eROSITA relaxes cosmological tension

The analysis of how galaxy clusters, the largest objects in the Universe, evolve over cosmic time has yielded precise measurements of the total matter content and its clumpiness, report scientists of the German eROSITA consortium, led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and with participation of the University of Bonn. The results affirm the standard cosmological model and alleviate the so-called S8 tension, while at the same time offering insights into the elusive neutrinos' mass. The analysis is based on one of the largest catalogues of galaxy clusters and superclusters, also released today. An important pillar in the analysis is the ``weighing’’ of the discovered galaxy clusters, where the University of Bonn contributed in a major way.

Dr. Julian Schmitt Wins Rudolf Kaiser Prize

Dr. Julian Schmitt from the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bonn is to receive the 2023 Rudolf Kaiser Prize, one of the most prestigious accolades in Germany for early-career natural scientists working in the field of physics. 

Global survey shows: Broad majority of global population supports climate action

A recent study by behavioral researchers at the University of Bonn, the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE in Frankfurt, and the University of Copenhagen demonstrates for the first time that a broad majority of the world’s population supports climate action and is willing to incur a personal cost to fight climate change. The findings, published in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change, are based on a globally representative survey conducted in 125 countries, involving approximately 130,000 individuals. According to the study, 69 percent of the world's population is willing to contribute one percent of their personal income to the fight against climate change – a significant contribution to climate action.

Rectorate welcomes Korean students

The 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Germany was celebrated in 2023. The signing of the German-Korean treaty of friendship on November 26, 1883 marked the start of a close political, cultural and academic partnership, and the University of Bonn also enjoys extremely strong links with universities and other academic and scientific institutions in South Korea in many areas and disciplines. For instance, the Korean Studies team at the University of Excellence has covered various topics relating to the country’s past and present in its research and teaching for many decades now.

Promoting women: Institute for Numerical Simulation honors outstanding thesis with the Ada Lovelace Prize

Vera Weber of the University of Bonn Institute of Numerical Simulation has become the recipient of the Ada Lovelace Award, presented to female mathematicians working in the field of Numerics, for her excellent master's thesis. The Award comes with a purse of 1,000 euros. This is the second time the mathematician has earned the Award, having already been recognized for her bachelor's thesis of distinction in 2019. 

Thorsten Beckmann receives the Hausdorff Memorial Award

The Department of Mathematics (Fachgruppe Mathematik) honors Thorsten Michael Beckmann for the best dissertation of the academic year 2022/2023 in mathematics with the Hausdorff Memorial Prize. The honor was presented by the chair of the Department, Herbert Koch, before the Hausdorff Colloquium in the Lipschitz Hall. 

Major Success for University of Bonn

The University of Bonn has some excellent news to report, with two new cluster initiatives given the green light to apply for funding as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German government and federal states. The German Research Foundation and the German Council of Science and Humanities made the announcement earlier today. The two new cluster initiatives are thus among the 41 chosen from the 143 draft proposals in all from across the country that were evaluated. In 2019, the University of Bonn secured an already impressive six clusters, more than any other university in Germany. All of these clusters are applying to maintain their status, putting the University in with a chance of hosting eight Clusters of Excellence.

Why Are People Climate Change Deniers?

Do climate change deniers bend the facts to avoid having to modify their environmentally harmful behavior? Researchers from the University of Bonn and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) ran an online experiment involving 4,000 US adults, and found no evidence to support this idea. The authors of the study were themselves surprised by the results. Whether they are good or bad news for the fight against global heating remains to be seen. The study is being published in the journal “Nature Climate Change.”

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