In the first edition of "unizeit", we presented the new University Library building in Leibnizstraße. A lot has happened in the library sector since 2001 – with digitisation gaining ground and presenting libraries with major challenges.
Nearly 13 million people in Germany are considered poor. And this while the economy is booming and the unemployment rate decreases from year to year. Is information technology the cause of the new poverty, like a scientist prophesied in one of the first editions of "unizeit"?
"The economy needs coal". This was the title of an interview with the economist Till Requate in the 50th edition of "unizeit". What does the professor of environmental and resources economics think 11 years and 50 editions later, about coal-fired power plants and the energy transition?
The excessive use of fertiliser in agriculture was a topic in the 50th edition of unizeit in 2008. Even at that time, Professor Friedhelm Taube warned about the resulting high nitrate levels in groundwater. But what has happened since then has been "too little, too late".
"unizeit" reported on the trend towards reurbanisation ten years ago in its article entitled “Stadt, Land, Flucht” (city, country, flight). This boom for the cities continues. unizeit followed up on the reasons for and consequences of this in conversation with Professor Rainer Wehrhahn.
Reliable results instead of fake news, plagiarism, and data manipulation are the declared goals of science. In their EU project "Path2Integrity", Nicolaus Wilder and Julia Prieß-Buchheit are developing innovative teaching and learning methods to turn knowledge-hungry students into diligent researchers.
Kiel University and GEOMAR, together with partners in Bremen, are founding the Helmholtz graduate school MarDATA. Its goal is to train technical specialists in the intelligent analysis of big data sets, who are sought-after around the world. The focus is on applications for marine sciences.
The Comprehensive Center for Inflammation Medicine (CCIM) is still unique in Germany even ten years after it was inaugurated. The special outpatient clinic for chronic inflammatory diseases shows how interdisciplinary cooperation works for both the clinic and research.
In August the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) inaugurated important central facilities at the Kiel campus. Even with ultramodern technology in an ultramodern building, it continues a long history that is closely tied to Kiel University.
Molecules that can be specifically controlled open up new possibilities for materials and applications in medicine. Researchers are working on this in the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 677 "Function by Switching". The research partnership ends this year. unizeit spoke with CRC spokesperson Professor Rainer Herges.
With his quantum theory, Max Planck created the basis for computers and smartphones. Born in Kiel, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics a hundred years ago. Both he and the field of quantum physics are now to be given a dedicated museum in his home city.
The power grid is changing dramatically with the energy transition. Kiel-based scientists are working together in a DFG priority programme to make the power grid of the future flexible, stable and intelligent.
If students provide feedback on the seminars, courses or lectures they attended, it also helps those behind the lectern. With the aim of continuously improving the teaching at Kiel University, a service for course evaluation will be available from this winter semester onwards.
The times are becoming ever faster. The same is true in teaching. Those who wish to perform confidently and produce good work in the lecture hall, seminar room or laboratory are well advised to acquire the appropriate tools. Kiel University offers lots of options.
From “Audiovisual Academic Communication” via “Graphic Recording” and “Strategies against Procrastination” through to “Digital Society” – the Key Skills Centre (ZfS) offers more than 300 courses. This year it is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Everyone is talking about networking nowadays; career advisers consider it to be a crucial career building block. And it has a long tradition: even the Celts of the early Iron Age used their relationships with other cultures and achieved wealth and reputation through networks.
Thirty years after the United Nations (UN) passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the German federal government wants to include children's rights in the German Basic Law. This could do more harm than good, according to Kiel legal expert Professor Florian Becker.