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Opus magnum for Professor Dr. Véronique Zanetti

Published 2. October 2015
Philosopher at Bielefeld University awarded grant

Compromises – what are they and what are they good for? Over the next two years, Professor Dr. Véronique Zanetti will be able to engage in an intensive academic study of this topic. She has been selected by the Volkswagen Foundation for an ‘Opus magnum’ funding. This frees outstanding academics from their university duties for up to two years by financing a teaching substitute. This grants the candidate the necessary freedom to write a larger scholarly treatise. The Volkswagen Foundation provides up to 100,000 Euro per year. This year, it has granted nine ‘opera magna’.[Weiterlesen]
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The ethics of copying

Published 2. October 2015
Conference at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) marks the start of a new research group

Human life would be impossible to imagine without the copying of things or behaviours. Copying is essential for individual and social learning processes, cultural development, and economic success. Copying enables processes of democratization by providing access to cultural goods and relevant information. However, until well into the twentieth century, copying was the business or specialists. Nowadays, through the development and dissemination of digital data and communication media along with computerized production techniques, the copying of texts, images, video recordings, and audio recordings has become an everyday mass practice that is even performed automatically. Nonetheless, this has been an increase in conflicts over who may copy what. These are the topics of the new research group ‘The Ethics of Copying’ at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) that will start work with an opening conference from the 6th to the 9th of October.[Weiterlesen]
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Information for refugees who want to study

Published 29. September 2015
Refugees invited to Bielefeld University on the 30th of September   

On the 30th of September, Bielefeld University will be hosting an information event for refugees in the region of East Westphalia-Lippe. It will start at 4 p.m. in Room X-E1-203 in Building X. Refugees’ escorts and advisors are also cordially invited to attend.[Weiterlesen]
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Millions of Euros for teacher-training project

Published 29. September 2015
‘Bi-professional – Sei professionell!’

Bielefeld University’s proposals on the topics ‘critical and reflective practice orientation’, ‘learning through research during internships’, and ‘inclusion-sensitive diagnosis, support, and didactics’ have been approved for the programme ‘Quality Pact for Teaching. The funding programme by Germany’s federal and Land governments is providing a total of 500 million Euros from now until 2023 to improve study conditions and the quality of teaching in higher education through sustainable projects.
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Physicists find new explanation for key experiment

Published 23. September 2015
Researchers at Bielefeld University publish findings on spin caloritronics and are the first to apply measurement methods in the field

An experiment at Tohoku University (Japan) in 2008 laid the foundations for research on ‘spin caloritronics’ – a field that aims to develop more effective and energy-saving data processing in information technology. Since then, many new spincaloric effects have been studied, but the key experiment in Japan could not be replicated. Researchers at Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics have now found an explanation for this. They have published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. By applying a new measurement method available at major research facilities, they have also extended the experimental repertoire in spin caloritronics. These results can be found in the journal Physical Review Letters.  [Weiterlesen]
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Interactive Sonification of Hand Induced Water Flow of Elite Swimmers

Published 21. September 2015
Elite swimmers will attend a hands-on workshop at Bielefeld University, where they will train to optimize their swimming technique with sound

Bielefeld researchers are supporting swimmers to improve their performance by listening to the flow due to self-induced actions in the water. At a hands-on workshop from 24-25 September 2015, organizers Dr. Bodo E. Ungerechts, Dr. Thomas Hermann, and Dr. Daniel Cesarini will introduce for the first time an experiment on how elite swimmers can interactively use sound effects based on displaced water flow. During the practical component, which will executed at Bielefeld University’s pool, the researchers will examine how Germany’s Elite swimmers from the year 2015 individually generate their propulsion in water. These swimmers are currently preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games. Following this, the findings will be evaluated and the latest research results will be presented. The research team is funded by the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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Targeting cancer

Published 15. September 2015
Researchers from all over the world meeting in Bielefeld

The fight against cancer with chemotherapy frequently has many unwanted and severe side effects such as hair loss, nausea, and vomiting. Medicines that fight cancer are poisons; they don’t just attack and damage the tumour, but all other cells as well. Internationally renowned scientists engaged in academic and industrial research will be meeting in Bielefeld between the 20th and 23rd of September. At the 5th International CeBiTec Research Conference ‘Drug Conjugates for Directed Therapy’, they want to discuss strategies with which these side effects may be circumvented.[Weiterlesen]
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Opening a window into the universe from Norderstedt

Published 9. September 2015
Researchers from Bielefeld and Hamburg inaugurate part of the largest radio telescope in the world

People have always been fascinated by the universe. The largest digital radio telescope, LOFAR, is now opening up a window. Stars, planets, and galaxies emit radio waves that can be many millions of years old. The signals received by each individual station are processed by a computer and assembled into an image of the heavens. Researchers at Bielefeld University and Universität Hamburg have set up the station together with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy ASTRON. Today (09.09.2015) the 47th station of the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is being officially inaugurated in Norderstedt.[Weiterlesen]
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DFG-Förderatlas: Outstanding results for Bielefeld University

Published 8. September 2015

Excellent in mathematics, sociology, and computer science

Relative to their colleagues at the strongest research universities in Germany, researchers at Bielefeld University have been particularly successful in applying for third-party funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). This finding comes from the 2015 DFG-Förderatlas [funding atlas] published today (03.09.2015). The atlas collates DFG grants to universities for the years 2011 to 2013.[Weiterlesen]
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Hot electrons point the way to perfect light absorption

Published 31. August 2015
Physicists study how to achieve perfect absorption of light with the help of rough ultrathin films

Light-absorbing films can be found in many everyday applications such as solar cells or sensors. They are used to convert light into electrical current or heat. The films literally trap the light. Although such absorber films are applied widely, scientists still do not know which mechanism permits the most efficient absorption of light. A team of physicists at Bielefeld University, the University of Kaiserslautern, and the University of Würzburg have now proved that the very efficient scattering of light in ultrathin rough films traps light until it is absorbed completely. The researchers are now publishing their findings in the journal Nature Photonics. This research can help to make thin absorber films even more efficient and thereby save energy.[Weiterlesen]
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