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April 17, 2014

More than 32,000 people from all over the world have already registered for Jacobs University’s massive open online course (MOOC) “DNA – from structure to therapy”. This free six-week course by Dr. Susanne Illenberger, Prof. Sebastian Springer, and Dr. Nicole Kühl will start on April 25, with a preview accessible already on April 11. The only prerequisites are some high school knowledge of biology and chemistry, and a curious mind. Registration is open at https://iversity.org/courses/dna-from-structure-to-therapy.

April 17, 2014

If you are staying on campus over spring break, here is a little reminder about the changed opening times of the serveries. Have a happy and relaxed spring break...with lots of chocolate!

April 15, 2014

The second annual congress of Thyroid Trans Act (SPP1629) took place at the Essen University Hospital last weekend. The priority program, which is jointly coordinated by Jacobs University, the Essen University Hospital and the Berlin Charité, aims to substantially improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of thyroid disease. With a focus on impact of thyroid hormones within the human body Thyroid Trans Act is the first German consortium in thyroid research. The thyroid is a comparatively small human organ, but the hormones it produces are of great importance for many processes within the human body.

April 14, 2014

Two ultrashort laser pulses of a length of only few femtoseconds excite a vibrational motion of the ionic liquid molecules. The third femtosecond pulse interacts with the molecules after a variable time delay and measures the vibrational motion and the transfer of its energy to other vibrational modes

Researchers at Jacobs University in cooperation with a scientist from Aberdeen University (who is now working at the University of Bremen) have succeeded in observing the ultrafast vibrational energy transfer in ionic liquids, salts, which are liquid at temperatures below 100°C. Ionic liquids are highly interesting solvents due to their tunable properties. They can be applied in the production of pharmaceuticals in order to combine the action of two different drugs. However, such application strongly depends on a detailed understanding of the elementary interactions between the counter ions and between the ionic liquid molecules and the environment. The experimental results pointing out the role of hydrogen bonding in energy transfer processes within ionic liquids are an important step in this direction. The work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society andselected as a highlight by the editors (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja502527y).

April 14, 2014

More than 80 high school and university students from all over Europe have made their way to Bremen for the tenth anniversary edition of the Bremen International Model United Nations (BRIMUN). During the four day conference, which is running until April 16, the students simulate the processes of the United Nations. Each delegate was assigned a country in advance and has to represent its government’s positions during the debates.

April 7, 2014

Transdisciplinarity in research and teaching is a key characteristic of Jacobs University. Jacobs University is now expanding its existing cooperation with the world’s leading chocolate and cocoa producer Barry Callebaut. The aim of the six-year project COMETA* is to precisely analyze around 10,000 chemical components of the cocoa bean. At the end of the cooperation in 2020 a unique database and new rapid quality tests for cocoa classification, processing, and planning requirements for raw material shall be available. Barry Callebaut is financing the project with a total of 3.7 million Euro.

April 4, 2014

Rhododendrons are considered one of the most popular plants in our gardens. Researchers at Jacobs University are convinced that the plant contains agents for the development of new antibiotics.

April 2, 2014

On April 9, Jacobs University continues its lecture series »Fenster zur Wissenschaft« at SPICARIUM in Vegesack. Prof. Dr. Alexander Lerchl talks about the science of Chronobiology and explain why an inner clock is so important for all living beings. The lecture starts at 6 p.m. and is held in German.

April 1, 2014

After an eventful and exciting weekend, this year’s edition of JacoBus, Jacobs University’s annual business plan competition, has ended with team Lumen coming out tops.

March 28, 2014

On March 28 and 29, Jacobs University hosts the fourth edition of the business plan competition ‘Jacobus’. The organizers welcome students from all over the world, who will present their business ideas on the topic of ‘Smart Technologies’. The competition offers young students – among them representatives from top universities like MIT, Columbia University and Cambridge University – an ideal platform for pitching their business ideas.

March 27, 2014

The Research Network for Maritime Law, which Jacobs University is part of, has been presented with the NordWest Award by Metropole Nordwest. At the ceremony held at the Museum Varusschlacht in Osnabrück the research network was one of three awardees alongside the projects “Das Beste für den Nordwesten” and “Trauerland”. The NordWest Award recognizes great contributions to strengthen communal life and cooperation within the Northwestern Metropolitan Region Bremen-Oldenburg.

March 26, 2014

On March 27, Jacobs University offers 30 interested girls and boys between 10 to 15 years of age the chance to peek into the field of natural sciences.

