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March 26, 2015

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.

March 20, 2015

The new German research vessel ‘Sonne’recently left the port of Balboa (Panama) with 40 scientists and technicians on board to study potential environmental impacts of the future mining of manganese nodules in the deep sea. Among the participants from eleven European countries are two members of the Marine Geochemistry Group led by Andrea Koschinsky, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University.

March 19, 2015

After an exciting weekend of workshops and presentations, this year’s first edition of the Jacobs Startup Competition (JSC) has 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. These were then evaluated by a jury of experts. The first place went to two students from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management for their business idea ‘Kingii’, a bracelet with an integrated floating device that saves people from drowning.

March 17, 2015

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. Named ‘Driver Assistance for Underwater Robots for the Oil and Gas Industry’ (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. Jacobs University is funded with €653,000 within DexROV.

March 12, 2015

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.

March 10, 2015

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. Over the course of 20 weeks, whole genome sequencing was performed on the isolates from a patient. The sequencing revealed a mutation which made the bacteria resistant to some antibiotics. Moreover, the researchers discovered that this point mutation is present in an efflux pump which transports antibiotics from the inside to the outside of the cell thus rendering the medication ineffective. The results of the new study have just been published in the journal PNAS.*

March 10, 2015

From June to August, Jacobs University offers a series of Summer Camps in the areas of life sciences, mathematics and diversity management for pre-college students. Participants get the opportunity to explore different fields of studies and to experience living in the colleges on campus. The academic program is rounded off by a number of leisure activities including trips to Bremen and the region as well as further afield to Berlin or Groningen.

March 6, 2015

Electromagnetic fields stimulate the growth of tumors in mice. This is the result of a new study by researchers from Jacobs University, which was commissioned by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, and published today. The findings do not only confirm a previous pilot study undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute ITEM in 2010, but expand on the knowledge in two important aspects.

March 5, 2015

Dignitaries from Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia visited Jacobs University recently to attend the traditional reception by Ostasiatischer Verein Bremen e.V. (OAV). They were joined by guests from business, politics and science at the event preceding the annual founding celebration of the OAV.

March 2, 2015

Jacobs University’s inaugural career fair drew more than 900 visitors who chatted to international and regional company representatives about prospects on the job market and expectations from future employers. Multinationals such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Daimler AG, Barry Callebaut AG or Microsoft counted among the exhibitors at the fair as well international companies with headquarters in the Bremen such as DMK Deutsche Milchkontor or BEGO. The companies used the chance to recruit future employees and introduced their different occupational fields. Jacobs University faculty members supported the fair exchanging information about current research project with industry representatives.

February 13, 2015

An increasing number of consumers paying close attention to the conditions that determine the manufacturing process of products they are looking to buy. State institutions and companies are also increasingly focusing on the issue. Today, 27 Bremen-based associations, companies and institutions from the public and private sector in cooperation with the Senator of Finance have founded a new alliance for the socially responsible procurement of computer hardware. The partners, which include Jacobs University, are committed to work towards better labor conditions in hardware production. “If customers are being more and more critical and inquisitive, the pressure on manufacturers to improve the working conditions for employees also increases,” stresses Karoline Linnert, Senator of Finance in Bremen.

February 11, 2015

The prevention network AEQUIPA for healthy aging in the metropolitan region Bremen-Oldenburg has been launched in February. Five universities including Jacobs University and research institutes from the Northwest of Germany are involved in the regional project which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The network aims at fostering physical activity as a foundation for healthy aging. The goal of the project is to find out which physical exercise the age group of 65+ engages in and which ones are beneficial to their health. AEQUIPA is funded for the next three years and is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS.

February 11, 2015

The EU project ‘Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy (CADDY)’ successfully finished its first year review including experimental trials in the Y-40 pool in Montegrotto, Italy. Within CADDY, the Jacobs Robotics Group is researching new processes to enable the interaction between underwater robots and divers as well as possibilities for underwater robots to assist divers during complex underwater missions.

February 9, 2015

This spring semester, 24 visiting and exchange students from the United States, Argentina and the Netherlands are joining Jacobs University to spend their semester abroad in Bremen.

