- My Lab Dog
What you see there in the corner of my future laboratory is not part of an experiment. That’s my dog, Twister.
- The Big Questions
What drives researchers and what they are currently working on: we looked over their shoulders – and found some surprising answers.
- Heading for the Big Leagues
Worldwide competition to attract the best researchers is fierce. German universities are increasingly joining the fray – and succeeding in recruiting vast numbers of top academics.
- “We Thrive on the Competitive Principle – or We Do Not Survive at All”
Wolfgang Herrmann, President of TU München (TUM), talks about appointment policies, envy among professors – and the significance of Italian food.
- “We Need a Welcoming Culture”
Academia as the melting pot of the 21st century: who has the best ideas is only revealed by international comparison. Comment by Enno Aufderheide, secretary general of the Humboldt Foundation.
- Inventions Made in Germany
Germany has a long tradition as a location for research. Many innovations from here have shaped our world.
- Family Planning for Academics
Personal considerations often play a decisive role in appointments. Universities are responding – and offering employment to researchers’ partners as well. “Dual careers” is the new magic formula.
- Is It Really Just About the Money?
What does Germany have to do to attract top-flight researchers? And how can the private sector get involved? A discussion with Lorraine Daston, a director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Arend Oetker, President of the Stifterverband, and Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
- A Researcher and His Heirs
Alexander von Humboldt laid the foundations for academic disciplines that are still highly topical today.
- Waiting for a New Heart
Psychologist Gerdi Weidner examines how heart transplants can become unnecessary.
- Mustard and Gummi Bears
Anyone who has worked as a researcher in Germany later becomes an unofficial ambassador for the Federal Republic in his or her home country. But what ordinary, everyday things do researchers take away with them when they return home? We asked them for their shopping lists.