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Hydrologist Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener joined the University of Potsdam as a Humboldt Professor at the beginning of 2021. | Photo: Sandra Scholz

Water is His Element – Alexander von Humboldt Professor Thorsten Wagener researches at the University of Potsdam

“Back to familiar things after an absence of 25 years” – this is how he feels about returning to Germany after many years abroad, says Prof. Thorsten... more
An exercise of the training program at KIDZ | Photo: Bettina Arasin

Calming Down with Exercise – KIDZ - the “Children’s Intervention and Diagnostic Center” helps children with poor concentration to grow through challenge

Fidgeting, squirming, and rocking - who doesn’t know them, the restless spirits who don’t sit still, can’t listen, are easily distracted and, on top... more
Claudia Rößling manages the Welcome Center, which also supports fellows of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative on-site in Potsdam. | Photo: privat

“Fellows Can Establish New Contacts and Networks” – Welcome Center Manager Claudia Rößling on the Philipp Schwartz Initiative for Scholars at Risk

Scholars who can no longer work in their home countries because they are under threat or persecuted have had the opportunity to continue their work at... more
Young researchers of the University of Potsdam and the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) are investigating how the interplay of genes, nutrition, and exercise can influence muscle loss as we age. | Foto: AdobeStock/andreusK

Old age without fragility – Young researchers are investigating how the interplay of genes, nutrition, and exercise can influence muscle loss as we age

From the age of 50, many people feel that their strength is gradually diminishing and movements are becoming more and more difficult. This is normal... more
Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker | Photo: Thilo Schoch

Honoured – Potsdam geoscientist Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker elected to the Academia de Ciencias of Argentina

Geologist Professor Manfred Strecker from the University of Potsdam was inducted into the Academia Nacional de Ciencias of Argentina (Córdoba) on May... more
Girl in Homeschooling | Photo: AdobeStock/Halfpoint

Education in times of the pandemic – How schools and universities master digitization

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on public life led to a kind of forced fast-track digitization in spring 2020. This has affected... more
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stockhorst | Foto: Ernst Kaczynski

Picking up the reins – The aesthetics of horsemanship as an expression of European cultural history

“The style of riding hints at the style of government – by force or by skill,” they said in the early modern period. Only those who could master a... more
Representation of atomic clusters formed by gold, arsenic and sulfur in arsenian pyrite (shown in the background as imaged using Scanning Electron Microscopy; not to scale).

A mineral pump for gold in the Earth’s crust

An international team of scientists with participation of mineralogist Dr. Maria Kokh from the University of Potsdam was able to elucidate the mystery... more
Dr. Maximilian Korges and Prof. Dr. Max Wilke | Photo: Sandra Scholz

The Nursery of Mineral Resources – Geoscientists research ore genesis

They come in all kinds of colors and shapes – black, white, green, blue or shiny silver, as nondescript as rock or formed into impressive crystals.... more
Dr. Savi collecting sand for geochemical analyses | Photo: Velio Coviello

Moving Rocks – How climate warming changes mountain regions

Since 2015, geologist Sara Savi has been researching the influence of climate on debris flows in the high mountains of Argentina. In her current... more