10 March 2023|In focus
Traute Lafrenz dies at 103
Photo: public domain
Last surviving member of the White Rose: Traute Lafrenz. A Hamburg native, she started to study medicine at Universität Hamburg in 1939 and became an active member of the opposition movement against the Nazi regime. She worked at the junction of the White Rose in Munich and resistance groups in her...
2 March 2023|In focus
AI in education: “ChatGPT is just the Tip of the Iceberg”
The machine-learning based dialog system ChatGPT knows all the answers and can type them out for those who ask. What does that mean for learning and education, what are the opportunities and challenges? Prof. Dr. Ann-Katrin van den Ham, Junior Professor for Educational Science with a focus on...
9 February 2023|In focus
After You Get Your Degree Universität Hamburg alumni on their path towards a career
Photo: UHH, RRZ/MCC, Arvid Mentz; Studioline; UHH/Esfandiari; Studioline
Every year, thousands of students earn their degree here. Hundreds of doctorates are also awarded. And the career options available after that are many and diverse. In this series, alumni from various faculties talk about what they learned at Universität Hamburg and what advice they have for...
4 November 2022|In focus
World Climate Conference: “We Must Consider Justice Across the Board”
Photo: Privat/Jan Wilkens
This year, the 27th World Climate Conference is taking place in Egypt. Dr. Jan Wilkens from the Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) to attend as a spectator. He is an expert in guiding climate policy and climate justice.
11 April 2022|In focus
New research office at the WISO Faculty: “By focusing on knowledge exchange projects, everyone wins.”
Do adults with illness want to be cheered up by clinic clowns? How accessible are Hamburg sports facilities for disabled individuals really? The newly created Research Office for Social Innovation (ROSI) at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences answers questions like these.
11 April 2022|In focus
Why the observatory in Bergedorf should be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
In the past year, Hamburg suggested for the second time that the observatory at Universität Hamburg be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The observatory’s director, Prof. Dr. Robi Banerjee, explains why it should be on the German list.
11 February 2022|In focus
Federal Minister of Research visits the Excellence University
Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research, recently visited Universität Hamburg. During her visit, she met with researchers from various Clusters of Excellence and was informed about the Excellence University’s transfer activities. She was welcomed by outgoing University...
26 June 2020|In focus
“The way is clear for a new Hamburg natural museum of history”
Photo: Sebastian Engels
Today, the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) decided to merge the Center of Natural History (CeNak) at Universität Hamburg and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn. At the beginning of 2021, they should form a new Leibniz institute for the analysis...
19 July 2019|In focus
We are excellent!
Universität Hamburg is a University of Excellence. The official announcement was made by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, today in Bonn. The announcement was enthusiastically followed by many delighted members of the University via livestream.
21 May 2019|In focus
Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas catches up on the latest climate research in Hamburg
Expertise like that produced at Universität Hamburg’s Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS)” is essential in order to convince skeptics at the international political level of the reality of climate change, underscored Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas during his...
13 May 2019|In focus
A Guest Star from the Stars
Photo: Sebastian Engels
At the ceremony to celebrate Universität Hamburg’s 100th anniversary, astronaut Alexander Gerst was made an honorary senator. In return, Gerst presented a University banner that he had taken with him into space. In his speech, he advocated for pioneering exploration.
12 September 2018|In focus
Unique International Joint PhD Agreement
Universität Hamburg has just signed a trilateral joint PhD agreement with Macquarie University (MQ) from Sydney, Australia, and Fudan University (FU) from Shanghai in China. This is the first agreement of its kind to be signed with a Chinese university. Universität Hamburg has been running a...
15 November 2017|In focus
UN Climate Change Conference: Island states can also do something to mitigate the effects of climate change
This year Fiji presided over the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23). The island nation is already struggling with the effects of climate change: for example, 45 villages have had to be resettled due to rising sea levels. Prof. Dr. Beate Ratter researches the ways island nations adapt to climate...
14 November 2017|In focus
UN Climate Change Conference: Lower emissions on our roads and fields more effective than phasing out coal
Delegates from all over the world have convened in Bonn to agree on common goals to combat climate change and to develop a system that allows us to measure the contributions made by individual states. Once upon a time, Germany was regarded internationally as a leader in combating climate change. Now...
7 November 2017|In focus
UN Climate Change Conference has started: “It won’t work without tangible sanctions”
Photo: Franziska Glück
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) began Monday in Bonn. Thousands of delegates from over 170 countries will negotiate climate goals at the 23rd annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference runs until 17 November, marking the first...
25 September 2017|In focus
Political scientist Prof. Kai-Uwe Schnapp on the 2017 German federal elections
Germany has voted. The Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD) have lost voters while the Alternative for Germany (AFD) has become the third-strongest fraction the German Parliament. Political scientist Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schnapp takes a critical look at the results of the 2017 German...
21 September 2017|Research
How digital currency changes the financial sector
Photo: Public Domain
Digital or "crypto" currencies are becoming more popular and have become a significant economic factor worth billions in trade. There is more than meets the eye, however, when it comes to Bitcoins and other currencies: an infrastructure that will fundamentally alter finance. Researchers at...
19 September 2017|In focus
The other side of mainstream: "alternative media" reporting
The TV news program ZAPP broadcast by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk has started an experiment: the "Filter Zapper." Until the federal election on 24 September, ZAPP will operate two different newsfeeds. The first shows reports from the so-called "classical media," the other from the so-called...
6 September 2017|Research
How stressed are Hamburg's trees?
Hamburg has about 540 km² of flora and fauna, making it Germany's greenest city. In addition to 600,000 trees in the city's parks, there are about 250,000 trees lining the city center's streets. Biologist Dr. Christoph Reisdorff and his research team are looking at plant adaptability in various...
1 August 2017|Research
A trial that left traces
The Stammheim Red Army Faction trial from May 1975 to April 1977 is a seminal event in German history. Lawyers, judges, defendants, and defense attorneys engaged in a war of words, defendants went on hunger strike, there was a wiretapping scandal as well as accusations that defendants had been held...