Newsletter: May 2017

The gentle swooshing of the sea, the ear-splitting din made by aircraft engines, voices chatting, the sound of string instruments: we perceive different sounds in all kinds of different ways. How can our hearing be optimised? How can ambient noise be reduced so that it disturbs us less? And how can technical systems learn to hear as well as our ears can? Many researchers in Germany are exploring ideas and solutions. In this edition we present some exciting projects. You can also read why an award-winning South Korean molecular biologist is conducting her research in Germany, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find an answer to the fascinating question of why stars twinkle.

IN FOCUS: Acoustics research

How human lives are saved by computers that can hear

acoustic emergency call systems can save lives
When the telephone is simply out of reach: acoustic emergency call systems can save lives

Imagine your lights could be switched on at the sound of your voice, or that an emergency system would automatically respond to your call for help. Fraunhofer researchers are working on such acoustic systems. 



Current Calls

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Through its Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports promising young researchers from abroad. Applications can be submitted until 31 July 2017.


Add-on fellowships from the Joachim Herz Stiftung

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The Joachim Herz Stiftung supports doctoral candidates and postdocs in the natural and economic sciences who wish to pursue international and interdisciplinary work. The closing date for applications is 4 July 2017.