Research in Germany

Germany is a top destination for PhD students, postdocs, and senior scientists. The website "Research in Germany" helps you to find your way to Germany, to seek for PhD positions, research jobs or funding opportunities. It describes the German research landscape and helps you plan your career and life in Germany. Welcome to Germany - the Land of Ideas!

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Why Germany

There are many good reasons for doing research in  Germany. It is one of the most innovative, stable and well endowed  research nations  and its universities and research institutions are among the best in the world. Values like freedom and diversity as well as social and ecological responsibility are considered important to ensure knowledge gain and societal progress.

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Here you will find a selection of the latest R&D news from German universities, non-university research institutes and industrial research facilities.

Overcrowding increases tree mortality, perhaps explaining higher biodiversity in tropical forests

When a tree is surrounded by many similar individuals, its mortality increases, which is probably caused by specialised pathogens or herbivores. This effect occurs in forests all over the world, but is more pronounced in rare tropical tree species, which could contribute to the astonishing tree species diversity of tropical forests. This was discovered by a team of 52 scientists led by Lisa Hülsmann, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis and Simulation at the University of Bayreuth, and Florian Hartig, Professor of Theoretical Ecology at the University of Regensburg. Their results have now been published in Nature.
Feb 28, 2024, 6:21:01 PM

Aorta recognised as an independent organ for the first time

The aorta, also known as the main artery, is now recognised as an independent human organ. This has now been established in the guidelines for aortic surgical treatments of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The guidelines were published simultaneously on 26 February 2024. They were developed by international experts under the leadership of Prof Dr Martin Czerny from the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. The new classification of the aorta as an organ has far-reaching consequences, from the division of medical specialities to specific patient care.
Feb 28, 2024, 2:08:54 PM

New study about sustainable urban mobility in Berlin and 18 further European cities

Climate-friendly urban planning should reduce car traffic through more residential development in the city center
Feb 28, 2024, 12:26:36 PM

Bayreuth researchers develop a more precise carbon footprint

A study has been carried out at the University of Bayreuth that shows a way to measure the CO2 footprint of companies more accurately. The results of this research can help commercial enterprises to drive forward CO2 savings in the right places. A white paper has now been published in collaboration with the DFGE - Institute for Energy and Ecology.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:17:09 PM

Prospects for battery recycling in Latin America

Reuse and recycling are core elements of a sustainable approach to used lithium-ion batteries in Latin America. This is essential to conserve valuable resources and avoid climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. The application of tried-and-proven best practices here would potentially avoid the disposal of up to two million tonnes of batteries as waste and enable up to 2.8 million tonnes to be recycled in the region by 2050.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:09:11 PM

Quantum films on plastic

A research team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Salerno in Italy has discovered that thin films of elemental bismuth exhibit the so-called non-linear Hall effect, which could be applied in technologies for the controlled use of terahertz high-frequency signals on electronic chips. Bismuth combines several advantageous properties not found in other systems to date, as the team reports in Nature Electronics (DOI: 10.1038/s41928-024-01118-y). Particularly: the quantum effect is observed at room temperature. The thin-layer films can be applied even on plastic substrates and could therefore be suitable for modern high-frequency technology applications.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:07:33 PM

Overcrowding increases tree mortality, perhaps explaining higher biodiversity in tropical forests

When a tree is surrounded by many similar individuals, its mortality increases, which is probably caused by specialised pathogens or herbivores. This effect occurs in forests all over the world, but is more pronounced in rare tropical tree species, which could contribute to the astonishing tree species diversity of tropical forests. This was discovered by a team of 52 scientists led by Lisa Hülsmann, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis and Simulation at the University of Bayreuth, and Florian Hartig, Professor of Theoretical Ecology at the University of Regensburg. Their results have now been published in Nature.
Feb 28, 2024, 6:21:01 PM

Aorta recognised as an independent organ for the first time

The aorta, also known as the main artery, is now recognised as an independent human organ. This has now been established in the guidelines for aortic surgical treatments of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The guidelines were published simultaneously on 26 February 2024. They were developed by international experts under the leadership of Prof Dr Martin Czerny from the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. The new classification of the aorta as an organ has far-reaching consequences, from the division of medical specialities to specific patient care.
Feb 28, 2024, 2:08:54 PM

New study about sustainable urban mobility in Berlin and 18 further European cities

Climate-friendly urban planning should reduce car traffic through more residential development in the city center
Feb 28, 2024, 12:26:36 PM

Bayreuth researchers develop a more precise carbon footprint

A study has been carried out at the University of Bayreuth that shows a way to measure the CO2 footprint of companies more accurately. The results of this research can help commercial enterprises to drive forward CO2 savings in the right places. A white paper has now been published in collaboration with the DFGE - Institute for Energy and Ecology.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:17:09 PM

Prospects for battery recycling in Latin America

Reuse and recycling are core elements of a sustainable approach to used lithium-ion batteries in Latin America. This is essential to conserve valuable resources and avoid climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. The application of tried-and-proven best practices here would potentially avoid the disposal of up to two million tonnes of batteries as waste and enable up to 2.8 million tonnes to be recycled in the region by 2050.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:09:11 PM

Quantum films on plastic

A research team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Salerno in Italy has discovered that thin films of elemental bismuth exhibit the so-called non-linear Hall effect, which could be applied in technologies for the controlled use of terahertz high-frequency signals on electronic chips. Bismuth combines several advantageous properties not found in other systems to date, as the team reports in Nature Electronics (DOI: 10.1038/s41928-024-01118-y). Particularly: the quantum effect is observed at room temperature. The thin-layer films can be applied even on plastic substrates and could therefore be suitable for modern high-frequency technology applications.
Feb 28, 2024, 12:07:33 PM
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