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When Heavy Rainfall Turns into Flash Floods – Hydrology research group examines the hazards of flash floods for cities

In July 2021, there were devastating floods caused by heavy rainfall with 180 deaths and immense economic damages in Rhineland-Palatine and... more
The Vestfold Campus

Between Regional Customs and International Research - Uni Potsdam Visits EDUC Partner University of South-Eastern Norway

From June 13 to 15, a six-member delegation from the University of Potsdam, led by Vice President for International Affairs and Fundraising Prof. Dr.... more
Illustration for the project „HateLess“: A red finger is chrushing a man under a keyboard. The illustraion is from Andreas Töpfer.

Preempting Hate Speech – How the “HateLess” program helps young people free their schools from hate speech

Scrolling through the comment sections of news platforms, one sometimes wishes there was a delete button to remove all the hate mail, insults, and... more
Künstlerische Darstellung einer numerisch-relativistischen Simulation der Verschmelzung zweier Neutronensterne mit einem Bild der bei einer Goldionen-Kollision entstandenen Teilchen.

New insights into neutron stars matter

For the first time, an international research team, including Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich (Potsdam University/Max Planck Institute for Gravitational... more
Dr. Julia Rüthemann (l.) und Prof. Dr. Katharina Philipowski (r.) im Interview. Das Foto ist von Tobias Hopfgarten.

Love in middle high german – How medieval courtly love poetry provided knowledge about courting

When you open the door to Katharina Philipowski’s office, you seem to enter into a different time. Early modern portraits and reproductions of... more
Statue of Justice against blurred background.

Prohibiting the Truth by Law - Prof. Dr. Christoph Wagner on the Freedom of the Media and the Judiciary in the Russian Federation

In May, the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders published its 2022 press freedom rankings, which compare the situation for... more
Portrait von Prof. Dr. Johann Ev. Hafner. Das Foto ist von Tobias Hopfgarten.

“Religious Diversity in Northern Iraq” – A German-Iraqi Collaboration

Three researchers and nine students at the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies of the University of Potsdam set off to Iraq at the end... more
Dotti Moscati, a Berlin burlesque performer originally from Chicago, has enriched the Berlin scene as a “burlesque clown” since 2017.

Queer Stagecraft – Joanna Staśkiewicz explores the neo-burlesque scenes in New Orleans, Berlin and Warsaw

A white veil and a red cloth alternately reveal and veil the body of a woman dancing on a stage bathed in blue light. Sometimes as a white wedding... more
The military historian Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel at the interview.

“Secret Intelligence is Rarely Completely Secret” - Military Historian Sönke Neitzel on the Role of the Intelligence Services in the Ukraine War

The war in Ukraine is not only taking place in the Donbass, the suburbs of Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities; it is also raging in secret. Long... more
Portrait von Dr. Anke Geißler-Grünberg. Das Foto ist von Tobias Hopfgarten.

Rediscovering Cultural Heritage – Jewish Cemeteries in Brandenburg and Western Poland

Jewish cemeteries are among the oldest places of remembrance in many regions – including in Brandenburg. But after the widespread expulsion and... more