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

The sound of noise

The sound of noise

Music, car engines, ocean waves, aeroplanes – sound is produced by all kinds of things. We perceive some sounds as annoying and others as calming. Acoustics research is thus a broad-ranging field. Many scientists in Germany are engaged in research in this area. More The sound of noise

How human lives are saved by computers that can hear

How human lives are saved by computers that can hear

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. More How human lives are saved by computers that can hear

CAREER & FUNDING

Research opportunities for international molecular biologists

Research opportunities for international molecular biologists

Dr Hyun Kate Lee from South Korea is researching neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s in Dresden. She was recently awarded an international prize for her work. In our interview, she told us what she appreciates about her scientific work, and why she chose to do her research in Germany. More Research opportunities for international molecular biologists

Current Calls

PhD fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

PhD fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Through its PhD fellowships, the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds supports outstanding young scientists engaged in basic biomedical research. The next closing date for applications is 1 June 2017. More PhD fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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. More Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Add-on fellowships from the Joachim Herz Stiftung

Add-on fellowships from the Joachim Herz Stiftung

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. More Add-on fellowships from the Joachim Herz Stiftung

NUMBER OF THE MONTH

2,681 years

2,681 years

That is how old the statue of King Psammetich I is. Fragments of the statue were recently recovered from a muddy landfill site in Cairo by a team of German and Egyptian archaeologists. More 2,681 years

JUST ASKING...

Professor Henning, why do stars twinkle?

Professor Henning, why do stars twinkle?

Stars often twinkle brightly in the sky on mild and clear nights. But how does this phenomenon actually come about? The astrophysicist Professor Thomas K. Henning has a fascinating answer to this question. More Professor Henning, why do stars twinkle?

UPCOMING EVENTS

Information Session "Research in Germany" at Universitas Surabaya

Information Session "Research in Germany" at Universitas Surabaya

Interested in doing a PhD or Post-Doc in Germany? Looking for an appropriate programme and funding opportunities? Ready to take the next step in your career? Join us and visit the “Research in Germany”-Team at our information seminar. More Information Session "Research in Germany" at Universitas Surabaya

3rd Workshop for Research Alumni Advisors

3rd Workshop for Research Alumni Advisors

Research alumni can be of great assistance to their host institutions in Germany as multipliers, advisors and points of contact abroad on matters relating to internationalisation. More 3rd Workshop for Research Alumni Advisors

Information Session "Research in Germany" in Singapore

Information Session "Research in Germany" in Singapore

Interested in doing a PhD or Post-Doc in Germany? Looking for an appropriate programme and funding opportunities? Ready to take the next step in your career? Join us and visit the “Research in Germany”-Team at our information seminar. More Information Session "Research in Germany" in Singapore

Information Session "Research in Germany" in Toronto, Canada

Information Session "Research in Germany" in Toronto, Canada

Interested in conducting research in Germany? Or are doctoral studies or a postdoctoral fellowship in your future? If you answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions, join us at this information session geared to giving scholars in the social sciences and humanities details on the opportunities open to them on the German Research landscape. More Information Session "Research in Germany" in Toronto, Canada

"Humanities – what’s next?" – Research Alumni Meeting of Freie Universität Berlin

"Humanities – what’s next?" – Research Alumni Meeting of Freie Universität Berlin

This conference will bring together research alumni and scientists of Freie Universität Berlin from the humanities and social sciences to discuss current changes, challenges and perspectives of their disciplines in the light of growing globalisation and economisation. Participation by invitation only. More "Humanities – what’s next?" – Research Alumni Meeting of Freie Universität Berlin