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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
Neckargmünd under water

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