino

“Without ifs, ands, or buts” – What needs to be done and what needs to change to effectively contain pandemics

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Time is of the essence. The novel coronavirus has swiftly spread around the world. Research into vaccines and medicines is being conducted... more
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lucke. | Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

“I am enthusiastic about the open-mindedness with which digital media are being explored” – Computer scientist Ulrike Lucke on the possibilities offered by e-learning during the corona crisis

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Since mid-March educational institutions have been closed, with schoolchildren and students at home. Virtually overnight, digital learning suddenly... more
Dr. Jana de Wiljes. | Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

Bringing Order to Chaos – A Mathematician brings together data and models with improved methods

Small variations can have big effects. This insight is part of Dr. Jana de Wiljes’ everyday work life. The researcher works with mathematical models... more
Prof. Dr. Dirk Richter during a seminar including a “virtual classroom”. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten.

“Currently, we are only marginally making use of digital media” – Prof. Dr. Dirk Richter on the possibilities of conveying knowledge and skills online

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Home office for the adults, boredom for children and adolescents at home? Digitalization in education now seems more important than ever. But to what... more
University President – and current crisis manager – Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. | Photo: Karla Fritze

„Responding calmly to the unfamiliar circumstances“ – University President Prof. Oliver Günther on crisis management during the corona pandemic

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Germany is experiencing an emergency situation as a result of the corona pandemic. Prof. Günther, you coordinate a crisis management team and have to... more
The WESOLATE app

(Not) alone together – University of Potsdam students develop “WESOLATE“ app offering a certain degree of being social from a distance

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Working and studying from home, social distancing and the omnipresent #stayhome currently ensure that social contacts are reduced to an absolute... more