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»Something's got to give!«

More than a hundred years ago, the first experts were already warning us about man-made climate change. Yet we are still barely even willing to change our lifestyles and sceptics are on the advance. Mojib Latif and Konrad Ott are taking a stance with regard to social uncertainty and responsibility in the post-truth age.

We are not making things easy for our global climate. Of course it has changed. Between ice age and interglacials there were global temperature differences of approximately five degrees Celsius. But these changes took many thousands of years. Then we took a liking to machines and, in the 19th century, industrialisation took off. ► Read more...


Dear readers,

If you contemplate the role of science in the modern world, you face a paradox: on one side, society and policy makers demand that science provides evidence-based insights, on which they can base their decisions and political alignments.

On the other side, the dynamics of science are founded on the fact that scientific contributions are occasionally contradictory and deliver several answers to one problem. Awareness of the uncertainty of its own insights is science’s engine, not a presumed certainty. Nevertheless, it is not random and haphazard. Instead, it produces and describes its versions of solutions intelligently and transparently. In this, it is very democratic.

We warmly invite you to discuss the role of science with us, as well as what you expect of it at this year's Night of the Profs on 17 November, under the motto »Truth(s) – Values – Resistance«. This issue of unizeit provides a wealth of inspirational ideas.

Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University

Brown algae with potential

Seaweed, bladder wrack, knotted wrack – the Baltic Sea conceals innumerable brown algae species. Their health implications are being systematically researched in a German-Danish research project. ► Read more...

Interdisciplinary doctoral degrees

Innovative implants could be an alternative to high dosage medicines when treating brain disorders. Interdisciplinary specialists are needed to develop them, and they are trained at Kiel University. ► More...