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Eva Eibl documents the status of a station after recording overnight and before it is moved to a new location. The steam of the hot water in the pool is visible in the background. | Photo: Daniel Vollmer

Fire and Ice – why Eva Eibl does research in Iceland in the mid of winter

Iceland is worth a trip or two. Well known for its awesome landscape, its famous horses and its un-pronounceable volcanoes Iceland is flooded by... more
Dr. Aude Noiray explains a mobile ultrasound device for testing babies. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Sound by Sound towards Words – LOLA Makes Language Learning Visible

Human language is a fairly complex thing. But the same applies to the way it is spoken. Lungs, vocal cords, tongue, lips - many “tools” in our body... more
Prof. Dr. Sascha Oswald. | Foto: Tobias Hopfgarten

Counting Neutrons for Environmental Research – Researchers measure soil moisture with the help of particles from space

They are super-fast, rich in energy and are created when particles from space hit the Earth - neutrons are omnipresent and usually penetrate matter... more
Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmermann (left) and adjunct Prof. Dr. Norman Weiß | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Law in a state of emergency – How the corona crisis affects human rights

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Many countries around the world have taken drastic measures in an effort to stop or at least slow down the spread of coronavirus: schools,... more
Prof. Dr. Johann Lilliestam. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“Energy concerns us all” – Environmental scientist Johan Lilliestam is confident: A complete turnaround in the energy sector will come

The world is hungry! In some 20 years from now, it will devour a third more energy than five years ago. And there is no end in sight. At the same... more
Vittoria Sposini and Samudrajit Thapa in Venice. | Photo: Dr. Fereydoon Taheri

In My Little Chamber – The Difficult Task of Writing a Doctoral Thesis During the Corona Crisis

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Vittoria Sposini from Italy and Samudrajit Thapa from India are PhD students in the Theoretical Physics Group of Prof. Ralf Metzler at the Institute... more
Prof. Dr. Markus Gühr | Foto: Antje Horn-Conrad

Snapshots from the Nano Cosmos – How Markus Gühr uses flashes of light to probe the dynamics of molecules

Perhaps it was a sign: Markus Gühr grew up in Gießen. As a boy he used to play in the town’s old cemetery, very close to the place where Wilhelm... more
In the laboratory. | Photo: Thomas Roese

When Plants Sound the Alarm – How genes and molecules protect plants from heat

Isabel Bäurle is a biologist who researches the heat stress memory of plants at the molecular level. Her findings could give fresh impetus to the... more
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