Field research in the crater and on the seabed
Out of the lecture hall, into nature: on the Italian volcanic island of Vulcano, researchers from Jacobs University Bremen and the German Aerospace Center taught students practical science.
Out of the lecture hall, into nature: on the Italian volcanic island of Vulcano, researchers from Jacobs University Bremen and the German Aerospace Center taught students practical science.
They teach and do research in different subject areas and come from different countries. All of them share a very similar motivation however: they want to teach and do research at an international, English-medium university, with students from over 100 nations and small learning groups. The team at Jacobs University Bremen is strengthened by a whole series of professors and university lecturers.
In fall, it is getting melodious in Bremen Nord: Piano to Forte, the largest student organized music event on campus of Jacobs University is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Interested spectators can look forward to a diverse musical program under the motto "Show your true self!” The concert will take place in the cinema of Jacobs University on October 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Many high school students spend a year abroad. Which impact does this experience have on the relationship with their home country, i.e. on their national identity? And how does the relationship with the host country develop? Dr. Regina Arant, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology and Methods at Jacobs University Bremen, examined these questions in her dissertation "Who You Are Depends on Where You Are – The Impact of a High School Year Abroad on the National and Host Country Identity of German Exchange Students". For this work she has now been honored with the Ernst-E-Boesch Young Scholar Award 2019.
Innovative and groundbreaking new ideas for future higher education were sought: In an international competition, the Jacobs Foundation and Jacobs University invited scientists from all disciplines to participate. The Jacobs Foundation provided 650,000 euros to support groundbreaking research projects following the "B3 - Bildung Beyond Boundaries" symposium. The third, and final project, has now been approved.
"When I look at our healthcare system, I sometimes get really angry," says Margaret Nandudu. The AIDS-virus is widespread in Uganda, the infant mortality rate is high and access to clean drinking water is limited. "You can do so much better," says the 21-year-old, who is studying Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Jacobs University. And that's exactly what she aims for: to do better, to help her country. "One day, I'd like to become Minister of Health.”
This past weekend, Jacobs University hosted the 15th annual Alumni Homecoming Reunion on campus and welcomed alumni from all generations of the university’s past to come back home. As tradition goes, the weekend was full of many events and opportunities for alumni to not only reconnect with one another but to also create a new connection with current students.
Every four years, the federal government publishes a report on the situation of people with impairments in Germany. Its preparation is supported by a committee of ten renowned scientists from various disciplines. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has now appointed Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at Jacobs University Bremen, to this Advisory Board.
Jacobs University and its alumni have a unique relationship. The Alumni Association is a key player in the development of the university. Alumni form a close international community that supports not only itself but also the university. As President, Anne Valtink and her team have had a significant influence on the development of this network. After three years in office, the 27-year-old management consultant is not running for office again.
Today's founders no longer strive primarily for profit. The sustainability of their actions as well as the social and ecological impact are often just as important to them. This development will be discussed at the Jacobs University Career Symposium on 20 September at 6:30 p.m. "Starting-up with Social Responsibility: Ethical Dimensions of Entrepreneurship" is the theme. Guests are very welcome.
Their work sets standards, they are scientifically excellent: At the beginning of its academic year, as is tradition, Jacobs University awarded the Deans Prize to graduates who wrote outstanding bachelor and master theses. In addition, at the suggestion of the students, the university teachers of the year were chosen and the prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was awarded.
Many students appreciate the comprehensibility and the sense of community at smaller universities. The renowned magazine "Times Higher Education" (THE) has therefore compiled a worldwide ranking of the best small universities. Jacobs University is the only German university to be represented there, taking an excellent tenth place.
At the kick-off event at the beginning of the new academic year at Jacobs University, President Michael Hülsmann made a committed plea for the maturity of thinking. He addressed the more than 500 new students: "Be courageous! Leave the easy to live with comfort zone of your existing cognitive and affective capabilities. Dare to think for yourself and use the time at Jacobs University to develop your own independent thought patterns.”
After about six years of successful management responsibility, President and Chairman of the Executive Board, Michael Hülsmann, is leaving Jacobs University at the turn of the year 2019/2020. Michael Hülsmann and the university’s Board of Governors agreed upon this at its regular meeting on Friday, August 30, 2019. The shareholders of Jacobs University thank Michael Hülsmann for his outstanding performance and acknowledge his central contribution to securing the future of Jacobs University.
After having found gadolinium from contrast agents in many rivers worldwide and even in the tap water in some German cities, a research group headed by Michael Bau, Professor of Geoscience at Jacobs University Bremen, now also observed that these contrast agents enter the food chain. They detected the gadolinium in tap water and in cola soft drinks bought in restaurants of well-known fast-food franchises in Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Essen, Karlsruhe, and Munich. Gadolinium, which is widely used as a contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), appears not to impose any health risk at the low concentrations observed. However, it is an indicator of the potential presence of other waste water-derived, possibly toxic xenobiotics.
Competent in interculturality and excellently trained: graduates of Jacobs University Bremen are highly sought after by employers. The international university enables companies and organizations to establish contacts with their students at an early stage. For this purpose, the annual "Jacobs Career Fair" will take place on Wednesday, March 4th 2020. Companies wishing to exhibit at the fair can apply for an early-booking discount of 20 percent until the end of August.
Instead of going to swim or for ice cream with their friends, students from Germany and all over the world used their free time during the summer holidays to study – and that even voluntarily. Summer Camps, educational programs for young people, have long been established in an international context and typically take place during the summer holidays. Jacobs University, together with the Association of German Engineers (VDI), Germany's largest engineering association, has organized an English-language Summer Camp on the campus in Bremen for the fourth year running.
Andrea Koch experiences the host family program at Jacobs University as an enrichment to her life. At the invitation of her former host student Lalit Singh, the native of Bremen was in the Himalayan state. Andrea Koch could hardly believe it: Was that really "her" Lalit, the back in the days rather reserved alumni of Jacobs University from Nepal? He stood confidently on the stage of Nami College in Kathmandu and moderated the "Everest Hackathon" – Nepal’s largest competition of programming specialists, which was initiated and organized by Lalit himself and led participants and sponsors from all over the world to Nepal. "He was outgoing, he was in his element – that was impressive to see," says Koch, who lives in Bremen-Nord, close to Jacobs University.
Three of Professor Sören Petrat’s students have recently been granted spots in prestigious summer schools at renowned US universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, and a Utah branch of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Petrat himself did postgraduate work at Princeton University. When he came from there to Jacobs University in fall 2017 to take up a post of Assistant Professor of Mathematics, one of his immediate objectives was to be a good teacher.
He hosted his own TV-show with more than 1000 episodes, he cooked for politicians as well as for show stars and he advised restaurant founders all over the world. Recently, Anil Kumar and his family moved from India to Germany, because his son is studying at Jacobs University Bremen. Now Anil Kumar caters for his son on campus – as head chef on behalf of the service provider “Apetito”.
In the treatment of cancer, the most promising innovation in the last years has been tumor immunotherapy. In the immunotherapy approach, which is now being tested in clinical trials, scientists and doctors ‘train’ the immune system of the patient to recognize the tumor and eliminate it, using – instead of drugs or surgery – the body’s own defenses to overcome the disease. A Jacobs University workgroup, led by Prof. Sebastian Springer, professor for Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has recently published two papers in the journal Science Immunology in collaboration with scientists from Germany and Denmark. In these papers, they introduced revolutionary new methods to accelerate tumor immunotherapy, to customize it to the individual patient, and to decrease the costs out of the procedure.
Jacobs University Bremen participates in International Education Week in China
International orientation of science and teaching is a significant and important topic in China. The first International Education Week of the China University of Petroleum (UPC), one of the country's most renowned universities, took place from 30 June to 6 July 2019 under the motto "innovating training pattern, building an international campus, broadening an international perspective, cultivating top talents". Five professors from Jacobs University Bremen gave lectures as experts and pointed out international perspectives
Ever since she started working on her doctorate, Elke Nevoigt has been studying yeasts. They are robust, easy to handle, and versatile: “simply a wonderful organism for laboratory research,” the scientist enthuses. Her working group at Jacobs University is playing an international leading role in yeast research. The 52-year-old scientist is also keen on these microorganisms because they provide a bridge between the traditional use of baker’s yeast for generating products such as bread, wine, and beer, and modern “white” biotechnology for the sustainable industrial production of chemicals and fuels from renewable raw materials.
At the fifth international conference on Cocoa, Coffee and Tea around 150 participants from 40 nations and four continents discussed the latest findings on these three products on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen.
It was the largest single donation a British university has ever received. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated 210 million US dollars to Cambridge University in 2000. The money is used for funding an international postgraduate scholarship program for students who perform outstandingly in academics and are socially committed. One of these scholarships has been awarded to a graduate of Jacobs University Bremen: Mahlaqua Noor from Pakistan.
Once again, Jacobs University performed excellently in a university ranking. In the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking for universities which are younger than 50 years, the international, English-language campus university ranks 26th out of 351 participating universities from 60 countries. It was graded as one of the five best young universities in Germany.
Study first, pay later: This is the idea behind the new risk-free financing model for tuition fees, which Jacobs University Bremen will present on its admission days on 6 and 7 July 2019. "JUStudyAtEase", as it is called, is granted independently of parental income and is linked to future income. It gives students more freedom, flexibility and security in their study and career planning. "Successful studies at Jacobs University should be independent of the student’s financial background," stresses Bannour Hadroug, Head of Student Marketing and Recruitment at the English-speaking university. "The model complements our existing scholarship offerings.”
Anastassia from Australia, Tuan from Vietnam, Maxwell from Ghana, Ida from Albania and a US-American - these are the five Bachelor's and Master's students who receive the Diversity Scholarship, which Jacobs University Bremen is awarding for the first time this year. With this new scholarship format, the private university is honoring and strengthening its internationality and cultural diversity.
Applying for a study place can be tedious and time-consuming; not so on the admission days of Jacobs University Bremen on 6 and 7 July. Thanks to a personal admission procedure on site, applicants can find out within a few hours whether they receive a study place at the international, English-language campus university – and possibly even a scholarship. Since the number of participants is limited, early registration is recommended.
At the annual congress of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) in Cádiz, Spain, Dr. Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, was awarded the organization's Fukuhara Advanced International Research and Service Award. The award recognizes Boehnke's research as well as his exemplary commitment to international cooperation between psychologists and representatives of neighboring academic disciplines.
They promote health and are of enormous economic importance, particularly for producing countries: 140 participants, including scientists from 40 countries and practitioners from the industry, will participate in the "CoCoTea 2019" conference at Jacobs University from 26 to 28 June. Topics on the agenda include food safety, the effects of climate change and the health effects of tea, coffee and cocoa. "The entire spectrum will be highlighted in 60 lectures," says Nikolai Kuhnert, professor of chemistry at Jacobs University and chair of the conference.
When asked if he could imagine working as Head of Student Marketing and Recruitment at Jacobs University Bremen, Bannour Hadroug didn't think twice. He sought to live in an open and international environment which is not focused on origin, religion or ethnicity, but on achieving something together. Therefore, he left Tunisia ten years ago and came to Germany. "I am driven by this ideal," he says – and so is Jacobs University. "Helping an organization with these values and this potential to develop is a great opportunity. I identify myself with my task and I am very passionate about it."
One might imagine them as a training camp where like-minded people from all over the world come together to work on highly complex topics and inspire each other. Access to these camps is limited, only the best of the best can participate. Three mathematics students from Jacobs University Bremen are part of this group. Benedikt Stock, Malte Haßler, and Prabhat Devkota are currently participating in very special summer programs at renowned universities in the USA.
Digital change affects schools: But how do you shape it instead of just being at its mercy?
Great success for Jacobs University! In the international U-Multirank university ranking, the private university in Bremen, Germany, received the best ratings, together with the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. In terms of the international orientation of its study programs, Jacobs University ranks among the 25 best universities in the world.
Many high school graduates are overwhelmed by the decision as to what to do after graduation. The Foundation Year at Jacobs University Bremen offers orientation. When he was done with his final exams, he was overcome by a slight panic. "I had no idea what to do," recalls Elias Bosch. Start studying immediately? Or a time-out, a gap year? Elias didn't feel ready for the decision. He didn't want to "chill" for a year either, he wanted to do something. Only what? During an online search, the Upper Bavarian came across the Foundation Year, the orientation year at Jacobs University. Today, he says: "For me, this was the ideal intermediate step."
Happy, colorful, but also contemplative atmosphere; Jacobs University held its annual graduation ceremony in an impressive and moving manner with guests from all over the world. Almost 400 of them from 72 nations received their certificates and congratulations from Professor Dr. Michael Hülsmann, President of the international university. The festivities concluded with the traditional throwing of hats.
To answer complex questions from science and medicine, researchers are always keen to use novel technologies. This is why they team up with companies that offer innovative products. To acknowledge such a cooperation, a delegation from NanoTemper, a company in Munich, visited Jacobs University to give its “Explorer Award” to members of the research group of Professor Sebastian Springer.
The graduation ceremony at Jacobs University Bremen on Friday, June 7, 2019, will be attended by two prominent women from the world of science – the future astronaut Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich and Prof. Ada E. Yonath. The structural biologist and two colleagues received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. She will receive an honorary doctorate from Jacobs University during the graduation ceremony. "We are delighted to welcome two such different personalities for our graduation and are eager to hear what piece of advice they will give to our students," says Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann, President of Jacobs University. Almost 400 graduates will receive their certificates at the ceremony – never before in the history of the university, which was founded in 2001, has a graduating class been larger.
It was intended to be a cheerful, entertaining and informative party with a lot of “good chats” between neighbors –and that was exactly what it was. Several hundred visitors came to the "Open House 2019". The open university day on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen was not only impressive because of its blooming rhododendrons. Students and staff led visitors around the campus, scientists talked about their work, there was live music and much more.
The fence is made of glass, "Welcome" is written on it in many languages and yet it remains a fence. "For many," says Jens V. Dünnbier of the Management Board of Jacobs University, "these are still the former barracks, where you don't know exactly what's going on." It is important to him that as many neighbors and as many people from Bremen as possible look beyond the fence. The best time to do so is on May 25, the day of the "Open House", with children's program and barbecue, campus tours, laboratory visits, live music and hands-on science.
Emotions - they influence our everyday life and are an essential feature of being human. As part of the “Art Fest” exhibition, artists presented their expressive works on the theme of “emotions” on the campus of the international university in May. "This year's Art Fest exhibition was literally a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from excitement to joy and gratitude," says Andrea Pin Morales, who coordinated the event with her fellow students.
Robots taking over the world, gluttonous zombies, scary aliens? This is not what Ayshan Aliyeva’s science fiction literature is about. "There are far too few texts about things that could actually happen from a scientific point of view," she says. The biochemistry student at Jacobs University Bremen is currently working on such a science fiction piece. It is about DNA and the ability of individuals to determine the genetic information of their offspring. "By describing realistic scenarios, I hope to be able to reduce fears and prejudices," she says.
Celebrating and having fun together, experiencing science and culture, having exciting conversations and discovering the impressive campus: On Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jacobs University invites you to "Open House 2019". "Hospitality is very important to us. We want to promote good neighborliness and would be happy to welcome as many visitors as possible," says Jens V. Dünnbier from the Management Board of the international university.
Algae farming is widespread in China. The macroalgae Laminaria is mainly used for food in China but its bioactive ingredients are also used, for example, in cosmetics, dietary supplements or as an additive to animal food. The industrial processing of Laminaria produces wastewater with a salinity of around 20 percent. A team led by Dr. Laurenz Thomsen, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University and Postdoc Dr. Song Wang wants to clean this high-salinity wastewater with microalgal technology.
Over 880 students have been living on the campus of Jacobs University since the beginning of the year. The university's accommodation facilities in Bremen-Nord had thus reached their capacity limits. The conversion of an administration building on the site of the former barracks has created new, modern apartments for 73 students. The new student accommodation "Krupp E" was officially opened yesterday.
The first days, weeks and months are often decisive for the later success of one’s studies. First-year students at Jacobs University Bremen can be sure that the university will give them an excellent start. This was confirmed by the renowned CHE university ranking in its current evaluation. The English-language campus university achieved top marks in the categories "Support at the Beginning of Studies" and "International Orientation". This year, Jacobs University is represented in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of the German-speaking university landscape with the two study courses Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Psychology.
To make it to the final was his goal. "I'm really happy that it worked out," says Jan Felix Schuster. The 19-year-old qualified for the national finals of the youth competition ‘Jugend forscht’ in Chemnitz from 16 to 19 May. He is the state champion of Bremen in the field of chemistry, and participating is more important than winning for him. "Getting to know the other projects and making new contacts is what I enjoy most about 'Jugend forscht'”.
Bringing passion to the stage, emotions and a lot of feeling: It's no wonder that J-Cappella, the choir of Jacobs University Bremen, has a large fan base, which will continue to grow on 12 May at 6 p.m. The international ensemble invites you to its traditional spring concert in the Conference Hall on the campus of Jacobs University. Tickets are available at the box office, admission starts at 5:30 p.m.
Digitization, diversity and demographic changes not only impact the world environment, they also create new needs and opportunities for future psychologists. The workshop “Psychology in the 21st Century” on 25 May from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jacobs University will provide information on perspectives, occupational fields and requirements for future Master's students. The number of participants is limited, registration is required.
Patient injuries and errors in medical care can occur in gynecology and obstetrics. This is often caused by inadequate communication between those involved. A research project with five partner institutions and Jacobs University as consortium leader, headed by Dr. Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, aims to change this to improve patient safety.
"Emotions" - an exciting topic, not just from a scientific perspective. Under this motto, artists from Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Frankfurt will be exhibiting their works at Jacobs University on 3 and 4 May, transforming the campus in Bremen-Nord into a forum for art - with dance and theater, workshops, poems, performances, photos and lots of paintings. A colorful spectacle for young and old. Admission is free.
T cells are white blood cells of the immune system that have amazing properties: they can detect cancer cells and virus-infected cells in the body, and they can often even attack and eliminate such disease agents. This is why T cells are an important part of the immune response that a patient makes against tumors and viruses. Researchers from Jacobs University Bremen, led by Prof. Sebastian Springer, and from the Technical University of Denmark have now co-founded a company to sell reagents that help doctors and scientists track down T cells and determine what disease factors they can attack.
Medicine? Yes! Engineering? Yes! But chemistry? Better not. "When people in Zimbabwe say that they want to study chemistry, most people ask: ‘What will you do with it?’ ", tells Lisa Tichagwa. "They normally suggest other subjects." The 21-year-old nevertheless decided to study chemistry at Jacobs University Bremen. Now she has been awarded the August Wilhelm von Hofmann scholarship of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for her outstanding academic achievements - and she feels satisfied with her choice. "The scholarship shows me that I made the right decision."
It is a win-win situation; workplace health promotion is beneficial for both employees and the company. In their study of many single tests on workplace health promotion, Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke from Jacobs University Bremen and her colleague PD Dr. Aike Hessel from the German Pension Insurance Oldenburg-Bremen (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen) analyzed which types of measures are particularly effective. The motivation of employees by means of behavioral health promotion proved to be useful. However, company-wide measures and improvements in the working environment are even more effective.
