New professorships for dependency studies

Opening up a new approach to research on slavery and dependency - that is the aim of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) at the University of Bonn. The Cluster of Excellence has now been strengthened by three outstanding female scholars: The historians Julia Hillner and Claudia Jarzebowski as well as the Americanist Pia Wiegmink will take up professorships at the Cluster starting in fall, completing the team of professorships established there as part of the Excellence Strategy. Christoph Witzenrath, also a historian, already researches and teaches at the BCDSS. At a reception in the university's Rector's Office, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch now officially presented the appointment certificates to the four Cluster Professors.

Ideas competition of the University of Bonn started

The University of Bonn is buzzing with ideas. Now it is time to demonstrate, how the knowledge contributes to change within the region and across the globe. All members of the University who have a big or small idea within them can take part in the Ideas Competition organized by the Transfer Center enaCom at the University of Bonn. The center is looking for ideas that help solve a societal problem or use university knowledge to find practical solutions to a problem. Every good idea does not only get applause and individual advice, but also up to 1,000 euros.

„Graduation Walk“: University of Bonn draws a positive balance

Good mood among the guests, relief among the organization team: For the “Graduation Walk” on the Hofgartenwiese meadow last Saturday, the heavenly floodgates remained closed most of the time. Even sunny spells sweetened the day of honor for the celebrants. Throughout the day about 3,000 guests attended the graduation ceremony of the University of Bonn which had a new format due to the corona pandemic.

Artificial intelligence sharpens the view into space

In their search for distant galaxies, rapidly rotating neutron stars and black holes, radio astronomers collect an ever-increasing amount of data. This torrent of data will in future also be analyzed with the help of artificial intelligence. To this end, eight institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia have joined forces under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) to establish the "NRW Cluster for Data-Intensive Radio Astronomy: Big Bang to Big Data". Partners in Bonn include the MPIfR, the University of Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The state is funding the project with up to three million euros.

Rare barley mutation with potential

The importance of the root system for agricultural yields is often underestimated. Whether roots can access water and nutrients effectively also determines the resilience of important crops to drought and climate change. Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Bologna (Italy) have discovered and described a mutant in barley: Its roots grow downwards much more sharply than usual. This discovery potentially provides a starting point for breeding more drought-resistant varieties. The study has now been published in PNAS.

Social mindfulness and prosociality vary across the globe

Humans are social beings, but not everyone is equally mindful of others. To what extent does the degree of social mindfulness differ in different countries? An international team of researchers led by Leiden University has now investigated this - and found considerable differences. Among other things, the authors, with the participation of the University of Bonn, found that greater social mindfulness was also associated with better overall environmental protection goals in countries. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Physicists make laser beams visible in vacuum

A beam of light can only be seen when it hits matter particles and is scattered or reflected by them. In a vacuum, however, it is invisible. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now developed a method that allows laser beams to be visualized even under these conditions. The method makes it easier to perform the ultra-precise laser alignment required to manipulate individual atoms. The researchers have now presented their method in the journal Physical Review Applied.

Online conference: Sovereignty at the End?

The dynamics and consequences of techno-political disputes, which in the global information age affect all political levels, will be discussed at the international online conference "Digital Fragmentations and Digital Sovereignty" on September 17 and 18. The Transdisciplinary Research Area “Individuals, Institutions and Societies” (TRA 4) and the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the University of Bonn have invited experts from Europe, the U.S. and China.

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