Bielefeld University looks back on an eventful year in 2013.
Some highlights in pictures.
- Photo: Mariell StenzelJanuary 2013: More than three million Euros for research on the ‘two Americas’. Anglo and Latin America are regions full of cultural, linguistic, social and political contrasts. Bielefeld now has a new Center for Regional Research dedicated to their academic study. The Management Board is made up of Junior Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaltmeier, Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple, and Prof. Dr. Wilfried Raussert (from left to right).
- Photo: Elena BerzFebruary 2013: The children’s university opens its doors for the tenth year in succession. A total of 800 children can get to know what life is like at the university. This year’s topics are: What may, must, or can I do as a child? Do we have to treat animals fairly? How can we use numbers to hide secrets? And: How does a rocket fly?
- Photo: RKW/ MeyerMarch 2013: Multi-million building project ‘University modernization’. The decision was taken on the guiding principle and the first stage of construction. This is paving the way for a systematic further development of the original main building. A new forecourt and enlarged main entrance should deliver new perspectives on the Main Hall.
- Photo: Norma LangohrApril 2013: Many of the streets around the university have been given new names. For example, you can now follow the ‘Pfad der Erkenntnis’ [path of knowledge] or go round the ‘Hermeneutischen Zirkel’ [hermeneutic circle]. Professor Carrier from Bielefeld University was responsible for developing what is a unique name concept in Germany.
- Photo: DLRMay 2013: A three-week space simulation involving Bielefeld University and the German Aerospace Centre comes to a successful end. The participants were eight test persons and the robots Flobi and Nao. Scientists were studying how technical systems can help to keep astronauts physically and mentally fit.
- Photo: Jörg HeerenJune 2013: Biologists at Bielefeld University present a study showing that the ability of songbirds to recognize their own nest after returning from flight is not innate. It is an ability they learn – and they do this in the first hours after they hatch.
- Photo: HochschulCampusJuly 2013: Researchers, robots, and avatars move into the new CITEC research building. 260 researchers belonging to Bielefeld University’s strategic research area Interactive Intelligent Systems (IIS) are now using the building to develop technical systems designed to make our lives easier in the future.
- Photo: Norma LangohrAugust 2013: Launch of Bielefeld University’s new Center for Spinelectronic Materials and Devices in which physicists are studying materials with which to build nanomagnets and developing sensors and computer storage devices. The new Center has been granted 1.35 million Euros until 2016.
- Photo: fortiss GmbHSeptember 2013: A study at Bielefeld receives worldwide media attention. Linguists have been studying how customers attract the attention of barkeepers. One decisive factor proves to be how they position themselves at the bar counter. The results are being used to program James the barkeeper robot.
- Photo: Elena BerzOctober 2013: A ‘university free of prejudice’. This was the motto for a campaign for more respect, tolerance, and civil courage launched by the Rektorat and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG). With postcards, buttons, and events, the university is taking a stand against prejudice and inhumanity.
- Photo: Thomas TratnikNovember 2013: Bielefeld University wins first prize for its health management in the category ‘Sonderpreis Hochschule’ [Special prize for universities] of the Corporate Health Award 2013. A total of 20 universities entered the competition. Chancellor Hans-Jürgen Simm (right) receives the prize from Thomas Holm from the Techniker Krankenkasse.
- Photo: Norma LangohrDecember 2013: ‘I raise my glass to the graduates of 2013!’ For the second time, Bielefeld University honours its graduates with a large-scale central celebration. Rektor Gerhard welcomes more than 4,000 guests in the university’s Main Hall.