The ability of fingers to grasp small objects and feel fine surface structures decreases with age. This is due to a decrease in the sensitivity of the fingers, but also to changes in the brain. Using musicians as an example, researchers at Jacobs University Bremen want to examine these changes. They are looking for musicians between the ages of 20 and 30 as well as 55 and older to take part in the study. They should have been playing their instrument regularly for at least ten years, about two hours a day. Non-musicians of the same age group are also sought.
Acceptance of diversity is an important lever for promoting social cohesion in Germany. Although acceptance of diversity in Germany is generally high, it differs by region and with respect to particular social groups. In order to address this topic, a research team from Jacobs University Bremen presents the 2019 Diversity Barometer, commissioned by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
“If you have spent five years working on a project, you are grateful when the result receives a positive response. All the more so when this happens outside the academic sphere, as with the OLB Foundation Prize,” says Dr. Emanuel Deutschmann. For his Phd thesis on cross-border mobility, the graduate of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), a joint institution of Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen, was awarded the special dissertation prize of the ‘Oldenburgische Landesbank’ AG (OLB) Foundation. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros.
After living with her family in Asia for almost 20 years, Dr. Tanja Woebs felt like a fish out of water when she moved back to Germany in 2010: “I missed the immediate international environment that I had come to appreciate so much.” As fate would have it, she stumbled upon a vacancy at Jacobs University and applied for it. She’s been an active member of the Jacobs community ever since.
How are new products introduced to the market? Are magnetic fields harmful? How do you solve a geometric puzzle? The questions 60 high school students dealt with during the nationwide initiative "Girls' Day and Boys' Day" at Jacobs University were exciting and encouraged creative thinking.
It's all about more security for the digital society. 46 partners from both academia and industry are involved in CONCORDIA, the European network for more cybersecurity, including the Computer Networks and Distributed Systems research group of Jacobs University led by Dr. Jürgen Schönwälder, Professor of Computer Science. The EU funds the project, which develops concepts, tools and products for cyber security, with 16 Million Euro EU, a further 7 million euro in additional funding is contributed by national authorities and the industry. The research group at Jacobs University is coordinating research activities related to device-centric security within the project.
How does a scientist actually work? Around 30 students from the greater Bremen area asked themselves this question and took part in Jacobs University's first MINT-Day. A great experience that sparked the interest in a scientific career for many.
Since 1978, the end of the Mao era, economic growth in China has outperformed every previous economic expansion in modern history. While the largest Western economies continue to struggle with the effects of the deepest recession since World War II, the People's Republic of China still enjoys growth rates that are massive in comparison. In the country's smog-choked cities, a chaotic climate of buying and selling prevails. Tireless expansion and inventiveness join forces with an attitude of national euphoria in which anything seems possible. No longer merely the “workshop of the world”, China is poised to become a global engine for innovation.
Because his brother Alec suffers from autism, Brent Chase founded a startup together with friends. The students of Northwestern University and the Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA developed a portable technology that uses biometric data to identify stress symptoms at an early stage and then passes this information on to an app. This way, relatives are alerted to an imminent problem. This idea convinced the jury of the Jacobs Startup Competition. The team from the USA was able to take home the winner's prize of 3000 euros.
Most people are aware that regular exercise is important to feel fit, healthy and connected. However, many don't know how to start exercising or they never find the right time to do the first step for a more physically active lifestyle. The aim of the new “Fit im Nord-Westen” program is to help people aged 60 and over who have so far done little or no physical activity at all. This program aims to help them becoming more active and age successfully. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the research project is being carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS), Jacobs University Bremen, the Institute for Computer Science in Oldenburg (OFFIS) and Chemnitz University of Technology. The patron is Anja Stahmann, Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport in Bremen.
Our environment becomes increasingly networked, be it at our homes or inside industrial settings. Already now, it is assumed that a big share of devices has security deficits, mostly without the possibility of user-sided security updates. The Transmission Systems research group led by Dr.-Ing. Werner Henkel, Professor of Electrical Engineering, has chosen physical-layer security as one of the focus areas to counteract possible attacks.
How do feelings influence our everyday life? This exciting question will be explored at Jacobs University Bremen from 3rd to 4th May 2019. Contrary to expectations, not in the laboratory: during this year's Art Fest, the campus in Bremen-Nord will once again be transformed into an open forum for art – with dance and theatre, workshops, poems, performances, photos and lots of paintings. One thing is certain: it will be colorful!
"Mama Marija" - that's what the kids called her. Up to 60 of them were in the blue village at the height of the refugee wave. For each one of them she had something sweet and a warm hug in her office. "The blue village was my baby," says Marija de Gast. The former director of the refugee shelter on Steingutstraße in Bremen Grohn formed it into a showpiece. "And that only worked out with the help of Jacobs University’s students," says the 68-year-old. From the very beginning, students of the international university have supported the residents of the refugee shelter – and still do so today.
“We have a tremendous start-up potential on campus. The young people want to make a difference, they are looking for an outlet and they are enthusiastic about this opportunity," says Tilo Halaszovich. Recently, students at Jacobs University Bremen have gotten the opportunity to set up their own company as part of their studies. As startup coordinator, Halaszovich, Professor of Global Markets and Firms at the English-language university, is in charge of the support program, which he essentially initiated.
Get inspired by business ideas that could hardly be more diverse: Ranging from a new screening instrument for the detection of anaemia and a recycling platform to a financial innovation that makes microsystems possible for as little as two euros. But which idea is the most convincing? This will be decided on 15th and 16th March in the final of the Jacobs Startup Competition on the campus of the international university in Bremen-Nord, to which you are cordially invited.
Great success for Sharath Abraham Peter, Deep Vijay Merchant, Praveen Vadivel and Neelesh Balakrishnan. The students of Supply Chain Engineering and Management at Jacobs University won the regional Case Competition of the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) in London in cooperation with Deloitte Consulting. The quartet thus qualified for the final in Las Vegas in September.
Marc-Thorsten Hütt, Professor of Systems Biology at Jacobs University, has been elected into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. As a full member of Class IV (Natural Sciences), he will work within the Academy on interdisciplinary questions of the complexity of nature and society.
Jacobs University is proud to announce that Vietnamese born Tin T. Nguyen is the recipient of the full scholarship, sponsored by the Bremer Landesbank Stiftung, for the Fall 2019 undergraduate intake. For the duration of three academic years, this esteemed scholarship covers the entire tuition fees.
"At the beginning of their studies, many students are still quite insecure about their future,” says cell biologist Dr. Susanne Illenberger. “It is amazing to experience and contribute to how they develop during their three-year bachelor's degree, how they mature, make important decisions within the subject area and then graduate with an excellent degree that will possibly lead them to a top university.” An ardent teacher, she is passionate about motivating others and awakening their enthusiasm for a subject she found enriching when she was still a student giving tutorials.
Excellently qualified, internationally-minded, committed in a variety of ways: Jacobs University’s students are much sought-after by employers. This became evident once again at the fifth career fair of the English-speaking university, where 40 companies, organizations and research institutions presented themselves. Over 1300 visitors took the opportunity to network and make contacts with potential employers. Everyone agreed: the visit was well worth it.
It is stable and recyclable: a team of scientists from Jacobs University led by Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry, has developed a new class of materials in close cooperation with researchers from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Technical University of Munich. The compound based on the precious metal palladium paves the way for the full use of the entire class of discrete polyoxopalladates (POPs) as building blocks for 3D framework materials (MOFs). The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The name of the new class of materials: POP-MOF, JUB-1.
The Alumni and Career Services Center invites students of all disciplines and all classes to join this year’s Career Fair.
Progress in the bio-economy is increasingly threatened by a lack of trained engineers and scientists. An "Innovative Training Network" (ITN) funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 program aims to close the gaps in research training. Headed by Hector Marcelo Fernandez-Lahore, Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Jacobs University Bremen is involved in the interdisciplinary and international program. The project is funded with 505.000 Euro over a period of four years.
At the one-week MINTernational workshops in Physics and Chemistry at Jacobs University Bremen, local high school students gained insights into the work of a scientist - in English.
Steering a rover from a few hundred kilometers away is a complex matter. The vehicle has to avoid obstacles as well as collisions and dead ends. It has to collect samples, analyze them and transmit the data - despite recurring technical delays and communication problems. At the end of 2019, astronaut Luca Parmitano should be steering such a rover from space. The rover is going to be located on Lanzarote, whereas Parmitano will be on board the International Space Station ISS.
Information technologies such as tablet PCs are playing an increasingly important role in the communication with patients. But how effective are they for older adults, who often have difficulties understanding medical information and who are not technology-affine? A recently published study by Jacobs University has investigated this. The result: traditional paper formats are better suited for this target group to communicate health-related information than those on tablet PCs.
Together with the mulan Innovation Lab, Jacob University Bremen offers China's first academically certified innovation coaching program for postgraduates. The program called THE INNOVATION COACH familiarizes participants with the methods of design thinking. It will be conducted in three modules in Shanghai and Bremen and will be led by Dr. Christoph Lattemann, Professor of Business Administration and Information Management, and Hagen Böttcher, Head of Business Solutions, on behalf of Jacobs University.
More efficient power grids are essential prerequisites for a successful transformation of the energy system. To ensure this, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) extends the funding for an interdisciplinary research project for three years, involving seven institutes, including Jacobs University with the Professors Gert Brunekreeft, Stefan Kettemann and Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns. The joint project is funded by the BMBF with a total of 2.5 million euros; Jacobs University will receive funding of about 430,000 euros. Talented applicants can apply for two PhD positions.
A founding team of students and alumni of Jacobs University Bremen and their professor are launching the online platform Sharemac for renting construction machinery at the hanseBAU trade fair in Bremen, Germany.
Science needs staying power. Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky, geochemist at Jacobs University Bremen, returned from her research trip to the Amazon estuary with thousands of samples. Their evaluation takes years.
It is intended to make work easier, especially for older employees: artificial intelligence (AI). A research cooperation between companies and science is developing AI-supported model solutions for personalized assistance and knowledge services. Airbus, Festo, Lufthansa and the Berufsförderungswerk are involved in the project, which is managed by "Das Demographie Netzwerk e.V." (ddn) and scientifically supported by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Jacobs University Bremen. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with almost one million euros over the next three years.
The research project, led by Dr. Stefan Kettemann, Professor of Complex Systems, aims at solving the fundamental problem of thermodynamics and dynamics of disordered quantum spin systems with long-range interactions. It is funded by the German Research Foundation for three years with 203,400 EUR. Talented young scientists can apply for the PhD position to be filled.
Hawai'i has become her second home. "It is the most beautiful place in the world," says Lucie Knor. "Almost every day you see a perfect rainbow and ask yourself: "Where did I end up here?" But it is also a place with dark sides, with poverty and homelessness, gentrification and real estate speculation, filthy rivers and tons of plastic in the sea. The young woman from Bremen perceives both sides. In her recently completed master's thesis at the University of Hawai'i, the graduate of Jacobs University Bremen dealt with heavy metals in rivers and canals. She will stay on the Pacific island for a few more years. In January, the 25-year-old will begin her doctoral thesis on the acidification of oceans.
The Jacobs Foundation and Jacobs University Bremen are organizing an international challenge to find innovative and radical ideas for future higher education. The guidelines were developed in November 2018 during the symposium "B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries". Applications can be submitted effective immediately. In the course of the challenge, the Jacobs Foundation will fund selected projects with a total amount of up to 650,000 Euros (750,000 Swiss francs).
The Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection of the State of Bremen renews the state recognition of the private Jacobs University. The award of academic degrees in the federal State of Bremen is subject to the Bremen Higher Education Act. According to this law, academic degrees may only be awarded by state or state-recognized universities. Jacobs University received its first state recognition in 1999, the year in which the university was founded. This state recognition by the State of Bremen was renewed for the first time in 2010 and is now valid until 2027.
It is about the interaction of humans and robots in school education: Starting Monday, 15 international researchers from various disciplines will spend a week on the campus of Jacobs University discussing this topic. The workshop is part of the European Union-funded research program "ANIMATAS", which promotes intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social skills for school education. Jacobs University is part of the research consortium.
If customers who order goods on the Internet receive transparent information about the environmental and social impact of their delivery, they are more likely to choose a more sustainable option. This is a key result of Bianca Ignat's bachelor thesis, for which the graduate of Jacobs University recently received an award from the German Logistics Association (BVL).
The Rotaract Club of Jacobs University Bremen organizes the ‘Make a Wish’ project for the tenth time this year. The citizens of Bremen can become one of Santa’s helpers and fulfill a child’s Christmas wish until December 7th 2018.
The biosciences and physical sciences at Jacobs University Bremen have already achieved excellent results in the World University Ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. Now another range of subjects received top ratings. In a worldwide comparison, Jacobs University's range of engineering and technology courses ranked 151-175. A total of 500 universities from 50 countries took part in the ranking.
Anyone who appreciates expressive choral music and classical Christmas carols should definitely not miss out on this musical event. J-Cappella, the choir of Jacobs University Bremen, conducted by Rucsandra Popescu, invites you to its annual Christmas concert at the Campus Center of the international university on Sunday, 9 December at 5 p.m. Admission is free, donations are requested.
Mineral raw materials are in great demand, which is why previously unused deposits are also coming into focus. Economically interesting quantities of nickel, cobalt, copper and other precious metals are contained in manganese nodules that have formed on the seabed over millions of years. An international project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and involving scientists from Jacobs University Bremen is investigating the environmental effects and risks of a possible mining of these nodules in the deep-sea, 4000 meters below sea level.
Andrew Fiocco did it. At the World Championships in Bench Pressing, the World Powerlifting Congress in Florida, the student from Jacobs University Bremen won the title in his weight class. The 21-year-old lifted more than twice his body weight: 140 kilograms with an own weight of 65.6 kilograms.
The surface of our body cells is covered in proteins that have many tasks. Some of these proteins, the so-called MHC proteins, help the immune system to recognize whether the cell that carries them has become infected by a virus or a bacterium, or whether it has even become part of a tumor. So, the MHC proteins are crucially important to keep us healthy. Researchers at Jacobs University Bremen have now developed a versatile method that can help to understand the interaction of these proteins.
In the renowned World University Rankings of the magazine Times Higher Education (THE) by subjects, Jacobs University again scored excellently. Its life sciences offering was ranked as one of the 200 best in the world. In the field of physical sciences, the international, English-medium university ranked among the top 300.
When Aliaskar was still a child, he often and gladly visited his grandfather Yegizbay at work and simply watched him. Yegizbay was a civil engineer, his profession fascinated him, he awakened his interest in engineering. Even where he would study the subject one day was clear to him early on: in Germany. "Already as a young boy, I dreamed of being able to study in Germany. It is one of the most highly developed countries in the world, it offers many opportunities. Whether at school or in the family, everyone here speaks well about Germany."
Digitization is all-encompassing, it also fundamentally changes higher education. International education experts discussed how it can be shaped in the sense of innovative teaching, what opportunities, but also what risks it offers, in front of around 100 academic guests on the campus of Jacobs University. The two-day symposium "B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries" also developed the outlines of an international challenge to promote radical ideas in higher education. Supported by the Jacobs Foundation, particularly progressive ideas are honored and supported with a total sum of 650,000 Euros.
It enables geckos to adhere to walls and ceilings, is involved in the formation of membranes in cells as well as in the docking of drugs to enzymes in the human body. Dispersion, i.e. the "weak interaction", is omnipresent in chemistry. A team of scientists at Jacobs University Bremen headed by Dean and Chemistry Professor Dr. Werner Nau has now succeeded for the first time in experimentally quantifying the "London Dispersion", named after the German physicist Fritz London, in solution. The results of their fundamental research have now been published in the renowned journal "Nature Chemistry".
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major cause of global warming. Researchers use complex computer models to calculate the global circulation of this greenhouse gas. The oceans have a major influence on climate regulation. New research now helps to calculate this influence more precisely. These new findings are the result of a research project by scientists from Jacobs University and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen in collaboration with colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, the Marum Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen and the University of Gothenburg.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding two new research projects by mathematicians at Jacobs University. Both projects are addressing fundamental questions in mathematics. Prof. Dr. Marcel Oliver's project concerns complex multi-scale problems in mathematical physics. His colleague Prof. Dr. Ivan B. Penkov follows in the footsteps of the mathematician Hermann Weyl, who conducted research into mathematical representation theory. The projects are funded by the DFG with an approximate total of 300,000 Euros.
Every autumn the Jacobs University becomes a dance stage - at the event Dancestoned. On Saturday, 17 November, it's time again. Whether ballroom dances, breakdance, hiphop, oriental or Irish dances, afrobeat rhythms or Bollywood sounds: During the dance show, the students move to a great variety of rhythms and present the internationality and talent variety at their university, where young people from more than 100 countries study.
Three sexes, four cases - and then all those adjectives! German is known to be a difficult language. Just how complicated the grammar in particular is can also be felt by the students of the English-medium Jacobs University, who come from more than 100 countries. German courses are obligatory for them. One of their instructors, who teaches the language and tells them about German culture, is 50-year-old Dr. Stefan Baumgarten.
The North Sea is as cloudy and opaque as ever. But what is hidden at the bottom of the sea is slowly becoming apparent on the computer screen at the top of the research vessel Heincke - thanks to the sonar. Yellow on blue and in 3D, the contours of a shipwreck from the First World War become visible. It is a fascinating encounter with history.
Smart grids are an important component of energy system transformation. But are the right incentives being set for their expansion? This is what a research project at Jacobs University Bremen headed by Prof. Dr. Gert Brunekreeft, Professor of Energy Economics, wants to investigate. The project is funded by the energy research foundation "Stiftung Energieforschung Baden-Württemberg".
The number of students at Jacobs University Bremen has increased compared to the previous year once again. At the beginning of the new academic year 2018/19, a total of 1466 young people from 111 countries are studying at the English-medium private university. A year ago the number was 1396. Personal recommendations from current and former Jacobs students also contributed to this growth. A new survey of Jacobs University graduates shows that most alumni are looking back with satisfaction to their time in Bremen and that they got their foot on the career ladder very successfully after graduating from Jacobs University.
CODE is a new kind of university for the digital pioneers of tomorrow that wants to offer students an education that reflects the reality of professional life. Co-Founder and President Manuel Dolderer is one of the educational experts speaking at B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries on 8 November.
No matter whether it's childcare, care, mobility, education or neighbourhood services: In contrast to industry, there has been little sign of comprehensive digitization in such person-related services to date. But that is just changing. In an interdisciplinary joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the participation of Jacobs University Bremen, scientists want to find out how new solutions and offers for tomorrow's services are created and could look like.
How is our understanding of mobility changing? At the conference AutoDigital various experts from industry, science and politics met at Jacobs University Bremen: topics on the agenda included digitization, electrification and the new added value of the automobile, as well as the emissions scandal and autonomous driving. The specialist conference was hosted by the Weser-Kurier newspaper in cooperation with the private university.
Each year Jacobs University awards a professor, lecturer or language instructor among the many dedicated faculty members for their excellent teaching in the past academic year. The awardees are decided by a university committee based on the nominations from students.
