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When Heavy Rainfall Turns into Flash Floods – Hydrology research group examines the hazards of flash floods for cities

In July 2021, there were devastating floods caused by heavy rainfall with 180 deaths and immense economic damages in Rhineland-Palatine and... more
Künstlerische Darstellung einer numerisch-relativistischen Simulation der Verschmelzung zweier Neutronensterne mit einem Bild der bei einer Goldionen-Kollision entstandenen Teilchen.

New insights into neutron stars matter

For the first time, an international research team, including Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich (Potsdam University/Max Planck Institute for Gravitational... more
Two working persons.

Bird’s Eye View – BIRD looks at the wealth of digital learning opportunities and connects them on a national education platform

“It is the biggest and most demanding project that I have ever done,” says Ulrike Lucke, leans back into her office chair, and blows a strand of hair... more
Humboldt Fellow Dr. Anuradha Samajdar

Fascinating Universe – Humboldt Fellow Anuradha Samajdar on Analysis of Gravitational Waves

Since January 2022 Dr. Anuradha Samajdar has been a Humboldt Fellow in the Theoretical Astrophysics research group at the Institute of Physics and... more
On the site of the future forest garden in Britz.

A Fertile Place – Three forest gardens are being created in Berlin-Britz and Kassel

The future of humankind lies in the city. Today, 57% of the world’s population is already living in cities. By 2030, it is estimated that this number... more
Prof. Christian Bär

Geometry at Infinity – Mathematicians of the University of Potsdam are researching actually unimaginable things

Prof. Dr. Christian Bär holds the professorship for geometry at the University of Potsdam and investigates differential geometry and its neighboring... more
Artistic View of a white dwarf merger.

Rare Stellar Wedding – Astronomers find stars covered in helium burning ashes

Astronomers of the Universities of Potsdam and Tübingen discovered puzzling star surfaces covered with carbon and oxygen which might have formed in a... more
Short break and data recording in the Argentinean Puna, the second highest mountain plateau on earth and research site of the DFG Research Training Group “StRATEGy”.

A Trip through the Andes – Geoscientists on Excursion in Argentina

At the end of November 2021, PhD students from the international research training group “StRATEGy” and the dual PhD program of the DAAD-funded... more
A tributary in the Western Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Image Credit: Bodo Bookhagen

Climate change increases sediment flux in Asian high mountain regions

In recent decades, runoff or sediment input to rivers in the high mountains of Asia has increased sharply and will more than double by 2050. This is... more
Jolanda Hermanns and Bernd Schmidt. The photo is from Sandra Scholz.

Career Times Two – Dual Career Couples in Academia

Many academics have a partner who is just as well-trained as they are. However, these dual career couples can find it difficult to find two jobs in... more