This edition of unizeit does not focus on the current coronavirus crisis, SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19. At the time this edition was being planned and produced, nobody thought that this pathogen would stagger entire societies around the entire world. Many of us still view the exponential spread of the virus with disbelief. We see shocking images from all areas of the globe: the pandemic is very dangerous for us all. In spite of this, the editorial team has still decided to publish this current edition. For one, we want to show that we are continuing to work – as best we can under the challenging circumstances. And in addition, science is becoming even more significant as a social advisor in the coronavirus pandemic. Not a day goes past in which experts from hospitals, labs or institutes speak about the epidemic and its impacts, and thus give politicians and the public some orientation. The coronavirus has shown us that society relies on scientific findings in order to overcome crises and shape the future. This is our job and our duty – not just in terms of the current crisis situation, but also for topics such as climate change and digitalisation. On that note, I hope that this edition will help make the wait for better days shorter – stay@home and keep well!
Prof. Dr Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University