March 25, 2014

Two Jacobs University students will be competing in the final round of PeakTime, the largest business challenge competition in Eastern Europe. The year’s contest is addressing corporate social responsibility and social businesses.

March 17, 2014

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) celebrated the graduation of 30 of its PhD students with a festive ceremony at the Golden Hall in Bremen’s Böttcherstraße. The graduates from eleven countries were honored for the completion of their PhDs. BIGSSS is funded by then national Excellence Initiative and jointly run by the University of Bremen and Jacobs University.

March 17, 2014

A new study by Alexander Lerchl, Professor of Biology at Jacobs University, has found that the birthrate in Germany is considerably lower at weekends and on public holidays in comparison to the weekly average. The researcher studied German birth statistics for the year 2012 and discovered that the number of births on Saturdays was 16% lower and the number of birth taking place on Sundays was almost one fifth lower than the average per week.

March 14, 2014

Milestone reached in realignment - Transdicisplinarity, internationality and interculturality as fundament
The next important milestone in the realignment of Jacobs University has been reached: Diversity, Health and Mobility are the new focus areas in education and research. “Intensive exchange with our professors, members of staff and students has developed and newly focused the existing dimension of our university against the backdrop of the societal challenges of our time”, emphasizes Katja Windt, President of Jacobs University. “We are on schedule within the agreed timetable, the constructive discourses have again illustrated the passion and commitment in jointly working on remaining secure in future.”

March 11, 2014

Sebastian Springer, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University, and Randy Schekman, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2013 and Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, have published a joint study on the mechanisms of intercellular protein transport. The publication in the journal ‘Traffic’ continues a long-term cooperation between the scientists. During his time as a postdoctoral researcher in the US, Prof. Springer worked with Prof. Schekman at UC Berkeley. Their latest study shows how cells master the distribution of protein in the cell body.

March 6, 2014

The coordinators of DFG Priority Program Thyroid Trans Act met up on campus recently to take stock of ongoing cooperations within the program and review its results to date. Klaudia Brix, Professor of Cell Biology and joint program coordinator, welcomed her colleagues Dagmar Führer, Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Essen University Hospital, and Heike Biebermann, Institute of Experimental Pediatric Endocrinology at the Berlin Charité, for the three-day coordination meeting. The scientists also discussed preparations for a conference with German and international thyroid experts that will take place at Jacobs University from December 5 -7.

March 5, 2014

Jacobs University continues its lecture series »Fenster zur Wissenschaft« at SPICARIUM in Bremen North. On the second Wednesday of every month, Jacobs University researchers talk about current and fascinating topics from the world of maritime science followed by a discussion. A special exhibition including an interactive presentation compliments each presentation.

February 28, 2014

Dr. Nair Vidhu, Acting Consul General of India in Hamburg, H. E. Excellency Mr. Upali Sarrath Kongahage, Ambassador to Germany from Sri Lanka , Jacobs University President Katja Windt, H. E. Mr Takeshi Nakane, the Ambassador to Germany from Japan, H. E, Mr.  Pehin Dato Abdul Jalil Hj Ahmad

Dignitaries from Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Sri Lanka and India attended the traditional reception in honor of the Osasiatischer Verein zu Bemen held at Jacobs University. They were joined by around 200 representatives, from the world of diplomacy, business, science and politics.

February 27, 2014

On February 26, Jacobs University’s International Logistics department held its annual ‘Logistics Internship Day’on campus. Bachelor and Master students in International Logistics gave presentations about their internships in front of an audience of representatives from the logistics industry, members of staff and fellow students.

February 24, 2014

Frédérique Mittelstaedt, a final-year Jacobs University undergraduate student majoring in Physics, will join Entrepreneur First this summer. He is one of the two students from universities outside Great Britain and the only student from a German university to take part in the program, having made it through a very demanding selection process.

February 20, 2014

Jacobs University, the Wirtschaftsörderung Bremen (WFB) and local sports clubs in Bremen-Nord have come to an agreement which allows the clubs to use the eastern part of the Oeversberg sports ground free of charge until the end of 2018. Jacobs University thereby reaffirms its commitment to Bremen-Nord.

February 18, 2014

The Board of Jacobs University’s Alumni Association held its first meeting of the year in Berlin at the weekend. The German capital is the home of Stefan Anca, Secretary of the Board, and the meeting was hosted by Stefan’s employer Project A Ventures. The Board was joined by Suna Turhan as new Treasurer (not pictured) and Devashish Tikekar as new interim Vice President. The Alumni Office was represented by Imke Sonnenberg, Manager Alumni Relations.

