Why do neurodegenerative diseases develop and what role does "autophagy", a cellular self-cleaning process, play in the brain? An interview with molecular biologist Christiane Richter-Landsberg.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier, Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann (both members of the University of Oldenburg's "Hearing4all" Cluster of Excellence) and Dr. Torsten Niederdränk (Siemens AG) have been nominated by the jury as one of four teams for the renowned German Future Prize 2012, as announced by the Office of the Federal President of Germany, thereby honouring the outstanding developments by the team in the field of auditory systems.
The larvae of coral reef fishes swimming in the ocean are just a few millimetres long. And yet they are able to find their way back to their native reef across distances of several kilometres. Oldenburg biologist Gabriele Gerlach has been studying precisely how they do this on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The Founding Dean of the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen, Prof. Dr. Eckhart Hahn, in an interview about the sense of community among those involved in the project, the setting up of University Hospital Units and the selection of students – who have considerably more time for learning at Oldenburg.
Germany suffers from a lack of university graduates. One reason why Germany is lagging behind in this respect compared to other countries is that German universities are insufficiently oriented towards the requirements of lifelong learning.
How can small energy sources be integrated to form stable power grids? To answer this question the scientists working on the "SmartNord" project are looking to colony-forming insects. An interview with spokesman for the project Michael Sonnenschein and energy informatics expert Sebastian Lehnhoff.
They disappear for hours into their work rooms at the University library. Their faces are sometimes serious, sometimes cheerful. They're loaded down with books. Who are they and what are they doing? We decided to investigate and visited six students in their "study cells".
The University of Oldenburg is expanding: At the Wechloy campus a new building which will house the Neurosensorics and Safety-Critical Systems Research Centres is under construction. The main focus: medical technologies and human-machine communication.
Nils Baratella and Ines Weber are researching subjectivisation practices in their graduate programme/research group
Lower Saxony modernises advanced teacher training / Nine new competence centres established across the state