There from the start. Without Reinhard Neubert the Weinberg Campus would not have become what it is today.
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26.04.2018 in Featured, Science

“Flexibility is our advantage”

The Weinberg Campus is a high-tech location. In the last 25 years around one billion euros has been invested in a site that is also the heart of the university’s scientific campus. The density of research institutes is high on the nearly 134-hectare site. This is accompanied by numerous successful companies that have often emerged from start-ups. Important drivers of the process are technology and founders’ centres. The first one opened in 1993 and the technology park was born. Professor Reinhard Neubert - a scientist, Prorector and entrepreneur - is one of the pioneers of this development. He talks with Ines Godazgar in an interview. Read more

For the purposes of his research, Ralph Ludwig (left) meets frequently with leading academics in the Creole Movement, such as Hector Poullet.
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25.04.2018 in Context, Science

Language contact

Languages are constantly evolving. Whenever two languages come into contact, they interact with one another. In some cases, such interaction results in entirely new languages, so-called creole languages. Professor of Romance linguistics Ralph Ludwig explains how and why these languages are a subject of research, and what we can learn from them. Read more

For their project, Martin Kühnel, project leader Martin Grunert, Matthias Hambrock and Andrea Thiele (left to right) use historical sources, which have been taken from different archives and libraries.
© Michael Deutsch
23.04.2018 in Science, Research

Letters from the belligerent spirit

There is barely another name which is so strongly associated with the German Early Enlightenment than that of Christian Thomasius. The work of the professor, who once taught in the City of Halle, has already been the subject of much academic work. The first volume of his letters has now been completed. Looking at this volume, it becomes clear that it is only by considering these historical sources, that we can understand the world and the essence of the argumentative jurist. Read more

Members of "Tri-Sustaine" during their first workshop in Tanzania
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04.12.2017 in Science, Research, International News

Project on medicinal plants in Africa: first workshop in Tanzania

Approximately 80 per cent of African residents seek out traditional medical professionals in case of illnesses. The healers often use medicinal plants that they have collected for treatment. Evaluating the pharmaceutical potential of those plants is the main objective of the international research project “Tri-Susain”, led by Martin Luther University. The first workshop of the project took place in November in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Dr Lucie Moeller from the University of Halle reports about the event. Read more

Positive psychology examines, for example, how happiness can be influenced.
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12.10.2017 in Science, Context

Positive psychology

Anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders are major themes of traditional psychology. Happiness and playfulness are seldom discussed. Positive psychology, which has gained a lot of attention in recent years, looks at precisely these aspects. Psychologist Dr René Proyer explains why. Read more

IPBES develops first global biodiversity assessment.
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10.10.2017 in Science, Research, Knowledge Transfer

World biodiversity council: Researchers from Central Germany actively involved

Every year, many animal and plant species all over the world become extinct. As yet, we know very little about the exact extent, the reasons for this and the consequences for the ecosystems, humankind and the world. Within the scope of the world biodiversity council IPBES, researchers from all over the world are working on a first global assessment and solutions for stopping this biodiversity loss. Many researchers of Martin Luther University are actively involved with this international platform. Read more

Courtyard of the former Leucorea University in Wittenberg
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23.03.2017 in Featured, Science, Research

Luther’s Leucorea: Research in Wittenberg

Where Martin Luther once taught in Wittenberg, researchers today are working together on an interdisciplinary basis to study the history and effects of the Reformation. Two research projects, funded by the State of Saxony-Anhalt, are examining these topics at the Leucorea Foundation at the University of Halle. Read more

Burkhard Schnepel erforscht das Gebiet des Indischen Ozeans.
© Michael Deutsch
14.03.2017 in Research, Science

Indian Ocean Studies: ideas that travel

Globalisation isn’t new. It effectively started in the 16th century. Back then, sailors navigated the Indian Ocean and the world’s other seas. This was accompanied by active trading: traders brought with them goods, languages and ideas. All of these influences are examined today as part of the study programme “Indian Ocean Studies” and represent some of the aspects social anthropologist Professor Burkhard Schnepel is investigating. He has created a unique network in Halle in partnership with the Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology. Read more

Many bacteria that live in and on the human body have yet to be identified.
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08.03.2017 in Science, Context

Context: The Microbiome

Every human being shares his or her body with a countless number of tiny organisms, for example, bacteria. Up until a few years ago their significance was unrecognised. Today we know that bacteria can significantly impact a person’s health and even their behaviour. Gary Sawers, a professor of microbiology, explains why. Read more

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