Many cultural treasures around the world are at risk and need to be protected against wanton destruction, unauthorised archaeological digging, abuse or wear and tear. After all, they epitomise the history of a country or culture and attract tourists in their droves. So how can such cultural assets be protected before it is too late? How can innovative digitisation techniques help us to save our cultural heritage? How can manuscripts be preserved virtually? Researchers in Germany are exploring these questions with exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why Germany offers very good opportunities for research in niche subjects, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out how long it will be until we can print out replacement organs.