The ‘science boat’ MS Wissenschaft is coming to Bonn in early August

When the MS Wissenschaft docks at Germany’s former capital from August 3-6 (Thursday through Sunday), the University of Bonn will be on board. A team from the University has designed and built an exhibit for the science vessel that is aligned with the topic for Science Year 2023—“Our Universe.” Members of the public are invited to a panel discussion titled “Dialogue on Deck: Black Holes and the Limits of Space and Time” to be held on board the ship at 6pm on Friday, August 4. 

University of Bonn Awards Teaching Prizes for Outstanding Commitment and Creative Ideas

Fourteen teachers at the University of Bonn have been presented with teaching prizes from the University in recognition of their dedication to the profession. The lecturers—six women and eight men—were chosen by the students themselves. They were handed their prize certificates by Prof. Dr. Klaus Sandmann, Vice Rector for Teaching, Learning and University Development, at a ceremony on the Hofgarten lawn in Bonn that formed part of the Universitätsfest and was attended by over 4,000 people.

Study: When Introducing Bioeconomy Get People on Board

Innovative production methods are needed in order to tackle global challenges such as climate change, population growth and ecosystem loss. This has put strategies for a sustainable bioeconomy that place greater emphasis on using renewable raw materials firmly on the political agenda, both in Europe and around the world. When pursuing strategies of this kind, however, it is important to get the people who will be affected on board first. This is the finding from a study that three researchers from the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at the University of Bonn have recently published in the journal “Technology in Science.”

Over 10,5 Million Euros for Cleaner Air in Sheds and Stalls

Gases that are harmful to health and the climate are produced wherever livestock are kept. Although there are various ways of supposedly reducing these emissions, it is often impossible to say with any certainty how effective they are. This is because recording precise levels of harmful gases has so far been a laborious, costly and time-consuming process. A Germany-wide joint project is now setting out to change that with the help of more than €10,5 million in funding from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The official funding certificate has been presented yesterday by Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir at a ceremony in Potsdam. Among other things, the methods being developed are intended to identify particularly efficient ways of reducing emissions.

University of Bonn Soccer Robots Defend World Championship Title

At the RoboCup World Championship in the French city of Bordeaux, the University of Bonn’s Team NimbRo won the soccer tournament in the Humanoid AdultSize category and thus successfully defended their title. The humanlike soccer-playing robots had been developed by the Autonomous Intelligent Systems lab at the Institute for Computer Science. They competed with improved software and were able to win numerous duels and dribble the ball quickly into the goal.

Universitätsfest Breaks All Records

This year’s Universitätsfest at the University of Bonn was a truly record-breaking event: never before had the University of Excellence bid a fond farewell to so many graduates, with just shy of 1,700 participants signing up for the celebrations. They were joined on the Hofgartenwiese by some 4,000 guests to enjoy a lively party accompanied by glorious sunshine and temperatures to match.

Researchers investigate the Earth's "thermostat"

The Belgian research vessel RV Belgica is currently underway in the waters of Iceland. Two researchers from the University of Bonn are also on board. The goal of the mission is to better understand a natural thermostat of the Earth: the weathering of rocks at the bottom of the sea. This process binds carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It may also be possible to use it in the fight against climate change.

Cooperation with Uni Bonn: Klaus Mølmer Wins Humboldt Research Prize

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mølmer from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen is to receive a research prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The €60,000 award, which is presented in Germany to researchers from abroad, is considered a major honor. Prof. Mølmer has been collaborating with the working group led by Prof. Dieter Meschede and Prof. Sebastian Hofferberth at the University of Bonn’s Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) for many years now. In fact, it was Meschede and Hofferberth who had put their Danish colleague’s name forward for the accolade. The prize money will now enable them to step up their cooperation.

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