unizeit No. 99, 06.07.2019
by Prof. Lutz Kipp
► Behind at the start of the second half
In order to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, there is no way of avoiding targeted, large-scale interventions in the climate system. An interdisciplinary research project has investigated the public acceptance of such measures, in comparison with the prevention of CO2 emissions.
► Future Gender Equality Concept
Kiel University is well on its way towards gender equality in teaching, studies and research. But the goal - equal opportunities in all areas - has still not been achieved yet. This should change with a sustainable concept for the future.
► A special friendship
For six months, Master's students at Kiel University have conceptualised the exhibition "Groth & Hebbel. An unusual friendship between poets". Until October, the results of the project seminar can be viewed in the Klaus Groth Museum in Heide and the Hebbel Museum in Wesselburen.
► »It is time to start thinking with freedom as our starting point«
It sounds too good to be true: what if you got enough money to live from without having to do anything in return? unizeit discussed "unconditional basic income" with business ethicist Dr Alexander Lorch.
► Stripes for greater diversity
A community project run by Kiel University and the University of Göttingen is to provide for greater biodiversity on conventionally farmed arable land. Gunnar Breustedt and Teja Tscharntke are doing this by applying a new farming method in the form of stripes.
► Following the trail of the Danish
What’s the connection between the Danish and India? This spring, students from Kiel University had the opportunity to investigate this and other questions on a two-and-a-half-week field trip to southern India, organised by the Centre for Asian and African Studies (ZAAS).
► Criminalistic-archaeological sleuthing
What impact did society in the distant past have on the environment? This is being researched by pre- and protohistoric archaeologists in the Cluster of Excellence "ROOTS". Answers are being found with the aid of sea drilling.
► Growing together
The new "Kiel Plant Center" at Kiel University focuses on the development of strategies to promote food security and sustainable plant protection. As a first step, the network arranged a symposium for the end of July on plant health and environmental interactions.
► Tools for innovative active agents
Marine organisms are a promising source of biologically active substances, which are desperately needed in medicine and other fields. Scientists from Kiel University are developing new technologies to unearth this treasure.
► It all comes down to the proper pronunciation
Danish is not only spoken in Denmark. School children in Schleswig-Holstein are learning the language, too. Proper pronunciation is crucial. This is the focus of the "dans" project.
► Seagrass meadows on the other side of the world
Intercultural and interdisciplinary summer school – geography students at Kiel University studied the tropical coastal wetlands of Malaysia.
► Working together to dismantle barriers
Four years ago, CAU teachers, employees and students jointly developed an action plan for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). unizeit took a look at measures that have already been implemented.
► The world is full of solutions
Doomsday scenarios often dominate discussions in the media about the climate and ecological crises. By contrast, “shaping the future sustainably” is the motto in the forward-looking approach of the PerLe project for successful teaching and learning.
► Water protection with grassland
Substances such as nitrogen or phosphorus are nutrients when they are absorbed by plants, but pollutants when they are released into groundwater. Under scientific observation, grasslands are being used as natural filters at a biogas plant near Strande.
► Germ-fighting trojans
"Why are we actually healthy?" This simple and at the same time rather unusual question led to the discovery of a previously overlooked immune system at the Department of Dermatology at the University Medical Center in Kiel. It has enormous potential for fighting infections caused by bacteria or fungi.
► Under construction: a medical campus for Kiel
University medicine in Kiel is getting its own research and teaching campus for the first time - with research laboratories, lecture halls, spacious open areas and place for meetings. The planned Centre for Integrative Systems Medicine (ZISMed) primarily has the future of medicine in focus.
► Energy from the exhaust pipe
The Humboldt Research Award enables scientists from around the world to conduct research in Germany, together with their colleagues. On materials, for example, that convert excess heat into usable energy.
► The chemistry of energy
In order to bring the energy transition to the road, energy conversion must become cheaper and longer-lasting. For this purpose, a solid state physics working group at Kiel University is using intense X-rays to look deep inside the underlying processes.
► Geographical turning point
The geography congress at Kiel University in September 2019 recalls a turning point in German-speaking geography 50 years ago. With loud protests, students called for fundamental reforms of the subject at the Geographers’ Day in Kiel in 1969.
► Ocean rock in the desert sand
The Oman ophiolite is a "paradise" for researching geodynamic processes. The gigantic slab of the ocean floor covers the north-east of the Arabian peninsula, and is freely accessible. Kiel geophysicists are exploring its three-dimensional geometry and inner structure with new seismic methods.
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