February 6, 2015

Karin Katerbau, Chair of the Board of the OLB Foundation, Dr. Fabian Meder (University of Bremen), Georgiana Ciobotaru (Jacobs University Bremen) and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mittelstraß (University of Konstanz), the head of the jury.

Jacobs University student Georgiana Ciobotaru has been honored with a science award by the OLB Foundation. She received the prize in recognition of her bachelor thesis in logistics.

February 3, 2015

Three Jacobs University students have just been announced as the winners of the international University Physics Competition which took place last November. Gautam Rai from India, Sven Wasmus and Maximilian Schallwig from Germany won the gold medal with their paper on the stability of orbits of circumbinary planets. They competed against 92 other teams from Asia, Europe and North America.

January 30, 2015

Picture shows from left to right: Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholz-Reiter (Rector of University of Bremen), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt (President of Jacobs University), Prof. Dr. Betina Holstein (Professor of Sociology), Prof. Dr. Bengt Beutler (unifreunde Chairman ), Gerd-Rüdiger Kück (State Council with Bremen’s Senator for Education and Science) Copyright: Harald Rehling / Uni Bremen

Around 300 guests from politics, academia and business attended the unifreunde New Year’s Reception at the end of January. The festive event celebrating Bremen’s science landscape and honoring Jacobs University and the University of Bremen is traditionally held at the Obere Rathaushalle.

January 29, 2015

A team of four Jacobs University graduate students will be heading to London to compete in the regional finals of the 2015 Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition which sees top-tier schools competing for $1 million in start-up funding. This year’s contest, which calls for solutions to ‘Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond’, received a record number of 20,000 first round entries from more than 500 colleges and universities in over 150 countries.

January 27, 2015

For most people work is an integral part of their life which not only secures their life standards, but also forms the basis for social participation and personal growth. If someone’s workability is limited as a result of health problems, medical rehabilitation can often help to regain strength and capabilities, and to continue to work in a productive way and remain healthy. In cooperation with the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen health psychologists at Jacobs University are now investigating what contributes to the success of such medical rehabilitation treatments.

January 20, 2015

Computer simulation of a dipeptide bound to an MHC multimer. The function of these chemical compounds to facilitate the production of MHC multimers for the detection of T cells was discovered by the Springer group at Jacobs University

In its fight against tumors, the human immune system uses so-called T cells that can recognize and kill cancer cells. To detect and follow such anticancer immune responses, doctors and researchers make use of so-called MHC multimers. These are proteins that specifically bind to the surface of the T cells and tag them with a fluorescent label so that they can be seen through the microscope or by other means, allowing researchers to calculate how many T cells that react with the tumor are present in the patient.

January 15, 2015

The Robotics Group at Jacobs University has just started with research on the development of an intelligent robot for the underwater inspection of bridges. This latest work forms part of the the project 'Vulnerability of Transportation Structures, Warning and Evacuation in Case of Major Inland Flooding (FloodEvac)'. Bridges in particular are critical transport infrastructures during flooding. On the one hand they are crucial for disaster response logistics and evacuations; on the other hand they tend to be strongly affected by the floods often becoming unusable.

January 12, 2015

In natural sciences and engineering researchers frequently rely on theoretical models to understand spatio-temporal phenomena and make predictions. These models are verified by numerical simulations and depend on certain input parameters or initial conditions. In order to test the models, researchers execute a large number of simulation runs with different parameter settings generating large amounts of what is called “multi-run multi-field data”. A new research project at Jacobs University now aims at visually analyzing such data to better understand the influence of the initial parameters on the simulation result. The project under the lead of Lars Linsen, Professor of Computational Science & Computer Science, is funded by the German Research Council with €256,000 for a period of three years.

January 9, 2015

From Monday, January 12, the campus will come to life again after the winter break with the start of Jacobs University’s annual Winter School. Jacobs students will be joined by external guests in taking various courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students of natural sciences and engineering also have the opportunity to take lab courses. In 2015, Jacobs University welcomes 23 external participants from 11 countries. Most of them stay on campus and join Jacobs University’s college community. The Winter School ends on January 30.

