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Editorial

Dearreaders,

Thiseditionofunizeitdoesnotfocusonthecurrentcoronaviruscrisis,SARS-CoV-2orCovid-19.Atthetimethiseditionwasbeingplannedandproduced,nobodythoughtthatthispathogenwouldstaggerentiresocietiesaroundtheentireworld.Manyofusstillviewtheexponentialspreadoftheviruswithdisbelief.Weseeshockingimagesfromallareasoftheglobe:thepandemicisverydangerousforusall.Inspiteofthis,theeditorialteamhasstilldecidedtopublishthiscurrentedition.Forone,wewanttoshowthatwearecontinuingtoworkasbestwecanunderthechallengingcircumstances.Andinaddition,scienceisbecomingevenmoresignificantasasocialadvisorinthecoronaviruspandemic.Notadaygoespastinwhichexpertsfromhospitals,labsorinstitutesspeakabouttheepidemicanditsimpacts,andthusgivepoliticiansandthepublicsomeorientation.Thecoronavirushasshownusthatsocietyreliesonscientificfindingsinordertoovercomecrisesandshapethefuture.Thisisourjobandourdutynotjustintermsofthecurrentcrisissituation,butalsofortopicssuchasclimatechangeanddigitalisation.Onthatnote,Ihopethatthiseditionwillhelpmakethewaitforbetterdaysshorterstay@homeandkeepwell!

Prof.DrLutzKipp
PresidentofKielUniversity

Lutz Kipp
AxelSchn,UniKiel