February 14, 2014

Health psychologists at Jacobs University are researching programs to improve health literacy among the elderly. Their work is part of a new three-year research project which is being supported by the European Union with a budget of 2.9 million Euro. Jacobs University is among 23 cooperation partners taking part in the IROHLA (Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population) project.

February 11, 2014

At its meeting on February 10, the Board of Governors of Jacobs University has unanimously agreed to the restructuring plan presented by Jacobs University under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt. “The requirements of the trilateral contract between Jacobs University, the Senate of Bremen and the Jacobs Foundation can be met by the plans presented to us. We trust that on this basis the goal can be reached to guarantee a substantial and financially resilient perspective of Jacobs University”, said Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte, Chair of the Board of Governors after the meeting.

February 11, 2014

At its meeting on February 10, Jacobs University’s Board of Governors has unanimously elected Katja Windt as the President of Jacobs University. Since the beginning of 2014 Prof. Dr.Ing. Windt has already served as Acting President of the institution.

February 10, 2014

The MZUKA choir performs at a concert in aid of Doctors without Borders taking place at Kulturkiche St. Stephani on February 12.

February 10, 2014

Jacobs University‘s female rowing team took up a well-earned place on the winners’ podium at the 7th Ergocup held on campus at the weekend. The team won the double over 1000 meter and the quadruple race over 1000 m against the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) with 3:37and 3:50 minutes respectively.

February 4, 2014

Jacobs University continues its German language lecture series »Fenster zur Wissenschaft« at SPICARIUM in Bremen North. On the second Wednesday of every month, Jacobs University researchers talk about current and fascinating topics from the world of maritime science followed by a discussion. A special exhibition including an interactive presentation compliments each presentation.

February 3, 2014

Commonly, big data is seen as too big to transport. A real hindrance, however, is often the security policies which data centers have to implement to safeguard themselves. Secure simultaneous access to archives of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) has now been made possible based on the rasdaman Big Data engine, developed by Jacobs University researchers under the lead of Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science. The newly adapted technology effectively bridges the Atlantic in real time. It was recently unveiled at the 10th Plenary of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva and can now pave the way for services merging data across data centers, nations, continents - ultimately, across the planet.

January 30, 2014

Bremen’s unifreunde association held its traditional New Year’s Reception at Obere Rathaushalle yesterday. The festive event was attended by more than 300 guests from politics, academia and business including representatives from the Bremen Senate, Jacobs University and the University of Bremen. During the evening newly appointed faculty members from both universities were introduced and received a warm welcome by the audience.

Picture shows from left to right:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt (Acting President and Provost of Jacobs University), Prof. Dr. Bengt Beutler (
unifreunde Chairman ), Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas (Professor of Communication and Media Science), Jens Böhrnsen (President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Julia Bendul  (Assistant Professor of  Network Optimization in Production Logistics) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholz-Reiter (Rector of University of Bremen)

January 30, 2014

Students from the Computer Science Club at Jacobs University will hold a hackathon at College 3 this weekend (February 1 to 2). The JacobsHack! is taking place for the second time and is open to CS majors. 44 participants are registered for the event which has a free theme.

January 29, 2014

When and how fast or whether at all a molecule can cross the cell membrane are some of the most fundamental biological questions. Despite their high relevance in medical research – membrane traffic decides on whether a cell or an organism is kept alive or dies – such questions are tricky to answer. At Jacobs University a research team has now developed molecular-level motion sensors that can monitor membrane traffic in real time. This new method cannot only be applied in fundamental research, but also be used in the pharmaceutical industry in the development of new drugs. A study about the new motion sensors has been published in the leading journal “Angewandte Chemie” and selected by the editors as a 'hot paper'.

January 28, 2014

This spring semester, the Jacobs community welcomes 29 visiting and exchange students from the United States, Russia and Turkey as new members. Twenty-one students from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania will be joining the campus for a period of one semester. For the last nine years, Lafayette College has been a long-term partner of Jacobs University – a successful partnership which each year enables a large group of Lafayette students to visit the campus in Bremen.

January 24, 2014

As part of a new research project Jacobs University computer scientists and mathematicians are examining the creation of visualizations in medicine for potential sources of error. Lars Linsen (Professor of Computational Science and Computer Science), Tobias Preusser (Professor for Mathematical Modelling of Medical Processes), and Horst Hahn (Professor of Medical Imaging) aim to identify, quantify, and visualize these uncertainties in medical visualization, in order to allow for more educated decision-making by medical experts. The three-year research project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) with 340,000 Euro.