January 6, 2015

One of the eight international scholars honored with this year’s Georg Forster Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is coming to Jacobs University to take up a research position at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). The psychologist, Erhabor S. Idemudia from Nigeria, is a professor at North West University in Mahikeng, South Africa. He will spend a period of 6 months each in 2015 and 2016 at Jacobs University, planned to stretch from May to October in both years.

December 23, 2014

Jacobs University wishes you and your family a joyous and peaceful holiday season, happiness and success in the new year 2015.

December 22, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, Jacobs University’s Rotaract Club made Christmas come early for children attending two local kindergartens. The annual present drive “Make a Wish” put a smile on the faces of 246 kids as they unwrapped the gifts from Santa and his elves.

December 12, 2014

Researchers from Jacobs University, universities in Lisbon, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, and Uppsala, as well as industry representatives from Lisbon and The Hague convened on the Jacobs University campus for a regular project meeting of the EU-funded EMOTE project (European Research Grant: EU-PF7-317923).

December 9, 2014

Prof. Dr. Dr. med Dagmar Führer,  Prof. Dr. Heike Biebermann and Prof. Dr. Klaudia Brix initiated and coordinate the DFG Priority Program »Thyroid Trans Act Act«

More than 100 experts in thyroid research from all over the world have come together at Jacobs University for the »First International Conference of Thyroid Trans Act« held on campus from December 5-7. The impact of thyroid hormone action was the central topic of the three-day meeting, which was organized by the coordinators of the priority program »Thyroid Trans Act«, the first thyroid consortium funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

December 9, 2014

The first meeting of Jacobs University’s new advisory panel, the Sounding Board, took place on campus last week. Composed of 17 members, the Sounding Board aims at commenting on and assessing the new study programs at Jacobs University.

December 9, 2014

In the run up to Christmas and the winter break, Jacobs University got into the festive spirit with an informal reception for the whole community.

December 5, 2014

Finding a job after finishing a degree is every graduate’s aim. In order to achieve this goal, Jacobs University specifically prepares students for entering the job market. Jacobs University students get the chance to not only make contacts with renowned companies and scientific institutions but to also learn firsthand about the opportunities and challenges of the job market.

December 4, 2014

Members of the public and the Jacobs community are warmly invited to take part in the annual "Make a Wish!" Christmas present project. The Jacobs Rotaract Club together with EPYSMO have collected Christmas wishes from local children, and community members on and off campus now have the chance to make those wishes come true!

December 2, 2014

Postgraduate students of social sciences from Jacobs University and the University of Bremen have founded the "BIGSSS Ebola Group" to raise awareness of the outbreak of the deadly pandemic in West Africa.  The members of the Bremen Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)  are also collaborating with Master students from Bremen's University of Arts (HfK). The team aims not only aims to draw more attention to the global Ebola problem, but also wants to work on how scientists and students can support the help efforts. On December 3, these issues were discussed during an information event, which also marked the start of the Ebola-Week 2015, which aims to raise further awareness of the threat of Ebola.

November 27, 2014

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8 pm the winter program 2014/2015 of the film and lecture series “Bremer Tagebuch” started with a special evening to celebrate its 200th edition. The event was held in German at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen.

November 27, 2014

Our working environment is in constant flux. Demographic change leads to more diverse employees in terms of age, gender, culture and ethnic background, which is challenging for companies. How to successfully cope with this transformation was the focus of the 15th meeting of the WDN- WISE Demography Network at Jacobs University. The residency group Bremen was host of this event at which companies and scientists exchanged ideas on the topics of current developments, strategies and trends in the area of demographics.

November 27, 2014

China's position in the world has changed dramatically over the past three decades. The country has become the largest economic power in the world and exerts significant economic and political influence around the globe. In response to this development Jacobs University has opened the Jacobs Center for the Study of China and Globalization (Global China), which was inaugurated on Wednesday evening.

November 25, 2014

The Earth System Science Research School (ESSReS) celebrated the final graduation of 22 of its PhD students with a festive ceremony on Friday, 27th November 2014 at the Seefischkochstudio, Bremerhaven.

November 21, 2014

Asvin Goel, Professor of International Logistics, has been honored with the TSL Best Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in San Francisco. The award is given every year to an outstanding journal paper in the field of transportation science and logistics.

