Newsletter: March 2017

How wonderful it would be to come home after a long day at work – and find everything clean and tidy. Though this may sound like a dream, it could soon be a reality: many researchers in Germany are working on robots that will relieve us of chores in our everyday lives. They could also be of assistance in areas such as care for the disabled and elderly, solving some really key problems in our ageing societies. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why an Iranian musicologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct his research, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find an answer to a question that no doubt interests us all: how can I appear as intelligent as possible?

IN FOCUS: Robots for humans

How robots are making our lives easier

How robots are making our lives easier

Long used in industry, robots are now coming into our homes and relieving us of some tedious domestic chores. Many researchers in Germany are working on everyday robotics, and some of their projects are quite revolutionary. More How robots are making our lives easier

A rehabilitating robot

A rehabilitating robot

A robot helping stroke patients to learn to walk again may sound a bit like science fiction. But in fact it may soon solve an urgent problem in ageing societies. More A rehabilitating robot

CAREER & FUNDING

Research opportunities for international musicologists

Research opportunities for international musicologists

As a result of his PhD at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the musicologist Dr Keivan Aghamohseni has also initiated a successful German-Iranian research project. In our interview, he told us what fascinates him about his scientific work, and why he conducts his research in Germany. More Research opportunities for international musicologists

Current Calls

International PhD scholarships from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

International PhD scholarships from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Through its international PhD scholarships, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation supports young international researchers wishing to undertake a PhD or spend a period of time researching in Germany. More International PhD scholarships from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)

Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)

The DAAD gives postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to combine a job in Germany with a period of research in another country. What is special about this programme is that it provides jobs, not scholarships. The closing date for applications is 15 May 2017. More Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)

PhD scholarships from the Wüstenrot Stiftung

PhD scholarships from the Wüstenrot Stiftung

The Wüstenrot Stiftung provides funding for young researchers in various disciplines who are involved in cultural heritage preservation relating to post-war modernism. The next closing date for applications is 1 May 2017. More PhD scholarships from the Wüstenrot Stiftung

Berlin Science Communication Award

Berlin Science Communication Award

You are an international science communicator from Brazil, Singapore and the USA? Apply now for the Berlin Science Communication Award and be part of the Journalist-in-Residence Programme at the science hub of Berlin. More Berlin Science Communication Award

NUMBER OF THE MONTH

200 nanometres

200 nanometres

That is how tiny bacteriophages are – yet the hopes resting on them are huge. They are able to destroy even multi-drug resistant bacteria. In Germany they are being intensively researched. More 200 nanometres

JUST ASKING...

Dr Beck, what actually is intelligence?

Dr Beck, what actually is intelligence?

No doubt we have all asked ourselves this question at one time or another: what does it actually mean to be intelligent, and can we make ourselves more intelligent? A neuroscientist, Dr Henning Beck has a fascinating answer to this question. More Dr Beck, what actually is intelligence?

UPCOMING EVENT

"Research in Germany" – at the "Trained in GermanY - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - Virtual Career Fair", 2 March 2017, 11am-5pm (EET), online

"Research in Germany" – at the "Trained in GermanY - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - Virtual Career Fair", 2 March 2017, 11am-5pm (EET), online

Join the „Research in Germany“-Team on 2nd of March 2017 online. This event is the best opportunity for students, graduates and professionals to learn about the many choices of an academic career (doctoral, junior researcher, postdoctoral, visiting scientist amongst others) in Germany. More "Research in Germany" – at the "Trained in GermanY - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - Virtual Career Fair", 2 March 2017, 11am-5pm (EET), online