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How plant metabolites affect the ecosystem

Published on 20. Dezember 2019
German Research Foundation (DFG) funds new Research Unit

Prof.’in Dr. Caroline Müller leitet die neue DFG-Forschungsgruppe zu Chemodiversität bei Pflanzen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
Plants are often very individual when it comes to their specific defence chemicals and other metabolites. Such chemical diversity (chemodiversity) can be found both in different plants of the same species and within an individual plant. The German Research Foundation (DFG) is providing a Research Unit led by Bielefeld University with around two million euros in funding to explore the chemodiversity of plants. The chemical composition of plants can impact the foodwebs of a plant as well as its environment and biological interactions. Spokesperson for the DFG Research Unit is Professor Dr Caroline Müller from the Faculty of Biology at Bielefeld University; her deputy is junior professor Dr Meike Wittmann, also from the Faculty of Biology.[Weiterlesen]
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Academic staff news from Bielefeld University

Published on 16. Dezember 2019
Personalien Dezember
• Professor Dr-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer elected to the Foundation Board of the Universität zu Lübeck
• Professor Dr Marcelo da Costa Pinto Neves receives a Humboldt Research Award
• Professor Dr Armin Gölzhäuser is appointed a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society
• Professor Dr Krzysztof Redlich receives an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Physics
• Privatdozent Dr Nadine Böhm-Schnitker is awarded a Habilitation Prize
• Four researchers at Bielefeld University elected to DFG Review Boards[Weiterlesen]
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Chancellor Stephan Becker re-elected

Published on 5. Dezember 2019
Senatsvorsitzender Prof. Dr. Moritz Kaßmann, Kanzler Dr. Stephan Becker, Dr. Annette Fugmann-Heesing, Vorsitzende des Hochschulrats und Rektor Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Today (3 December 2019), the members of the University Electoral Committee confirmed Dr Stephan Becker for another term as chancellor of Bielefeld University with a clear majority. Becker's second term of office begins on 4 August 2020 and runs for six years.[Weiterlesen]
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Vice-rectors elected at Bielefeld University

Published on 5. Dezember 2019
New vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality and new vice-rector for Education and Teaching

Bielefeld University’s new rectorate (from left): Professor Dr Martin Egelhaaf, vice-rector for Research and Research Transfer, Rector Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose, vice-rector for Education and Teaching, Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser, vice-rector for Personnel Development and Gender Equality, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, vice-rector for International Affairs and Diversity, Chancellor Dr Stephan Becker, Professor Dr Reinhold Decker, vice-rector for Information Infrastructure and Business Relations. Photo: Bielefeld University/J. Dieckmann
Today (29/11/2019) saw the election of five vice-rectors. Two of them are new to the office, and one vice-rectorate has been newly created. Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose is one of those newly elected; she succeeds Professor Dr Claudia Riemer as vice-rector for Education and Teaching. Also new is Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser, who assumes the newly created vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality. The incumbents of the other vice-rectorates retain their positions: Professor Dr Martin Egelhaaf, Research and Research Transfer, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, International Affairs and Diversity, and Professor Dr Reinhold Decker, Information Infrastructure and Business Relations. The new vice-rectorate’s term of office begins immediately and runs for four years.[Weiterlesen]
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Norbert Elias Fellowships for Researchers from Africa

Published on 5. Dezember 2019
New funding format at ZiF

Science needs diverse perspectives. However, researchers from African countries are still underrepresented in the international scientific community. In order to increase the diversity of perspectives in the ZiF research groups and to make African researchers more visible, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) is now offering two scholarships per year for researchers from Africa: the Norbert Elias Fellowships.[Weiterlesen]
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How physics and mathematics profit from randomness

Published on 3. Dezember 2019
15th Brunel–Bielefeld Workshop at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research

Prof. Dr. Gernot Akemann is the organizer of the 15th Brunel–Bielefeld Workshop. Photo: Bielefeld University/A. Polina
What are the characteristic features of randomness? Mathematicians and physicists are working together to explore this issue at the 15th Brunel–Bielefeld Workshop on ‘Random matrix theory and applications’ from 5 to 7 December. Random matrices are arrangements of numbers in the form of tables whose values are selected at random. They help to solve major mathematical problems or to better understand physical systems. The workshop is being financed by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) and the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Taming uncertainty and profiting from randomness and low regularity in analysis, stochastics and their applications’ (CRC 1283). Professor Dr Gernot Akemann from the Faculty of Physics at Bielefeld University is organizing the workshop together with scientists from Brunel University and Imperial College London (Great Britain).[Weiterlesen]
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Democratic education in populist times

Published on 29. November 2019
Work starts for a Europe-wide network of laboratory schools

Prof.’in Dr. Annette Textor, Dr. Christian Timo Zenke und Nicole Freke (v.l.) entwickeln im Projekt LabSchoolsEurope Methoden, mit denen Schülerinnen und Schüler  demokratische Fähigkeiten erlernen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
How do children learn co-determination in their schools and how do they cope with all the diversity of opinions, abilities, and cultural differences? This is just one of the questions being addressed by the new project LabSchoolsEurope. It is being coordinated by Bielefeld University that initiated the project together with Bielefeld’s Laborschule [laboratory school]. Researchers and teachers are cooperating in the project to develop innovations in democratic education for dealing with heterogeneity in primary schools. Universities and schools are working together at five locations—in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, and Germany. The project is being funded by Erasmus+, the European Union programme for education, youth, and sport.[Weiterlesen]
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Have the Great Theories Become Obsolete?

Published on 6. November 2019
Bielefeld University’s anniversary conference on 14 and 15 November

Zu ihrem Jubiläum veranstaltet die Universität Bielefeld im November eine interdisziplinäre Konferenz zur Zukunft der Theorien. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
Be it relativity theory, systems theory, or game theory: to this day, great theories are the figureheads of science. But are algorithms replacing them with automated data analyses? This is the topic of the conference celebrating 50 years of Bielefeld University on 14 and 15 November. Its title: ‘The Theoretical University in the Data Age. Have the Great Theories Become Obsolete?’
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Availability of health data for refugees and migrants in Europe

Published on 29. Oktober 2019
A new study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and conducted by researchers at the University Bielefeld and University Hospital Heidelberg shows data gaps and policy options for the 53 Member States.
Prof. Dr. Kayvan BozorgmehrFoto: Universität Bielefeld
The WHO Regional Office for Europe has commissioned a new report reviewing evidence on the availability and integration of data for health and health care among refugees and migrants in health information systems across the WHO European Region. Results are in-tended to support the 53 Member States by informing national policies and international cooperation activities to improve refugee and migrant data. The research was conducted under the leadership of Professor Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Department of Population Medi-cine and Health Services Research and research group leader at the University Hospital Heidelberg.[Weiterlesen]
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Meeting Artificial Intelligence

Published on 18. Oktober 2019
Conference to be held at Cluster of Excellence CITEC from 24–25 October

Artificial intelligence attempts to emulate human problem-solving abilities. That said, “thinking” technical systems are not automatically able to put themselves in other people’s shoes and interact with them according to the particularities of the situation. With the establishment of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology 12 years ago, researchers began working on developing technology that adapts to the human user. At the 2019 CITEC Conference from 24–25 October 2019, re-searchers will present the fruits of their research and discuss how their approaches can contribute to future advancements in the field of cognitive interaction technology. The conference, which will be held at the CITEC Building, is called “Cognitive Interaction Technology Meets AI.” Renowned robotics researchers Professor Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro from Japan and Dr. Guilio Sandini of Italy will deliver the keynote lectures. Both talks will be open to the public.[Weiterlesen]
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