Bielefeld University again among the 50 best young universities in the world

Published on 7. Juni 2018
29th place worldwide in the "Times Higher Education" ranking

For the seventh time in a row, Bielefeld University has been named one of the world's best young universities by the British academic magazine Times Higher Education (THE). In the "Young University Rankings 2018" Bielefeld University ranks 29th worldwide. Among the German universities evaluated, it ranks fourth, and second in North Rhine-Westphalia. The ranking compares universities worldwide that are not older than 50 years.
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Two new double degrees with Mexico and Italy

Published on 7. Juni 2018
Bielefeld University’s international range of study courses extended

Despina Arnold (Projekteinrichtung International Office), Dr. Saskia Fischer (Mitarbeit bei der Programmeinrichtung), Dr. Jan Andres (Studiendekan Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), Prof. Dr. Kai Kauffmann (Dekan Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), Prof.‘in Dr. Angelika Epple (Prorektorin für Internationales und Diversität), Dr. Vito Gironda (Italienbeauftragter Universität Bielefeld), Anna Lenz (Mitarbeiterin Fakultät Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft) und Karin Kruse (International Office)(hinten v. l.), sowie die Programmkoordinatoren Dr. Gabriele Guerra (Sapienza Universität Rom) und Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart (Universität Bielefeld) (vorne v. l.). Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Two new double degree programmes make it possible to obtain an international double degree from Bielefeld University and a university in Mexico or Italy. Starting next winter semester, students can enrol in the German-Mexican Master's programme InterAmerican Studies/Estudios InterAmericanos in cooperation with the Universidad de Guadalajara, and in the German-Italian Master's programme in Literary Studies in cooperation with the Sapienza Università di Roma. The German-Italian partnership contract was presented at a ceremony at Bielefeld University yesterday (4/6/2018).[Weiterlesen]
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Award-Winning Glasses Help with Building and Baking

Published on 4. Juni 2018
Project from CITEC researchers wins prize in “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition

Die Adamaas-Brille unterstützt beispielsweise beim Backen. Dafür werden die Schritte virtuell eingeblendet. Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Today, 4 June 2018, researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and their cooperation partners were awarded a prize for their intelligent glasses (Adamaas system) in Berlin. An independent jury selected the Bielefeld submission from among 100 submissions from approximately 1,500 applications submitted to the nationwide innovation competition “Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen” (“Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”). On the topic of “Connecting Worlds – Strengthening Unity,” the project puts forth an answer to the question of how intelligent technology can provide assistance to elderly people as well as individuals with cognitive disabilities. This is already the second success for researchers from the Cluster of Excellence in this competition.[Weiterlesen]
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CITEC team from Bielefeld University to compete with Pepper the robot

Published on 1. Juni 2018
Der Roboter Pepper wird am CITEC darauf vorbereitet, mit der Umgebung zu interagieren. Foto: CITEC / F. Gentsch

A team from Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence CITEC will compete in the RoboCup world championship with Pepper, a humanoid robot. The competition will be held from 18-22 June in Montreal, Canada, where more than 400 teams from around the globe will come together to compete in a total of 12 leagues in four areas. The team from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), made up of students and two researchers, will compete with Pepper in the household service league, where service robots will show off their skills.[Weiterlesen]
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Thermal spin currents confirmed in both space and time

Published on 1. Juni 2018
Bielefeld physics successfully concludes DFG priority programme

The national priority programme ‘Spin Caloric Transport’ (SpinCaT) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) was set up to examine how magnetic currents can be generated through differences in temperature and explore their potential future use to save energy in nanoelectronics. Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics worked on seven projects in the now successfully completed programme that was launched in 2011. Dr Timo Kuschel and Professor Dr Günter Reiss and their research team achieved further breakthroughs in three projects.[Weiterlesen]
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Health Services Research and Nursing Sciences: Planned cooperation with Brazil

