Research Magazine


  • 31.07.2018 – Academic Research,People

    When music becomes political

    An international group of researchers led by Professor of Music Education Mario Dunkel is exploring the role of music in the rise of populism. The Volkswagen Foundation is funding the project with just under one million euros. more

  • 04.07.2018 – Homepage

    Islands of diversity

    Success for Oldenburg’s biodiversity researchers: German Research Foundation to provide three million euros in funding for new research unit led by marine scientist Helmut Hillebrand.more

  • 07.06.2018 – Academic Research

    From bird migration to quantum chemistry

    For more than 15 years Henrik Mouritsen has been conducting research on magnetoreception in birds. Now, he has summarised the current scientific knowledge in the journal Nature. Here, the neurobiologist talks about his fascination with birds and why fundamental research is so important.more

  • 29.05.2018

    New Collaborative Research Centre for Hearing Acoustics

    A new Collaborative Research Centre is to be established at the University: the research project on “hearing acoustics” will receive around eight million euros in funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) over the next four years. The head of the CRC is professor of psychoacoustics Volker Hohmann.more

  • 26.04.2018 – Academic Research

    Fascinating Diskworld

    Doctor of chemistry Jannika Lauth was awarded a Carl von Ossietzky Young Researchers' Fellowship earlier this year. In her research Lauth produces tiny semiconductor sheets which can conduct electricity when light is shone on them. She is using innovative laser methods to study these two-dimensional nanoparticles. Potential applications include ultrathin solar cells, high-speed transistors and energy-saving LEDs.more

  • 05.04.2018 – Academic Policy,Study

    The Future of University Education

    Individualised and online-based is how Anke Hanft, scientific director of the University of Oldenburg's Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L) sees the future of academic teaching and continuing education. The expert in continuing education and university management talks in an interview about why changes in the working life are also affecting universities. more

  • 22.02.2018 – Academic Research,Homepage

    Stagnation in the South Pacific

    A team led by geochemist Dr. Katharina Pahnke from Oldenburg has discovered important evidence that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age was triggered by changes in the Southern Ocean.more

  • 29.01.2018 – Academic Research

    How organisms process sensory stimuli

    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.more

  • 08.01.2018 – Academic Research

    Layer by Layer, Cell by Cell

    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.more

  • 13.12.2017 – Academic Research

    Letting yourself be challenged

    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.more

  • 20.11.2017 – Academic Research

    Oldenburg University in Academy Programme

    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.more

  • 01.11.2017 – Academic Research

    Not without reason

    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.more

  • 22.09.2017 – Academic Policy

    Automatically International?

    "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. more

  • 14.09.2017 – Academic Research

    How Migratory Birds Solve the Longitude Problem

    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.more

  • 10.08.2017 – Academic Research

    Species richness - a false friend?

    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. more

  • 15.06.2017 – Academic Research

    Small crustacean, crucial role

    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. more

  • 31.05.2017 – Academic Research

    Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity officially founded

    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.more

  • 28.04.2017 – Academic Research

    Venturing into the dark

    It may not be a beauty – pale and rather inconspicuous – but in terms of evolutionary biology this fish is a sensation: the first known European cave fish. Arne Nolte, an evolutionary geneticist from the University of Oldenburg, was involved in the spectacular discovery made north of Lake Constance. more

  • 13.03.2017 – Study

    High speed into the future

    A group of students at Oldenburg University and Hochschule Emden/Leer has a vision: to help design a brand new mode of eco-friendly transport. Their goal is to win the international Hyperloop Pod Competition.more

  • 26.01.2017 – Academic Research

    Unique infrastructure for researching wind energy

    Space for more than 130 scientists, a 30-metre-long measurement section and wind speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour: the inauguration of the University of Oldenburg's new Research Laboratory for Turbulence and Wind Systems (WindLab) took place in the presence of Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. more

  • 11.01.2017 – Academic Research

    How far do invasive species travel?

    Around the globe, an increasing number of plant and animal species are introduced into new regions through human activity. Researchers at the universities of Oldenburg and Vienna and at the Senckenberg have now discovered that the spread of species can be convincingly explained by a combination of global trade flows and the species’ original distribution.more

  • 09.12.2016 – Academic Research

    A new type of robotic microscope

    Scientists at Oldenburg University can now use a "digitizing robotic microscope" for biological and medical research. Oldenburg University is one of the few German universities where this new type of microscope is in use. more

  • 08.11.2016 – Academic Research

    Between the Atmosphere and the Ocean

    Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returned with a diverse crew of scientists who have newly found characteristics of the ocean’s “skin” also known as the sea surface microlayer. Members of the crew: Chief Scientist Oliver Wurl and his team from the University of Oldenburg.more

  • 26.10.2016 – Academic Research

    For the Patients’ Benefit

    To strengthen cooperation among hearing researchers worldwide and in this way promote innovation in the field is the goal of a new project at the University of Oldenburg. more

  • 04.10.2016 – Academic Research

    "Like back in the deep Middle Ages"

    For several months the historical city of Palmyra was in the hands of terrorists. Ancient sites were destroyed and archaeological excavation areas ravaged. Historian Michael Sommer sees the damage as irreparable. more

  • 06.09.2016 – Academic Research

    Mission: To convey emotions

    Ute Koglin uses a toy dolphin and snail shell when she applies her scientific concepts. A portrait of an expert in educational psychology.more

