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.

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: Karla Fritze

Researchers from all over the world work at the University of Potsdam. In the corona crisis, the support of the Welcome Center has become more important than ever for them. | Photo: Karla Fritze

“There is a great need to talk”

How the Welcome Center supports researchers from all over the world during the corona crisis. | Photo: Karla Fritze

The Chancellor of the University of Potsdam, Karsten Gerlof. | Photo: Karla Fritze

What’s next?

University Chancellor Karsten Gerlof about the current corona phase and slow steps towards normalization. | Photo: Karla Fritze

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

Cyclist. | Photo: Fotolia/Miredi

Good for body and soul

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

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann at the Griebnitzsee campus. | Photo: Karla Fritze

Suddenly digital

Why Germany is now re-inventing its administration | Photo: Karla Fritze

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

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

Prof. Dr. Urs Granacher | Photo: Karla Fritze

Sports during the Corona Crisis

Training scientist Urs Granacher on the right way to exercise for everybody, even without competitions, gyms or physical education classes. | Photo: Fritze

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

Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmermann (left) and adjunct Prof. Dr. Norman Weiß | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Law in a state of emergency

How the corona crisis affects human rights | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

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

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

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

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

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


(Not) alone together

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

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

Bank vole | Photo: Thomas Roese

Animal ecologists in the home office

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

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

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

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