It was represented by artists such as Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Käthe Kollwitz and Oskar Kokoschka. Starting in France and Germany, Expressionism spread worldwide at the beginning of the 20th century. In her book "The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context", Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University Bremen, describes how this happened and which regional varieties developed.
"She has remarkable willpower," says her trainer. She says: "I enjoy competition. Competing is a great thing. I don't give up quickly." Jasmina Bier competes in rowing - and she does so very successfully. The Jacobs University graduate is Bremen's state champion in the women's single sculls, reaching the finals of the German University Championship as well as winning the Great Bremen Regatta - and she has only been rowing for three years.
Universities must embrace both elements of innovation – new technologies as well as advances in classroom teaching, writes Sandro Giuliani, Managing Director of the Jacobs Foundation in BOLD blog. In November he will be co-hosting B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries together with Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann, President of Jacobs University.
How will higher education develop in the 21st century? What demands will digitization place on research and teaching? B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries – under this heading international education experts from a wide range of disciplines will discuss new concepts and radical ideas for a first-class and innovative higher education on the campus of Jacobs University in Bremen on 8 and 9 November. On the second day of the symposium, Jacobs University and the Jacobs Foundation will design an international challenge together with the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Particularly progressive ideas for future higher education are sought. In the course of the challenge, the Jacobs Foundation will be funding selected projects with a total amount of up to 650,000 euros (750,000 Swiss francs).
Autoimmune diseases are those in which our immune systems mistakenly attack our own bodies. Bechterew’s disease (also known as ankylosing spondylitis) is one such autoimmune disease. Now, researchers at Jacobs University Bremen have come one step closer to understanding the molecular mechanisms of this disease.
Great success for Jacobs University Bremen: The private English-medium university was included in the renowned World University Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine for the first time and immediately positioned itself as one of the 300 best universities worldwide. The study, which was released today (September 26th), has been published annually since 2004 and is one of the most highly regarded university rankings in the world.
The list of speakers suggests fascinating discussions: these include, among others, Cem Özdemir, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee for Transport and Digital Infrastructure and former Federal Chairman of the party Alliance 90/The Greens and Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG/Mercedes Benz Cars. On Friday, October 19 they will be guests at the AutoDigital specialist conference at Jacobs University Bremen, hosted by the Weser-Kurier newspaper in cooperation with the private university. Topics on the agenda include digitization, electrification and the new added value of the automobile, as well as the diesel scandal and autonomous driving.
This weekend’s Alumni Homecoming was again the largest in the history of Jacobs University. Over 175 Alumni from all over the world came home to celebrate their Reunion with families and loved ones. The weekend was full of events, sessions, and celebrations, which united the bond between alumni and university, as well as the bond between alumni, students and faculty.
What would his grandfather have said? He was the one who encouraged him to come to Germany to study – and, of course, he would have been very proud. Once a year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards prizes to foreign students for their outstanding academic achievements and their notable social commitment. This year’s winner at Jacobs University Bremen is Muhammad Yusuf Azka from Indonesia.
How healthy are we - and how healthy is our environment? Anyone interested in these questions can gain exciting insights at the stands of Jacobs University Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT). Next weekend (22 and 23 September, each from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), both institutions will present themselves, among other things, with a joint research project on the “Forschungsmeile” (research mile) at the Schlachte in Bremen’s city centre.
Jacobs University is looking forward to welcoming its Alumni back to where it all started during the 14th Annual Alumni Homecoming Reunion. This year’s Homecoming is taking place on September 21, 22, and 23th.
In biocatalysis, enzymes are used to accelerate chemical reactions. This plays a role in many areas, such as the production of beer, wine and cheese or the pharmaceutical industry. A research project at the English-medium Jacobs University led by Marcelo Fernandez-Lahore, Professor of Biochemical Engineering, aims to create a novel platform for facilitating the further processing of a wide range of biological products. “Our Nanofacil project will drastically simplify the application and implementation of biocatalytic processes in industrial practice,” says Fernandez-Lahore.
Hotel expert Jens V. Dünnbier expands the Management Board of Jacobs University. The 48-year-old, who recently spent six years as Director of the Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg in Eisenach, is responsible for campus activities, facility management, student accommodation, campus gastronomy, conferences and events as well as campus security at the international, English-medium university. The Karlsruhe native and father of two children took up his new position in September.
With the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) outstanding young scientists can qualify for a university professorship within six years. As part of this program, developmental biologist and plant geneticist Dr. Amal J. Johnston, moved from Heidelberg University to Jacobs University with his research group. "With its diversity of staff and students, Jacobs University provides an optimal environment to further our international research portfolio," says Johnston.
Everyone is talking about digital transformation, and many companies regard it as one of their most important tasks. But existing approaches do not go far enough, a digitization of business processes - the "digital transformation" - alone is not enough to survive in competition in the long run. To be fit for the future, a "digital rebirth" is necessary, argues Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen, in his new book published jointly with Professor Marius Leibold. Their message: Companies need to reinvent themselves if their digitization shall be successful.
Photosynthesis – the transformation of light into chemical energy – is a process carried out not only by plants but also some algae and bacteria. An interdisciplinary research project at Jacobs University Bremen simulates this biological process using computers. “We want to develop a method that describes the process and that could then be transferred to other biological and artificial photo systems,” says Ulrich Kleinekathöfer, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Jacobs University.
Planning, organizing, ensuring from behind the scenes that everything runs smoothly on stage – that is her specialty. That was the case at school and it is now the case at Jacobs University Bremen. Leonie Wilken is in her second year of training as an event manager and she seems to have made the right choice. She says: “The training is really interesting and varied. I look forward to coming here every day.”
Gallium is a metal that is frequently used in modern high-technology products such as solar panels and LEDs, and hence, is a raw material that is of critical importance for the world economy. However, together with aluminum, this metal may also provide new insight into the evolution of the Earth’s earliest oceans and continents at the time when life first formed and evolved on our planet. In two new projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), respectively, Michael Bau, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University, and his PhD students Katharina Schier and David Ernst investigate how the distribution of gallium and aluminum in the oceans has changed from the onset of the geological record some 3.8 billion years ago until today.
Jacobs University Bremen has started its new academic year with a clear message of respect. In front of more than 500 students, professors, staff members and guests, University President Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann took a stand against intolerance, nationalism, xenophobia and exclusion on the occasion of the right-wing extremist riots in Chemnitz. Hülsmann, who originally wanted to talk about the role of science and universities at the opening ceremony of the new academic year, changed his speech at short notice. “In the light of the recent developments in Germany as well as in many other nations in Europe and further parts of the world no one can stay back and hibernate in privacy. Hence, I feel forced and obliged to address a different topic: Respect!”
How do I sit correctly and safely in the saddle? How do I drive around curves on a scooter? What do the different traffic signs mean? At the new traffic training area on the outdoor grounds of Jacobs University Bremen, day-care and primary school children can gain confidence in handling their bicycles and scooters and learn which behavior is correct and important in road traffic. This includes foresighted and considerate driving as well as the correct assessment of traffic situations and dangers in road traffic. The training takes place on an excitingly designed traffic course.
Of course, he was surprised. After all, no former student had ever donated 50,000 euros to his or her professor at Jacobs University Bremen. “This was an unbelievably momentous occasion for me,” says Sebastian Springer. A few years ago, the biochemist had seen potential in an applicant from far-away Yemen that no-one else saw. Other universities and colleges had rejected Hashem Al-Ghaili’s application. But not Springer, who awarded him a place to study at Jacobs University. Al-Ghaili, who was to later become a science communicator with 27 million Facebook followers, expressed his gratefulness in the form of a donation. Springer has invested the funds in cancer research equipment.
The international Jacobs University, based in Bremen, is expanding its Executive Board with Dr. Michael Dubbert and has appointed the President, Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann, as its new Chairman of the Executive Board.
Numerous well-known representatives from science, politics and business form the new supervisory board of Jacobs University Bremen, which was constituted on August 20. Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, President of All European Academies (ALLEA) and former Rector of the University of Basel, was elected Chairman of the 14-member committee.
The Sentinels are a family of European satellites continuously observing the Earth. They gather important information on changes in the atmosphere and climate, vegetation and land use, wave heights and water temperatures. With their help, humanity is able to better prepare and protect itself against natural or self-inflicted disasters. A research project at Jacobs University Bremen aims to better process this data – and to realize new possibilities of use.
To investigate and cure diseases, researchers and doctors must be able to detect disease-related biological substances such as proteins and nucleic acids, so-called biomarkers, in small amounts and with a high precision in the blood or the urine of patients. Jacobs University researchers Dr. Sujit Kumar Verma and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Springer, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Dr. Gerd Klöck at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Bremen), have developed a new highly sensitive detection method. Here, biomarkers are captured on microscopically small particles, so-called microcapsules, with the help of antibodies.
Jacobs University Bremen convinces ever more people from all over the world with its educational offerings. Its financial results have improved significantly for the fourth time in succession. This can be seen in the Annual Report published today (August 10, 2018) by the private, English-medium campus-based university in Bremen.
The oldest of the many stones in Prof. Dr. Michael Bau's office at Jacobs University Bremen are more than 3.8 billion years old. They formed on the bottom of an early ocean and Bau brought them back from an expedition to the west of Greenland. To geochemists, the stones are what hieroglyphics are to Egyptologists: they can read them and they serve as an archive, providing information about the environmental conditions at the time of their formation and about the chemical composition of the seawater and the atmosphere. Bau leaves no doubt that geoscience is much more than just collecting stones. "Fresh water," he says, "is the earth's most important resource." It's just harder to store on shelves.
On August 1, Jacobs University Bremen welcomed three new trainees to the campus in Bremen North.
Whoever takes one of Prof. Dr. Matthias Ullrich’s courses may have to deal with Jon Snow or Arya Stark. The microbiologist is a fan of "Game of Thrones", and in his lectures he likes to relate to his students' real lives. It helps students to internalize the subject matter better. And with the help of the series, he says, it can be superbly demonstrated how people already in the Middle Ages treated their wounds with substances that are still used in hospitals today. For him it is also important that his students remember: "What they learn with us they don't learn because it's in the curriculum, but because they will be able to use it one day.”
Just a few years after completing his studies, the Yemeni social media star and science communicator Hashem Al-Ghaili donated 50,000 euros to Jacobs University. This is the largest single person donation from a Jacobs Alumnus in the history of Jacobs University. After the huge success of his Facebook page, which has nearly 27 million followers, Hashem decided to give back to those who believed in him. The funds will go to the research group of his patron, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Springer, who plans to use it for the purchase of research equipment that will help advance cancer research.
Dr. Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, took up his post as President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) during this year's international congress of the organization in Guelph, Canada. This well-known organization, founded in 1972, brings together psychologists from about 80 countries. Their work focuses particularly on the question of how cultural context determines human behavior. Like Jacobs University, the IACCP stands for a cosmopolitan approach and for cooperation across the boundaries of individual nations and disciplines.
Of the thousands of databases available in Europe, only a few are systemically relevant to science. SILVA, a database for the life sciences operated jointly by Jacobs University Bremen and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, recently became one of them. “The recognition of SILVA as an ELIXIR ‘Core Data Resource’ is not only a special award for the work already done, but also a strong motivation to further increase the quality and user-friendliness of our data sets,” says Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner, Professor of Bioinformatics at Jacobs University and head of the SILVA project.
When she found out the result, she was very proud. In the latest CHE ranking, the most important university ranking in the German-speaking world, “her” course of study “International Relations: Politics and History” achieved excellent results. “That was fantastic, an incredible confirmation,” says the political scientist Prof. Dr. Karen Smith Stegen, who not only teaches the course at Jacobs University Bremen, but also designs and coordinates it.
Materials age - as do biological organisms. Why this is so and how this process can be delayed or even stopped is occupying scientists from a wide variety of disciplines for a long time. At a five-day conference at Jacobs University Bremen from July 16 to 20, 2018 physicists and biologists will address the question of aging. “Our goal is to compare the different perspectives,” says physics professor Dr. Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns of Jacobs University, one of the two organizers of the conference.
It is the oldest association of psychologists in the world: the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) was founded in 1920. At its international conference, which takes place just once every four years, health psychologist Professor Dr. Sonia Lippke from Jacobs University Bremen took office as President of the Health Psychology Division a few days ago.
Perhaps you can compare her to a top athlete who trains hard for years to achieve a goal. Only in her case it’s not about faster, higher, further, but about mathematical proofs. “This feeling, when you have proven something new, which no one has ever achieved before, and which can no longer be refuted - this feeling is indescribably beautiful,” says Jessica Fintzen. “It’s such a wonderful feeling to take on all the frustration experienced on the long and hard road in reaching this goal.”
The Business World is busy discussing trending topics of digitalization, intercultural change and the connected world. For a lot of companies, new tasks and fast changing requirements derive from these technological and societal developments.
Juan Masullo Jiminez, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), has been awarded the Linz-Rokkan Prize for his dissertation, “A Theory of Civilian Noncooperation with Armed Groups: Civilian Agency and Self-Protection in the Colombian Civil War”. The prize was presented at the Degree Conferring Ceremony of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence on June 15th, 2018.
Herpesviruses are the cause of many diseases, such as shingles or mononucleosis ('kissing disease') that compromise our quality of life. While the human immune system can usually prevent the spread of herpesviruses, it cannot entirely eliminate them from our bodies. This is because these viruses contain a vast arsenal of factors that thereby conceal the virus from the immune system. These are the so-called immuno-evasins. The research group of Sebastian Springer, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen, have now explained the function of one such immuno-evasin.
Great success for Neelesh Vishnurao Balakrishnan, Praveen Vadivel, Ashutosh Pandey and Sharath Abraham Peter: Under the name „Generation Y“ they competed in the 4Flow Challenge, organized by 4Flow AG in Berlin, taking third place and winning a price of € 1.000.
They are found in nightshade plants such as potatoes, eggplant, paprika and chilis, but also in numerous berries, in particular in gooseberries, as well as in strawberries and currants. Scientists at Jacobs University under chemistry professor Dr. Nikolai Kuhnert have discovered a new class of caffeic acid derivatives and, at the same time, developed a method for elucidating their structure. These natural substances were detected in about 70 percent of all food plants researched.
Mathematics professor, Dr. Dierk Schleicher, was simply “extremely proud” of the two teams he had supervised. The six young math talents from Bremen that he had fostered recently took top positions in the nationwide “Jugend forscht” [Young Researchers] competition. Five of the six participants study mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen, the sixth is a student in an associated mathematics association. “There are many talented people in our class and the placings prove the quality of our education,” says 18-year-old Malte Haßler, one of the participants.
Jacobs University Bremen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, today (June 11th, 2018) announce their intention to set up a new strategic collaboration to establish joint research projects in the area of antibiotic drug discovery and promote the exchange of students, researchers and educators between the institutions.
It was the joyful end of an impressive and moving ceremony. With the traditional toss of the graduation cap in the air, more than 300 graduates from 74 nations celebrated the end of their studies at Jacobs University. Prior to this, they had received their certificates and congratulations from Professor Dr. Michael Hülsmann, President of the international, private university.
Birthe and Stefan Harsdorf know what it's like to have their child live abroad. Their eldest son Sönke, now 19 years old, was in Sweden for a year on a student exchange program. “As a parent it’s nice to know that someone is there for one’s child,” says Stefan Harsdorf. The Harsdorf family is “there” - for Desar, an 18-year-old Albanian who is studying physics at Jacobs University Bremen.
Another reason to visit the capital city: after exhibitions at the Universum Bremen and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the interactive exhibition "EY ALTER - Find out about yourself" can now be seen until 19 January 2019 at the Gasometer in Berlin-Schöneberg. Heino Niederhausen, Head of Human Resources at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, and Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen, came up with ideas for the entertaining and instructive discussion of aging.
Bananas are not only tasty to eat, they can also heal. In many developing countries, open wounds are covered with banana leaves or peels instead of a band-aid; even larger wounds can be treated successfully. A team of scientists at Jacobs University Bremen, led by Chemistry Professor Dr. Nikolai Kuhnert, has now taken a closer look at the healing power of bananas and identified 70 different substances that could be responsible for wound healing.
On June 8, more than 300 graduates will receive their diplomas during a moving ceremony on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen. This year's key note speaker is Annette Kroeber-Riel, Senior Director Public Policy & Government Relations at Google. She will talk about the impacts of digitization on education and the working world.
He is considered to be one of the world's leading scientists in the field of comparative cultural psychology. Prof. Dr. Shinobu Kitayama has now received the Humboldt Research Award for his work. The prize money of 60,000 euros is linked to a research collaboration with a German scientist. Kitayama is joining this project with Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, Professor of Psychology and Head of the Master's program in Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen.
The wind and the sun are environmentally-friendly power suppliers. However, as they cause a fluctuating energy supply, such renewable energies place a greater burden on power grids than previously thought. This is the finding of a study conducted at Jacobs University Bremen and now published in the renowned “Scientific Reports” journal published by the Nature Publishing Group. However, the intensity of this load depends to a large extent on the structure of the grids. Surprisingly, a certain type of power grid has proved to be particularly stable - a power grid from which researchers least expected such a result.
What contributed to her success? "Early access to the laboratory courses and the involvement in the professors’ research right from the first semester were important factors," says Catherine Jacob-Dolan, who graduates from Jacobs University Bremen in a few weeks. The close interaction with older students, PhD students and her professors paved the way for her internship at the University of Cambridge. This in turn helped her to take the next step: successfully applying for a doctoral program at Harvard University. “One builds on the other,” says the 21-year-old.
For 20 students from schools of the national excellence school network MINT-EC, today (May 28th) marks the start of the MINT-EC camp on the topic of DNA analysis at Jacobs University Bremen. The participants come from all parts of Germany as well as Austria and Turkey. During the five day research camp, the students will work in labs and get to know student life in lectures and seminars. The camp's topic is the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method of modern molecular biology that makes it possible to reproduce DNA sequences in a targeted manner.
As part of its energy management program, Jacobs University Bremen has now equipped 16 lecture rooms with a new, self-learning and maintenance-free regulation system for heating. The installation, which was carried out in cooperation with the Bremen office of Kieback & Peter, saves costs, protects the environment and at the same time improves user comfort.
Data volumes are becoming ever more extensive and complex; they are heterogeneous and widely dispersed: "big data" is also an important topic for the environmental sciences. The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio), a project funded by the German Research Foundation and involving Jacobs University Bremen, aims to improve the management of research data. The goal is to make the data usable in the long term and thus strengthen science and the exchange of information among scientists.
A healthy, low-fat diet and undisturbed sleep play an important role in staying fit and full of energy during the day. Sleep quantity, on the other hand, is of less importance. This is the finding of a recently published study in the journal "Health Behavior & Policy Review," which was conducted at Jacobs University Bremen.
For her outstanding academic achievements in chemistry, Amna Rubab has been awarded the prestigious Hofmann Scholarship of the German Chemical Society (GDCh).
Those who choose one of the two introductory courses at Jacobs University Bremen, will get to know him: Alexander Lerchl, Professor of Biology and Ethics in Science and Technology, teaches students in the Medical Preparatory Year (MedPrep) and the Foundation Year - with the deepest of conviction. “As an experienced person I can give direction to younger people and help them make decisions. This is exciting and fun," says the 58-year-old, who has been researching and teaching at the international university since its foundation.
