Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg - whilst being committed to freedom in research and teaching - grapples with a diverse range of both national and global social challenges. These include technical, health-related and ecological matters, but ethical, cultural, social and economic problems are also the subject of systematic scientific observation, contextualisation, concept development and reflection. Scientists and academics from the University of Magdeburg aim, with their expertise and awareness of their responsibilities, to contribute to expert understanding, purposeful solutions and solution optimisation as well as to responsible assessments and decisions that are relevant to society as a whole. Alongside the key areas in fundamental and applied research and research transfer, the University defines additional areas in which it seeks to achieve excellence across disciplines.
Dr. Lejla Colic studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and was a member of the "CRC 779 Graduate School". For her outstanding work, she was honored with the doctoral award of the University of Magdeburg. We talked to her about her dissertation, her motivation and her future.
Applying a new strategy, researchers at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg have found a substance that facilitates the controlled death of cancer cells. The Translational Inflammation Research working group led by Professor Dr. Inna Lavrik has combined computer-based methods with experimental analyses and in the process gained insight into strategies for treating tumors.
Material scientists at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg have developed a novel method that in future will help to prevent damage caused by liquid flows, known as cavitation erosion, to ships’ propellers and turbines.
Computer scientists at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are aiming to use the findings and established methods of brain research to better understand the way in which artificial intelligence works. As part of a research project, the scientists led by Professor Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Stober from the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Magdeburg will apply methods from cognitive neuroscience to analyze artificial neural networks and better understand the way they work.
Rich countries vary a lot when it comes to health and social problems. A comparison of social ills ranging from intentional homicides to obesity rates in 40 rich societies shows that Asian and European countries fare much better than Anglophone and Latin American countries. The most problem-ridden countries are Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and the United States. The positive end of the list is headed by Japan, South Korea and Singapore, followed by Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Germany ranks 15th just behind Austria. While economic inequality is associated with more social ills, economic prosperity dampens them.