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New Marie Curie Network in economics

Published 9. Mai 2016
Bielefeld University to coordinate the ExSIDE programme; six nations participating  

With roughly 3.8 million Euros over the next four years, the European Commission is funding a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network in the field of economics at Bielefeld University. The topic: How do expectations come about and what role do they play in economic decisions and economic policymaking? An example: I’ve been offered a job, but it does not pay that well. Should I take the job anyway? Or do I expect to find a job elsewhere that will pay better? The name of the programme ExSIDE stands for ‘Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics’.
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A Search Engine for Arguments

Published 9. Mai 2016
Bielefeld University leading new priority program in cooperation with universities from Bremen Duisburg-Essen, Leipzig, and Weimar  

Discussions on the Internet are hard to analyze, whether it is controversy over the trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Treaty and Investment Partnership between Europe and the United States), or the debate on refugees. These conversations sometimes take place over the course of years, and millions of participants may have their say. A new priority program funded by the German Research Foundation is working to shed light on this problem: starting in 2017, researchers from across Germany will work on a search engine for arguments. These technical systems will be designed to analyze, for instance, how groups such as PEGIDA, the far right, anti-Islamic movement, or anti-globalization activists, argue in online discussions. Bielefeld University is leading the program “Ratio” in cooperation with the Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Leipzig University, and the Bauhaus University Weimar.[Weiterlesen]
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Humboldt Professorship awarded: ‘Excellent mathematician’ coming to Bielefeld

Published 6. Mai 2016
William Crawley-Boevey will be doing research at the university for five years 
 
The 2016 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – the most highly endowed research award in Germany – was awarded yesterday (03.05.2016) in Berlin, and Bielefeld University was present. The mathematician Professor Dr. William Crawley-Boevey, one of a total of six award winners, will start carrying out research at Bielefeld University in October. He will be moving to Bielefeld from the University of Leeds in Great Britain. The Humboldt Professorship is endowed with 3.5 million Euros over five years for theoretical scientists such as Crawley-Boevey.
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Doing research in the home of Luhmann

Published 27. April 2016
Argentinian sociologist as Georg Forster Fellow at Bielefeld University

The Argentinian academic Dr. Santiago Gabriel Calise is spending two years carrying out research at Bielefeld University with the help of a Georg Forster research scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. From February 2016 to January 2018, he will be specializing in the sociology of law and the sociology of regulation at the Faculty of Sociology. More specifically, he is studying how Luhmann’s systems theory can be used to characterize the social structure of Latin America.[Weiterlesen]
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“The countries taking in migrants invariably benefit”

Published 21. April 2016
Migration researcher Thomas Faist in research_tv interview

Migration poses challenges for nations, but it also opens up opportunities – especially in the migrants’ destination countries. “In the history of the Federal Republic up to now, migration has always been linked to a net benefit for German taxpayers and especially for German companies.” Expressed in figures for the year 2012: the average migrant paid 3,300 Euro more in taxes than their immigration cost the state. Sociologist Thomas Faist conducts research at Bielefeld University on how international migration affects education and the labour market. In his interview with “research_tv” at Bielefeld University, he speaks about the causes of migration, the challenges it creates, and the impact of where people live on their opportunities in life[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University Ranks among the World's Best Young Universities

Published 11. April 2016
23rd place in the international Times Higher Education Ranking   

For the fifth time in succession, Bielefeld University has been rated among the world's best young universities. The East Westphalian university takes 23rd place in the “THE 150 Under 50” ranking, which was published on Wednesday evening (6/4/2016). This is its best ranking ever and a huge improvement over last year’s 57th place. Since 2012, the “Times Higher Education” (THE), a British magazine for higher education, has been comparing the world’s leading universities founded less than 50 years ago.[Weiterlesen]
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How the Index Finger Can Be Fooled

Published 8. April 2016
Cognitive scientists at CITEC discover new perceptual illusion 

Fingers are a human’s most important tactile sensors, but they do not always sense accurately and can even be deceived. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) demonstrated this in a new study in which they ‘outwit’ human perception. Test subjects placed their index finger in an apparatus and touched an object whose softness changed at random without the person noticing. While touching the object, the test subjects were under the illusion that it was the position of their finger that changed, not the softness of the object. The curious thing here was that the test subjects felt an “illusory” finger displacement, much larger in extent than the actual, “real” displacement. The researchers published their findings this Thursday, 7 April in the scientific journal “Current Biology.”[Weiterlesen]
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Developing better drugs for asthma and high blood pressure

Published 24. März 2016
Volkswagen Foundation funding international research team headed by Bielefeld University  

If a patient is ill and takes drugs for that illness, these drugs often lead to further illnesses and complications. This affects millions of people throughout the world. An international research team from Bielefeld University, universities in Novosibirsk (Russia) and Tomsk (Russia), and from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kiev are studying how to prevent this problem. Starting in May, the Volkswagen Foundation will be funding this cooperation with about 235,000 Euro for the next two years. The project will be coordinated at Bielefeld University by Professor Dr. Ralf Hofestädt from the Faculty of Technology.[Weiterlesen]
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New open source software for high resolution microscopy

Published 23. März 2016
Bielefeld physicists report their new development in Nature Communications

With their special microscopes, experimental physicists can already observe single molecules. However, unlike conventional light microscopes, the raw image data from some ultra-high resolution instruments first have to be processed for an image to appear. For the ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy that is also employed in biophysical research at Bielefeld University, members of the Biomolecular Photonics Group have developed a new open source software solution that can process such raw data quickly and efficiently. The Bielefeld physicist Dr. Marcel Müller reports on this new open source software in the latest issue of Nature Communications published on 21 March.[Weiterlesen]
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Educational interests and labour market qualifications of refugees

Published 4. März 2016
First-ever survey in Germany at Bielefeld University  

It is frequently reported that many of the refugees coming to Germany are well educated. This is not only an opportunity for industry but also for the universities. However, up to now and based on currently available information, there still seems to be no comprehensive database on the level of education and the educational interests of refugees anywhere in Germany. The situation is similar for the labour market. Both could lead to a great loss of human potential. This is why the Bielefeld 2000plus Intercultural Work Group at Bielefeld University has launched a survey to gather data on the topic.[Weiterlesen]
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