We are looking towards the coming winter semester with confidence: the number of coronavirus infections is falling, the number of vaccinations is increasing at the same time – and with it the hope that our students, researchers and all employees can finally come back to campus. But while we are preparing for face-to-face teaching and joint events, and looking forward to carefully returning to a thriving student life, we should not lose sight of the lessons and opportunities this exceptional situation brought with it. In addition to the implications in terms of social and educational policy, on top of medical research, this also includes the pressing question of how we are going to deal with our environment and our limited resources in the future. This is why the spotlight in this edition is focussing on the important topic of sustainability – starting with its ethical dimensions, across practical examples, through to supporting early career researchers.
But the next pages also hold information about lots of exciting projects and people: in light of the upcoming elections, we have spoken to experts about emotions in politics, campaigns and populism. We take a look at German innovation and at ways to successfully transfer knowledge between universities and society. We also provide insight into the diverse research going on at the CAU, such as into inflammation, nanotechnology and the history of monasteries. Those who appreciate listening to Brahms, like me, can also look forward to a small musical sensation. Enjoy!
Prof. Dr Simone Fulda