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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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Solving a Rubik’s Cube with the Help of a Smart Workbench

Published on 17. April 2018
Bielefeld University to exhibit at 2018 Hannover Trade Fair

In wenigen Schritten zum Ziel: Eine intelligente Werkbank zeigt, wie der Zauberwürfel gelöst werden kann. Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Bielefeld University, together with the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) will attend the Hannover Messe (Hannover Trade Fair), where they will showcase an assistive system that willl help visitors learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube. The system can also be used for production processes in assembly work.[Weiterlesen]
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Children’s Gestures, and What They Mean

Published on 12. April 2018

New “EcoGest” project at Bielefeld University and Paderborn University

What role does gesturing play as children learn to speak? What gestures do they use to complement their verbal statements? Can computer-assisted models of language acquisition help explain the different types of gestures? In the new project “EcoGest,” researchers are investigating how children’s use of gestures is connected to communication. Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), from linguistics at Bielefeld University, and from psycholinguistics at Paderborn University are working together on the project.

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