Newsletter 2017

November 2017: New materials

November 2017: New materials

With natural resources in ever shorter supply, alternatives need to be found. German materials scientists are researching new materials that could serve as substitutes or make processes more efficient in future. Some innovations even have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people, for example by giving them access to clean drinking water. In this edition you can also read how a Turkish neuroscientist intends to reproduce language using IT, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out how personalised medicine may help us better in future. More November 2017: New materials

October 2017: Criminology

October 2017: Criminology

We all have a basic need to feel safe, yet there can be no one hundred percent protection against crime. Nonetheless, more knowledge about the nature of criminality could help prevent offences from being committed. Scientists in Germany are therefore studying crime in more detail and developing preventive strategies. In this edition you can also read why a French geophysicist has come to Germany to research the risks posed by earthquakes, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More October 2017: Criminology

September 2017: Shaping the Future

September 2017: Shaping the Future

City life is often colourful, loud and fascinating – and attracts more and more people. The populations of the world’s megacities will increase by more than a billion people in the next ten years. German city researchers are nevertheless optimistic: Their new digital technologies and management strategies promise more relaxation, safety, health and well-being in our cities. Find out about international pilot projects being implemented as part of the campaign “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). You can also read why a PhD in Germany is a really good idea, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More September 2017: Shaping the Future

August 2017: Life sciences

August 2017: Life sciences

Without the life sciences, innovations such as eco-friendly detergents, genetic fingerprinting and artificial insemination would be inconceivable. The life sciences emerged as the result of a shift in the biological disciplines – old subject boundaries became blurred and researchers from fields such as biotechnology, molecular biomedicine and engineering began cooperating increasingly on an interdisciplinary basis. Numerous scientists in Germany are working on some fascinating topics in the life sciences. In this edition, we present a number of their projects. You can also read why a materials scientist from the UK conducts her research in Germany, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More August 2017: Life sciences

July 2017: Mining

July 2017: Mining

Treasures lie buried underground all over the world. Silver, gold and platinum are probably the best-known, not to mention three of the most valuable. It is the job of the mining industry to retrieve them from the depths of the earth and bring them to the surface, but how can mining be made as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible in future? Which innovative technologies might be used to this end? Numerous researchers in Germany are exploring these and other questions. In this edition we present some exciting projects. You can also read why an Italian neurophysiologist conducts his research in Germany, find out how it is that our meals may come out of food printers in future, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More July 2017: Mining

June 2017: Nutrition research

June 2017: Nutrition research

Organic, detox, paleo and vegan are just four of many dietary trends. While people in industrialised countries are no longer content with merely satisfying their hunger, those in developing nations are plagued by quite different problems: How can I get enough to eat? How can I protect my child from malnutrition? Numerous researchers in Germany are exploring what could and should constitute a healthy and balanced diet, in both industrialised and developing countries. In this edition we present some exciting projects. You can also read why a couple from the USA decided to come and work in Germany, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More June 2017: Nutrition research

May 2017: Acoustics research

May 2017: Acoustics research

In operation 24 hours a day and constantly programmed to receive, our ears are really quite amazing – when they are working well. Many researchers in Germany are exploring ideas and solutions aimed at optimising our hearing. Some are actually teaching the deaf, and even computers, to hear. In this edition we present some exciting projects. You can also read why an award-winning South Korean molecular biologist is conducting her research in Germany, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find an answer to the fascinating question of why stars twinkle. More May 2017: Acoustics research

April 2017: The bioeconomy

April 2017: The bioeconomy

Nature is a treasure trove that contains an infinite number of natural resources. Bioeconomics is all about putting these resources to good use in industry and business with a view to making products more sustainable and efficient. Many researchers are working on ideas and solutions. In this edition we present a number of exciting projects. You can also read why a Greek business psychologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct her research, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More April 2017: The bioeconomy

March 2017: Robots for humans

March 2017: Robots for humans

Who wouldn’t appreciate a helping hand around the home from time to time? Thanks to the latest developments in robotics, we can be relieved of almost all domestic chores. In this edition we present some interesting robots. You can also read why an Iranian musicologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct his research, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find an answer to a question that no doubt interests us all: how can I appear as intelligent as possible? More March 2017: Robots for humans

February 2017: The sharing economy

February 2017: The sharing economy

Cars, music, flats, sofas: the number of things we are sharing is increasing all the time. What began as a trend in the IT industry has now evolved to become a new sector in its own right, the “sharing economy”. In this edition we present a number of exciting research projects in this area. You can also read why an Argentinian biotechnologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct her research, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More February 2017: The sharing economy

January 2017: Happiness research

January 2017: Happiness research

What would make me happy – or even happier? This is a question that many people ask themselves, especially when a new year is just beginning. Researchers in Germany are also exploring possible answers to this question. In this edition we present a number of exciting projects and their results. You can also read about how a bioengineer in Karlsruhe intends to improve cancer treatment, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out whether birds can sleep on the wing. More January 2017: Happiness research