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2013 flood on the Elbe near Dessau-Rosslau.

Natural flood prevention – higher trust through better communication

In many places today, dikes are being moved back, and floodplains are being revitalised in order to give the river more space during times of …
Two hands holding a component for a solar cell

World Record Efficiency – Important progress in all-perovskite tandem solar cells

Improving solar cells to increase their energy efficiency is necessary to become independent from fossil energy sources. Prof. Dewei Zhao from Sichuan …
Group of people standing on stairs for a photo

A Long-Term Partnership – Delegation from the Indian Institute of Technology Visits the University of Potsdam

A delegation from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee, India, visited the University of Potsdam on March 20. The aim of the talks was …
Ötztal in Austria

Understanding Extremes – The Research Training Group NatRiskChange develops methods for the analysis and quantification of natural hazards and risks in a changing world

Changing conditions, such as global warming and land use, can strongly influence the occurrence of natural hazards and the risk they pose. “It is the …
Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich

Astrophysicist Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich receives IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize

A good start in 2023: Astrophysicist Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich receives IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in General Relativity and Gravitation and a …
Geoscientist Dr. Gerold Zeilinger wearing AR glasses

Using AR Glasses to Get a Better View - Gerold Zeilinger wants to use augmented reality to make landscape planning decisions easier

“Many people cannot imagine complex objects in space when they see them on a flat plan or map. If, for example, a wind turbine is to be erected or a …
Behavioral experiment with wild rodents.

“We Recognize Animals as Individuals” – Researchers of the University of Potsdam investigate the personalities of wild animals

Jana Anja Eccard knows her mice well. For 27 years, she has been researching the behavior of small rodents in numerous experiments, both in the …
“The three phases of exceptional dynamics: (1) Predation on the unprotected bacteria by predators, (2) toxin formation as cooperative defence and recovery of the bacterial population, (3) filament formation as individual defence through evolution and stabilisation of densities”.

In the end, it’s the individual advantage that counts – Bacteria rely on cooperation and evolution in order to defend themselves against predatory protists

Eating and being eaten is a normal process in nature. These predator–prey dynamics help to stabilise ecosystems. It ensures that individual species do …
Installation of a solar-powered telemetry base station.

With Kudu, Eland, and Springbok – How Wildlife Management Can Help the Savanna

The savanna: individual groups of trees stand picturesquely on wide plains, large herds of wild animals pass by, watched vigilantly by prides of lions …
Prof. Dr. Ilko Bald

Tracing Single Molecules – Potsdam researchers use nanoengineering for diagnostic procedures and to study chemical reactions

Since 2018, chemist Prof. Ilko Bald and his team have been researching how to place single molecules precisely within artificial DNA nanostructures. …