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Jahr 2016

New ideas for information technology: CRC at Halle university receives 10 million euros from DFG

The third round for cutting-edge research in nanoscience: The  collaborative research centre (CRC) 762 “Functionality of Oxide  Interfaces” at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) will  receive 10 million euros in funding for a further four years from the  German Research Foundation (DFG). MLU’s partners are the University of  Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle.

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One and a half tonnes of valuable files: winner of the Humboldt Research Award brings wealth of data to Halle

The data of the oldest German collection of biographical interviews recorded on audio tape was believed to have gone missing years ago. Now it is stored at MLU. The transfer was facilitated by a Humboldt Research Award winner, Prof. Christina von Hodenberg, who is originally from Queen Mary University London and currently working in Halle.

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Jahr 2015

“Science” Article: Researchers from Halle discover genetic basis for social behaviour in bees

The social behaviour of bees depends on the highly complex interactions of multiple gene groups rather than on one single gene. This has been established by an international team of researchers that includes scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The researchers analysed and compared ten bee genomes in order to identify a common genetic basis for the social behaviour of different species of bees.

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DAAD to fund Halle University’s exchange programme with China for another four years

The successful student exchange programme between the Institute of Economic Law of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Bussines and China’s Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing will continue to receive another four years of high-level funding. Following a positive evaluation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is once again providing the programme with around 500,000 EUR. Under the leadership of Professor Christian Tietje, the institute has supported an exchang­­e programme for students and scientists with the university in China since 2006.

Cutting-edge research: federal government to fund Halle’s Centres for Innovation Competence for another five years

The two Centres for Innovation Competence (ZIK) at Halle’s university are receiving high-level funding for another five years from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The life sciences project “HALOmem - membrane protein structure & dynamics” and the materials science project “Silicon and Light: from macro to nano”, in short SiLi-nano, have been in existence since 2009. According to the ministry, the ZIK have developed into a nucleus of top-flight research in a short amount of time. The two ZIK receive around ten million euros in funding from the federal and state governments.

News from the past

Is a fossil from the Geisel Valley the first proof that crocodiles cared for their brood? How were five different crocodile species able to share a single habitat? Finds from the Geisel Valley date back to the Eocene Epoch and still hold many secrets. These secrets are attracting researchers from around the world, including Alexander Hastings. When speaking to Hastings about his work, it quickly becomes clear what has drawn the young palaeontologist from Florida to Halle, of all places.

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Against risks and side effects

The new teaching pharmacy was launched at the Institute of Pharmacy at the beginning of winter semester. It took the project’s initiator, Prof. Dr. Ralf Benndorf, a year to get it up and running. Now it will gradually be integrated into the education of future pharmacists. Students will learn how to properly advise customers under real conditions but in a protective setting.

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Green light for Protein Centre on the Weinberg Campus

On 18 December, the foundation stone for the university’s new Protein Centre was laid. Representatives of Saxony-Anhalt’s government were present for this event. Protein biochemistry is one of the core areas of research at MLU. The new research centre will cost about 40 million euros and is intended to strengthen direct collaboration among biochemistry, cell biology and medical working groups as well as joint efforts with non-university partners.

The new research building will have about 5,500 m² of floor space. After its completion in 2016, twelve professors from the Natural Sciences Faculties I and II and from the Medical Faculty will conduct research in the building with their working groups.

A Warming World May Spell Bad News for Honey Bees

Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite  –now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive  ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the  journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers,  including Myrsini Natsopoulou from Martin-Luther-Universität  Halle-Wittenberg, who co-led the research alongside Prof. Dr. Dino  McMahon from Freie Universität Berlin and the Federal Institute for  Materials Research and Testing, believes that the parasite could become  more prevalent in Europe in the future and their findings demonstrate  the importance of both parasite competition and climate change in the  spread of this emerging disease.

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Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are being driven into wild bumblebee populations directly from managed honeybees. Scientists from Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Exeter, working in collaboration with Professor Robert Paxton at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, say the research provides vital information for beekeepers across the world to ensure honeybee management supports wild bee populations.

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Over one million euros in EU funding for nano-researcher Georg Woltersdorf

Dr. Georg Woltersdorf has accepted an appointment at Martin Luther University. The renowned young physicist took over the Chair for Experimental Physics, Optics and Time-resolved Spectroscopy on 1 October thereby transferring to MLU his project “Electric Control of Magnetization Dynamics”, which studies the properties of nanomagnets. The project is being funded by the European Research Council’s ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million euros over five years. The nanostructures Woltersdorf is studying could be used in new data storage methods.

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Ingolf Kühn one of the most frequently cited researchers in his field

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Kühn was put on the renowned list of "highly cited researchers" in June. Only scientists whose publications are very frequently cited make it onto this international list. Kühn`s research primarily looks at the biological invasion of foreign species and the effects of climate and land use change on ecosystem functions. His particularly successful articles are general overview articles on biostatistical methods or newly published datasets. Ingolf Kühn was jointly appointed professor of macroecology by MLU and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in March 2014.

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