His back rests on a bench, his feet support him and his hands clasp the barbell. For some two seconds, the weights are on his chest. Then comes the hard part - lifting the weight high into the air with straight arms. Andrew Fiocco, himself weighing 66.9 kilograms, mastered 150 kilograms in March - his personal best and a German record in bench pressing. This success garnered him a nomination for the world championship. In November Andrew, who is studying “International Relations: Politics and History” at Jacobs University Bremen, will represent Germany in the US, his native country.
Almost ten percent of the students at Jacobs University Bremen come from China. But the private, English-medium university also builds bridges between the Hanseatic city and the most populous country on earth in other respects. China is an exciting field of research for Jacobs University - and an interesting market for continuing education programs.
Once again Jacobs University Bremen has performed exceedingly well in the renowned University Ranking of the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE). In all the courses examined, the private, English-language university achieved top results in the categories of “support to freshmen” and “international orientation”.
Already while he was at Jacobs University Bremen he acted in the theater and took part in dance events. Akshun Abhimanyu has now made it to Cannes - to compete in the Short Film Festival. His film, Seven Rounds, which will be premiering at Cannes, is based on a true story and deals with the discrimination encountered by immigrants in the United States.
Digitization, networks, automation: New technologies are being developed at a rapid pace. It is not for nothing that industry specialists are talking about a revolution – the fourth in industrial development after mechanization, mass production and the electronification of production. “These are incredibly exciting times for me as an academic,” says Dr. Yilmaz Uygun, Professor in Logistics Engineering, Technologies and Processes at the English-medium Jacobs University in Bremen.
It doesn’t take much: Enjoying spending time with young people, openness, basic knowledge of English. For its growing number of international students, Jacobs University is looking for more host parents. Those willing to support students get a lot back: Being a host is a window to the world – and it is not rare that lifelong friendships are formed.
Our living and working environment is affected by globalization and internationalization. Hence, more and more employees, who work internationally, join intercultural trainings. In cooperation with InterCultur, Jacobs University Bremen is offering an English-medium educational program for those who want to become an intercultural trainer themselves.
43 Nobel Prize winners, 600 young scientists from 85 nations: at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting at Lake Constance in June, top researchers will meet outstanding students, doctoral candidates and post-docs from all over the world. Venkat Raman Ramnarayan, a doctoral student from Jacobs University Bremen, has also qualified for the six-day intensive exchange between the generations of scientists.
Many leaders wonder how to juggle the needs of millennials, Gen X, and Boomers that are said to so different. And generational differences aren’t even half the story. In addition to becoming more age-diverse, the workforces in most industrialised countries are also turning more international and more female. On this background alone, one may question if an increasingly diverse workforce may be lumped together in only three generations.
The first blog post from the research trip to the mouth of the Amazon River is now available. This blog will be updated daily while the team works on the RV Meteor, in both English and Portuguese. There will be a blog in German as well.
The weekend of the 13th-15th April was a special one for our Admissions Team – they welcomed a group of twelve admitted students, from ten different countries, to campus for their first taste of life here at Jacobs University.
This year, Jacobs University is very proud to award one full scholarship, sponsored by the Bremer Landesbank Stiftung, for the Fall 2018 undergraduate intake. This prestigious scholarship will cover full tuition for the regular study period of 3 academic years.
Her university has produced 91 Nobel Prize winners, and just around the corner from her workplace, the heart of the digital transformation movement in Silicon Valley thrives. Here, close to San Francisco, is where the future takes shape – and Anca Dragan is playing a significant role in molding it. In Berkeley, at the University of California, the 30-year-old professor leads a research laboratory studying interaction between humans and robots. The Jacobs University graduate is teaching robots to anticipate human actions – and to behave with corresponding prudence.
The West mainly sees China as an economic power, producer, sales market and investor. However, the country now also has an active social policy with pension, health insurance and unemployment insurance. A team of researchers, headed by Tobias ten Brink, Professor of Chinese Economy and Society, at the English-medium Jacobs University in Bremen, is studying this government social policy in more detail.
She says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made, but what attracts a young Chinese student from Shanghai to study at a university 8,600 kilometers away from home? In the case of Shuqing Zhao, it was the international orientation of Jacobs University that was the deciding factor – as well as her love of the multiplicity of German music.
Four students, all from a different background, were brought together by the common aim – to make our university a health-promoting place. Their roles may be different, but they certainly share commitment and passion for raising awareness about health in a similar fashion. Their mission is to empower first-year students to make healthy choices in nutrition, to get physically active, to learn more about stress reduction and mental health. These are the student coordinators of the project “Studying in motion – motivated studying” project, established at Jacobs University in collaboration with the German organization for sports at universities (ADH - Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband) and the Techniker Health Insurance (TK).
Every two years the GEWOBA Aktiengesellschaft Wohnen und Bauen, an organization within Bremen’s real estate industry, is awarding students of social sciences with a prize for outstanding papers on future-oriented urban development.
The music ranges from jazz to rock and from classic to pop. The dances include traditional oriental ones as well as rhythms from Bollywood. This mixture is combined with acting and comedy. Spotlight, the annual talent show at Jacobs University, shows the versatility of talent on campus. This year, the international students are showing their two-hour performance on Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm. Visitors are very welcome.
Jacobs University is mourning the loss of its former Wisdom Professor Stephan Leibfried, who passed away at the age of 74. “As a distinguished political scientist, he inspired many of our students,” states Jacobs University’s President Professor Michael Hülsmann. “We are very saddened about the loss of a farsighted and committed personality.”
Get some exercise, have fun, get to know people from around the world and around the neighborhood: That is the motto of the 10th Mercator College Badminton Cup, which will take place at Jacobs University's Sports and Convention Center on Saturday, April 7th, starting at 1 pm. Only doubles will be played; there will be men’s, women’s, and mixed teams.
The Vatican called - and 120 participants worldwide flocked to its first hackathon “VHacks”. One of Jacobs University’s students, Ibrahim Ahmed Malik from Pakistan, was there. “It was a fantastic experience,” says the 21-year-old, who is studying Industrial Engineering and Management at the English-medium university in Bremen.
The interest in planetary surface exploration, with particular regard to future robotic and human missions, is rapidly increasing on a world-wide scale. For missions to be successful highly informative geological maps are needed. An international research project including a team from Jacobs University Bremen aims at providing these maps of the three main bodies of interest for European space missions in the next decade: Mars, Mercury and the Moon.
Lotta came especially all the way from Düsseldorf. Her brother lives in Bremen and she gave him the ticket to the TEDx event held at Jacobs University on the weekend for Christmas. “When you listen to the talks,” she sums up her impressions, “you realize that there is much more to the world than you perceive in everyday life. I found that pretty impressive.” Marie from Hamburg sees it similarly: “You learned something from every presentation.”
Long, drawn-out meetings are not her thing. Adele Diederich values clear, quick decisions; her manner of communication is equally clear and unambiguous. “I love straight talk,” says the Professor of Psychology who has high expectations of herself and others. And her approach has been exceptionally successful, as evidenced by her fundraising achievements. Adele Diederich’s expertise in cognitive and mathematical psychology is in high demand.
It is not unusual for millions of people throughout the world to wait one to two years for a cornea transplant. The “MyCornea” start-up wants to reduce this waiting period to six weeks. The University of Cambridge students behind the startup developed a process for manufacturing artificial corneas. The transplants are customized to the specific eye. This concept also convinced the jury of Jacobs University’s Startup Competition. MyCornea was able to take the winner’s check for 3,000 euros back home to England.
Pepe Dayaw is a leftovers artist. He goes to people’s homes and makes a meal using what they still have left in their fridge. Jens Kempner has developed a model, acclaimed throughout Europe, for the integration of refugee academics at Bremen's state universities. Olle Bergmann deals with the question of how scientists can communicate their work successfully. And Alexis Goetz dedicates herself to a century-old tradition: preserving foodstuffs by fermentation with bacterial and fungal cultures.
Between March 12 and 18, seventeen young Social Scientists from thirteen countries are coming to Bremen to devote themselves to current questions in Life Course Research. Methodological, theoretical and empirical considerations will be at the center of a Winter School organized by the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) and the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research – LIVES.
The exhibitors all agreed: the visit was worth it. “We were at the career fair for the first time and met very well-prepared, above-average qualified students,” says Patrick Tomschitz, Head of Personnel Marketing at Porsche AG. “We were particularly impressed by the international spirit.”
She grew up in Dresden, studied in Moscow and taught in California. She speaks five languages and her research has an international focus. “I am at home in the world. This is why Jacobs University is such a great place for me,” says Dr. Isabel Wünsche, Professor in Art and Art History and one of the first researchers to join the campus in Bremen North.
And the winner is? On Saturday, March 10, it will be clear which business idea is most convincing. Ten international teams have qualified for the finale of the Jacobs Startup Competition 2018. Brand new part of the event is the mini-pitching competition for startups from Bremen and the surrounding area. Founders of the region for the first time have the chance to present their ideas to an international audience.
When Citrus fruits are processed about half of the biomass remains as waste. But this waste contains valuable natural substances, it can be used as raw material for biomaterial production. At Jacobs University the Biologist Dr. Alejandra Omarini tries to find new ways to recycle waste products. The Argentine holds a Georg Forster Research Fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
International enterprises present themselves just like startups, non-profit-making organizations or regionally oriented companies. On February 28, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Jacobs Career Fair brings together students with potential employers. The fair is open not only to students of Jacobs University but also to students of other universities in the state of Bremen. Admission is free.
On the evening before the official Foundation Festival of the Ostasiatischer Verein Bremen e.V. (OAV), Jacobs University invites to a reception for members and guests of the OAV, the East Asian Association of Bremen. This reception will take place on Thursday, February 22, at 6.30 pm at the Campus Center’s Conference Hall. Expected at the international university are round about 100 high-ranking representatives from politics and diplomacy, academics and business.
No, she does not view research and science as disciplines to be carried out in isolation from the rest of the world. She wants to be in close contact with people and their lives and shape society – for the better. “Our research,” says Dr. Regina Arant, “is meant to reach the real world and help people directly”. This applies equally to her work on social cohesion, as well as her PhD thesis, for which the 33-year-old was awarded the Bremer Studienpreis for excellent dissertations by the Unifreunde Bremen this week.
Dark clouds of smoke - released by underwater volcanoes located in water depths between 700 and 1800 meters below the surface - rise from the seabed. What exactly these clouds contain and how far their constituents are spread throughout the ocean is the research topic of an international group of scientists. They include a five-strong team from Jacobs University headed by 31-year-old geochemist Dr. Charlotte Kleint.
Students always ask us where a degree from Jacobs can take them – what are the career prospects of our alumni? Below you can read about what Aman Bhattarai, who graduated in 2016, is doing with his degree.
Globalized markets and digitalization. The pressure to be innovative. The increasing demand for highly qualified staff: These are only some of the challenges that companies face today. The good news is, with its international campus community and its academic expertise Jacobs University offers lots of ways to cope with these challenges.
“The cake is freshly baked, it smells tempting - and everyone has an appetite. Should each guest receive a piece of cake that is the same size, i.e. should the principle of equality be applied? When handing out the cake does hunger, i.e. need, play a role? Or do those who have baked the cake get the biggest piece, i.e. are the earnings received for the creation of the cake decisive for the distribution? “Needs-based fairness and distribution procedures” („Bedarfsgerechtigkeit und Verteilungsprozeduren“) is the subject of a research project with the participation of psychology professor Dr. Adele Diederich from Jacobs University. Of the total budget of 2.4 million euros, around 370,000 euros have been allocated to Jacobs University – a very high funding rate for a psychological research project.
What interests him about this event? That’s easy. Andrej Pivčević wants to drive changes forward, support good ideas, motivate people to change their way of thinking and make the world a little bit of a better place. And that is, after all, the spirit of the TEDx event, organized by the 22-year-old, that Jacobs University will be holding on Saturday, March 17.
Jacobs University mourns the loss of its long-time friend, patron and pioneer Conrad Naber who passed away on Sunday night at the age of 95.
“I already knew all about group work, scientific reading matter and its analysis from school, but here there are many more experiments and more applications – that was great!” Jannik Liebchen, 18-year old senior high school student at Oberstufe an der Egge, the high school in Eggestedter Street in Bremen, puts his experiences in a nutshell. Ekaterina Antimirova (17) from Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium in Bremen adds: “Before the workshop I thought that physics was too theoretical and dry for my taste. But now I’m thinking about studying physics”.
His working group is considered as the leader in the field of applied fluoroorganic chemistry in Germany: chemistry professor Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler from Jacobs University has had two new research projects approved within a short space of time. Both have an international outlook, both are being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and both have the element of fluorine as their subject matter. In total, they comprise a financing volume of 510,000 euros over three years.
Their specialization is data analysis: Dr. Michael Sedlmair and Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono are two new professors who have been strengthening teaching and research at Jacobs University in Bremen since the beginning of the year. Both are information scientists and both cite the international and interdisciplinary nature of the English-medium university as reasons for their move. After a longer research stint at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, Dr. Franceso Maurelli, Professor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, is the third professor to take up an appointment.
She can perfectly recall the first days at her secondary school in her hometown of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Her physics teacher? A man. The mathematics teacher? A man. The biology teacher? A man. “But then this teacher walked into the classroom and I thought, ‘Wow, a woman who teaches chemistry!’” Nickolet Ncube recollected. “She got me fascinated in the subject, she inspired me, I wanted to be like her one day.”
After heading Jacobs University for four years, President Katja Windt is about to tackle a new set of challenges. From January 15, she will be in charge of the Electric and Automation Division, as well as of digitalization, at the SMS Group. SMS is a family-managed company for plant and mechanical engineering, responsible for the finishing of steel and nonferrous metals. The SMS Group had a turnover of about three billion euros in 2016 and employs approximately 13,500 employees worldwide.
For him, a good day begins with a problem – and it ends the same way: Giuseppe Thadeu Freitas de Abreu loves to wake up with a question on his mind. Everything is noted down as soon as he gets up, even before toast and coffee. In his office the question is then endowed with form(ulae) on the board. Solved – in a best-case scenario. The first students soon find their way to him. And with a bit of luck, the circuit is completed in the evening, “A more advanced student often comes by and we fight it out on the whiteboard.” Giving him his problem for the next day.
Every year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides universities with the opportunity to award their exceptionally talented international students who manage not only to excel academically but also find the time and the passion to engage in extracurricular activities of social, ecological or political relevance.
It was an amazing feeling to see how happy and thankful children can be and there were many moving moments – for those who received and for those who gave the presents. 327 parcels changed hands and were curiously and joyfully unwrapped from the kids at the daycare centers Neuenkirchener Weg and Fillerkamp during the “Make a Wish” campaign.
It is by far the most abundant river in the world. One-fifth of the Earth’s entire freshwater supply flows from its mouth into the Atlantic pushing the ocean’s salt water several hundred kilometers out to sea. In April, Andrea Koschinsky, Professor of Geochemistry at Jacobs University, will travel to the estuary of the Amazon – as head of a recently approved, interdisciplinary research project on board the research ship, Meteor.
“The geological histories of individual planets and moons is the key to understanding the Solar System as a whole”, says Angelo Pio Rossi, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at Jacobs University. Together with Prof. Dr. Stephan van Gasselt from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, the scientist provides a geoscientific overview of solid Solar System bodies and their evolution in a recently published book.
Economic development supports social cohesion, poverty weakens it. For the first time, a team of scientists headed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Boehnke from Jacobs University and Prof. Dr. Jan Delhey from Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg measured cohesion in 22 countries in South, Southeast and East Asia (SSEA). According to the study on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung social cohesion is the strongest in Hong Kong and Singapore, followed by Thailand and Bhutan.
Internationality, diversity, high academic standard: If you ask Angolwisye Paul Mwakisu for three reasons why young people should study at Jacobs University, he does not have to think twice. The fact that the private, English-medium university is growing and that it has had a steady trend of increasing student numbers is also thanks to the 32-year-old. “Ango”, as he is called everywhere on campus, is one of six recruiters who get students worldwide excited to study at the university in Bremen.
Even if something is good, it can always be better. LED lights, motion detectors, efficient pumps, two combined heat and power plants for generating electricity – Jacobs University has already been keeping an eye on its energy consumption for years. However, there are more than 30 buildings on its premises. The university aims to reduce its consumption of electricity and gas in its buildings by another five percent compared to 2015 levels by 2020. That is the objective of the collaboration with Müller Beckmann. The Münster-based consulting firm assisted the university in the introduction of DIN EN ISO 50001, the most demanding of all energy management systems.
Congratulations! Kiran Adhikari a Physics major in his third year, and Larissa Oliveira, who studies Industrial Engineering, received the “Green Brain Award”, organized by Middle East Technical University, Cyprus.
Ten stipends of LISEGA SE have now been awarded to students of Jacobs University. For the recipients, the world market leader in pipe support systems is assuming the costs for tuition and housing at Jacobs University. In return, this enables the company to form a bond with top talent from around the world.
Social cohesion in Germany is strong. However, poverty and social exclusion threaten to jeopardize it. Mostly owed to weaker basic economic conditions, social cohesion is lower in the East than in the West. Increasing cultural diversity does not weaken societal cooperation. These are the core results of the newest “Social Cohesion Radar.” The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Jacobs University Bremen, consisting of Dr. Regina Arant, Georgi Dragolov, and Professor Klaus Boehnke as its principal investigator, commissioned by Bertelsmann Stiftung. The research is based on a representative survey of 5.041 participants, conducted by the Institute for Applied Social Sciences infas in spring 2017.
Trishti Poloovadoo graduated from the Foundation Year program 2017. Now she is studying Psychology at Jacobs University and is involved in campus life in many areas.
The project “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) promotes cross-sector exchange between Airbus, BLG LOGISTICS and Mercedes-Benz with the goal to prepare its employees for the digital transition. Participants complete a three months internship in a partner company with the aim of enhancing cooperativeness and willingness to change. Jacobs University is scientifically supporting the exchange. The pilot project is to be extended to other cooperation partners after successful completion.
An international consortium including Jacobs University Bremen received a European Grant of € 450,000 to develop an educational program that aims to improve the communication competences of medical students and nursing students to communicate better with older patients with low health literacy. The grant is part of the EU Erasmus + program.
E-Mobility, Digitization and Autonomous Driving are changing the role of cars in society. It’s time to talk about it – and so did the participants of the second AutoDigital conference, organized by the Weser-Kurier Media Group on campus on November 30. The conference was organized in partnership with Daimler and in cooperation with Jacobs University.
08h15 is a difficult time for a lecturer to teach, especially in autumn and winter. In order to rouse his students from their early morning lethargy, Dr. Stanislav Chankov relies on interactive elements. His lecture “Introduction to logistics” starts with questions related to past material, which can be answered using a smartphone. An online game that he has developed, in which students play against each other on their smartphone during the lecture, also has an enlivening effect. “I try to think about the material from the viewpoint of students and the questions that they might have, and want to teach them the material in the best possible way and not just reel off content”, says Chankov.
