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Endless fascination

What the forester does in the woods, so Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber does for science: the professor for extra-terrestrial physics thinks and plans in decades.

A shooting offence usually consists of four elements: a perpetrator, a victim, a weapon and a crime scene. But what happens if not all of these four elements are known, if you only find a gun, for example? Private lecturer Dr Cornelius Courts from the Institute of Forensic Medicine, working together with other researchers, has developed a way to identify the victim and the perpetrator, only on the basis of a weapon. ► Read more...


Dear readers,

Change and uncertainty are shaping the zeitgeist. Freedoms which were previously taken for granted are currently being questioned. Critical thinking is being restricted in many places. Free speech can mean imprisonment or even death. It is time to stand up to this, have our say, intervene and to demand that we act responsibly. The freedom and diversity of opinions must not fall victim to the opinions of few. Therefore we, as science, as part of society, are making use of our valuable freedom: in all our varied opinions, we argue about which is the best and most sensible way!

This needs to be done peacefully and constructively, otherwise we will ruin what is so important to us: a modern society in which each and every one of us finds his or her proper place. And which opens up chances and opportunities for a good, peaceful and productive life, for the benefit of us all.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of »unizeit«!

Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University


On the trail of the truth

If the authorities get stuck with their criminal invest­igations, science can give them a helping hand. For example, private lecturer Dr Cornelius Courts: the forensic geneticist searches for answers in the smallest molecules. Read more...

Making the world a better place while learning

Get out of the lecture marathon, and into taking responsibility. With this concept, Professor Christoph Corves helps dedicated people to develop entrepren­eurial solutions for social problems. More...