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Amerikanistin Verena Adamik. Das Foto ist von Thomas Roese.

The Perfect Community – Verena Adamik analyzes utopian communities in US American literature

In the realm of utopia, everything is supposedly better: There is no injustice or oppression but fair work, sufficient food, education, and life... more
Prof. Benno Stabernack and his employee Michal Stec | Photo: Sandra Scholz

Lighting up the blind spot – Benno Stabernack develops an assistance system to prevent accidents between cars and cyclists

Prof. Dr. Benno Stabernack wants to increase road safety – including in vehicle blind spots. As a graduated electrical engineer, Stabernack therefore... more
Kollaboration: In diesem Bild sind die Chandra-Daten in Lila dargestellt, vom NASA/ESA-Weltraumteleskop aufgenommenes sichtbares Licht in Rot, Grün und Blau sowie der Infrarotbereich des Spitzer-Weltraumteleskops in Rot. Die Urheberrechte gehören der NASA/ESA/UP.

Big Buddies in Space – Lidia Oskinova observes massive stars through space telescopes

Potsdam astrophysicist Lidia Oskinova uses the largest astronomical telescopes on Earth and in space to study massive stars. In addition to the Hubble... more
Auf dem Portraitfoto ist Frau Professorin Isolde Malmberg zu sehen. Das Foto ist von Tobias Hopfgarten.

The Time of Open Ears – New in Potsdam: As Professor of Music Education and Music Didactics, Isolde Malmberg is committed to strengthening her subject

Born in Linz, she moved to Vienna for her studies. There was no getting around music here: the Opera, the concert halls, the clubs and salons. Music... more
Auf dem Foto ist Elmar Kriegler zu sehen, Leiter der Forschungsabteilung „Transformationspfade“ am Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) mit einem Fokus auf das Forschungsfeld „Klimaschutz- und nachhaltige Entwicklungspfade“ und Professor für Integrated Assessment of Climate Change an der Universität Potsdam. Das Foto ist vom PIK/Karkow.

33 Questions to “interface researcher” Prof. Dr. Elmar Kriegler

What can we do to stop climate change? Why has so little of it been implemented so far? And why does science not always get through to politics? Elmar... more
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener from the Institute of Environmental Science and Geography at the University of Potsdam (l.) and Prof. Dr. Niels Hovius, Scientific Executive Director of Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and jointly appointed professor with the University of Potsdam. Photos: Sandra Scholz (UP) and Centre for Geoscience (GFZ).

Prof. Thorsten Wagener and Prof. Niels Hovius were elected as AGU Fellows

Thorsten Wagener, holder of a Humboldt-professorship at the University of Potsdam, and Niels Hovius, jointly appointed professor with the University... more
Das Symbolbild zeigt ein Wollknäul, dass sich seinen Weg durch ein kreisförmiges Labyrinth bahnt. Das Bild ist von AdobeStock/Olena.

The red thread to energy transition – The joint research project “Ariadne” is looking for the best ways to achieve a climate neutral society

The coming years will determine whether humanity can tame climate change. Important steps need to be taken right now to advance economic... more
Prof. Dr. Annette Gerstenberg | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“The Sound of a Generation” – Professor for Romance Linguistics Annette Gerstenberg analyzes language in old age.

Annette Gerstenberg has an unusual hobby. She is interested in language. As a professor of Romance linguistics for French and Italian at the... more
Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack (M.) und Anja Hönow (l.) im Interview

Cells with Special Demands – A new detection system for SARS-CoV-2 is being developed at the University of Potsdam

COVID-19 tests are an important tool in pandemic response. Antigen rapid tests provide a result in just a few minutes but are relatively inaccurate.... more
Genome surgery in discourse: Robert Ranisch at a "Wissenschaft im Dialog" event | Photo: M. Scholz/WiD

“Science Needs Values” – Junior Professor of Medical Ethics Robert Ranisch is among the first newly appointed professors of the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg

When COVID-19 infections, and with them the severe COVID cases, skyrocketed in the spring of 2020, medical laypersons, i.e. most people, learned a... more