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May 18, 2020

Signs of Life: International researchers in the “corona crisis”

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers are currently facing strong restrictions with regard to scientific exchange and mobility. For many, travel restrictions and curfews mean that long-planned trips cannot be undertaken and new positions cannot be started in person. At the University of Bonn, the Welcome Center offers support for those who are “stranded”. Campus reporter Alexander Mertes on the role of “Signs of Life”.

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May 04, 2020

"One Health" against epidemics and pandemics

Animals and humans in a confined space

The novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 has taken the world by surprise, with devastating consequences for national health systems and the global economy. For years, health experts have been warning of the pandemic risk posed by zoonotic diseases, i.e. infections transmitted from animals to humans. They are demanding the development of monitoring systems that enable quicker responses. Dr. Timo Falkenberg from the Center of Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn is calling for a “One Health” approach that focuses on human, animal and environmental health.

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Apr 28, 2020

Stronger together

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Many questions surrounding the novel coronavirus remain unanswered. But one thing is already clear: the pathogen affects us all, be it in China, Germany, South Africa or the US. Fighting the disease is increasingly carried out at international level. The University of Bonn is part of numerous international networks that operate on very different levels, striving to slow down the wave of infection.

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Apr 17, 2020

Low-income earners suffer most from the COVID-19 crisis

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin von Gaudecker

Home office at full pay is not an option for all employees hit by the coronavirus crisis. To analyze changes in work arrangements during the pandemic, a team of economists from the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute in cooperation with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) surveyed around 5,500 individuals in the Netherlands from March 20-31. The results show that high-skilled workers spend more time in the home office, while less-skilled workers are more likely to work reduced hours or lose their jobs.

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Apr 09, 2020

I am confident that we will overcome this crisis soon

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Many students from Bonn are currently doing exchange and scholarship programs abroad. Many others had to interrupt, cancel or postpone their stays due to the Coronavirus. In the new series "Signs of Life – Keeping up the Conversation”, we hear from those who are directly affected by the Coronavirus. Our outgoing and incoming students tell us about their everyday life at home and abroad and how they are dealing with the current situation. They give valuable tips to their fellow students against boredom and recommendations for anyone who is stranded.

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Apr 02, 2020

Viral Coupling - Society’s Fight for Survival

Prof. Dr. Clemens Albrecht

How does the coronavirus affect the state of our society? Cultural sociologist Prof. Dr. Clemens Albrecht is discussing this question in his contribution to our series “Signs of life - keeping up the conversation.” His thesis: In the future, we will need less of a global society and more traditional societies again.

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Apr 02, 2020

If everyone works as a team, we can overcome this economic crisis

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Many students from Bonn are currently doing exchange and scholarship programs abroad. Many others had to interrupt, cancel or postpone their stays due to the Coronavirus. In the new series "Signs of Life – Keeping up the Conversation”, we hear from those who are directly affected by the Coronavirus. Our outgoing and incoming students tell us about their everyday life at home and abroad and how they are dealing with the current situation. They give valuable tips to their fellow students against boredom and recommendations for anyone who is stranded.

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Mar 31, 2020

Society as a whole must do a lot of rethinking

Signs of life: Philosophy online

Students of the University of Bonn are currently pursuing their studies from home. This, however, does not mean there is no need for exchange with each other. But how can we maintain the discourse when all courses are cancelled, culinary offers are unavailable and meetings of more than two people in public are prohibited by law? Philosophy students Gabriel Valdez and Moritz Richarz have decided to tackle this problem by creating an online blog and posting regularly about philosophical questions and current global issues.

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Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19: Impacts on food trade – Is global food security at risk?

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What are the effects of fighting the coronavirus on the global food supply? Dr. Lukas Kornher and Dr. Tekalign G. Sakketa from the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn have given thought to this question.

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Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Why mortality varies so much

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The grandparents also live in the house and childcare is provided: What was long considered an ideal model for many families is dangerous during the Corona crisis: The two economists Prof. Dr. Moritz Kuhn and Prof. Dr. Christian Bayer from the University of Bonn have compared the role of social structures with mortality rates in COVID-19 infections across different countries. Result: The more working people live with their parents, the higher the proportion of Corona deaths at the beginning of the epidemic.

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Mar 30, 2020

"We need a metaphysical pandemic"

Signs of life: Philosophy

With the call for a metaphysical pandemic, a gathering of the peoples, the philosophy professor Markus Gabriel from the home office speaks up. Read in our new series " Signs of life – Keeping up the conversation!" what the well-known Bonn scholar, thinker and author has to say in the face of the spread of the coronavirus.

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