Newsletter 2016

December 2016: Bionics

December 2016: Bionics

Mother Nature is certainly ingenious, and has given animals and plants some extraordinary capabilities. Some animals for instance can move in a highly energy-efficient manner and can find their way and communicate even under adverse conditions. We humans can profit from this, the lotus effect being just one of many prominent examples from the field of bionic research. Many researchers in Germany are applying concepts found in nature to other areas. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read about how an Italian computer scientist in Germany intends to make robots more intelligent, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More December 2016: Bionics

November 2016: Research for the sake of our cultural memory

November 2016: Research for the sake of our cultural memory

Epitomising the history of a country or culture and attracting tourists in their droves, cultural treasures and monuments have a particular appeal and are in need of protection. Many researchers in Germany are suggesting ways in which to preserve this cultural heritage. In this edition we present a number of 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. More November 2016: Research for the sake of our cultural memory

October 2016: Peace and conflict research

October 2016: Peace and conflict research

Numerous conflicts around the world continue even today to be resolved by force of arms. Peace research has always been an important academic discipline – and still is in view of the current global political situation. Many researchers in Germany are investigating how to identify the causes of conflicts at the earliest possible stage, how to prevent them being resolved violently and how to put political regulations in place. In this edition we present a number of exciting projects. You can also read about the impressive career that took a young man from Britain to Germany, first on a scholarship and now as a fully-fledged researcher, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More October 2016: Peace and conflict research

September 2016: Researching the oceans and seas

September 2016: Researching the oceans and seas

1.3 billion cubic kilometres of water – that is the approximate volume of the world’s three oceans. But how can our planet’s largest natural habitat be protected against environmental disasters and the consequences of climate change? You can also read why a young mathematician is so enthusiastic about researching in Germany, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out how fat can help us lose weight. More September 2016: Researching the oceans and seas

August 2016: Researching light

August 2016: Researching light

We take it for granted in our everyday lives – and yet it is a miracle. Without light the Earth would be uninhabitable and life unthinkable. Researchers in Germany are investigating the phenomenon that is light, its origins and the possibilities it offers. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why a young physicist is so enthusiastic about doing a PhD in Germany, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month. More August 2016: Researching light

July 2016: Researching earthquakes and volcanoes

July 2016: Researching earthquakes and volcanoes

Serious earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently have devastating consequences. Researchers in Germany are working on ways to better predict the risks. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why a young biophysicist is so enthusiastic about doing a PhD in Germany, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out what the air we exhale can tell us about cinema films. More July 2016: Researching earthquakes and volcanoes

June 2016: Water – the most precious commodity

June 2016: Water – the most precious commodity

No water – no life. A simple enough equation. But climate change is having an increasingly serious impact on our water supply. Numerous researchers in Germany are developing solutions to this worldwide problem. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read what brings a young woman studying for a master’s degree in Algeria to Germany time and time again, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out why we laugh. More June 2016: Water – the most precious commodity

May 2016: Inside our brain – the latest from brain research

May 2016: Inside our brain – the latest from brain research

Our brain is able to outperform even the world’s fastest computers. It is an absolute marvel. Even after decades of research, however, it is not yet quite clear how exactly it works. Numerous scientists in Germany are researching the complexities of this key human organ. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects in this field. You can also read why a young mechanical engineer from Tunisia is so enthusiastic about doing her PhD in Germany, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out how salt gets into the sea. More May 2016: Inside our brain – the latest from brain research

April 2016: Personalized medicine

April 2016: Personalized medicine

Cancer, chronic intestinal diseases, haemophilia – diagnoses such as these often mean long years of suffering for the patient concerned. Many drugs could be more effective if they were tailored individually to the person with the disease. Numerous researchers in Germany are working on such personalized forms of therapy. You can also read our interview with a young Buddhism researcher from Israel, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month: would you ever have imagined that there are around 31,000 collaborations between German universities and international partners alone? More April 2016: Personalized medicine

March 2016: Home, smart home

March 2016: Home, smart home

Technology will make our home lives more comfortable and safe. In this edition we present scientists in Germany who are conducting research into “smart homes”. You can also read our interview with the winner of the 2015 Deutscher Zukunftspreis, learn about current funding programmes and discover why a tiny fresh water organism is spared the ageing process. More March 2016: Home, smart home

February 2016: The working world of the future

February 2016: The working world of the future

Work accounts for a major part of our lives, which is just one reason why it is important for us to feel happy in our jobs. But what exactly will work be like in the future? In this edition we present scientists in Germany who are researching the subject of “work in the future”. You can also learn about current funding programmes and discover when we can finally expect robots to do the housework for us. More February 2016: The working world of the future

January 2016: Automated driving

January 2016: Automated driving

Fewer accidents, fewer traffic jams: automated driving offers many advantages – and from a technological point of view is not far from becoming a reality. In this edition we present scientists in Germany who are researching automated driving and working on exciting projects. You can also learn about current funding programmes and discover why a handful of people in Papua New Guinea and Australia speak German in their everyday lives. More January 2016: Automated driving