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.
Anyone who has ever had to operate a copier knows that the interaction between human and machine is not always an easy. So it's no wonder that scientists are intensively dealing with this topic and researching how to improve the interaction between humans and technology. At the University of Magdeburg, too, there are numerous research projects dealing with this challenge. In September, the university will even host an international conference on the topic. Prof. Andreas Nürnberger from the Faculty of Computer Science and Dan Verständig from the Faculty of Humanities explain the background.
The European Research Council (ERC) has approved an ERC Advanced Grant in the amount of 2.5 million euros to neuroscientist and physician, Professor Dr. med. habil. Markus Ullsperger from the Institute of Psychology at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, thus affirming the international scientific excellence of his research project, “The Medial Frontal Cortex in Cognitive Control and Decision Making: Anatomy, Connectivity, Representations, Causal Contributions (MediCoDe)”.
Scientists from the Departments of Physics, Biomedical Sciences and Process Engineering at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are in the process of analyzing the emergence and spread of infectious air bubbles in our breath, known as aerosols, using tissue cultivations and artificially-produced, virus-filled suspended particles.
To enable hydroelectric power plants to generate environmentally friendly electricity more efficiently in the future, engineers at Magdeburg University are developing new types of blades for the turbines. These are equipped with a motor that ensures that the forces driving the turbines do not suddenly collapse. The challenge, however, is to make the motors very small and yet powerful enough.
Every year, the University of Magdeburg honors the best doctoral students. One of them is Dr. Seyed Ali Hosseini. He studied chemistry and process engineering as part of a joint doctoral project with the University of Paris-Saclay. He spoke to us about his research, why he is so committed to it and what the award means to him.