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Area studies

Globalisation is bringing us closer together, yet at the same time it is revealing just how little we actually know about many of the world's regions. So it comes as no surprise that there is growing demand for the expertise of area studies researchers. You can also read in this edition about a social anthropologist who is studying concepts of care in Asia, find out what influence personalised Facebook content has on us, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.

Newsletter: April 2019

Green Talents Competition 2019

The "Green Talents Award" supports young international researchers with innovative green ideas and gives them access to Germany’s sustainability research elite. Applications can be submitted from 8 April until 22 May 2019.

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Researching the political participation of women in Kenya

Kenya's new constitution has given rise to much hope. Whether it will also increase the political participation of women is something Shillah Memusi is researching at the BIGSAS graduate school in Bayreuth.


PhD scholarships from the German Federal Environmental Foundation

The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) supports doctoral students who are working on sustainable solutions to current environmental problems. The closing date for applications is 15 June 2019.


Professor Schweiger, what influence does personalised Facebook content have on users and society?

Many online platforms – be they Facebook, Twitter or Google – have one thing in common: they primarily show users news content that reflects their personal interests and attitudes. Communication scientist Wolfgang Schweiger explores how social media are changing the way opinions are formed.


Number of the month: 5 years

That's how long Alexander von Humboldt's American expedition lasted. During this time, the German natural scientist became one of the most important thought leaders of the modern era.