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2019

DAAD Prize

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Back home in Syria, Samh Yousef could not have imagined that he would appear on German television. But those who set themselves a goal and steadfastly pursue it have already won half the battle.

Climate change

The burden of risk

Storm, flood, drought: With global warming, extreme events become more frequent and intense. They especially impact the poorest of the poor. Geographer Matthias Garschagen examines how urban societies can adapt to climate change.

Supramolecular Chemistry

Playing with Diverse Identities

Ivan Huc’s specialty might best be termed molecular mimicry. He designs and builds synthetic analogs of biomolecules that retain the essential features of their models, while exhibiting properties beyond those seen in nature.

Psychology

Small distinctions, large effects

LMU developmental psychologist Antonia Misch studies how humans define themselves through their membership in social groups and how group membership influences their social behavior

Lyrik Kabinett at 30

“I would prefer to be a poem”

Having organized 1200 events since 1989, while catering annually for the needs of 2000 users of its library, which comprises 63,000 media – Munich’s Lyrik Kabinett is Europe’s largest public collection devoted to international poetry.

International Day

Dispatches from LMU reporters

LMU students who spend time abroad act as foreign correspondents for those at home. On International Day, our LMU reporters have tips – and stories from “the great wide open”.

Portrait: Désirée-Jessica Pély

“Be yourself!”

Inspired by her mother, Marta Pely, doctoral student Désirée-Jessica Pély firmly believes in the advancement of women. In this year’s LMU Photo Contest, she submitted a picture of Marta taken in 1983 – with the hashtag #FemaleConfidence …

Musical activities at LMU

“Freude, schöner Götterfunken...”

Choirs, chamber ensembles, orchestras – modern or classical: LMU students have many opportunities to display their musical talents – and many incentives to avail of these chances.

Artificial intelligence

Essential aides

Professor Julian Nida-Rümelin is analyzing the philosophical issues raised by AI and even theologians are caught up in the implications of AI.

LMU Research Fellowship

Getting to Grips with Clouds

Postdoc Linda Forster is an Outgoing LMU Research Fellow and is now engaged on a project on cloud formation at the California Institute of Technology. The results should help to improve forecasts of future climate change.

New Semester

Welcome to LMU!

A new semester begins, and it will be the first for thousands of students, many of whom come from abroad. Indeed, of the approximately 9000 individuals who have registered for the Winter Semester 2019/20, no less than 18% are international students.

Campus Oberschleissheim

Veterinarians on the “moo-ve”

Veterinary medicine makes headlines, if ever, when a raccoon gets a pacemaker. But the profession deserves more attention. It’s a demanding job with many surprising facets. No wonder most veterinarians view their work as a vocation.

Medicine

Tackling the Big Questions in Metabolism

Professor Alexander Bartelt studies metabolic processes in brown adipose tissue. He has now received a prestigious Starting Grant from the ERC for a project on the role of muscle cells in metabolic homeostasis.

Magdalena Mittermeier, climate activist

Researching for the future

Magdalena Mittermeier is currently completing her geography doctorate. Her thesis focuses on climate impact research—which has made her very aware of the possible consequences of failing to achieve international climate protection targets.

2019 Photo Competition

LMU selfies

We’re now entering the final round of voting for the LMU 2019 photo competition. Who will be the winner in the “My LMU selfie” category?

Datenbank Electronic Babylonian Literature

Filling in the Gaps

Enrique Jiménez makes use of artificial intelligence to fill in the many tantalizing gaps in the surviving texts written on clay tablets by scribes in early urban societies 3000 years ago.

Excellence Strategy

LMU funded as University of Excellence

As part of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy, LMU has been awarded funding as University of Excellence.

Chemistry

"Inspiring young people for science“

Chemist Professor Lena Daumann is one of six female academics to win the Therese of Bavaria Prize this year.

Intelligence

IQ myths

Intelligence is innate and highly gifted people are all nerds. These are but two of the many widely held assumptions about intelligence. We asked LMU psychologist Markus Bühner about the basis for these and other opinions relating to IQ.

Climate Research

The Value of Vegetation

LMU geographer Julia Pongratz is studying the impact of changes in land use – such as deforestation, forest management, and agricultural production – on climate.

LMU’s New Institute

Overlooking the English Garden

LMU’s new Nano-Institute located on Königinstrasse will be officially opened today. Its research staff will seek novel ways of exploiting the unique properties of nanomaterials to enhance the efficiency of energy generation and storage.

Social policies

There Is Another Way

The political scientist Laura Seelkopf analyzes welfare states worldwide in their historical context. Her research reveals the extensive variety of social policies and the sometimes unconventional means by which social inequalities are leveled.

New Research Centre

On the Influences of the Networked World

The Munich Centre for Global History marks its official opening with a symposium. The spokesperson, historian Roland Wenzlhuemer, clarifies the institution’s goals.

Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership

“Research independent of national borders and political developments”

The University of Cambridge and LMU officially launch their strategic partnership with an inauguration ceremony in Munich.

Artificial intelligence

Data vs. Dementia

Christian Wachinger is using machine learning to predict early stages of neurodegenerative diseases based on large-scale neuroimaging data.

AI in healthcare

An autopilot for physicians

Franz Pfister realized early that AI could improve healthcare. So he left his position as a medical resident to study Data Science at LMU. A student project led to a diagnostic algorithm, which is now undergoing its first practical test.

Germany’s Basic Law at 70

The Future of Academic Freedom

Article 5 of Germany’s Constitution protects the freedom of “the arts and sciences, research and teaching”, thus guaranteeing freedom of expression and enquiry. We asked why it was included and what challenges it now faces.

Artificial Intelligence

How smart will AI get?

Robots that talk, write news reports and novels, algorithms that select personnel. How will machine learning change our world? – And what can it not do? We asked specialists in various disciplines for their views. Here are their responses.

Strategic cooperations

This is how modern science works

LMU entered into a formal academic cooperation with Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel in 2017. It began with Physics, but the arrangement now covers all academic fields. And the benefits are already obvious.

@lmu.takeover

Behind the Scenes

Have you ever been in a biophysics lab, or on the flanks of an active volcano, or made friends with a reindeer? No? Never mind! You can discover how LMUler see their world on @lmu.takeover.

EU Careers Ambassador

Ambassador for Careers and Values

LMU Master’s student Cornelia Nissen (26) is an Ambassador for EU Careers. She is fired with enthusiasm for the EU, she says – and it’s not hard to understand why.

Interview

Concussion and its consequences

Professor Inga Koerte uses advanced medical imaging to study the immediate and long-term effects of repetitive head trauma on the brains of football players. In the following interview, she discusses her findings and their implications.

Neurodegeneration

In quest of the common denominator

LMU biochemist Dorothee Dormann studies the pathogenesis of severe neurodegenerative diseases, and has now won the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers.

New Year

Good resolutions for 2019

The first working week following the Christmas vacation is a good time for New Year’s resolutions. Here are some suggestions from people at LMU.

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