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Royal Order of Merit for Bielefeld Mathematician

Published 1. September 2014
Professor Dr. Friedrich Götze is decorated in the Netherlands

Last Wednesday (27.08.2014) Professor Dr. Friedrich Götze from Bielefeld University was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The mathematician received this honour from the King of the Netherlands for his commitment to building up the European research institute ‘Eurandom’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The main focus of work at the institute is on research in the stochastic sciences and their applications. In his laudation, Rob van Gijzel, the Mayor of Eindhoven, praised Götze’s contribution to transnational research in the stochastic sciences as a member of the Institute’s Scientific Council.[Weiterlesen]
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Nationwide Study on Football Fans in the Stadium

Published 18. August 2014

Bielefeld University launches online survey

How do football fans show their love for their club? Researchers at the Institute for In-terdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University are trying to find that out. The Institute’s new nationwide project called “Bielefeld football fans survey” (BiFans), led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick, investigates fan cultures and how fans identify with football clubs from the First to Third German Leagues. For this study, the researchers are looking for football fans who attend stadium games played by teams in these Leagues to complete an online survey. The German Football League and the German Football Association are supporting the project, but it remains scientifically independent. The online survey is now open.[Weiterlesen]
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An intelligent apartment for life

Published 18. August 2014

Federal Ministry for Education and Research funds project of Bielefeld University and 13 regional partners

A new project, ‘KogniHome’, has been launched to develop a networked home that supports the health, quality of life and safety of families, people living alone and senior citizens. Fourteen project partners from Ostwestfalen-Lippe will be collaborating in the new regional innovation cluster ‘KogniHome’ over the next three years. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the project until 2017 with eight million Euros of funding. KogniHome is led by CITEC, the Cluster of Excellence at Bielefeld University. Further partners include white goods manufacturer Miele, the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation and the company Hella, Lippstadt. The total amount of funding, including contributions from these project partners, amounts to 11.3 million Euros.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University popular among international researchers

Published 12. August 2014
11th place in ranking by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Bielefeld University is high up in the 2014 Humboldt Rankings: In the overall ranking of German universities, Bielefeld University comes 11th out of 79. It is now number two in North Rhine-Westphalia behind Bonn University.
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Delegation from Beijing learns about the teutolab Chemistry

Published 12. August 2014
Bielefeld’s Science Festival GENIALE is the reason for the visit of a five-member delegation from Beijing, a city numbering 20 million inhabitants. They are representatives of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology (BAST), the biggest organisation for science and technology in Beijing. The high-ranking delegation visited Bielefeld University’s teutolab Chemistry on Friday (8 August). Professor Dr. Rudolf Herbers, who heads the teutolab, explained the aims and development of the hands-on science laboratory for children and young people and its meanwhile international satellites. Afterwards, the guests were able to see the experiments and talk with the pupils. The members of the delegation had brought a valuable gift with them: an invitation to the Science Festival in Beijing from 18 to 21 September.[Weiterlesen]
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University Canteen Moves to Building X

Published 8. August 2014
As of 21 July 2014, the new university canteen in Building X will offer expanded dining options with a reconceptualized style of serving

On Friday 18 July 2014, members of the university community dined at the canteen for the last time in almost 39 years. That following weekend, the canteen moved to its new location in Building X. On Monday, 21 July, the new canteen opened its doors to hungry students and staff. In addition to providing a wider selection of meal options, the new cafeteria offers a new style of serving in which guests can largely put their own meals together.[Weiterlesen]
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Five Summer School Programmes at Bielefeld University

Published 7. August 2014
300 students from around the world will spend their summers studying at Bielefeld University’s Summer School Programs

Various academic faculties and departments of Bielefeld University as well as the “it’s OWL” Cluster of Excellence are organizing summer school programmes for students and international researchers at the end of the term and during the semester break. Around 300 participants will take part in continuing education and exchange activities. The spectrum of topics offered ranges from mathematical economics to literary studies, all the way to intelligent technical systems. Additionally, summer language courses in German will also be offered to international students and doctoral researchers.[Weiterlesen]
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Genetic study shows major impact of climate change on Antarctic fur seals

Published 24. July 2014
Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring,* has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. Published in Nature this week, the findings show that the seals have significantly altered in accordance with changes in food availability that are associated with climate conditions. Despite a shift in the population towards ‘fitter’ individuals, this fitness is not passing down through generations, leaving the population in decline.[Weiterlesen]
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Developing a Distinct “Robot Culture”

Published 18. July 2014
Visiting Professor for Gender Studies Selma Šabanovic held public lectures at Bielefeld University

Depending on their cultural background, people react differently to a robot’s appearance. What this is implies for robot design was the topic of a lecture given by Social Informatics researcher Selma Šabanović, Ph.D., at Bielefeld University’s Center of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) on 14 July. In her talk, Dr. Šabanović presented her approach to designing robots whose functions can be understood independently of the user’s cultural background. Šabanović was invited by the CITEC Center of Excellence and is currently a Visiting Professor for Gender Studies at Bielefeld University. In another lecture, she examined the issue of how social robots can intensify gender stereotypes depending on whether they look “female” or “male.” This lecture was held on 16 July at Bielefeld University. Both lectures were open to the public. 
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From Risk-Taking by Banks to the Brain Drain

Published 8. July 2014

Meeting of the EDEEM international doctoral programme atBielefeld University / Award of first degrees

Around 30 doctoral students of the international EDEEM (“European Doctorate in Economics – Erasmus Mundus”) doctoral programme are coming together at Bielefeld University from Wednesday to Friday (9-11 July). At their Summer Meeting, the economists will be presenting the latest results of their research. The topics of the presentations range from risk-taking by banks to discrimination on the job market, and to the costs incurred by companies as a result of the brain drain, i.e. the resignation of talented employees. EDEEM is a doctoral programme in economics involving seven European universities. The programme is coordinated by Bielefeld University with Professor Dr Herbert Dawid as EDEEM coordinator.

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