Editorial

Dear readers,

This issue of unizeit aims to provide the usual insight into current research and stories about the people at Kiel University. The world looked quite different, though, while we were preparing these exciting topics for you to read about. Today we are confronted with Russia’s wrongful attack on Ukraine which violates international law. Our day to day lives at the moment are a permanent mental balancing act, because people are currently dying in Europe in a war, millions are on the run. Students and staff are affected, both directly and indirectly. But we also have an important duty and assume responsibility as a scientific institution, for society and for the people who turn to our university in order to continue their studies or research. We have set up an information portal for those who need help as well as the helpers. Read more about this on page 12.

We also have articles in this issue drawing your attention to algorithms and quantum computers, innovations in agriculture and the magic of reading.

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda
President

"Tax oases" for the highly skilled?

After the nations agreed on a global minimum tax for companies, this could be the start of a new tax competition: one for highly skilled workers. This is the finding of a study in which business professor Jost Heckemeyer is involved.
 
Close up of a root tip with fungal infection

Fascinated by Fungi

Professor Eva Stukenbrock has been a member of the French Academy of Sciences since January 2022. This special honour is largely based on her expertise on pathogenic fungi. How she discovered her love of fungi and what plans she has for plant sciences in Kiel, she describes in conversation with Rosemary Wilson, coordinator of the Kiel Plant Center.

 
Concrete wall on a Mediterranean coast

Knowledge exchange on an equal footing

Professor Silja Klepp is the new joint holder of the UNESCO Chair on Integrated Marine Sciences. She focuses attention on the political and social dimensions of climate change and environmental changes.

 
Zeichnung eines Huhnes, das bequem an ein Buch gelehnt ist.

The magic of reading

The book within the book as the key to strange worlds: how the writer Cornelia Funke uses this literary motif is being researched by specialist in German studies Olaf Koch.

 
Symbol image: Digital boxes

The rulership of algorithms

The question of who actually rules whom is rarely easy to answer. This is also the case with algorithms. The problem is addressed by the sociology of algorithmic rulership.

 
Medical staff gives a piglet an injection

Better animal welfare in the pigsty

In a joint research project, the Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry is investigating immunocastration – an animal-friendly alternative to surgical castration of piglets. The goals here are to reduce reservations and develop recommendations for agriculture.

 
Two women and a man. One woman holds a certificate.

A little support for a big goal

"I would like to become a volcanologist." Hannah Völkel's goal is ambitious, but thanks to her Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship) she can work towards it with a certain calm confidence.

 
Crowded highway

Who carries the responsibility for CO2 emissions?

Members of Kiel University who focus on issues of environment and climate protection express their views in the "Unter Zwei" (below two) interview series run by klik – klima konzept 2030. Among them is junior professor Christian Baatz. He researches climate ethics, sustainability and global justice.