Graduation Ceremony on the Hofgartenpark

It’s that time again! On Saturday, July 8, 2023, the graduating class of 2022/23 will celebrate the successful completion of their studies at the Unifest. Online registration for the celebration is now open. We ask that all attendees register by June 2, 2023. 

Cult of the Gods in Pre-Egyptian Society

The desert in southern Egypt is filled with hundreds of petroglyphs and inscriptions dating from the Neolithic to the Arab period. The oldest date from the fifth millennium B.C., and few have been studied. Egyptologists at the University of Bonn and Aswan University now want to systematically record the rock paintings and document them in a database. Among them, a rock painting more than 5,000 years old depicting a boat being pulled by 25 men on a rope stands out in particular. 

Mindsets can influence the course of childbirth

Pregnant women's attitudes and mindsets can influence the course of childbirth. This is what psychologists at the University of Bonn established in a longitudinal study with around 300 participants. Women who see childbirth as a natural process are less likely to need pain medication or a caesarean section. The results are now published in the “European Journal of Social Psychology.”

Award for Lorenzo Bonaguro from the University of Bonn

Dr. rer. nat. Lorenzo Bonaguro from the LIMES Institute at the University of Bonn is the winner of the inaugural Renate and Karlheinz Schmidt Prize for Basic Research in the Natural Sciences. The prize, which recognizes an outstanding publication in the field of biochemistry at the University of Bonn, is awarded in cooperation with the University of Bonn Foundation and is endowed with 10,000 euros. 

Immune cells have a backup mechanism

The enzyme TBK1 is an important component of the innate immune system that plays a critical role in the defense against viruses. Upon mutation-induced loss of TBK1 function, patients show an increased susceptibility to viral infections. Strikingly, if TBK1 is not expressed at all, this clinical effect is not seen. The mechanism behind this supposed discrepancy has now been elucidated by researchers led by Prof. Martin Schlee from the University Hospital Bonn and the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2 at the University of Bonn. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

Stereotypes influence whether people buy stocks

Whether people invest in stocks depends on what they think about stockholders. This is what a team led by Luca Henkel, a member of the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence: Markets & Public Policy at the University of Bonn, found out. The study has been published as an ECONtribute Discussion Paper.

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