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Research Training Group WIPCAD 2013, Photo: Karla Fritze

Wicked Problems

Young academics investigate “Contested Public Administration”

Science rarely seems to be simple because it tries to explore the unexplored and to understand what has not been understood so far. The questions and …

Call for Applications for the „Arctic in the Anthropocene“ Summer School

First Potsdam Summer School on the „Arctic in the Anthropocene“

We have the pleasure to announce the call for applications for the first Potsdam Summer School PSS 2014 on the “Arctic in the Anthropocene” in …
Bild: Berthold Hocher

Programming Early in the Womb

About a new type of gestational diabetes and early programming of subsequent diseases

The publication in the scientific serial PNAS caused quite a stir. Together with scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland, …
Picture: Andreas Klaer

Surviving through Recall

How Plants Learn

Drought, heat, caterpillars, hail - plants cannot run away from dangerous situations. They have to cope with stress in a different way. Biologists are …
Photo: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Herzschuh

Thousand Years – Half a Metre Deep

Ulrike Herzschuh looks back into the past to be able to look into the future

She measures trees on the northern edge of Siberian forests. She drills in lake sediments on the Tibetan Plateau and sometimes goes by helicopter to …
Photo: GK „Intrapersonale Entwicklungsrisiken“

Stumbling Blocks

Psychologists at the University of Potsdam study childhood development risks

Learning disabilities, aggressive behaviour, depressive moods – developmental disorders occur quite frequently in children and adolescents. Which …
Photo: Karla Fritze

Giving Teeth to Tooth Protection

Vulnerable protective layers, slippery polymers and enamel that repairs itself

We all know – sweet and sour things are not good for our teeth. A short aqueous citric acid bath is enough to affect the hard dental enamel. A look …

Business Model Research

The Entrepreneurial Scientist

“Colibri Photonics” has existed since 2010. The company produces tiny sensors that scientists or medical doctors use for non-contact measurement of …
Photo: Lydia Gornitzka

Urban Talks

Getting Involved in Linguistics

Big cities are as diverse in their languages as they are in their people. Dialects, accents, slang, and youth language – they open up most interesting …
Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Rings of Ice and Dust

Cassini Mission brings new knowledge about Saturn

Galileo Galilei was the first to see them. In 1610 he observed Saturn’s rings through a simple telescope. However, he did not recognise them as such …