Newsletter: January 2017

Fortune cookies, fireworks at midnight, twelve grapes, mandarins in the sea: people all over the world have different traditions when it comes to celebrating the new year. But one thing they promise above all is happiness in the year to come. These customs aside, there are scientifically proven factors that determine whether we are happy. So what precisely is the formula for happiness? Is happiness perhaps also a question of our genes? Researchers in Germany are studying the phenomenon of happiness, and attempting to answer a question which no doubt interests us all: what would make me happy – or even happier? 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.

IN FOCUS: Happiness research

What is the formula for happiness?

What is the formula for happiness?

Everyone is looking for a formula for happiness, but hardly anyone manages to find one. In some fascinating projects, researchers in Germany have discovered what gives people all over the world life satisfaction. More What is the formula for happiness?

Why happiness is also genetic

Why happiness is also genetic

Happiness depends on many factors. An international team of researchers has now discovered that genes also play a role. The findings of German scientists were also taken into account in their work. More Why happiness is also genetic

CAREER & FUNDING

Research opportunities for international bioengineers

Research opportunities for international bioengineers

At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the bioengineer Gang Wang is researching a technique that plays a very important role in areas such as the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In our interview, he told us what fascinates him about his scientific work, and why he conducts his research in Karlsruhe. More Research opportunities for international bioengineers

Current Calls

Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

Through a fellowship programme, the Leibniz Association and the DAAD enable outstanding postdocs from all over the world to spend a year in Germany pursuing research at Leibniz institutions. The next round of applications begins on 9 January 2017. More Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

German Chancellor Fellowship

German Chancellor Fellowship

Through its German Chancellor Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports prospective leaders wishing to spend a year in Germany seeking new answers to global questions. The next round of applications begins on 15 March 2017. More German Chancellor Fellowship

Participation in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017

Participation in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum offers selected young mathematicians and computer scientists the opportunity to meet the leading scientists in their fields. The closing date for applications to the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum is 14 February 2017. More Participation in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017

NUMBER OF THE MONTH

27,000 flashes per second

27,000 flashes per second

Is that really possible? A gigantic new X-ray laser in Hamburg is indeed capable of achieving this unbelievably high number. Named the European XFEL, the device will give scientists unique insights into the microcosm and contribute to major advances in medical drug research. More 27,000 flashes per second

JUST ASKING...

Dr Rattenborg, can birds sleep on the wing?

Dr Rattenborg, can birds sleep on the wing?

Some birds spend weeks flying through the air – without ever landing. Do they need no sleep at all, or do they sleep on the wing? A team of researchers headed by Dr Niels Rattenborg from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology investigated this question. In our interview, the ornithologist tells us more about his work. More Dr Rattenborg, can birds sleep on the wing?

UPCOMING EVENT

Launch of the current BMBF campaign focusing on smart cities

Launch of the current BMBF campaign focusing on smart cities

The event “Working Together for the City of the Future” on February 9, 2017 in Berlin marks the start of the latest international BMBF campaign “Shaping the future – Building the City of Tomorrow”. More Launch of the current BMBF campaign focusing on smart cities