On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam

The world is facing potentially unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic – in all areas. Researchers from the University of Potsdam want to contribute to a better understanding of the events and to overcoming the challenges ahead of us.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lucke. | Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

“I am enthusiastic about the open-mindedness with which digital media are being explored”

Computer scientist Ulrike Lucke on the possibilities offered by e-learning during the corona crisis. | Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

Vittoria Sposini and Samudrajit Thapa in Venice. | Photo: Dr. Fereydoon Taheri

In My Little Chamber

The Difficult Task of Writing a Doctoral Thesis During the Corona Crisis. | Photo: Dr. Fereydoon Taheri

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Only heroic lone wolves are currently able to exercise, and that includes University of Potsdam members. | Photo: Thomas Roese

First online, then with limited contact

Potsdam’s university sports in times of corona. | Photo: Thomas Roese

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Corona pandemic. Symbolic. | Photo: AdobeStock/JLO_FOTO

Calculating the corona pandemic

Potsdam researchers develop modeling approach allowing for regional prognoses of infection development. | Photo: AdobeStock/JLO_FOTO

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Cyclist. | Photo: Fotolia/Miredi

Good for body and soul

International study on sports and exercise in times of crisis. | Photo: Fotolia/Miredi

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The big reading room in the Information, Communication and Media Center (IKMZ) in Golm is currently deserted. However, university members can still access many books and other media from home. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Access to sealed treasure chambers

How the University Library supplies its users with resources despite the closure. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

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Prof. Dr. Dirk Richter during a seminar including a “virtual classroom”. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“Currently, we are only marginally making use of digital media”

Prof. Dr. Dirk Richter on the possibilities of conveying knowledge and skills online. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Musil, Vice President for Teaching and Studies. | Photo: Karla Fritze

Fast tracking digitalization

Online teaching in times of corona. | Photo: Karla Fritze

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Symbolic Photo. | Photo: AdobeStock/NicoElNino

“Without ifs, ands, or buts”

What needs to be done and what needs to change to effectively contain pandemics. | Photo: AdobeStock/NicoElNino

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Prof. Dr. Fabian Schuppert | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“We should offer the best protection to the most vulnerable members of our society”

How our society is changed by the corona pandemic and how it should be changed by it. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

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University President – and current crisis manager – Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. | Photo: Karla Fritze

„Responding calmly to the unfamiliar circumstances“

University President Prof. Oliver Günther on crisis management during the corona pandemic. | Photo: Karla Fritze

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The WESOLATE app | Photo: WESOLATE

(Not) alone together

University of Potsdam students develop “WESOLATE“ app offering a certain degree of being social from a distance. | Photo: WESOLATE

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The corona pandemic has already become a global economic crisis. | Photo: AdobeStock/OSORIOartist

Getting out of the crisis

Prof. Dr. Maik Heinemann on the economic effects of the corona pandemic. | Photo: AdobeStock/OSORIOartist

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Bank vole | Photo: Thomas Roese

Animal ecologists in the home office

What can be done when researchers cannot experiment? | Photo: Thomas Roese

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Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack in the laboratory. | Photo: Karla Fritze

"Each virus develops its own survival strategies"

Biochemist Prof. Katja Hanack on the difficulties involved in developing vaccines against viruses. | Photo: Karla Fritze

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Interview with Prof. Dr. Roland Verwiebe. | Photo: Kaya Neutzer

"People are called upon to support each other"

Social scientist Prof. Dr. Roland Verwiebe on the corona pandemic. | Photo: Kaya Neutzer

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Retreating into the privacy of one's home in times of the corona virus. | Photo: Pixabay/StockSnap

Loss of control and unpredictability

Prof. Dr. Barbara Krahé on the psychosocial consequences of the corona pandemic. | Photo: Pixabay/StockSnap

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