BI.research deals with the topic of Bielefeld University’s anniversary conference. In the dossier of this magazine, we examine the central question of the conference: have the great theories become obsolete in the face of Big Data? In this issue, we also deal with the question of the future: ‘What happens when algorithms predict the future?’ We feature a study on birds of prey that has been going on for 30 years. And we introduce you to Humboldt professor and mathematician Professor Dr William Crawley-Boevey. Finally, in our section ‘The Big Picture’, we focus on the topic of ageing.
To mark the anniversary, BI.research takes a look at how Bielefeld University – founded in 1969 as a reform university – maintains its innovative spirit and masters today’s challenges. The dossier on the title theme also includes the views of those responsible for the three founding faculties. Bielefeld University is focusing on the future – on new, courageous ideas: its academics are presenting a public anniversary project in the city from the field of psychology, they are exploring the challenges of inclusion, and they are dealing with the European Union as a project for peace in times of Brexit.
Whether we nurse family members, carry out social work and teach, or engage in business, work concerns each and every one of us and shapes our society decisively. With its Science Year 2018, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is also encouraging us to look at the working worlds of the future. In recent years, the topic of "work" has become an increasingly important field of research at Bielefeld University. The current issue of Bi.research, Bielefeld University's own research magazine, focuses on the research that scientists at Bielefeld University are carrying out in this field.