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PhD student Nastasja Grdseloff and Prof. Salim Seyfried assessing light sheet microscopy images | Photo: Kevin Ryl

Searching for a common denominator – Research network “V.A. Cure” investigates rare diseases

How do you research rare diseases for which there is no lobby? With the help of zebrafish, Potsdam University’s physiologist Prof. Dr. Salim Seyfried... more
A systematic comparison shows that serial synchrotron crystallography (SSX) and serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) can yield data of equivalent quality. This opens new collaborative opportunities exploiting the advantages of both light sources to study biomolecular dynamics. | Image credit: Jörg Harms (MPSD)

Seeing protein crystals in a different light – Serial protein crystallography at XFELs and synchrotrons opens up new avenues

An international team of researchers from Germany, UK and Canada with participation of the University of Potsdam, has found that two of the worlds... more
Professor Tim Dietrich, junior professor at the University of Potsdam | Photo: privat

Tim Dietrich appointed Max Planck Fellow – Cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the University of Potsdam will be strengthened

Professor Tim Dietrich, junior professor at the University of Potsdam, will lead a new research group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational... more
Prof. Katja Poppenhäger in the large refractor of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) at the Babelsberg. | Photo: Sandra Scholz

Planets – profession and passion – Prof. Katja Poppenhäger has found her niche in astrophysics

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is located in a residential area surrounded by old trees on the edge of Babelsberg Park. Those... more
Brown hare with transmitter | Photo: Carolin Scholz

Where the hare runs – How animals’ movements contribute to biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

The preservation of biodiversity is a social mandate. In the Research Training Group "BioMove" at the University of Potsdam, experienced experts are... more
Optical fiber tips mounted with different functional nanomaterials (gold nanostructures, porous silicon, stimuli-responsive hydrogels). | Photo: Thomas Roese

With Light and Nanoparticles – Blazing a trail to the future of medicine

In the 21st century, it is often promised, medical treatment will be personalized, with diagnoses and therapies tailored to the needs of the... more
Peter van der Beek during a sampling campaign in the Alps | Foto: T.F. Schildgen

Looking at smallest atoms to understand large-scale Mountain ranges – A welcome to Peter van der Beek at the Institute of Geosciences

Peter van der Beek has joined the academic leadership at the Institute of Geosciences at Potsdam University. The internationally well-known Earth... more
Berlin Gesundbrunnen | Photo: AdobeStock/anweber

How Secure is Safe?! – A Germany-wide project examines how to organize safety in urban neighborhoods

Quiet suburb, hip inner city, quaint small town, multicultural urban neighborhood – for every lifestyle there is a suitable place. Why do we feel safe... more
Prof. André Kleinridders | Foto: Thomas Roese

33 Questions for Prof. André Kleinridders

Who are you? What is your current research project? What did you have for breakfast? And why did you enter the field of science? Portal Wissen wants... more
The math app by Ulrich Kortenkamp is designed to help children understand the value of numbers. | Photo: AdobeStock/Dani

Hundreds in Bundles – A mathematics app to help children understand the place value of numbers

As with many other problems, the Covid-19 crisis is relentlessly exposing the digital deficits in many German schools and school systems. Even in... more