At the end there was nothing but applause for Thomas Reiter, the German ESA astronaut, who spent 350 days of his life in space on board the Russian space station Mir and later the ISS.
Gowtham Rajendran, who studies Supply Chain Engineering & Management at Jacobs University, is one of the winners of the 2017 BIC Scholarship award.
Her friends, her family and even her teachers thought it impossible. Yes, her grades were excellent. But to study in faraway Germany, at Jacobs University, her? How was she going to do that? Her father, a bus driver, died when she was eight years old. Her mother did not finish school and money was always tight in the family. But Misley Granados Valverde is a fighter - the Costa Rican did it - with the help of a scholarship generously supported by the Jacobs Alumni Association, who reunites the graduates of Jacobs University. The 19-year-old has been studying physics at the international university in Bremen since September.
On November 30, the Weser-Kurier will hold for the second time the AutoDigital conference on campus.
The working world is characterized by technological developments that allow employees to work anywhere and at any time - and also allow an increasingly older workforce. How do these trends affect the interface between employees’ working and private lives? This is essentially what Dr. Ines Spieler explored in her dissertation, which has now been awarded the dissertation prize by the German Academic Society for Work and Industrial Organization [Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Betriebsorganisation (WGAB)].
DanceStoned is a dance concert at Jacobs University Bremen. From hip-hop to Bollywood, to breakdance, Afrobeats, bachata, contemporary, and even more, a wide variety of dance styles will take the Jacobs stage very soon! On November 25, 2017, students of Jacobs University Bremen, local dancers and dance groups from Bremen will present their talents to the public audience.
The cell is the smallest entity of the living world. Their components are tiny, numerous and they constantly change. A small dysfunction causes a disease; a large dysfunction can cause the immediate death of a cell. The synthesis of chemical probes to better understand and even image cellular processes is the goal Dr. Chusen Huang, who joined the Jacobs University Bremen as a fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation.
Scientists from Jacobs University, Universität Bremen and Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg have organized a workshop on the role of digital tools and digital methods in classrooms. Why is it that many of them have not found their way into teaching?
Usually they give lectures to students. But at the end of November Prof. Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi and Prof. Dr. Vikram Unnithan from Jacobs University will train astronauts from the European Space Agency, ESA, in Lanzarote. The two geologists are part of a larger group of researchers who are providing background on geology and geophysics to the space travelers.
The positive impact of physical activity and recreation on overall health and performance is evidenced by various studies. Based on these findings, the Jacobs University will now become a health promoting university. For this purpose, the learning and working environment and the behavior of students and employees of the JU will be improved with regard to health, satisfaction, and efficiency. As part of the initiative “actively studying – studying moves” the respective concept is now supported by the German university sports federation (ADH) and the health insurance Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) with a project subsidy of 15,000 €.
When promoting their employees, companies should consider age less and the individual person more. The reason for this is that the generations are more similar in terms of their needs than previously thought, although they see themselves as being vastly different. This is the key finding of a study conducted by scientists at Jacobs University recently published in the German HR and management magazine “Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell”.
Why do some antibiotics make no impact to some bacterial diseases – and what could be done against this? Researchers from Newcastle University and Jacobs University shed new light on a machinery which keeps the outer membrane in many bacteria asymmetric. The damage of the sugar-coated layer on the surface of the bacteria would make the bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. Thus, the findings are a starting point to determine whether the studied system of Gram-negative pathogens could be targeted by drugs to decrease bacterial virulence, and to make various antibiotics more effective.
The number of students at Jacobs University has reached a new record high. 1,396 young people from 107 countries are currently studying at the English-medium, private University in Bremen North. One year ago, this number stood at 1,244.
The mobility of goods, people and information is an important building block for any society’s growth. A range of new technologies under the heading “mobility 4.0” is currently revolutionizing our mobility. These include wireless positioning and communication as well as autonomous cars. In a workshop on the theme “Positioning, Navigation and Communications” (WPNC) to be held on October 25 and 26 at Jacobs University in Bremen, international scientists will present the latest research findings - and use a car to demonstrate how far advanced the self-driving car technologies now are.
Talented and cosmopolitan, with an outstanding education: Graduates of Jacobs University are highly sought after by employers. The university therefore wants to enable companies to make contact with its students at an early stage. On Wednesday, February 28, they will again have this opportunity at the Jacobs Career Fair.
At the latest at the age of 30, everything starts to go downhill. For most people, this is when their brain starts to shrink in volume. That’s the bad news, the good news is that this aging process can be stopped by means of targeted training, movement and physical activity. “Everyone has the capability of maintaining their brain function as long as they are physically healthy,” says Dr. Ben Godde, Professor of Neuroscience at Jacobs University in Bremen.
Pop poet on campus: Julia Engelmann’s first music video performed at Jacobs University Taking charge of your own happiness – that is what Julia Engelmann’s song “Grüner wird’s nicht” [The grass isn’t going to get greener] is all about. The 25-year-old pop poet from Bremen, who became famous as a poetry slammer and author, filmed her first music video on Jacobs University’s campus in September. The results can be seen on the Internet from this week. “We had an incredibly wonderful time filming on Jacobs University’s beautiful campus,” says Julia Engelmann.
First copy, then optimize: China has a rather dubious reputation in some quarters when it comes to the appropriation of Western technologies. But is this image still justified? “There are many indications that the country has become significantly more innovative in terms of technology,” says Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink, Professor of Chinese Society and Business at the English-medium Jacobs University in Bremen. “In many areas, such as cashless payments and electro-mobility, China is even a pioneer”.
Young, open-minded people from more than a hundred countries study here at Jacobs University. The annual concert Piano to Forte is the largest student-run event on campus. The annual concert shows the diversity of musical talents at Jacobs. This year, it will take place on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of October, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Jacobs University's Cinema.
This weekend’s Homecoming Reunion was the largest and most successful in the history of Jacobs University. Over 140 Alumni from all over the world came home to Jacobs University to celebrate their Homecoming Reunion this past weekend with families and loved ones. The weekend was full of events, sessions, and celebrations, which united the bond between alumni and university, as well as the bond between alumni and students.
Sometimes, she finds herself becoming irritated when someone arrives five minutes late at a meeting or when events start 30 minutes late. That is Germany’s influence on her. In the Kingdom of Lesotho, the notion of time is different. What do five minutes, fifteen minutes or even one hour matter? To compensate, people are friendly and considerate of each other, they laugh and talk a lot and greet each other on the street. “It’s a different world”, says Thato Mary Mokhothu, who works for the Clinton Health Access Initiative of former US-President Bill Clinton.
“YES” stands for “Young and experienced: successful together!” Mercedes-Benz started the initiative in order to actively take advantage of the opportunities of the demographic change. YES has now been awarded the renowned Deutscher Personalwirtschaftspreis 2017 [German Human Resources Prize 2017] in the “Occupational Health” category in the context of the “Zukunft Personal” [HR in the future] trade fair in Cologne. Part of the initiative is the “EY ALTER” exhibition brought to life in cooperation with Jacobs University.
One of the highlights of the Homecoming Reunion is the Jacobs Career Symposium, taking place on Friday September 22nd at 18:30 in the ICC.
Jacobs University is looking forward to welcoming its Alumni back to where it all started during the 13th Annual Alumni Homecoming Reunion. This year’s Homecoming is taking place on September 22, 23, and 24th.
More students, higher income and now also more teaching staff: Jacobs University is growing. A total of five new professors took up their appointments at the international university in Bremen at the beginning of the academic year. Despite different specializations, the quintet’s motivations are very similar – they are excited by the international environment and the high standard of teaching and research at the English-medium university.
Networks in biological cells are subject to stress. They can collapse, like overloaded traffic or data systems. In a new study, researchers from Jacobs University and the University of Bremen examined the robustness of the interlinked networks of gene regulation and metabolism. This is the first time the theory of interdependent networks has been applied to biological cells.
It has a reddish color and an intense berry taste. “At first, it’s hard to believe that it’s a pure cocoa product”, says Matthias Ullrich, Professor in Microbiology at Jacobs University. But that is exactly what it is. The microbiologist and his team, in cooperation with Barry Callebaut AG, the globally leading manufacturer of high quality chocolate and cocoa products with registered offices in Switzerland, have been participating in the creation of a new type of chocolate: Ruby.
The European Union is financing the international training of PhD students as part of the “Yeastdoc” program. The aim of the project is to develop improved or new types of yeast strains using biotechnology. Potential fields of application are beer and wine production as well as modern yeast applications such as the use of biofuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Jacobs University in Bremen is the only German university participating in the project and has received funding in the amount of 435,000 euros. Applications for the PhD program are still being accepted.
How can power supply be transformed sustainably? How can wind energy, that currently gets lost in the system due to grid bottlenecks and lack of system flexibility, be used? In the “QUARREE 100” project, researchers show how efficient power, heat and fuel supply from renewable sources can succeed.
YES stands for “Young and Experienced together Successful”. It is a demographic initiative by Mercedes Benz, which aims to trigger a cultural change in the company and promote collaboration between young and experienced employees at the factory.
MyOSD’s citizen science project in Science Year 2016*2017 – Seas and Oceans is publishing the first results on the study of microbes in local seas and rivers one year after the nationwide sampling campaign. The public participation was a success: 98 percent of the data was scientifically usable.
Jacobs University is going to be present at “Zukunft Personal 2017” in Cologne, a fair for HR Development, from 19th to 21st September 2017. Our booth is located in hall 2.2, booth 22. We will inform visitors in detail about our cooperation opportunities for companies.
They are enthusiastic for the taught subject, create an enriching and inspiring learning environment, in class and beyond, and have a passion for teaching: Each year a university committee, based on nominations by students of Jacobs university, selects three instructors whose engagement in teaching was particularly appreciated by the students.
A scientific paper changed his life. He had not the slightest idea about Jacobs University, knew nothing about Bremen, and little about German culture and of course did not speak any German. However, while in Saudi Arabia, Wassim W. Ayass read a research paper on polyoxometalates by chemistry professor Ulrich Kortz, which propelled him to successfully apply to Jacobs University as a PhD student. Today, Ayass says: “I want to stay in Germany and build the rest of my life here".
Integrating academic education with extracurricular activities – that is the idea behind a unique approach to promote health at Jacobs University.
With the support of the Funk Foundation, scientists at Jacobs University have developed a free Quick-Check for supply chain certainty. With this online tool, companies can identify and assess their supply chain risks in just a few minutes.
The relationships between China and Europe are tightening especially after the emergent of trends towards protectionism in the US. China’s development provides enormous opportunities, but also risks for Europe. How can companies benefit from this developments? That is one of the questions, the Workshop “China goes Europe”, on Wednesday, September 20, is about. Jacobs University has invited renowned experts from science and business. The events between 1:30 pm and 5 pm are open to the public. Entrance is free, registration via e-mail to email@example.com is possible until September 8.
This Monday, a future-oriented continuing education model for companies was started at Jacobs University. Daimler, Airbus and BLG are jointly providing experienced employees continuing education – accompanied by tailored seminars and workshops at Jacobs University.
Noor Cornelissen is on the move. The 25-year old graduate from Jacobs University works for Doctors Without Borders, currently on a Search and Rescue ship for people crossing the Mediterranean. Before that she was in the Congo and in Uganda in a camp for South Sudanese refugees. As “Humanitarian Affairs Officer” her task in Africa was, among other things, to analyze the humanitarian context of the aid organization’s local health centers.
More students, more income from teaching, successful externally funded projects: Jacobs University is growing and successfully continuing its consolidation path. This is according to the financial report for 2016 that the University has now published.
Satisfaction, motivation and health are important requirements for academic and career success. Jacobs University Bremen is helping students, professors, administrative employees and lecturers to stay healthy. The University is developing individual offers jointly with the German health insurer Techniker Krankenkasse.
For many people, it is a lifelong dream to take a trip around the world. To experience different cultures, fascinating landscapes, just drift, enjoy freedom – Aylin Krieger made this dream a reality. The Jacobs University staff member, responsible for Online Marketing and Student Recruitment, traveled to 15 countries in 18 months together with her husband Stefan. This has culminated in a book very well worth reading: “101 Dinge, die ein Weltenbummler wissen muss.” [“101 things a globetrotter must know”]
She grew up in a small Indian village and was the first in her family to pursue university studies – Dr. Paulami Manna is now attending Jacobs University for one year. As a holder of a fellowship from the renowned Schlumberger Foundation, she conducts research as a post-doc in chemistry professor Ulrich Kortz’s working group. “The fellowship promotes top female talents from developing countries who return to their home countries after their studies abroad”, explains Prof. Kortz. “This is really great. I am very pleased that Paulami succeeded”.
Robotics experts from Jacobs University work together with European colleagues on an EU-funded project to add more automated functions to underwater robots used in the deep-sea, e.g., for scientific exploration or in off-shore oil and gas production. Named “Effective Dexterous ROV Operations in Presence of Communications Latencies (DexROV)”, the project is funded by the EU within the H2020 framework in the area “Bluegrowth”. The consortium, which is helmed by the Belgian company Space Applications Services, consists in seven partners from six countries, of which four are companies and three are research institutions.
One week of university, one week full of workshops with exciting experiments, outings and discussions at an international level: from Sunday, July 23 until July 29, the Jacobs University campus will become a center for pre-college students from Germany and throughout the world. Approximately 100 pre-college students are taking part in the international Summer Camp, jointly organized by VDI, Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V., and Jacobs University. The objective of the Summer Camp is to inspire young talent to study and to raise awareness of global issues.
The region extends well over 1000 kilometers along the equator of Mars. It is known as the Medusae Fossae Formation and very little has been known of its origin to date. The geology professor from Bremen, Angelo Pio Rossi, from Jacobs University, together with Dr. Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics in Bologna and other scientists, have examined a part of this region, called the Lucus Planum, more closely with the aid of remote radar sounding.
They come from the United States and Germany: in the next three weeks, 30 students will grapple with the topic of sustainability during the “Transatlantic Summer Academy”. The event, starting on 20 July, is a cooperation between Jacobs University, InterCultur and AFS Intercultural Programs USA. This is the third time it is taking place on the campus of the international university in Bremen.
It was in the 1980s, a time when the Iron Curtain still divided Europe into East and West, that Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler took his first lecture tour to then still-Communist Poland. This trip resulted in a long-term cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań – the chemistry professor trained young Polish scientists for decades. His commitment has now been recognized with a rare accolade: he was awarded the Medal of Merit by the Polish university.
In order for antibiotics to be effective, they must penetrate bacteria in order to kill them. In order to do this, they use tiny, nanoscale pores and ducts. However, these transport pathways often remain closed to these antibiotic molecules – all systems are on stop. Around 130 scientists from throughout the world are discussing transport mechanisms in biological and artificial pores at Jacobs University until Friday.
Julia and Volker Schwolow are host parents participating in the Host Family Program at Jacobs University – and Lawal Kankia, who recently completed his Masters in Logistics at the international University, was one of their protégées. “Our encounter with him absolutely enriched our lives and we parted with a heavy heart”, says Volker Schwolow.
At its general assembly in Hamburg, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) decided to establish a new strategy group on Marine Social Sciences and Humanities.
Regina Arant, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department Psychology and Methods at Jacobs University, wins this year's Mixed-Methods Award by the Division Evaluation & Methods of the German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie).
Until July 11, Jacobs University is one of the most important centers for young global mathematics talent. 104 highly gifted young people from throughout the world will engage with the important issues of their subject at the mathematics camp hosted by the international university. “Our event is absolutely unique”, says Dierk Schleicher, Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University and one of the initiators and organizers of the event.
From June 26-29, Prof. Alan Huckleberry and Dr. Keivan Mallahi-Karai, two of Jacobs University mathematics faculty members, ran a four-day MINT-EC workshop titled “Mathematik des Zufalls: von Irrfahrten auf Graphen über Brownsche Bewegung bis in die Finanzmathematik” (Mathematics of chance: from random walks on graphs, via the Brownian motion, to the mathematics of finance) in Koblenz-Vallendar.
The two Jacobs students Inga Dammann (BSc Chemistry, 2017) and Wassim W. Ayass (PhD Chemistry, 2017) qualified in a competition among young scientists worldwide to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Chemistry from 25 – 30 June 2017.
“Star Wars” made them mainstream: lasers – colorful rays of light full of energy. Scientifically speaking: electromagnetic waves that are mostly of a single color, extremely intensive and highly bundled. These are the tools used by Arnulf Materny, Professor in Chemical Physics at Jacobs University. Using laser technology, Materny decodes the material characteristics or the exact stages of chemical processes.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a greeting, Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka gave a speech: Academia in Berlin celebrated the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) with top-class speakers. One of the four researchers chosen to present their projects was Dierk Schleicher, mathematics professor at Jacobs University. “This day was one of the highlights in my life as a researcher”, says Schleicher.
Under a thick layer of sediment, northern Germany may hold not only zinc and lead, but also high-technology metals of economic and strategic significance, such as gallium, germanium, indium and lithium. A new research project entitled “MinNoBeck”, under the leadership of Jacobs University in Bremen, is using cutting-edge geoscientific methods to examine drill cores and formation waters from oil and gas exploration and production, with the goal of investigating these potential resources.
Researchers from Jacobs University Bremen together with colleagues in Kiel and Plön have developed a new data analysis method to analyze bacterial abundances of rare species. Their findings could lead to a deeper understanding of gut diseases.
Stella Agara courageous Kenyan activist for fair taxation, received the 15th Bremen Solidarity Prize on Sunday, June 18. Prior to the ceremony, Agara visited Jacobs University for a campus tour and a lively and inspriring discussion with some of the University’s staff and students.
His specialization is computer-aided biophysics. By developing new methods and applications for membranes and membrane proteins, Professor Wonpil Im has made a name for himself in professional circles. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has now awarded the American citizen the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for his outstanding scientific achievements. The award is endowed with 45,000 euros. Professor Im will now be conducting research at Jacobs University.
A huge honor for the Jacobs University class of 2017: Nobel Prize winner Professor Randy Schekman came to the international university to attend their graduation. 365 graduands from more than 60 countries were presented with their degree certificates at the ceremony. And in keeping with tradition, they threw their mortarboards up in the air at the end of the ceremony.
Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman didn’t mince his words. He spoke of “deluxe journals” that should be boycotted, saying that key scientific results were often published in only a handful of journals in spite of digitization. At the same time, doubt was increasingly being cast on scientific findings in the area of, for example, climate research, he said. How can the world of science communicate its work more credibly and make it available to a wide audience? This was the topic of discussion among well-known scientists at Jacobs University on the eve of the 2017 graduation ceremony.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a modern molecular biology method that allows DNA sequences to be replicated as required. It is used, among other things, for medical diagnostics and in the field of forensics. 20 schoolchildren recently spent a week acquiring DNA analysis skills at Jacobs University with the help of PCR. They were participants in the MINT-EC national excellence network for schools specializing in the teaching of upper secondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM; in German: MINT).
