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Some 150 different programs of study, ground-breaking research on problems of broad significance, and a lively and international student scene. - All this and more make LMU a real "universitas". And each week our homepage turns its "Spotlight" on one of the many facets of this cosmopolitan kaleidoscope.

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.

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