unizeit Schriftzug

Editorial

Dear readers,

For the start of the new summer semester, I would like to invite you to send your minds on holiday, even if we ourselves cannot actually travel anywhere. In spite of the current restrictions, the members of our University are still putting all their efforts into working, studying and conducting research. Each and every one of you is contributing towards ensuring that the social discourse is based on carefully collected, scientific data. To the same extent, we reflect on what has happened and do not lose sight of those who require a bit of extra support. Find out more in this issue about how the Competence Centre for Genomic Analysis Kiel contributes to COVID-19 research, for example, or how the Faculty of Law mastered digital teaching over the past winter semester, as well as how our Kunsthalle enabled partially sighted people to appreciate art digitally.

There is also a lot more to read about which does not involve the coronavirus pandemic. Our main topic introduces innovative technology based on nature, and we take a look at the major confederations of the USA and Europe – along with how they are developing after Brexit and the departure of a populist leader. I hope you enjoy reading this new issue of “unizeit”, which is celebrating its 20th birthday with this edition!

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda
President

Zwei USA-Flaggen, in gegensätzliche Richtungen wehend

Slim prospect of reconciliation in the U.S.

Donald Trump as president is history for the time being. But how could he ever become a political reality? Political scientist and U.S. expert Professor Torben Lütjen has been analysing the deep division in American society and predicts little to rejoice about.
 
Kohlstedt, Hansen und Vahl

Learning from the brain

Computers may be getting ever more reliable, but the human brain still works far more efficiently. What we can derive from this for learning and technical information processing is being studied by scientists – many of whom are early career researchers – in the new Collaborative Research Centre 1461 "Neurotronics".

 
Kai Lohsträter

New to the CAU: Kiel University Publishing

Professionally supporting publications and raising their visibility – the new University Publishing aims to provide Kiel's scientists with this service. But what does it take to set up something like this?

 
Stone ship "Ales stenar"

The archaeology of seeing

How do we perceive things? And what does this mean for the way we act – or don’t act? A new international research project with Kiel-based participants is considering these questions by looking to the past.

 
Osivue Michael Lucky

Understand financial markets, manage investments

A dream, perseverance and a tip from a good friend have brought Osivue Michael Lucky from Nigeria to study in Kiel. His goal is to become an expert in financial and economic analyses.

 
Tactile copy of a painting

Exploring art through words

Participation for all is the declared aim of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. With special online tours, even the blind and partially sighted can experience the joy of art.

 
Ships and a  floating dredger

Measurement technology for harbour silt

It is currently not possible to accurately determine the navigable depth of harbours with a high level of sedimentation using the technology of echo sounding. Kiel-based geophysicists are involved in a joint project aimed at solving this problem with sophisticated measurement technology and artificial intelligence.