When did you last share something? Even if you now have to think back a little, you are bound to have lent someone a tool, a bike or a car at some point – and therefore shared it with others. The culture of sharing is becoming increasingly popular in many countries around the world. What began as a trend in the IT industry has now evolved to become a new sector in its own right, the “sharing economy”. How might this sector develop in the future? Are there any moral limits to sharing? Who does the trend benefit most – us or the economy? Many researchers in Germany are looking into questions such as these. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. 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.