The course is unique in Germany: In the fall of last year, Jacobs University started its unique Medical Preparatory Year (MedPrep), which prepares students specifically to study medicine. Now the first participants in the program have received sought-after acceptance letters for medical school; others have received invitations to selection interviews. “We are pleased at the success of the participants in our program,” says Coordinator Nadja Oellrich.
Presented with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries regarding transport processes inside cells, American Professor Randy Schekman will be one of the speakers at the graduation for the class of 2017 at Jacobs University. On June 9, around 365 graduates from more than 60 countries will receive their diplomas during a moving ceremony on the campus of the international university in Bremen-Nord.
Who’s not familiar with this situation? You know you need to get more exercise, eat more healthily, and spend more time with friends. Everyone has good intentions. But putting them into practice – that takes skill. Dr. Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology at Jacobs University, will be talking about the things that get in our way and what we can do to motivate ourselves, in a lecture and subsequent discussion on June 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Whether for electro-mobility or as a storage medium for the energy turnaround. Lithium batteries are a key technology. In a joint three-year project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, scientists at Jacobs University are doing research on a new generation of high-energy lithium batteries. “Our goal, together with our cooperating partners, is to develop batteries with distinctly higher energy density,” says Professor of Chemistry Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler.
MINT-EC-Camp DNA Analysis from May 29th to June 2nd at Jacobs University Bremen: For 20 students from schools of the national excellence school network MINT-EC, today marks the start of the MINT-EC camp on the topic of DNA analysis at Jacobs University Bremen. During the research camp, the students will work in labs and get to know student life in lectures and seminars.
“For me it’s always about people. How can a service or a product improve life?” That is the question that moves Lida-Maria Lottko. The independent business consultant is a former student of Jacobs University. Today she works worldwide on projects for digital innovation.
Alexia Fadzai Paradzai and Priyanka Sharma are the prize winners of the Mercator Award 2016/17. The 22-year-old student from Zimbabwe and the 21-year-old from Nepal will each enjoy an award of 5000 Euro. Each year since 2008, the Stiftung Mercator has honored students who distinguish themselves through outstanding social and intercultural engagement as well as excellent scholastic achievement, and who live in Mercator College on the campus of Jacobs University. A representative of Stiftung Mercator recently presented the award to the two honorees.
Their motto is: “Show the world a real China, and show China a real world.”
His passion is science – and classical music. One day before his final exam as Doctor of Chemistry, in which he will defend his dissertation orally, Wassim W. Ayass will hold a concert at the Interfaith House of Jacobs University on Sunday, May 21st at 8:00 p.m. The title of the evening, during which the baritone will sing works by Strauss, Liszt, and Rossini, among others, is a reflection of his upcoming exam: “May Music Defend me.” Admission is free.
Bachelor students interested in the professional field of psychology should make a note of Friday, June 2. Under the motto “Being a psychologist in the year 2020” Jacobs University in Bremen is offering a free workshop that day (11 am – 5 pm), held in German language. The number of participants is limited; registration ends May 29.
She calls her time at Jacobs University her personal world tour. For 15 years, Sigrid Jürgens provided support to students from around the world in organizing events – and experienced many adventures with them. Now she is retiring – and not without a touch of wistfulness.
Those, who want to register spontaneously for the Bremer Unternehmertag (Bremen Entrepreneur Day), have the chance to do so until Tuesday, May 16. This year, it’s all about the topic of “Exploiting potentials through networking – linking markets, linking people, developing ideas.”
First top ratings in U-Multirank, now in the CHE university rankings, too: For the second time this year already, Jacobs University has made an outstanding showing in a prestigious university comparison. In the CHE university rankings, the private English-language university got top ratings in the two degree programs Economics and Industrial Engineering.
Rucsandra Popescu still recalls the her first performance well. In the fall of 2008, the choir was still small, the singers inexperienced, the songs simple. But there was still that enthusiasm, these emotions, that touched you. They have remained. And they have been joined by professionalism, ambition, and the will to break through vocal boundaries. Musical Director Rucsandra Popescu has shaped J-Cappella, the choir of Jacobs University into an extraordinary ensemble.
The ensemble is exceptional in its internationality. This variety is also reflected in its repertoire. Whether classic, pop, jazz, and film music: J-Cappella, the choir of Jacobs University, sings with great devotion in multiple languages and different styles. The evocative musical trip around the world starts on Sunday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the campus of Jacobs University in the north of Bremen. Tickets for admission are available at the box office on the evening of the concert.
The 94 year old was deeply touched. “I may forget your faces, but I will never forget your kindness”, Harry Callan said. In an emotional ceremony on Thursday, the Irishman passed the book „Forgotten Hero of Bunker Valentin: The Harry Callan Story“ to the library of Jacobs University. „Contemporary witnesses like you, who share their experiences, are making history vivid to younger generations“, emphasized Professor Arvid Kappas, Dean of Jacobs University.
He is witness to a time from which witnesses have become rare. As a 17-year-old in 1941, Harry Callan, a cook’s apprentice from Northern Ireland, is taken prisoner by the Germans and spends most of his captivity in the concentration camp in Bremen-Farge. His capture, his resistance, and his liberation are described impressively in the book “Forgotten Hero of Bunker Valentin: The Harry Callan Story,” which he present to the library of Jacobs University on Thursday, April 27th, starting at 12:30 p.m. as part of a special ceremony.
The Undergraduate Admissions Team travels to different regions of the world during the year to get to know potential students and to excite them to enroll at Jacobs University.
The University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, or our founding partner Rice University, to name but a few: Jacobs University is proud to have many high-ranked partner universities worldwide.
Eight degrees, rain showers, stormy winds, waves: The Jacobs University rowers had to fight not only their opponents this weekend at the 10th Hanse Boat Race on Hamburg’s Outer Alster. In an exciting, energy-sapping race, the eight of the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration crossed the finish line first. The Hamburg team has now extended its lead in the overall results to 7:3.
Oranges, lemons, grapefruit: Citrus fruits are the most common fruit trees in the world. When their fruits are processed into juice, about half the biomass remains as waste – a problem for industry, the environment, and also a loss of valuable, frequently bioactive substances. In a project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, researchers at Bremen’s Jacobs University, under the leadership of Professor Marcelo Fernandez-Lahore, these waste products are being used in order to extract valuable natural substances.
Strange language, unfamiliar customs, and the cold weather: For many international students at Jacobs University, many things are new. They have to navigate an unfamiliar cultural and social environment, making the leap from high school to university along with fellow students from more than 100 different countries. Helping them is Florence Yu (42) from Hong Kong, a Psychological Counselor and Intercultural Education Officer at the English-speaking University in Bremen.
This Saturday it’s that time again: For the tenth time already, the rowers of Jacobs University will meet the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration on the Außenalster (Outer Alster). In addition to the men’s eight, three other boat classes will meet head to head, namely the women’s two, women’s four, and men’s four. The competition on the water takes up a tradition at many Anglo-American universities.
When our body gets sick, our natural immune system responds. Sometimes, however, a disease disables this system and spreads. So it would be good, if our immune system could be re-started in an individually targeted manner. Researchers at Bremen’s Jacobs University have developed a method that standardizes the necessary preliminary analyses for personal drugs and can thus accelerate their production to an unexpected degree. Two pharmaceutical companies are now using the method for the first time as a test.
This year’s annual North American Jacobs Alumni Reunion – hosted by the Jacobs University Foundation of America – served a distinctive purpose: to honor the lifetime achievement and dedication of Ronny Wells, the Jacobs University Foundation of America presented him with a lifetime achievement award and announced their next endowed scholarship will be named the Ronny Well’s Scholarship.
For the second time, Jacobs University hosted the Information Day of Stiftungshaus Bremen e.V., an umbrella organization of foundations in Bremen.
We are in deep solidarity with CEU University (Central European University) in Budapest, Hungary. A letter of Professor Arvid Kappas, Dean of Jacobs University Bremen, to Mr. Ignatieff, President of CEU.
In many countries south of the Sahara, there is a lack of fundamental things, such as democratic stability, a functioning system of administration, or a reliable infrastructure. If Africa can succeed in solving these problems, education can offer opportunities for development. On that the African students at Jacobs University in Bremen agree. At a workshop in cooperation with ESSA – Education Sub Sahara Africa , they discussed the future of the continent.
It doesn’t take much: Enjoyment in dealing with young people, openness, basic knowledge of English. For its growing number of its international students, Jacobs University is looking for additional host parents. Those willing to support students get a lot back: Being a host is a window to the world – and it is not rare for the contacts to students to become friendships that last for years.
He’s not someone who likes to be celebrated, but on his 75th birthday, Michael Bömers made an exception. That was at the end of August 2013, and an item on the agenda of the approximately 70 guests from near and far was a lunch on the campus of Jacobs University, in the cafeteria of Nordmetall College, followed by a tour of the laboratories. “Everyone,” recalls Michael Bömers, “found it very interesting, and there were also a few donations.”
In the international U-Multirank university rankings, Jacobs University has again made an outstanding showing. In the areas of research, knowledge transfer, degree courses and teaching, internationalization, and regional engagement, the private Bremen university is among the five best universities in Germany. “This result is an impressive confirmation of our work,” said a joyful Professor Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University.
Dr. Vera Storm studies the way patients with cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disease succeed in living more healthily. For her dissertation at Jacobs University in Bremen, the psychologist is receiving this year’s Development Prize of the Zarnekow Foundation.
If you’re planning an event, you need staff – in service, for the kitchen, or technology. The online platform “Hyre” brings event organizers and help together, without going through an agency. The startup from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada already has numerous customers at home and now wants to make the leap to Europe. The Jury of the Startup Competition at Jacobs University found the idea convincing. Hyre founder Eropa Stein had the pleasure of taking home the winner’s check for 3000 Euro.
The FiBu-Study (“Fit in Bremen und umzu”) aims at better understanding the interrelation between health, lifestyle, and internet use in general with the goal to identify areas where improvements are needed. The researches at Jacobs University are now recruiting people to participate in the online survey which is available in three languages.
Song and dance in the widest variety of music styles, from jazz to rock to classic; sketches, plays, comedy; all presented with great commitment by international talents – that is Spotlight. This year the students at Jacobs University are bringing their versatile, nearly two-hour show to the stage on Saturday April 1st. Visitors are very welcome.
A glove connected to the computer, enabling the user to experience virtual worlds; rooms for meetings of business people, which can be booked by smartphone: “There were just some absolutely exciting ideas that really knocked me out,” says Käthe Neuss. Last year the Jacobs University student was still an onlooker at the Start-up Competition at her university. This year she is co-organizer of an event that makes it possible to experience how new companies are founded.
Problems in the supply chain affect almost every company. Cooperative risk management can help. But only a few companies use it to gird themselves for a crisis. The extent to which cooperation can protect supply chains is being examined at Jacobs University in Bremen in a current study that was brought to life with the aid of the Funk Foundation.
For the first time, Bankhaus Lampe issued an invitation to a Finance Day at Jacobs University in mid-March. Students, parents, and interested parties had an opportunity to listen to expert presentations by select lecturers on the topic of finance. With about 75 guests, the theme day was a great success.
For months they have been preparing; now it’s crunch time: On March 24th and 25th, the most convincing business idea will be selected. Ten international teams have qualified for the finale of the Jacobs Startup Competition 2017. The winners of the startup competition receive a monetary prize in the amount of 3000 Euro. Journalists are cordially invited to the event; registration is requested.
“I’ve always been interested in start-ups,” says Kent Bridgewater with a subtle smile. The German-American was a member of the pioneer class of Jacobs University, those who began working toward their degrees in 2001, the year the then International University Bremen was founded. Just recently the 36-year-old founded his own company. Not one that deals with apps or Internet applications. But a start-up in the area of mechanical engineering, which wants to improve the cleaning of conveyor systems.
For four days, students at Jacobs University had an opportunity to experience politics in practice by visiting institutions of the European Union in Brussels.
Bachelor students interested in the professional field of psychology should make a note of March 24th. Under the motto “Being a psychologist in the year 2020” Jacobs University in Bremen is offering a free workshop that day, held in german language. The number of participants is limited; registration ends March 20th.
Jacobs University is mourning its founding president Dr. Fritz Schaumann, who passed away on Friday at the age of 70. Professor Katja Windt, president of Jacobs University, honored Schaumann as a man whose great commitment set the university on its way.
Smoking chimneys at the bottom of the ocean, delicate columnar formations, goose barnacles in the shimmering water – these are the alien sights encountered on the sea floor by marine researchers on an expedition with the research ship SONNE. The 39 scientists under the leadership of Professor Andrea Koschinsky of Jacobs University in Bremen explored hot springs on undersea volcanoes of the Kermadec Arc off New Zealand.
For the International Women’s Day on March 8th, Jacobs University is shining the spotlight on female role models from the Near East. In his presentation, Professor Ahmed A. Karim, Guest Professor for Psychology, will provide information on “Female Pioneers in Ancient Egypt and the Near East: Influence of History on Gender Psychology.” After that, the topic will be how female images affect female immigrants today.
For decades his family’s name has stood for healthy baby food. For what else does Professor Claus Hipp stand? He revealed that recently in a guest lecture to students of Jacobs University.
Deuterium and tritium can be separated from each other relatively easily using a functionalized metal-organic framework compound. Deuterium and tritium are substances with a future - but they are rare. The heavy isotopes of hydrogen not only have numerous applications in science but could also contribute to the energy mix of tomorrow as fuels for nuclear fusion.
“Jacobs University’s internationality is what makes it so attractive to us. Its graduates come from all over the world. As a globally active company, this is extremely important to us,” said Dr. Georg Oenbrink from Evonik Industries AG. The specialty chemicals corporation headquartered in Essen, Germany, was one of about 40 companies that participated in Jacobs University’s third career fair in Bremen on Wednesday, presenting themselves to potential employees.
The first meeting of partners from business and science has been completed, the next one is scheduled: A few weeks ago, a project started, of which Dr. Marius Buchmann at Jacobs University in Bremen says that is one of the greatest and most important demonstration projects to date for the energy turnaround (Energiewende) and smart grids in Germany – At the start of February, it was presented at E-World in Essen. The enera project is intended to develop a more environmentally friendly, safe, and affordable energy supply system – and to do so with a high proportion of renewable energy.
On the evening before the official Foundation Festival of the Ostasiatischer Verein Bremen e.V. (OAV), Jacobs University invites to the traditional reception in the honor of the OAV, the East Asian Association of Bremen. Expected at the campus of the international university are high-ranking representatives from politics and diplomacy; academics and business.
Worldwide enterprises exhibit on the campus of Jacobs University along with regional companies and freshly founded start-ups: On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. the Jacobs Career Fair will again be facilitating contacts between students of Jacobs University and potential employers from the widest range of areas. Students of other universities and institutes are also welcome to attend. Admission is free.
Too much manure, too much fertilizer: In many places in Germany, intensive agriculture is endangering water quality. The nitrate levels in groundwater are too high. A research team at Jacobs University led by the Chemistry Professor Ulrich Kortz has now discovered a new way in the lab to reduce nitrate contamination in water – with the help of so-called polyoxometalates, in short: POMs.
Psychologists, physicians, and athletes have long known the power that resides in confidence in ones own abilities. But although buzzwords like “positive thinking” are known worldwide, this knowledge is still used astoundingly little in one area: in the work world. Therefore a team of authors at Jacobs University is now presenting these findings in a new book for management personnel. The volume entitled “The Positive Effect” is an appeal for drastic re-thinking in management.
From generation to generation, high technology products are getting faster and more powerful. Again and again, new materials with new properties are needed to allow for continuous technological progress. On the search for promising future materials, scientists of Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at Leipzig University and Jacobs University Bremen were the first ones to investigate the properties of a promising new socalled two-dimensional material, germanium phosphide. Thanks to their research, it could become possible to make computer processors even smaller and faster to make solar cells more efficient. Their research results have been published in the renowned journal “Nano letters”.
“China buys Deutschland AG” – “China crazy for Germany” – “China is shopping:” These were just a few of the media headlines in the past year. In 2016 Chinese companies paid 11.6 billion Euro to buy companies in Germany – a good 20 times as much as in 2015. Is this a clearance sale? “There is no reason for concern,” finds Christoph Lattemann, Professor of Business Administration and Information Management at Jacobs University. “This is really more a problem of perception.”
An international team of researchers from Europe, USA and Canada have presented a new strategy on ecosystem-based deep-ocean monitoring.
Bringing entrepreneurs and self-employed persons together with researchers, intensifying contact – that is the idea of the event series “Business Meets Science” of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce – IHK for Bremen and Bremerhaven. On January 26th representatives of both sides came together to share experience and opinions on the campus of Jacobs University.
The desire to study medicine remains unbroken, despite the high requirements upon applicants, who often fail to meet the difficult conditions for admission to a course of study in medicine. Only about every fifth applicant is admitted. But what challenges will future physicians have to face in a changing work world? And just how is it possible to make the jump from school to a university? At a weekend seminar from February 18th to 19th, 2017, Jacobs University in Bremen will be providing information on this topic.
Hearing and speaking English, exchanging views, very casually, on the widest variety of topics. For more than two years already, Cynthia Nieland has been inviting students once a week to “English for JU.” Three evening with external guests speaking about exciting topics build a good opportunity to get to know the German-English-language discussion group.
No, Klaus Boehnke can not complain about a lack of work. Globalization, refugee crisis, rightwing populism, nationalism – societies are in flux, cohesion is breaking down. Everyone just thinks about himself. Or is that really so? Identifying changes in the way we live together, recording social trends, and using them to reach conclusions are all part of the work area of the Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University in Bremen. Boehnke measures what is.
The Bremen Entrepreneur Day goes into its 13th year in 2017. In the great interchange between business and science, this year it’s all about the topic of “Exploiting potentials through networking – linking markets, people, linking people, developing ideas.” On May 18, 2017, prestigious practitioners and scientists will be discussing this topic at the House of Science. This year, Jacobs University, in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, is enticing participants with exciting presentations and an interactive program.
Bringing entrepreneurs and self-employed persons together with researchers, intensifying contact – that is the idea of the event series “Business Meets Science” of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce – IHK for Bremen and Bremerhaven. On January 26th at 7:00 p.m., representatives of both sides will come together to share experience and opinions on the campus of Jacobs University.
Researchers from Newcastle University and Jacobs University have shed new light on the functioning of gut bacteria, revealing how nutrients are transported into bacterial cells. Their findings increase existing knowledge about the microbiota which has been linked to the emergence of autoimmune diseases, cancer, and obesity.
How strong is social cohesion in Bremen? This question was investigated by Jacobs University researchers Regina Arant and Mandi Larsen in a recently published study. For the study, a representative sample of 2605 residents of 78 urban districts had been surveyed via telephone interviews. “Bremen has a large number of intact social units.” This is how principal investigator Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology, summarized the results. “Social cohesion in Bremen is in good shape.”
For most people, the ability to work is an important part of their life. As a rule, those who get sick and can not work want to get back on the job as quickly as possible. A new project of the German Retirement Insurance Fund Oldenburg-Bremen (Deutschen Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen) and the Montanus Clinic Bad Schwalbach in cooperation with Jacobs University is now studying the significance of physical fitness for medical rehab. The goal is to improve existing programs and to make it easier for affected persons to return to work. Following the initial kickoff meeting, the measurements will soon begin.