  • 29.04.2016 – Academic Research

    Intuition packed into a formal model

    Top computer scientists at the AVACS Transregional Collaborative Research Center have made problems in safety-critical systems that were allegedly "undecidable" solvable. In this interview AVACS Coordinator Werner Damm looks back on twelve exciting years with the project. more

  • 02.03.2016 – Academic Research

    I track, therefore I am

    Self-tracking is in vogue: more and more people are gathering data about their bodies. Sociologist Thomas Alkemeyer and sport scientist Mirko Brandes are studying this phenomenon – each from a different perspective.more

  • 07.01.2016 – Academic Research

    "The focus is not on Mozart"

    Musicologist Melanie Unseld talks about the legacy of singer and drawer Celeste Coltellini – and what it says about the classical music scene in the period around 1800.more

  • 02.10.2015 – Academic Research

    How deep-sea hot vents affect our climate

    How does our planet manage to keep a steady climate? Thorsten Dittmar, leader of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) in Oldenburg, and an international team of scientists have just moved one step closer towards an answer to this question.more

  • 21.07.2015 – Academic Research

    Bacteria in the Ocean:
    Vital for the Global Carbon Cycle

    How can organic matter dissolved in the ocean store carbon over thousands of years and maintain our climate in the process? To shed light on this question, marine scientists at the University of Oldenburg performed a laboratory experiment over several years. more

  • 09.06.2015 – Academic Research

    Ukraine: When Languages Converge

    People in central Ukraine often speak a mixture of Russian and Ukrainian. Slavicist Gerd Hentschel is studying the phenomenon on location – and experiencing the consequences of the political crisis first-hand. more

  • 13.01.2015 – Academic Research

    On the Eternal Battle against Epidemics

    Infectious diseases from a medical and a cultural history perspective: An interview with medical specialist and chemist Klaus Peter Kohse and contemporary historian Malte Thießen.more

  • 17.12.2014 – Academic Research

    One Law but Many Questions

    Expensive EEG: Christoph Böhringer examines the economic impact of political reforms. His simulation models are now also used by the German government. more

  • 15.09.2014 – Academic Research

    "It's no longer about whether to do it, but how"

    Dr Holger Lindemann is guiding the inclusion process at Oldenburg's schools and researching it at the same time. In an interview Lindemann talks about visions and concerns, about new, different teaching and about the journey being its own reward.more

  • 07.05.2014 – Academic Research

    Electrosmog Disrupts Orientation in Migratory Birds

    For the first time, a research team led by Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen, a biologist and Lichtenberg Professor at the University of Oldenburg, has been able to prove that the magnetic compass of robins fails entirely when the birds are exposed to AM radio waveband electromagnetic interference. more

  • 02.04.2014 – Academic Research

    "Hölderlin More Relevant than Ever Today"

    Sabine Doering, literary scholar and President of the Hölderlin Society, has been awarded a renowned fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). In this interview she talks about her research goals and explains what she finds so fascinating about the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin.more

  • 06.02.2014 – Academic Research

    Emissions transfers
    Paths to a global climate policy

    Global CO2 emissions hit a new high in 2013. One solution for lowering these emissions is emissions transfers. Oldenburg University researcher Marco Springmann examines how these transfers can be integrated into international climate policy.more

  • 22.01.2014 – Academic Research

    Message in the Strongbox

    Cryptography may not guarantee absolute security for communications but it creates very high hurdles for spying programmes. Oldenburg mathematicians Florian Heß and Andreas Stein discuss a field of research that is in high demand – and not just since the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden.more

  • 19.12.2013 – Academic Research

    The Fascination with Wagner

    Two hundred years of Wagner and no end in sight: festivals and ceremonies, productions, concerts, interpretations, documentations and tributes abound. And yet by no means has the subject been exhausted. Melanie Unseld talks in an interview about gender constructions, self-promotion, love, opera and pop music. more

  • 01.02.2013 – Academic Research

    Ultrafast switches for nano light could enable the computers of the future

    German/Italian team of physicists discovers novel nanostructured metallic optical switches. more

  • 18.01.2013 – Academic Research

    Border carbon adjustment

    A recent study by the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) investigates the role of border carbon adjustment in unilateral climate policy design. more

  • 07.12.2012 – Academic Research

    The Recycling of Cells

    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.more

  • 12.09.2012 – Academic Research

    Researchers in audiology nominated for the German Future Prize

    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.more

  • 27.06.2012 – Academic Research

    The Smell of the Reef

    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.more

  • 05.06.2012 – Study

    "Nothing can Replace Dialogue"

    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. more

  • 11.05.2012 – Study

    Improve University Access!

    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. more

  • 02.03.2012 – Academic Research

    Ants, Bees and “Smart Grids“

    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.more

  • 31.01.2012 – Academic Research

    New Building for Research

    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. more

  • 15.01.2012 – Academic Research

    How Boxers and Bishops "Educated" Themselves

    Nils Baratella and Ines Weber are researching subjectivisation practices in their graduate programme/research groupmore

  • 01.12.2011 – Study

    Clicking into Science

    The University will use the Audience Response Systems for the first time in the winter semester. The general public is familiar with these devices through their use in quiz shows.more