November 17, 2014

Have you ever had this one idea that you can imagine to become a real business? Or do you have the entrepreneurial mindset and drive to build a business but just lack the creative idea? Then join the Jacobs Startup Competition 2015 (JSC) and make your ideas come true!

November 10, 2014

The Bremen-based HANSA-FLEX Foundation continues its supports of Jacobs University students by again offering scholarships worth €150,000 per year, which enable students to pursue their studies in Bremen. By providing the scholarships the HANSA-FLEX Foundation aims to strengthen Bremen as a location for science, research and education. The scholarships are awarded to students from economic and science majors.

November 6, 2014

On November 7 and 8, the charity concert Piano To Forte organized by Jacobs University students is is taking place again on campus. The program of the two musical evenings includes different music genres from classic to rock and from choral singing to traditional Turkish music. The proceeds are going towards social projects initiated and run by students from the university in Bremen-Nord initiated.

October 31, 2014

Thorsten Rudolph (Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen), Prof. Dr. Peter Baumann and Markus Lennartz, Vice President Global Accounts / International Business, Public Sector, T-Systems International GmbH

The rasdaman Big Data technology, developed under the lead of Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science, has won the Big Data Challenge at this year’s prestigious Copernicus Masters competition.

October 27, 2014

Mengting He, a Master student in International Logistics and Management at Jacobs University, was this month crowned the winner of a popular Chinese TV quiz show, which regularly draws an audience around 20 million people. During the show – the title of which translates as 'Who’s Still Standing?' – the 23-year-old from Changsha successfully competed against nine other Chinese students who were studying at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Cambridge University or the University of Sydney.

October 24, 2014

Frank Oliver Glöckner, Professor of Bioinformatics at Jacobs University, has been appointed as member of the German Council for Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen) which was established by the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz – GWK) for a pilot phase of four years.

October 15, 2014

As of now Jacobs University is receiving heat and electricity from its own thermal power station, which will greatly reduce energy costs. The implementation of thermal power station forms part of the trilateral contract between the Jacobs Foundation, the State of Bremen and Jacobs University.

October 10, 2014

Photo courtesy of Nico Fröhberg

A mash-up of the classic computer games Pong and Snake was crowned the winner of this year’s jacobsHack! hackathon, which took place over the weekend. Under the motto „Live long, hack strong“, 85 students from all over Europe and the USA met at the hackathon JacobsHack! at Jacobs University. The programming competition was organized by current and former Computer Science (CS) students from the international university and was supported by companies such as Google, SAP, Microsoft and Entrepreneur First who acted as sponsors and jury members.

October 9, 2014

Heino Niederhausen, Head of  Personnel, Mercedes-Benz Plant Bremen, Daimler AG, and Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration and founder and Director of WDN – WISE Demographic Network.

Photo: Thomas Kleiner / GfG

Jacobs University’s WDN - Wise Demography Network welcomes the Mercedes-Benz Plant Bremen as a new member. The production plant has been closely cooperating with Jacobs University and the WDN for a number of years in the areas of demography and education. The company is now further extending its relationship with the university by joining the WDN network.

October 6, 2014

As part of its Smart Electricity Grids funding initiative the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports a new interdisciplinary research project at Jacobs University. The goal of the new project named Analysis and Management of Stochastic Fluctuations in the Net’ is to analyze the effect of fluctuations, both in the generation and consumption of electricity, on the stability of the electricity grid. Stefan Kettemann and Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns, Professors of Theoretical Physics, and Gert Brunekreeft, Adjunct Professor of Energy Economics at Jacobs University are at the helm of the three-year project, which is funded with a grant of €548,600.

October 2, 2014


The first major student-run hackathon is taking place at Jacobs University on October 4 to 5 sponsored by Google and Microsoft amongst others. More than 100 participants have the chance to get to know fellow hackers and representatives from Google, SAP, Microsoft and Entrepreneur First during the 24-hour hackathon.  Prices worth €2000  await the winner with the best project.

September 30, 2014

Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, has been honored with the Kenneth D. Gardels Award by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The OGC Board of Directors awarded the prize to Peter Baumann in recognition of his “significant contribution to the OGC's essential role and mission in the global Information Technology community”.