Recently, school principals and counselors from around the world found their way to Bremen to visit the campus of the international Jacobs University. The 17 school representatives from 14 countries support students at international schools in matters related to decision making and applications for admission. In order to give the students intensive counseling, they visit universities worldwide to get personal impressions of which university is right for which student.
Once again this year, shortly before Christmas, the Sounding Board of Jacobs University came together for its annual meeting. Scientists from prestigious universities around the world, representatives of companies with a global reach, and alumni and representatives of Jacobs University met in the advisory panel, which was established in 2014.
“You have to do things others have not yet done; Combine chemicals that others have not yet combined; Under conditions that have not yet been tried”. Ulrich Kortz sees himself as a passionate basic researcher. In 2008, the Chemistry Professor at Jacobs University in Bremen discovered a new class of compounds, the polyoxopalladates.
It is one of the most active eruption zones in the world: Kermadec Ridge in the Pacific. An international group of scientists led by Professor Andrea Koschinsky, Professor of Geochemistry at Jacobs University, will study the geochemical and ecological effects of undersea volcanoes in this region.
The Chinese economy will no longer grow to the degree it did just a few years ago, but it will continue to grow: “The low-hanging fruits have been picked, but the tree still has more apples,” says Dirk Sänger. The managing partner of C. Melchers GmbH & Co KG was one of the participants in the China Symposium, held by the Jacobs Center for the Study of China and Globalization, China Global.
The citizens of Bremen still have until December 9th to grant the urgent wish of a child at Christmas. On Christmas trees in the north of Bremen and on the campus of the international Jacobs University, interested persons can find notes on which children have written three wishes. Anyone can take one of the notes to sweeten the Christmas festivities for one of these children.
For her Masters thesis on improving the security of data transmissions, Nazia Sarwat Islam has been awarded the Science Prize of the Society for Data Privacy and Data Security (GDD). In her research, the 27-year-old doctoral researcher is dealing, among other topics, with encryption technologies. The prize comes with an award of 1000 Euro.
Traditional Christmas songs from various countries, sung with great devotion by an international choir: J-Cappella, the choir of Jacobs University, invites you to take an atmospheric, Christmas world tour. The concerts will be held on December 10th and 11th, 2016 in the Interfaith House on the campus in northern Bremen. Admission is free. There are no reservations; come early to get a good seat.
Beginning in September 2017, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), offers an innovative PhD program in the Social Sciences.
Dr. Torsten Derr is a native of Bremen. Now the CEO of Saltigo GmbH, a subsidiary of the specialty chemical company LANXESS, has returned to his home town – for a lecture at Jacobs University. To students, professors, and employees of the international university, the chemist spoke about innovation as a driver of growth in his company.
As part of a series of talks and events of the MPavilion – a unique architecture commission and design event for Melbourne – leading academics come together to launch the new project Bauhaus Australia on November 28-29 in Melbourne, Australia. The project examines the profound influences upon Australian cultural history of the forced migration of émigré and refugee modernists from Germany and central Europe.
From degree program to independent business? Jacobs University provides help to get careers started: Through November 27th, students can register their business ideas for the startup competition and get valuable support on their way toward entrepreneurship.
Currently, the worldwide children’s charity organization SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit and the Hermann-Gmeiner Fund are enabling four talented young people from Africa to study at Jacobs University; in the future it will be up to seven. This is envisioned in a memorandum of understanding that has now been signed by both sides.
Crumbling growth rates, increasing environmental problems: Is an end of the rise of the world's second largest economy in sight? Is China facing a hard landing? Or is the country entering a new phase of stable growth – with domestic consumption and innovation as the driving forces of growth instead of export? Questions like these will be discussed by renowned academics and practitioners starting on November 17th at a two-day symposium at Jacobs University.
One time per year, Jacobs University celebrates the internationality and cultural diversity with dancing. This year, the event, called Dancestoned, will be held on November 19: Approximately 80 participants from more than ten nations will present a dynamic show featuring different styles of dance.
They want to do something together to fight hunger, climate change, and child poverty – worldwide, but in Bremen, too. Under the motto “Setting sail,” students at Jacobs University are holding the TEDxJacobsUniversity innovation conference on November 12th on the campus of the English-language University in the north of Bremen. Speakers from various organizations will give brief presentations of their approaches for the needed change.
Just a few days after the surprising presidential election in the USA, prestigious experts will discuss the booming political populism on both sides of the Atlantic on November 17, 2016 in New York City. The discussion event goes back to a joint initiative of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gert Bucerius, the Columbia Journalism School, and the German Center for Research and Innovation, New York.
More than 2.3 million Euro in EU grants for mathematics research at Jacobs University. Mathematics Professor Dierk Schleicher was the subject of this sensational report in the summer of this year. Now he and his international team have begun their work on challenging mathematical questions. Having courage, daring to something new, and having the confidence to tackle big jobs – these are qualities that Schleicher feels fit Jacobs University well.
The idea came from the students. The class of 2016 of the Master program ‘Supply Chain Engineering and Management’ (SCEM) was eager to learn more about the country of their study; partially, because many of them were attracted by the prospect of staying in Germany after graduation.
When the word steroids comes up, a lot of people think of doping. It is much less well known that steroids are used in the treatment of many diseases, such as asthma, neurodermatitis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s Disease. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University in Bremen have now found a possible way that steroids can exert their effect in the human body in a gentler and more efficient way.
New scholarship contract at Jacobs University: The Jacobs University Foundation of America (JUFA) will annually provide a stipend from 2016 until 2021. Emeritus Professor Raymond O. Wells, President of the foundation and one of the co-founders of the university, and Professor Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University, have now signed a contract. “We are very pleased about this beautiful sign of relatedness with our university”, Windt says.
It is designed to replace the static energy network with a flexible intelligent network that meets the new challenges, uses intelligent technology to network the actors in the energy turnaround, and makes the energy system more efficient overall. The project idea “enera” has received the Special Prize for Digitalization at the Handelsblatt Energy Awards.
“It’s a love story of an unconventional kind.” That’s how logistics ambassador Bushra Kamran describes her ties to Bremen in her acceptance speech at the award ceremonies for the fourth year of VIA BREMEN Logistics Ambassadors.
Exciting news from the automotive sector and high praise for the location Bremen and Jacobs University. For the first time, the Weser-Kurier has held the AutoDigital conference on the campus of our university.
Thyroid disorders are frequently found in about one-third of the adult population in Germany. In a research project of the German Research Foundation (DFG), scientists at Jacobs University are asking how the healthy thyroid works.
What is special about studying at Jacobs University? You’ll have an opportunity to find out on Saturday, November 5th, at the Open House on the campus of the private English-language university. The event is aimed at all those interested in getting a degree, as well as their parents and teachers. Admission is free.
It starts with a 30-minute English presentation by a scientist, followed by discussion in a convivial atmosphere: The research center China Global at Jacobs University is hosting a public discussion on China and its role in the world on the campus of Jacobs University in the north of Bremen. On October 26, Professor Tobias ten Brink will speak about "Challenges to the Stability of the Chinese Economic Model." Admission is free, and interested parties are welcome!
Matthias Kramer has started as new Head of Business Operations at Jacobs University. Mr. Kramer is responsible for sales and marketing and heads the Departments of Brand Management, Marketing & Communications, and Business Solutions.
Considering the more than 18,000 courses of study in Germany, it can give you something to brood about: what to study? A bridge year can help you make the decision. On October 29th, Jacobs University is cooperating with the Career Counseling firm of Struss und Partner to present their preparatory study programs along with strategies for selecting a degree program. The event on the campus of the international university in Bremen is free of charge. Registration is possible through October 23rd.
The number of incoming students at Jacobs University rose distinctly in 2016. 470 young people from 78 countries started their degree programs in late summer on the campus in northern Bremen. Last year it was 300.
Her specialty deals with peptides, short segments of larger proteins. Under what conditions can they be inserted into a cell? This question will be the subject of the research of Dr. Andrea Barba-Bon in the coming two years at Jacobs University as the recipient of a stipend from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. “Everything that has a biological or medicinal effect has to penetrate the cell,” says the chemist. “Controlling this is the key to developing more efficient drugs or alternative therapeutic options.”
In collaboration with the Amnesty International Group Bremen-Nord, the Amnesty International Club of Jacobs University is pleased to announce a talk on the situation of Dalits (the “untouchables”) in India, on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm at IRC East Wing, Jacobs University. Manuela Ott, the coordinator of the Dalit Solidarity Society in Germany, who has been involved in development cooperation since 1999, will provide insight into both historical and current struggles of Dalits in India.
His way to work is short. Since this summer, Robert Rennie has been living on the campus of Jacobs University with his wife and three children. As “Resident Mentor” at the international university in Bremen, he looks after the welfare of the 240 students in College 3.
In the future, Jacobs University and the Bremen hospital group Gesundheit Nord will work together to get young people ready to study medicine. The two institutions have now signed a corresponding cooperative agreement. The chiefs of staff and senior executives from three Bremen hospitals provided insights into the specific challenges of various medical disciplines to participants in the Medical Preparatory Year.
In the programming competition jacobsHack! good software is developed each year literally overnight. Young IT talents are asked to “hack” – or program – a useful and creative software product within 24 hours. Interested parties have until Friday, September 30th to register for the competition.
Employees with intercultural skills, who are familiar with the particular characteristics of the respective target markets, are among the key resources in a successful strategy of internationalization.
Young people from more than a hundred countries study at Jacobs University. The different musical talents slumbering inside them are shown each autumn at the “Piano to forte” concerts, which will take place this year on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of October. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Cinema at Jacobs University.
Educating young people from around the world to be engaged, responsible, and successful problem solvers, regardless of their family and national origin – that was and remains the goal of Jacobs University. 15 years ago, on September 21, 2001, the private university began its teaching activities. Then as now the extensive campus in Bremen was a site of excellent research and teaching, and peaceful coexistence across the boundaries of cultures and nations.
Imagine flying over the surface of a distant planet. Craters and valleys, hills and desert-like plains open up in front of you. Or better still – don’t imagine, just do it! Thanks to a new application called PlanetServer, conceived by Angelo Pio Rossi and colleagues at Jacobs University, this is now easily possible on the Internet. But for the scientists from Bremen, it’s not only about the beautiful views.
Jacobs University is looking forward to Alumni Homecoming on September 23, 24 and 25!
Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the German economy. Many of them are already very successful in business abroad; others are in the midst of planning for this step. What hurdles have to be cleared in the course of internationalization, and what is the best strategy? This is the topic of discussion for company representatives, scientists, students, and alumni at the annual Jacobs University Career Symposium on September 23rd in the Campus Center of the international university.
The Russian Art & Culture Group, a group of scholars and young researchers from Eastern and Western Europe, will hold a workshop on Campus on September 22-23.
No one knows better than Dr. Henry Marsh. At a lecture at Jacobs University, the British brain surgeon and winner of many awards offered insights into his long professional life. One of his conclusions: operating is relatively simple. It is much more demanding to deal with the consequences of illnesses to patients and with ones own faults.
This Saturday (September 10th) at 11 a.m., Professor Frank Oliver Glöckner will hold a lecture in the Haus der Wissenschaft for the MyOSD project: Marine microorganisms hands-on – citizens create knowledge.
They eat carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, clean the seas of dead biological material, and return it to the nutrient cycle: Microorganisms are enormously important for the balance of the marine ecosystem and for the climate.
“In the European market, bed sheets are mainly functional and plain, while in our home countries, Turkey and Pakistan, textiles can be ‘noisy’ in terms of colours and printed designs”, says Büsra Todil (BA Psychology, Class of 2011).
For services in the advancement of research and science in the state of Bremen, the President and the Managing Director of Jacobs University received an award from the Peter Franz Neelmeyer Foundation. Professor Katja Windt and Professor Michael Hülsmann accepted the award at a ceremony in the Havana Lounge in downtown Bremen.
Outstanding success for Jacobs University: Mathematics Professor Dierk Schleicher receives EU research funds amounting to more than 2.3 million Euro. According to its own information, it is one of the largest research grants ever made by the European Research Council (ERC) to a mathematician. Schleicher will now bring top mathematicians from around the world to Bremen to join his team in finding new answers to centuries-old, unsolved mathematical questions.
A game lasts ninety minutes and the ball is round – soccer is full of wisdom for life. The fact that this wisdom can also be applied to business, that managers and companies can learn from the successes and failures of professional soccer is demonstrated by the recently published book “Playing Field Workplace.
Beginning in February 2017, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), offers a new and innovative PhD program in the Social Sciences.
For 96 students from 16 nations, the week was an exciting and rich experience. All of them took part in the International Summer Camp of the VDI (Association of German Engineers) at Jacobs University. The goal of the Summer Camp: to generate enthusiasm for the technical professions among young people and to sharpen their perspective for global interrelationships. A look back.
Through August 10th, nearly 30 young adults will continue to deal with sustainable global development in the context of the Transatlantic Summer Academy at Jacobs University in Bremen. They have come from the USA and Germany and will approach questions related to sustainability from different perspectives and technical backgrounds.
Research by Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, has been recognized once again.
“It will be a great experience,” says Freia Hardt, who is one of the organizers of the International Summer Camp taking place at Jacobs University this week. 96 high school students from all over the world are about to attend the Summer Camp at Jacobs University, a private, English-language university in Germany.
Industrial Engineering and Management at the English-language Jacobs University – one of five Bachelor Programs in the Focus Area Mobility at the private university. It is about understanding and researching the continuously growing global movements of data, information, goods, and people.
Käthe Neuss is studying International Business Administration at the English-language Jacobs University – one of the five Bachelor Programs in the Focus Area Diversity at the international university. All these Bachelor Programs view diversity as the motor in the development of a modern, global society. All the degree programs have an international alignment, are consistently interdisciplinary, and have a strong practical orientation.
Teaching and research at the international Jacobs University in Bremen concentrate on three Focus Areas. The Focus Area Health includes the natural sciences at Jacobs University. Among other things, the area deals with the solutions to global health and supply problems through research into bioactive substances of natural and synthetic origin, as well as sustainable processes.
To Microsoft? To Google? To Facebook? Or go on for a doctorate? Successful graduates of the program for a master’s degree in data engineering at the prestigious English-language Jacobs University can pick and choose where they want to work after getting their master’s degree. Rahul Bhat from India and Tom Wiesing from Germany are also experts in big data. They and their fellow students are rare – and are sought after all around the world.
The flood of data is rising constantly – including in biological research. The data must be saved, classified, and examined. Computer-based and mathematical models help analyze large volumes of data and gain new insights. The two-year English-language master’s program Computational Life Science at the private Jacobs University is dedicated to this future-oriented field.
Our everyday lives are no longer conceivable without fluorine – it is an important component of medications and of substances used in agriculture; it is also contained in clothing, pans, and displays. These applications and the latest findings in fluorine research are discussed by representatives from industry, business and academia on the campus of Jacobs University from July 3rd to 7th.
A degree? Yes! But which one? And where? With the Foundation Year, Jacobs University in Bremen is offering young people the opportunity to find out what they really want. At one of Germany’s top private English-language universities, you can try things out for a year before deciding on a course of study.
It is a very promising cooperation for both sides: Representatives of LISEGA SE and Jacobs University have signed a stipend contract. For ten stipend recipients, the world market leader in pipe support systems is assuming the costs for tuition and housing at Jacobs University. In return, this enables the company to form a bond with top talent from around the world.
Robert Hein, now Jacobs alumni, is the star of a film televised by German TV channel Sat1. The 21 year old German from Frankfurt (Oder), who studied Chemistry, will continue his studies at Oxford University.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University in Bremen, has been made a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She thus becomes a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious science academies in the world.
Long live tradition: 365 graduates from more than 77 countries today let their hats fly at the graduation ceremony for the “Class of 2016”. Once again at the 13th graduation at Jacobs University, there were no injuries of any kind, emphasizes the President, Professor Katja Windt, with a wink of her eye.
Undergraduate student Nicoleta Copaci has been awarded the prestigious Hofmann Scholarship for her studies in chemistry. Tthis year Jacobs University Bremen has two awardees of Hofmann Scholarship, Inga Dammann is the other one.
Inga Dammann has been awarded the prestigious Hofmann Scholarship. Inga studies Chemistry in her second year, and was put forward to the German Chemical Society (GDCh) as a Hofmann Scholarship candidate by Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University.
The Mercator Award 2015/16 goes to the Jacobs students Francisco Diaz Heinzen and Aleksandar Nikolic. Each year since 2008, the Stiftung Mercator has honored students who distinguish themselves through outstanding social and intercultural engagement as well as excellent scholastic achievement, and who live in Mercator College on the campus of Jacobs University. A representative of Stiftung Mercator recently presented the award to the two honorees.
From May 9 to May 13, 2016, prospective students from India will have the chance to speak with an admissions officer and students at Jacobs University via video-chat and get first-hand information about campus life and student experiences.
Until May 6, 2016, prospective students have the chance to speak with an admissions officer and a student at Jacobs University via video-chat and get firsthand information about campus life and student experiences.
Another enormous success for Jacobs University: only around a month after attaining excellent results in the international U-Multirank, the private university once again got top scores – this time, in a large-scale comparison of higher education institutions. In the latest rankings of the Center for Higher Education (CHE) and the prominent weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, Jacobs University achieved outstanding ratings – particularly in the subjects of biology and psychology.
Until May 6, 2016, prospective students have the chance to speak with an admissions officer and a student at Jacobs University via video-chat and get firsthand information about campus life and student experiences.
Last week, Jacobs University once more had an opportunity to prove the enormous value of combining theory and practice in the course of education at the international university. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer from Schaeffler AG visited us on campus to provide insights into the activities of his company and a preview of the future.
Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University, has been elected president of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). This well-known organization, founded in 1972, brings together psychologists from about 80 countries. Their work focuses particularly on the question of how cultural context determines human behavior. Like Jacobs University, the IACCP stands for a cosmopolitan approach and for cooperation across the boundaries of individual nations and disciplines.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, Prof. Dr. Klaus Boehnke is scheduled to give a presentation titled “Social Cohesion Radar – a Study Focusing on Bremen” at the House of Science in Bremen downtown. In his talk, Boehnke will present a study that analyzes the cohesion of countries, states within Germany, and even urban districts in Bremen. This first public presentation on the study will focus in particular on the study’s findings regarding cohesion in 78 districts in Bremen.
Jacobs University receives an impressive testament to its work: the university scored very well in several fields in the U-Multirank international university ranking. The independent, EU-funded U-Multirank measures the performance of the entire university, but also compares individual subjects. This year’s evaluation of the private university in Bremen covers the fields of biology, chemistry and mathematics.
On Saturday, April 9th, at 11 o'clock, Prof. Dr. Klaudia Brix will present the topic: How do rhododendron constituents affect our cells? 'Wissen um 11' (Knowledge at 11) is Bremen’s popular morning science talk at the House of Science in which exciting current topics from science and academics are presented for 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Admission is free!
On April 6, Dr. Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University, will hold a conference in Bucuresti, Romania, on “Peripheral Expressionisms: Avant-garde Networks and Cultural Exchange between Germany and its Eastern Neighbors, 1910–1939.”
