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Prof. Henrike Müller-Werkmeister

Shorter than the blink of an eye – Prof. Henrike Müller-Werkmeister can watch molecules in action with ultrashort laser beams

The sun was one of the first objects to be studied spectroscopically. As early as the 19th century, the researchers Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert... 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
Data collection with a field spectrometer

Understanding Tipping Points in Savannas – Ecologist Prof. Anja Linstädter Researches How Humans Affect the Development of African Savannas and Grassland

Since September 2020, Anja Linstädter has been Professor for Biodiversity Research and Systematic Botany at the University of Potsdam and Director of... more
Simulation of a neutron-star/black-hole coalescence in which the neutron star is tidally disrupted during the merging process.

Einstein Put To the Test – Gravitational Wave Researcher Prof. Tim Dietrich Is Dealing With Heavy Weights In Space

Tim Dietrich is only 34 years young and has already had a remarkable scientific career: In 2017, PhD thesis with distinction at Friedrich Schiller... 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. 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
Prof. Michael Hofreiter

AlterEco – Tracing the Ecological Footprint of the Neanderthal

Humans live large. The rainforest, which is so important for the world, is dwindling, as are the polar caps and the permafrost. The goal, agreed upon... more
Researchers target the skin of humpback whales and Magellanic penguins.

Stowaways – What can microorganisms on the skin of whales or penguins reveal about environmental changes?

Humpback whales are among the most impressive animals on earth, with an average length of 13 meters and weighing up to 30 tons. Evolutionary biologist... more
Prof. Karoline Wiesner

33 Questions to Prof. Dr. Karoline Wiesner

What connects ant colonies and the Internet, financial markets and the human brain? They are complex systems – a comparatively new field of research,... more
Prof. Peter van der Beek researches the driving forces behind mountain formation

Across Mountains and Valleys – Prof. Peter van der Beek researches the driving forces behind mountain formation

Geoscientist Peter van der Beek is a specialist in thermochronology. With this method, he looks far back into the history of mountain ranges and... more