January 17, 2014

The JACOBUS Challenge business plan competition is back again. This year, students from all over the world are asked to present their ideas for innovative products and initiatives in the field of “Smart Technologies”. Registration is open until January 24 at www.jacobus-challenge.com.

January 17, 2014

From January 30 to 31, Jacobs University is offering a two-day workshop in cooperation with German Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH. The workshop involves hands-on experience with a laser scanning microscope made available by the sponsor. Advanced registration is therefore required at www.zeiss.com/tech-workshop. The workshop is free of charge and open to the students and researchers of the molecular life sciences with an interest in cellular structure and visualization of protein transport.

January 14, 2014

Today, 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans and 29% by land. The question, however, when vast landmasses rose above sea-level is still subject to debate among scientists. A new study by Jacobs University in close cooperation with the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne shows that 2,700 million years ago vast landmasses already existed on earth. The research results have now been published in renowned science journal Geology. (DOI: 10.1130/G35014.1).

January 10, 2014

From January 13 to 31, Jacobs University runs its Winter School program for external and internal students.

January 7, 2014

Götz Pfander, Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University, has been awarded the John von Neumann Visiting Professorship by Technische Universität Munich (TUM). In January and February Prof. Pfander will hold a series of twelve guest lectures at TUM starting on January 8.

January 7, 2014


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„In the new year I will definitely… stop smoking, go on a diet, join the gym, learn Spanish...” An endless list of New Year’s resolutions and often forgotten by mid-January. Jacobs University health psychologists are now offering an online program which can help to make health-related goals last longer and become a part of a daily routine. The German language program covers the areas of exercise and nutrition and was first developed for people who had taken part in medical rehabilitation. It is now open to everyone who would like to work on their health and fitness – no matter if they have previously enrolled in a rehabilitation program. Users have to be allowed to exercise and eat fruit and vegetables. The program is also available in Dutch and will be accessible soon in Chinese.

January 2, 2014

Jacobs University continues its German language lecture series »Fenster zur Wissenschaft« at SPICARIUM in Bremen North. On the second Wednesday of every month, Jacobs University researchers talk about current and fascinating topics from the world of maritime science followed by a discussion. A special exhibition including an interactive presentation compliments each presentation.

December 30, 2013

2013 was an amazing year at Jacobs! Our researchers took part in many exciting new projects, our students won more awards, research funding increased, and we developed more international connections with other universities. Revisit 2013 through the top news stories, according to visitor traffic. Here's to 2014, Happy New Year!

December 23, 2013

Jacobs University wishes you and your family a joyous and peaceful holiday season, happiness and success in the new year 2014.

December 20, 2013

(Graphic: Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas/IFG)

A novel method developed by the workgroup of Thomas Heine, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Jacobs University, and researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions. A stable porous gel (SURGEL) for biological and medical applications is obtained from a metal-organic framework (SURMOF) grown up on a substrate. The method is presented in the renowned Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS – Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI:10.1021/ja409205s).

December 19, 2013

Jacobs University student Michael Rothgang has been honored for his outstanding academic performance by the Bremen-based Karl Nix Foundation. The 17 year-old graduated from Oberschule Findorff with a GPA of 0.78 and is currently studying mathematics and physics at Jacobs University. Michael Rothgang is one of 17 awardees who received a diploma and prize money of up to €2,500 from the Karl Nix Foundation during a recent ceremony held at Dorint Park Hotel in Bremen.

December 19, 2013

Logistics are the backbone of the global flow of goods increasingly also becoming a field of ecological responsibility. Transport packaging can be a starting point for reducing costs, CO² emissions and waste. How can transport packaging be designed in more eco-efficient way? To tackle this question, the PTS Logistics Group and VIA BREMEN’s Sustainability/CO² Group have set up the student competition “PTS Packaging Award 2013”. The contest was won by Alexander Taskov, a graduate of Jacobs University from the Class of 2012, who received the first prize endowed with €2000. The 25-year-old from Bulgaria developed an evaluation catalogue for transport packaging and beat a number of international participants.

December 16, 2013

The Jacobs University Alumni Association has a new President. Taking over from President Petar Perkovic (class of 2004), is current Vice-President Peter Dabrowski (class of 2004). Peter's term as President is until 2016. Congratulations Peter!

December 12, 2013

Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University, has been appointed as 'Guest Professor of Henan Province' by Henan University in Kaifeng, China. He is the first German professor to receive the honor.