A delegation of Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technologies (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) headed by the president of SIAT Professor Jianping Fan has recently visited Jacobs University to get an overview of the robotics research activities and to establish new collaboration in research and education.
On April 1 two new professors have joined Jacobs University - Dr. Tobias ten Brink (right) , and Dr. Yilmaz Uygun (left).
Today is International Women´s Day! Its roots can be found in the early 1900s women´s movement and was officially celebrated by the United Nations in 1975.
Besieged booths, more than 1100 visitors: the second Jacobs University Career Fair under the patronage of Bremen/Bremerhaven Chamber of Trade was a resounding success.
School-children Ada Mittrenga and Gaby Nolan from Rübekamp School Center have made it to the very top with their project. They were awarded first place in the regional stage of the Jugend forscht (Young Researchers) competition. In the next few weeks they will be entering the national phase of Jugend forscht.
Jacobs University President Professor Katja Windt and Professor Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler, Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University, visited the University of Nanjing in China last week. On the agenda were talks with the president of the oldest university in China, Professor Jun Chen, its Vice President Professor Yi Pan, and other representatives of the institution, the two Associate Vice Presidents Professor Lijie Pu and Professor Jianqun Chen, the Dean of the private Jinling College which is affiliated to Nanjing University.
Physicists have now measured for the first time what Albert Einstein suspected 100 years ago: the existence of gravitational waves – and with them, black holes. Involved in this Nobel Prize–worthy discovery was a graduate of Jacobs University: Dr. Valeriu Predoi.
7 pm on February 11, 2016 at the Universum®. This event is part of a program accompanying the special exhibition entitled ‘EY ALTER’. You can also view the special exhibition itself between 6 and 7 pm for a fee of €5.
Within the next three years seven project partners including four universities and three business partners work on the project DETHIS – Design Thinking for Industrial Services. The projects main goal is to enable and promote a lasting and significant enhancement of the innovation capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses that provide industrial services.
What is clickbaiting? And what is the origin of „Hammelsprung"? One professor and nine questions to check your knowledge in the area of political communication. Countdown is running!
Fachkräfte. Chancen. Nutzen. This Thursday at Jacobs University´s Campus. An increasing skills shortage is challenging Germany. We have to develop strategies to cope with this problem. Multiple actors with different perspectives are necessary and needed to work synergetically on this matter.
Tuesday’s New Year reception of the association “unifreunde” e. V. together with the University of Bremen and Jacobs University officially marked the start of the Bremen Year of Science 2016.
Conventional fuel cells based on platinum catalysts are too expensive for widespread use. Cheaper systems, however, are significantly less efficient. An international research group including scientists from Jacobs University has now developed a novel catalyst, without platinum and with higher efficiency.
As part of the international GEOTRACES program Gila Merschel (PhD, Geosciences), Korinna Kunde (BSc, ESS) and Rebecca Zitoun (Guest scientist from Neuseeland) are cruising the Southern Atlantic at the moment. This is how they experience the voyage.
At the end of last week, students of Jacobs University were awarded the Bürgerpreis (citizens’ prize) for their commitment to Bremen’s community. At a festive ceremony in the city hall, jury member André-Michael Schultz, honorary guest Philipp Maumann and Jörg Kastendiek presented student body representatives Aaron Ames and Christopher Casebeer with the award, which is sponsored by the Verein zur Förderung von bürgerschaftlichen Engagement e.V. (association for the promotion of civic involvement) in Bremen and Bremerhaven.
Sevgi Malkac, who is in her first semester of a GEM Bachelor’s degree at Jacobs University, is the proud recipient of an award bestowed by Germany’s Federal President.
On board the German research ship Meteor, two students and a guest scientist from Jacobs University are currently voyaging the South Atlantic. They are part of an international team of 28 scientists who are investigating the full water column distribution of dissolved and particulate trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs) along a near-shore and offshore north-south section of the Angola Basin and the northernmost Cape Basin.
A new study by the group of Professor Sebastian Springer at Jacobs University helps explain how viruses manage to go undetected when they infect body cells. They have shown that the gp40 protein of the murine cytomegalovirus (mCMV) binds to cellular proteins that are essential for the antiviral immune defense and holds them back inside the cell. This blocks the immune response against mCMV.
Scientists will discuss the role of media in shaping communities, identities, and integration at a conference at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, on December 10 and 11. Media.Bridge.Cultures was initiated and organized by Dr. Özen Odağ, media psychologist from Jacobs University, and Cigdem Bozdag from Kadir Has University.
On Tuesday, December 1, Jacobs' alumni came together for a common purpose: to help establish the first ever JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. Thanks to the #GivingTuesday Campaign, the alumni were able to raise $14,570.
On Saturday, December 5, College Nordmetall of Jacobs University invites you to visit this year’s Christmas market. As a special: all food and nonalcoholic drinks will be free of charge. Instead, we would welcome a small donation for our Make a Wish campaign.
Peripheral Expressionisms – International Workshop at Jacobs University
Smooth skin makes for a trustworthy look.
First impressions count. Within tenths of a second, our brain passes judgement on a person we meet for the first time. But what creates this first impression? Elena Tsankova and Arvid Kappas from the Jacobs University Bremen demonstrate how single features in our looks determine our judgement of our vis-à-vis.
You cannot see, feel, or smell them, yet there are millions of them in every drop of seawater. A project financed by the EU is dedicated to researching the diversity of microorganisms as well as their suitability for the acquisition of new active ingredients and substances.
Jacobs University in Bremen recently received visitors from all over the world: 15 school representatives from 14 different nations were invited to gain their own impressions of the international university so that they can assist their school students in finding a suitable place of higher education.
The EU project “Cognitive Autonomous Diving budDY” (CADDY) has successfully finished field trials in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.
At its second meeting the Sounding Board, Jacobs University’s new advisory panel, discussed about the progress of the change process.
Dr. Eva Stüeken, astrobiologist and Jacobs alumna, has won the prestigious “Viktor-Moritz-Goldschmidt Award” of the German Mineralogical Society.
Researchers at Jacobs University develop a method for better tumor detection
Locating cancer cells in the body and at the same time recognizing whether they are dangerous – this dream is now one big step closer thanks to researchers at Jacobs University in Bremen and the Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology in Berlin. They have developed a method of depicting substances that indicate malignant tumors with great sensitivity.
They did it! Congratulations to everyone involved for a brilliant event. On Sunday morning, at 10.53 a.m., the Jacobs University rowing team and supporters crossed the finishing line: after 3078 kilometers and 22 hours and 53 minutes they covered the distance which separates Damascus from Bremen on ergometers.
Jacobs University reaches out to the victims, their families, the city of Paris and France as a nation. We are one world. We need to stand together. We only have a joint chance to make this place a better world. And a joint responsibility.
Jacobs University supports the nationwide initiative „Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia” by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), an association of German universities.
“With passing of Helmut Schmidt, Jacobs University has lost an inspiring patron who for many years contributed greatly to the development of an English-language university in Germany based on the Anglo-American model,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”
Students will cover the distance from Bremen to Damascus
The destiny of people from Syria is still shocking the whole world. To point out the strains and threats refugees are going through, the rowing team of Jacobs University wants to cover the 3078 kilometres separating those two places on ergometers.
Recently, a film team visited the campus of Jacobs University for producing a short film about the cooperation on research between Jacobs University and the world's leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut.
The Environmental Awareness Week is the annual event to raise awareness about current environmental issues and to create a platform for discussion and exchange between students and the Bremen Community. Organized by the Environmental Club it will take place from November 1st to November 6th.
From 2 to 5 November researchers from Jacobs University will be in Brussels to hold up Micro B3 Final Conference. Micro B3 stands for Marine Microbial Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and means a large integrative European Project (EU 7FP), which aims to process large amounts of data from world-wide marine research campaigns with modern bioinformatic methods.
Musical excellence at Piano 2 Forte
With its established tradition of musical excellence and entertainment through diversity, Piano to Forte is the biggest musical event on campus run solely by students from Jacobs University, this year mainly by Anastasija Pejkovska and Bushra Kamran. This year’s event will take place on October 30th and 31st at 19:30 in the Jacobs University Cinema.
Inclusion tears down walls: Winner of the Northern German preliminary round of the Falling Walls Lab honored at Jacobs
Susan Wache and other scientists at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück just received first place at the Northern Germany preliminary round of the Falling Walls Lab at Jacobs University.
The motivation for his work is passion and interest for a better world. As a recipient of the prestigious Georg Forster Research Award Dr. Erharbor S. Idemudia, clinical psychologist from North-West University in South Africa, will spend a year as visiting Professor at Jacobs University.
Third jacobsHack! event will be largest ever
Student programmers from all over the world will meet on October 17 and 18 to battle out jacobsHack! They have 24 hours to program a new creative software and take home one of the prices, worth € 2000. The competition is supported by companies like Google, SAP, Microsoft or Rocket Internet.
Role in the carbon balance of oceans and the climate
In a comprehensive study, researchers at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at Oldenburg University, together with researchers at Jacobs University Bremen and other institutions, investigated the effect that numerous hot springs located on the ocean floor can have on the ocean’s carbon balance.
Jacobs University conducts research on occupational health promotion and eHealth
New research results from the team of Professor Sonia Lippke at Jacobs University in Bremen give new insights: Computer-based health promotion (eHealth) which tailor motivational treatments to the individual needs of the employees can help people to overcome inner temptations, to improve their health behaviors and to sustain their employability.
The project MORPH, funded by the European Union, aims at affording marine scientist and commercial operators a revolutionary tool for marine habitat mapping in complex underwater 3D environments. In the Azores a team led by Prof. Andreas Birk has succesfully tested methods developed in the Jacobs robotics group.
The International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) is an important annual academic meeting covering advances in robotics. 150 participants visited Jacobs University and met up with the Jacobs robotics group.
Frank Haber, Psychological Counselor and Intercultural Education Officer at Jacobs University, was honored with the Rising Star Award by the European Association for International Education (EAIE).
Experts from China and Germany discussed the topic „iCity and Intelligent Logistics“ on the 4th Sino-German iCity Symposium, held in the House of Science in Bremen on September 21 and 22.
DFG Project GFBio
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is funding the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) with additional 5.8 million Euros.
As one of three partners in Germany Jacobs University is involved in a €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe.
The “Maritime Woche“ will take place from 12. – 20. September 2015 at the Bremer Schlachte. Here, research institutes of Bremen give insights in their work with small exhibitions, talks and lots of things to explore.
Graduation happened only a few weeks ago – where have they all gone? Take Celine Lofthus Gaasrud from Norway, who obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences. Now she does her Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University.
Georgiana Ciobotaru, MSc-student in International Logistics, wins the prestigious DAAD-prize 2015 (German Academic Exchange Service), worth 1000 Euro. Each year the DAAD honors a non-German Jacobs University student for outstanding academic achievements as well as for social and intercultural commitment.
Lecture “Fenster zur Wissenschaft”
The sea has always been fascinating to people and can evoke many positive and negative emotions. Examples are given through own experiences as well as through movies and books covering a range of topics such as liberty and adventure, desires and worries. One interesting question is, whether academic research can help to explain these feelings.
the Jacobs University Green Summer Camp closes on a high note on-board the research vessel Aldebaran
How can I make sustainability a part of my everyday life? Do different cultural backgrounds have an influence on global consumption of resources? These are two of the questions twelve students from the USA and Germany with different disciplinary backgrounds set out to find the answers to at the Green Summer Camp at Jacobs University.
Would you like to learn about other cultures and broaden your horizon? Here is your chance to meet people from all corners of the world without having to travel far. Become a host parent for young people from across the globe who are starting their studies at Jacobs University in the fall semester.
HHSTU Delegation signs Memorandum of Understanding with Jacobs
Last week Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University, welcomed a high-level delegation from Chinese Huanghe Science & Technology University (HHSTU). The HHSTU is the first private and the biggest private undergraduate college in China, founded by the renowned Professor Hu Dabai. 35,000 students are enrolled. The main goal of the intended cooperation is to build bilateral connections between Jacobs University and HHSTU on the one hand and the Chinese and German industry on the other hand.
Are you interested in our Medical Preparatory Program (MedPrep) or in our Foundation Year? Then it’s time to hurry up – application ends on August 15!
Once again, Jacobs University offered various summer camps this year to give young people the opportunity to try out academic learning, breathe in “university air” and, thereby, expand their horizons during their summer break. Camps covering three major themes: Mathematics from June 25 to July 5, Life Sciences from July 26 to August 2, and Diversity and Intercultural Experience from July 26 to August 9.
What is the impact of culture on our thoughts, actions and feelings? Are even fundamental mechanisms of the human mind shaped by culture? And to what extent does our evolutionary heritage impact mental life and behavior? Questions like these are part of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen’s research and teaching in the psychology program at Jacobs University, and also of his new book, Tierisch Kultiviert – Menschliches Verhalten zwischen Kultur und Evolution
For two days, students from Rübenkamp High School, alongside exchange students from Mumbai, visited Jacobs University to analyze microplastics. “We want them to understand how microplastics spread in the ocean and how dangerous they are,” says microbiologist, Prof. Dr. Matthias Ulrich, who has been organizing the three-year cooperation with the high school.
Amanda Amoah from Ghana, just completed her MSc in Molecular Life Science at Jacobs and participated in this years Lindau Meeting. Watch her interview!
Jacobs University will intensify its cooperation with China’s Nanjing University. Paving the way for increased research cooperation and joint doctoral programs, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the universities by Prof. Dr. Yi Pan, Vice-President for Research and Professor of Organic Chemistry at Nanjing University, and Prof. Dr. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University.
Falling Walls Labs offer bright young researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals the chance to present ground-breaking research projects, initiatives, ideas and business models from all disciplines. The northern German qualifying Lab for this year’s Falling Walls Lab final will take place at Jacobs University on Thursday, October 1st 2015. Application can be submitted online until August 31.
Anthropogenic high-tech metals found in Rhine River mussels
The dissemination of high-tech metals in the environment is on the rise. Dr. Michael Bau, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University Bremen, and his Ph.D. student, Gila Merschel, published a study in the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment, showing that anthropogenic rare earth elements can enter the food chain.
Arvid Kappas, Dean and Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University, has been re-elected President of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) for another two years. The biannual conference took place in Geneva from the 8th to the 10th of July. With more than 500 participants it was the biggest meeting ever in the history of the society.
Jacobs University analyzes rural perspectives on international development cooperation
Prof. Dr. Corinna Unger of Jacobs University and Prof. Dr. Marc Frey of the Bundeswehr University Munich, together with an interdisciplinary team, strive to better understand the complex relationships between the participating partners in such cooperative initiatives in international development. The project has received a total of €540,700 from the Volkswagen Foundation.
Biophysicists at Jacobs University have added a piece to the puzzle of the underlying molecular processes within Klebsiella oxytoca bacteria. Their new findings will play an important role in the research to fight antibiotic resistance and the challenge to discover new antibiotics. The results of their research have just been published in the renowned journal PNAS.*
Jugend forscht is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its alumni at Jacobs University
This weekend Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt, Senator for Science and Education in Bremen, Dr Sven Baszio, Executive Director of the Jugend forscht e. V. Foundation, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University, will launch the event and welcome the alumni.
EU-funded research project Earth Server, aimed at making Big Earth Data more easily accessible, enters second phase.
Jacobs University is at the helm of the EU-funded Earth Server project which unites partners* from Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy, the USA, Australia and Germany. With an overall volume of €2.84m supported by the European Union’s H2020 program, the project – now in its second phase – aims at making gigantic Big Data sets generated from Earth Science observation more readily and easily available to a wide range of users across different platforms by using and also establishing standardized methods.
During the spring semester 85 students taking part in the course General Logistics II taught by Prof. Julia Bendul participated in a case study competition organized in cooperation with BLG Logistics Group, Hansa Meyer Global Holding GmbH and Röhlig Logistics, three leading Logistics Service Providers (LSP) based in Bremen. The main goal of the case study project was to enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge of the management of logistics service providers to real problems and to develop their own business model and business plan.
Jacobs University students Hanna Kuznetsova and Gabriela Constantin-Dureci have been honored with the 2014/2015 Mercator Award. The Ukrainian and Romanian, both aged 21, receive 5,000 euros each.
Jacobs University achieves outstanding evaluations again in the latest CHE Ranking. In Geoscience, Computer Sciences and Political Sciences the international university secures top places mirroring the success of previous years. “It’s great confirmation of our performance, we see these results as both a recognition and further motivation,” comments Prof-Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University.
With immediate effect the Bremen-based DMK Group will be supporting young talents at Jacobs University with a scholarship for international students. Future Bachelor students in Global Economics and Management, International Business Administration, Biochemistry and Cell Biology or Chemistry can apply directly at Jacobs University for the full scholarship which covers a period of three years. The deadline is June 15.
Jacobs University recently welcomed college counselors from a number of international schools on campus. Assisting high school and college students in their search for the right university, the 25 counselors from 13 countries spent three days at Jacobs University.
Around 200 participants and 19 speakers – including UK-based feminist blogger Siana Bangura – attended the student-organized Women's International Leadership Conference on campus.
Undergraduate student Anastasia Resetnic has been awarded the Hofmann Scholarship for her academic achievements in chemistry. For twelve months the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Foundation will fund her studies with €300 per month.
Exhibition 'Robotic Exploration under Extreme Condition' (ROBEX) at Haus der Wissenschaft
Resistance to antibiotics poses an increasing global threat. Scientists from Jacobs University have been involved in shining light on the molecular details of a multidrug-resistant clinical isolate of the Salmonella bacterium from a patient. The results of the new study have just been published in the journal PNAS.*
Jacobs University has honored the late Wolfgang Klunker, former Chairman of the Stiftung Bremer Rhododendron-Park. In a small ceremony on campus a commemorative plaque was unveiled together with a large wall panel detailing the phylogeny of Rhododendron. With the posthumous honor, Jacobs acknowledges Mr. Wolfgang Klunker’s dedication and support in establishing the current scientific cooperation between the Rhododendron-Park Bremen and Jacobs.
Robotics experts from Jacobs University will be working together with European colleagues on a new EU-funded project to add more automated functions to underwater robots used in off-shore oil and gas production.
Microsoft Corporation has awarded a stipend of €1,500 to two Computer Science (CS) students at Jacobs University. Petre Munteanu and Alina Dima, both from Romania and in their third year at Jacobs University, have received the stipend for their academic achievements.
On April 18 and 19, the student-run Women’s International Leadership Conference (WIL) is taking place at Jacobs University. The aim of the conference is to give women an insight into different professions and to support them in their career management. The convention is organized by an international team of female students who have won support by representative from politics, science and economics for their event.
This year's Jacobs Startup Competition (JSC)successfully ended with the team ‘Kingii’ from WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management winning the first prize. During the two-day event ten participating teams from universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and Jacobs University presented their start-up ideas in 10 minute pitches.
The new German research vessel ‘Sonne’ has set sail to study potential environmental impacts of the future mining of manganese nodules in the deep sea. Among the participants are two members of the Marine Geochemistry Group led by Andrea Koschinsky, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University.