Newsletter: August 2017

How can we combat life-threatening bacteria? Will “living” implants be able to replace damaged blood vessels in future? The answers can be found in the life sciences, which explore fundamental questions of life, often in the areas of health and biodiversity. Not only humans but also animals and plants are examined – from their tiniest constituent parts to the whole organisms and their interactions. Such interdisciplinary research also requires sophisticated technology, which is why research institutions team up and work together. 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.

IN FOCUS: Life sciences

Bacteria killers from the nano factory

Bacteria like to form colonies on door handles
Bacteria like to form colonies on door handles.

Nobody wants to become infected with a dangerous pathogen. Two scientists from Konstanz are therefore developing a tiny weapon that is designed to protect surfaces – of hospital instruments for example – against germs. 



Current Calls

Emmy Noether Programme

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emmy noether Logo

The Emmy Noether Programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) enables young researchers to run their own research group – an excellent way of gaining experience and qualifications on their way to a professorship. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports postdocs wishing to pursue a research project at a research institution in Germany. Applications can be submitted at any time.