Astronomy: Observation puzzles researchers

An international team of astrophysicists has made a puzzling discovery while analyzing certain star clusters. The University of Bonn played a major role in the study. The finding challenges Newton's laws of gravity, the researchers write in their publication. Instead, the observations are consistent with the predictions of an alternative theory of gravity. However, this is controversial among experts. The results have now been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Top-level Research and Teaching for the Benefit of Society

The University of Bonn started the academic year 2022/2023 with a ceremony in the packed main auditorium of the University Main Building.

Awards for Early-Career Researchers

Distinguished early-career researchers have received state awards as part of the International Days events at the University of Bonn. Sponsored by the governments of Spain, France and the UK, the awards include the Queen’s Prize, created by Queen Elizabeth II (recently deceased) on the occasion of her 1965 visit to the University of Bonn, which recognizes outstanding achievement in English studies. The state awards have traditionally been presented simultaneously with the DAAD Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service for noteworthy accomplishments benefiting society and/or university life.

Spotlight on: Japan

Japan Day on October 26, is an event celebrating one of the University of Bonn’s eight strategic partner countries. Wide-ranging and authentic insights into Japanese culture await attendees, including the country’s academic landscape.

Land tenure drives deforestation rates in Brazil

Tropical deforestation causes widespread degradation of biodiversity and carbon stocks. Researchers from the German Center of Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Leipzig University were now able to test the relationship between land tenure and deforestation rates in Brazil. Their research, which was published in Nature Communications, shows that poorly defined land rights go hand in hand with increased deforestation rates. Privatising these lands, as is often promoted in the tropics, can only mitigate this effect if combined with strict environmental policies.

Close alliance in Earth System Science

The University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich are placing their joint Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC) on a new contractual footing. As a joint scientific facility of the three partner institutions, an internationally visible focal point has been created to globally observe and comprehensively understand the Earth system and to predict changes. The center is additionally strengthened by a memorandum of understanding now signed with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), which has moved to Bonn in 2021.

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