Research with a bite

How hard can insects bite? Having a strong chewing apparatus makes it easier to crush harder food and to succeed in fights with enemies. Biologists at the University of Bonn now present a mobile system (forceX) for measuring the bite forces of small animals, along with the software forceR to evaluate the data. This allows to understand how bite forces, for example of insects, evolved. The final version is now published in the journal "Methods in Ecology and Evolution".

Making Family and Career More Compatible

The University of Bonn has been officially awarded with a permanent “Family-Friendly University Audit” certificate at an online event organized by berufundfamilie Service GmbH. The University has been committed to ensuring the compatibility of family and career for a long time now and has held this certification continuously since 2011. Organizations that have successfully completed a process of dialogue are eligible to apply for a lifelong certificate.

Mulliken Center of the University of Bonn and Merck cooperate in machine learning project

The Mulliken Center for Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Bonn is collaborating with Merck. The three-year collaboration program focuses on developing new tools for computational chemical modeling as well as new representations of molecules. 

Launch of the Zentrum für Versöhnungsforschung

Covid-19, climate change, populism, and not least the Ukraine war make the question of how and whether reconciliation is possible highly topical and relevant. The new Bonner Zentrum für Versöhnungsforschung (Center for Reconciliation Research) at the University of Bonn bundles research on this topic in cooperation with partner organizations. The center’s aim is to analyze reconciliation practices in an interdisciplinary and comparative way looking at different cultural, social and regional contexts. The official opening will take place on June 22 at 6:30 pm in the Festsaal of the University of Bonn. The opening lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Moshe Zimmermann from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Journalists are invited to attend the event. Registration is requested at vforum@unibonn.de.

Cologne/Bonn Academy in Exile founded

The Universities of Bonn and Cologne are collaborating to support researchers facing the war in Ukraine or persecution in Russia and Belarus due to their opposition to the war. The new Academy will promote European integration and strengthen region-specific knowledge.

Crops for the desert

Southern Africa has a rich bounty of crop varieties, crop wild relatives, orphan crops and underutilised plant species, collectively known as plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), which have sustained generations of local farmers and rural communities and enabled them to cope with changing environmental conditions. The project "Farmer Resilience and Melon Crop Diversity in southern Africa" (FRAMe) aims at a future-oriented agriculture of crop diversity using melons as an example. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project with more than 300,000 euros over the next three years.

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