Published on 21. Mai 2018

Im Gespräch mit der Prorektorin für Internationales und Diversität, Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple (3.v.r): Prof. Dr. Kerstin Hämel, Prof. Dr. Dirce Stein Backes, Professorin für Pflegewissenschaft, Universidade Franciscana, Irmã Iraní Rupolo, Präsidentin, Universidade Franciscana, Despina Arnold, Koordinatorin für außereuropäische Hochschulkooperationen, International Office Universität Bielefeld, und Prof. Dr. Doris Schaeffer (v.l.). Foto: Universität Bielefeld
Pflegekräfte übernehmen in Brasilien eine ganz andere Rolle als in Deutschland: Sie sind akademisch ausgebildet und stellen medizinische Grundversorgung und Gesundheitsberatung sicher. Kerstin Hämel und Doris Schaeffer, Professorinnen für Gesundheitswissenschaften, arbeiten bereits seit einigen Jahren mit der Universidade Franciscana, einer Universität im Süden Brasiliens, zusammen. Jetzt haben sie die Präsidentin und die Professorin für Pflegewissenschaft aus Santa Maria nach Bielefeld eingeladen, um in einem Memorandum of Understanding für die kommenden drei Jahre gemeinsame Forschungsperspektiven festzuklopfen.

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Tailor-made synthesis of cyclic chemicals by means of enzymes

Published on 16. Mai 2018
Bielefeld chemists publish research article in the journal “Nature Communications”

Publikation Nature Communications
Penicillin-based antibiotics contain a five-membered hydrocarbon cycle, additionally incorporating a sulfur and a nitrogen atom. Nadine Zumbrägel, doctoral student at the Chair of Organic Chemistry I at Bielefeld University, has succeeded in selectively synthesizing this important substructure with different residues on this cycle using a biotechnological method. The targeted design of such structures now enables the preparation of substance libraries of such so-called heterocycles, which can in future be used by the pharmaceutical industry to find new active substances. Besides the Bielefeld chemists, two scientists from the Ruhr-University Bochum were also involved in the studies. The researchers present their findings today (16 May 2018) in the renowned journal “Nature Communications” with Zumbrägel as first author and Professor Dr. Harald Gröger, head of the Chair of Organic Chemistry I, as corresponding author.[Weiterlesen]
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New Agreement signed in Canada: OWL and Alberta on the path to partnership

Published on 25. April 2018
First Scientific Collaboration coming in autumn

The intended partnership between higher education institutions in the regions Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) and Alberta (Canada) has become more concrete: An agreement for cooperation has been signed in Edmonton, Canada. An upcoming meeting taking place in autumn in Edmonton will help shed light on how this German-Canadian cooperation could take shape in the future.    [Weiterlesen]
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Population sex ratio influences parental care in plovers

Published on 25. April 2018

Research results published in the journal “Nature Communications”

Der Verhaltensforscher Luke Eberhart-Phillips – hier auf Madagaskar – untersucht seit vier Jahren an Stränden in aller Welt, wie sich Regenpfeifer in ihren Kolonien entwickeln. Foto: Universität Bielefeld/ L. Eberhart-Phillips
Behavioural scientist Luke Eberhart-Phillips. Photo: Bielefeld University/ L. Eberhart-Phillips
The ratio of adult males and females is an important demographic trait in wild populations. In plovers, closely related populations express strikingly different adult sex ratios. This variation is mainly driven by sex differences in the survival of juveniles. Families in populations with biased adult sex ratios were predominantly tended by a single parent – typically the father – whereas in balanced populations, generally both parents take care of the young, suggesting that parental cooperation breaks down under an unbalanced sex ratio. That was found out by a research group around Dr. Luke Eberhart-Phillips. The behavioural scientist did his research about the sex ratio of plovers supervised by Professor Dr. Joseph Hoffman and Professor Dr. Oliver Krüger at Bielefeld University and he’s now Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen. The research team, in which also the University of Bath and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen are involved, presents its results today (25.04.2018) in the journal “Nature Communications”.[Weiterlesen]
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One exhibition at three venues: Reinhart Koselleck’s Images of Time

Published on 18. April 2018
Accompanying programme: Lectures, guided tours and photographic interventions

Kosellecks Fotografie des Karl-Marx-Monuments in Chemnitz (2001).© Bildarchiv Foto Marburg / Fotograf: Reinhart Koselleck

Reinhart Koselleck (1923-2006) was one of the most important historians of the 20th century. What is less well known is that the Bielefeld-based historian concerned himself closely with images and visual representation. Koselleck explored the question as to the visual dimension to history and research into it – in his photographs, drawings and writing. The exhibition “Reinhart Koselleck’ Images of Time” opens on 18 April at Bielefeld University, ZiF Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Kunstverein Bielefeld, showcasing over 600 photographs and selected exhibits from the historian’s estate. Guests from all over Germany will come to Bielefeld during the exhibition, which runs through July, to present lectures or take part in the panel discussions. Moreover, there will be guided tours and photographic interventions by students over the same period.[Weiterlesen]
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