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How refugees live

Published on 20. Juli 2020
‘Refugees must be granted the same healthcare as the German population,’ says Oliver Razum, expert for public healthcare. Photo: Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller

The kind of accommodation given to refugees may impact on their health. But it is not just housing conditions that are important, says public health scientist Oliver Razum, it is also freedom of movement and being able to make one's own decisions. Excessive controls, in contrast, could turn the time spent in the host country into a torment and a health risk.  Oliver Razum repeatedly returns to one pivotal sentence: ‘Refugees must have the chance to shape their lives themselves.’ Any assistance that is ultimately a disempowerment is not really help at all: it paralyses and frustrates. The scientist also calls for refugees to be granted the same access to healthcare as the majority population. 

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International Research Training Group in mathematics extended

Published on 16. Juli 2020

German Research Foundation (DFG) approves five million euros in funding

Im Februar stand die Begutachtung des Graduiertenkollegs an. Sie stellten dabei die Arbeit des Kollegs vor (v.li.): Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf (Prorektor für Forschung der Universität Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Panki Kim  und Prof. Dr. Moritz Kaßmann (beide Sprecher des IRTG 2235) und Dr. Claudia Köhler, wissenschaftliche Koordinatorin des Kollegs. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
The International Research Training Group ‘Searching for the regular in the irregular: Analysis of singular and random systems’ (IRTG 2235) is being funded by the German Research Foundation for another four and a half years. The German Research Foundation is thus investing an additional five million euros in academic training and the exchange of doctoral students between Bielefeld University and Seoul National University.


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New method performs corona test ten times faster

Published on 13. Juli 2020

Researchers at Bielefeld University present accelerated procedure


Ob sich eine Person mit SARS-CoV-2 infiziert hat, lässt sich in Tests nachweisen. Das genetische Material wird dazu in einem Thermocycler vervielfältigt. Mit dem in der neuen Studie genutzten Thermocycler (Bild) sind pro Stunde rund 570 Auswertungen möglich. Foto: Universität Bielefeld/M.-D. Müller
Currently, it takes more than two hours to perform and evaluate a test for SARS-CoV-2—meaning that a laboratory can test only a very limited number of people per day. In a study with several cooperation partners, cell biologists at Bielefeld University have now developed a method that delivers results around ten times faster. ‘The test takes only about 16 minutes,’ says Professor Dr Christian Kaltschmidt from Bielefeld University’s cell biology research group. ‘The method is also cheaper than conventional tests.’


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What Europe means for research, study and work at university

Published on 2. Juli 2020
The question is answered by a researcher, a staff member and a student at the university

Innovative research and teaching in a network of six young European universities away from the big metropolises: With this vision, the university, together with five partner universities, is applying to become a "European university". What does Europe mean for research, studying and working at university? The question is answered by a researcher, a staff member and a student at the university. 
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8 Million Euro in Funding for Two New Doctoral Training Networks

Published on 12. Juni 2020
Bielefeld University coordinating programmes in computer science and economics

Der Informatiker Prof. Dr. Alexander Schönhuth koordiniert das Forschungsnetzwerk zur Pangenomik. Foto: Universität Bielefeld/M.-D. Müller
The European Commission has funded two new doctoral training networks for early career researchers at Bielefeld University. Over the next four years, doctoral researchers in computer science will be investigating how genomes can be sequenced and analysed, and doctoral researchers in economics will be developing computer-assisted methods of political analysis for the areas of climate change and innovation. Both programmes have been awarded close to eight million Euro in funding. In addition to this, two more doctoral training networks in which Bielefeld University is participating have also been approved: one in personalised service robotics, and the other in social work.

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Bring the European regions beyond the metropolises closer together

Published on 9. Juni 2020
Bielefeld University, together with five other universities, is applying for the title "European University". The decision will be made in July. In an interview, Professor Angelika Epple, Vice Rector for International Affairs and Diversity, explains the background.

Prorektorin Prof.'in Dr. Angelika Epple
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A Hormone—Plant Style

Published on 29. Mai 2020

Researchers develop biotechnological production process 

How can chemistry be used to produce plant hormones? This is the subject of a new study being carried out by doctoral student Jana Löwe and the two professors, Dr Harald Gröger and Dr Karl-Josef Dietz (from left to right). Photo: Bielefeld University
Plants produce the hormone jasmonic acid as a defence response when challenged. This is how they ensure that their predators no longer like the taste of their leaves. Biologists want to find out whether biological precursors and other variants of jasmonic acid lead to similar or different effects. But such derivatives of the hormone have so far been too expensive for experiments and difficult to come by. Researchers from the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology at Bielefeld University have now found a method that might make the production of a biologically significant precursor of jasmonic acid more efficient and cheaper. Their innovation: they imitate how plants produce the hormone. The result is 12-OPDA, a central precursor of jasmonic acid. In the long term, it could also be a potential precursor for high-quality perfume. The researchers present their method today (29.05.2020) in the research journal Advanced Science.


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A Non-Destructive Method of Analysing Molecules in Cells

Published on 29. Mai 2020

Fibre laser microscopy to be used in clinical applications

The fibre-based microscope – the setup pictured here is in Bielefeld. Future versions of the device are intended to be made small enough to be portable. Photo: Bielefeld University/J. Kopp
When investigating how tumors grow, or how pharmaceuticals affect different types of cells, researchers have to understand how molecules within a cell react – and interact. This is possible with modern laser microscopy. Until now, however, molecules in cell specimens had to be labelled with fluorescent substances in order to make them visible, and this can distort the very behavior of the molecules. Research groups from Bielefeld University and the University of Hong Kong have developed a laser microscope that works without having to label the molecules. For this, the researchers innovated a unique compact fibre laser instead of the solid-state lasers that had previously been used. The new microscope generates far less noise when in use than customary designs, making it suitable for use in operating rooms. The researchers presented their innovative technology in the journal ‘Light: Science and Applications,’ which is published by Springer Nature.


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How news becomes false news

Published on 15. Mai 2020
New ZiF research group on the effects of digital media

Social media is changing communication just as much as the dissemination of news. Radical positions that used to be voiced in the private sphere can now reach a worldwide audience. The research group "Multimodal Rhetoric in Online Media Communications" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University will investigate how sub-communities and other interested parties create, manage and disseminate information across media platforms. The researchers will focus specifically on the role of language, images and videos in this process. The group starts on May 18, with a virtual opening conference. The aim is to develop analysis tools that will allow us track the development and flow of different kinds of information, particularly false information, across media platforms.[Weiterlesen]
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Making Better Decisions with Artificial Intelligence

Published on 17. April 2020

Cooperation among Bielefeld University, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld & v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel

These researchers are developing a technical system that is designed to help professionals in social work make well-informed decisions. From left:  Prof. Dr. Philip Cimiano and Angelika Maier (both from CITEC) with Diana Schneider and Prof. Dr. Udo Seelmeyer (both from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld). Photo: CITEC/Bielefeld University


Methods of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are increasingly being used to support the human decision-making process. Researchers from Bielefeld University’s CITEC institute are working together with researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld to investigate the opportunities and risks of using algorithm-based recommendations for decision-making in the field of social services. For this, the academic researchers are partnering with the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel. The Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting the project as part of the Digital Society research program.

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