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European Funding Worth Millions for Bielefeld Computer Scientist

Published on 5. November 2020

Professor Barbara Hammer and three European colleagues receive ERC Synergy Grant 

Professor Dr Barbara Hammer and her three European research colleagues receive the prestigious ERC Synergy Grant, which includes 10 million euros in research funding. Photo: Bielefeld University/S. Jonek
Secure the supply of drinking water in the face of urban growth: Dr Barbara Hammer, professor of computer science from Bielefeld University, and three other European scientists will be exploring new technologies for this purpose. The European Research Council (ERC) is supporting the four scientists in their project Water-Futures with its Synergy Grant—one of the European Union’s most prestigious research grants. For the next six years, the four researchers will receive a total of 10 million euros, 2.4 million euros of which will go to Bielefeld University. 


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Funding for OWL–Alberta virtual university cooperation

Published on 15. September 2020
Next step in the strategic partnership with Canada

Due to the pandemic, digital teaching at German universities has developed rapidly in recent months. Bielefeld University can now make particular use of this upswing for its partnership with higher education institutions in the Canadian region of Alberta, thereby pushing ahead withinternational virtual academic cooperation. The ‘We CAN Virtu-OWL’ project between Eastern Westphalian universities and partner universities in the Alberta region (Canada), which has been approved by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is led by Bielefeld University, is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 210,000 euros.
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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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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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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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Identifying pathogenic genes in virus strains at a glance

Published on 27. Februar 2020

International project to help determine genetic abnormalities


In the new Pangaia project, Prof. Dr Alexander Schönhuth (left) and Prof. Dr Jens Stoye are developing methods for comparing gigantic gene data sets. Photo: Bielefeld University/M.D-Müller
When new viruses or bacteria spread to humans, it is essential to clarify their special characteristics as quickly as possible. For example, why is the coronavirus resistant to common drugs? In the future, new Big Data technology can help to identify the characteristics of new strains of viruses and bacteria in a short time. It does this by comparing the genome of a single organism with the genome of all the strains of a species. This procedure can also be used for more highly developed organisms such as mammals. The new project ‘Pangaia’ at Bielefeld University is investigating how the masses of data used in this process can be ordered and analysed for use in biomedicine. The university is one of eleven project partners from Europe and North America. The EU is funding the project with 1.14 million euros over three years.


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Five million euros for the ‘de.NBI’ bioinformatics network

Published on 24. Februar 2020

Further funding for the project based in Bielefeld five years after its start

For the de.NBI, they are coordinating computing power and services for bioinformatics in Germany (from left to right): Professor Dr Andreas Tauch, Professor Dr Alexander Sczyrba, Professor Dr Jens Stoye, and Professor Dr Alfred Pühler. Photo: Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller


It should be possible for researchers in the life sciences to draw on powerful technological services throughout Germany when they need to analyse large data sets. This is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invested about 80 million euros in a major large-scale project: the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI). Bielefeld University is coordinating the project. On Thursday 13 February, scientists and politicians celebrated the fifth anniversary and the previous successes of the network with a symposium in Berlin. These successes include a distributed cloud infrastructure, eight service centres throughout the nation, and 40 participating bioinformatics groups. The BMBF has now announced continued funding for the de.NBI. Until the end of 2021, Bielefeld University alone will have up to 5.3 million euros at its disposal to continue the project.

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From Disseminating Ideology to Financing: How Extremist Networks Operate

Published on 24. Februar 2020

Closing conference for joint project on radicalization online

Wie werden Dschihadist*innen und rechtsextreme Täter*innen radikal? Darum geht es im Verbundprojekt X-Sonar. Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick und Dr. Kerstin Eppert vom Institut für interdisziplinäre Gewalt- und Konfliktforschung leiten das Projekt. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
Key players in radical Islamic and extreme right-wing groups make use of similar strategies to mobilize support on social media. The joint research project “X-Sonar” arrived at this finding. The Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) funded X-Sonar’s work as part of their funding line on civil securityresearch. Over the past three years, X-Sonar researchers investigated the ways in which extremist groups build networks of support both online and offline. It is through these groups that they engage people and mobilize support for their aims. The researchers evaluated both online content and the biographies of convicted individuals who were active in extremist spheres in order to pave the way for early intervention and prevention in the future.


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Coronavirus: Information and precautions to be observed

Published on 20. Februar 2020
The university management is reacting to the current health situation regarding the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and to the public health emergency of international concern declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on January 30, 2020.[Weiterlesen]
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1.2 million euro for integrating refugees at Bielefeld University

Published on 18. Februar 2020
NRW Ministry and DAAD to continue funding

For the next few years, Bielefeld University can continue its work to integrate students and study applicants with a refugee background. The Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is making more than 1.2 million euro available to fund the work of the university from now until the end of 2022. The money comes from the programme ‘NRWege ins Studium – Integration von Flüchtlingen an Hochschulen in Nordrhein-Westfalen’ [Ways to study in NRW – Integration of refugees in universities in North Rhine-Westphalia] that is being coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).[Weiterlesen]
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