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Dear readers,

We are now starting a very special winter semester. The universities in the country are braving a step back to normal, with good hygiene concepts and the necessary amount of caution, with lots of efforts and great anticipation. And it will also be the first time in my term of office when I am able to welcome the students in person on campus. I am looking forward to the new version of the old university everyday life.

In this issue, we look at the experiences of the past months, the advantages and disadvantages of online and hybrid forms of teaching. We talk about Big Data from the sea, present innovative ideas and projects by our early career researchers and students, and take a glance at new findings in COVID research.

I hope you enjoy reading these articles!

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda

Three people at a desk

Business ideas for the common good

What do sustainable coffee mugs and gender equality have in common? Both are areas for forward-looking start-up ideas that are being developed by the Enactus student group.
Madiha Malik pipettes an extraction solution into the device

The air we breathe reveals superspreaders

The amount of coronavirus found on the nasopharyngeal swab tells us very little about how much of the virus is actually emitted into the surrounding area. This is the conclusion of a pilot study that also examines the viral load of exhaled air.

Photo of Annekatrin Mordhorst

25 years of continuing professional development on a scientific level

Seminars, lectures, coaching and consulting for university staff, companies and others: all this and more is offered at Kiel University’s Continuing Professional Development Center. To mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, director Annekatrin Mordhorst looks back at the early days and ahead to the future.

Historic view of Kappeln's Mühlenstraße around 1910

Robbery and restitution

"Aryanisation" - The National Socialists (Nazis) used this term to cover up an act of theft that is unparalleled in recent history. How the state-prescribed absorption of Jewish wealth took place has been investigated for the first time for a German area state using the example of Schleswig-Holstein.

Scholarship Holder Adina Krauß

Always interested in new questions

Committed, open, versatile – and always looking for the next opportunity. This is how Adina Krauß is as a person and a student. She thanks the Deutschlandstipendium for this.

Three scientists in the food:lab

Food that's tasty and sustainable?

School classes can learn just how healthy meat substitutes and alternatives to cow's milk are in tasty experiments at the new food:labor by the Kiel Science Factory.

Kite surfers on the beach

The moral of the story is...

Stories – whether factual or fictional – shape our perceptions of the sea. And they can affect the way we use the ocean. A lecture series at Kiel University and a book based on it show how complex the subject is.


Stefan Schröder (left) and Leonard Siebert

Biomaterials preferable to bread

There is no digital substitute for international research visits. Two young scientists from the priority research area KiNSIS report why their time in Boston, USA was so important for their doctorates.