What happens at the molecular level when we smell, see and hear? At the University of Oldenburg the Research Training Group "Molecular basis of sensory biology" has been studying these processes since 2013. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has now approved funding for the group for another four and a half years.
The skin, our largest sensory organ, is the subject of dermatologist Ulrike Raap‘s research and medical care. She describes it as an “architectural masterpiece“ and hopes that by gaining a better understanding of its components she can pave the way for the development of novel treatment approaches.
Religion has become a huge social topic once more since the start of the millennium. How can we coexist peacefully in a religiously diverse world? Religion educationalist Joachim Willems is looking for answers.
As of 2018 Oldenburg University will take over the academic implementation of a project that has been included in Germany's largest research programme in the humanities: the "Prize Papers" project has been admitted to the Academy Programme, which is financed by the German federal and state governments.
Following a test phase, German rail company Deutsche Bahn has announced plans to equip train station security personnel at trouble spots with body cameras or "bodycams". An interview with Oldenburg data protection experts Jürgen Taeger and Edgar Rose.
"Internationalisation" is more than just a catchword for Oldenburg University. In addition to boosting its foreign student numbers it also aims to attract international researchers. Esther Ruigendijk, Vice President for Early Career Researchers and International Affairs, talks about creating a welcoming culture and recruiting the best brains.
Migratory birds find their way to their destination with astonishing accuracy. For a long time it was unclear how they determined their east-west position. Now Henrik Mouritsen, an Oldenburg expert on migratory birds, together with an international team of researchers has shown how reed warblers determine their east-west position by detecting the angle by which magnetic north differs from true north.
Assessing the state of an ecosystem solely on the basis of short-term changes in the number of different species it contains can lead to false conclusions, a new study by an international team of researchers led by the ecologist Helmut Hillebrand shows. In order to assess ecosystems experts should instead focus on analysing the turnover of species within a system.
The Antarctic Krill, a small crustacean, is one of the world's most abundant species and the central diet of a number of animals in the Southern Ocean. Results by researchers of the University of Oldenburg now indicate, that mainly competition for food drives the regularly occurring fluctuations in stock size.
Addressing research gaps and providing the scientific basis for marine conservation – these are the aims of the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity. On Wednesday, the institute was officially inaugurated at the University of Oldenburg. A step that will allow the University and the Bremerhaven-based Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), to combine and build on their research excellence in this field.