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Tracking down the role of opinions: philosopher Dr. Eric-John Russell.

I Am of the Opinion – Therefore I Am?! – Eric-John Russell Researches the Philosophy of Opinion

It’s good when people agree on something instead of arguing all the time, isn’t it? Otherwise, of course, everyone is allowed to have their own... more
Networks - Business Connections - Social Media Concept Design

“We Provide a Productive Break With Everyday Understanding” – Sociology between analyzing everyday life and encouraging critical thinking

Jürgen Mackert is Professor of General Sociology. But a look at his research interests shows that they are anything but general: He researches... more
Eine Illustration eines Eisbergs im Wasser. die obere kleine Spitze guckt an der Oberfläche heraus, ein Bootfahrer sieht mit einem Fernglas darauf. Der größere untere Teil befindet sich unter der Wasseroberfläche, auf ihm steht das Wort "Risk".

Transparency Helps! – How the Harding Center Enables People to Understand Health Risks

Corona rushed into the world at the beginning of 2020. In January, it was still a marginal note in news about China, at the beginning of March there... more
Prof. Miriam Rürup

33 Questions to Historian Prof. Miriam Rürup

Since December 2020, the researcher has been the director of the Moses Mendelsohn Center for European-Jewish Studies (MMZ) in Potsdam. She succeeded... more
Prof. Michael Lenhard in the Botanical Garden

To the left or to the right? – Geneticist Prof. Michael Lenhard investigates how plants can tell left from right

In the course of evolution, plants have developed various strategies to prevent self-pollination. The marsh butterfly lily, which originates from... more
Prof. Gert Zöller

Computing Earthquakes – Mathematician Prof. Gert Zöller Develops Probability Models for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

The province of Groningen in the Netherlands is not generally considered a seismic hotspot. Nevertheless, an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter... more
Prof. Dr. Katharina Wrohlich

Gender Gaps – Economist Katharina Wrohlich About Inequalities in the Labor Market

The gender pay gap, i.e. the income difference between women and men, is still at 18% in Germany. Although there are now gender quotas on supervisory... more
Illustration eines aufgeschlagenen Buches, darüber ein Ausrufezeichen.

Self-Assessment Tool for Open Science at Universities Developed by the Stifterverband with the Participation of the University of Potsdam

In fall 2021, the University of Potsdam (UP) was selected alongside RWTH-Aachen and Ernst Abbe University Jena for a pilot project to develop a means... more
Prof. Barbara Höhle

Instructive Babble of Voices – Inside the Potsdam BabyLAB – Lab Visit (instead of) Self-experimentation

Little Mathilde is the star of the day: Laboratory coordinator Tom Fritzsche welcomes her and her mother.  Afterwards, Dr. Alan Langus, a member of... more
Prof. Dr. Carsten Beta

Cell Physics in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japanese Research Professorship for Carsten Beta

End of September, Prof. Carsten Beta, biophysicist at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, will leave for a research stay of several weeks at the... more