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