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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.

Origin of life

Reassembling life’s starter kit

Dieter Braun wants to know how the first unicellular organisms evolved from prebiotic molecules. To find out he mimicks in experiment the environmental conditions that prevailed on the young Earth.

Jewish Museum Munich

Jewish identities in Europe today

To explore the diversity of Jewish lifestyles in Europe today, LMU ethnology students carried out field research in cities all over the continent. The fruits of their endeavors form the basis of a new exhibition at Munich’s Jewish Museum.

Cooperation with Harvard

LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum

The LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum 2015 enables young bioscientists at LMU to present and discuss their research findings with their peers and with faculty from one of the world’s leading universities.

The propaganda of the IS

An assault on the Western psyche

Decapitations in slow motion, hypnotic soundtracks, positively viral dissemination rates: David Arn discusses Islamic State’s use of media and explains why their media offerings have grabbed so much attention.

Buying and selling

Pay whatever you like

Letting customers determine the price can sometimes pay off for the seller.


“The conflicts remain unresolved”

In 1995, Bosnian Serb forces murdered some 8000 people in Srebrenica. LMU’s Marie-Janine Calic, an expert on Southeastern Europe, discusses the legacy of the war and the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

P2P mentoring

What’s in it for the mentor?

Is mentoring a one-way street, a thankless task? Quite the contrary! Mentors also stand to gain, especially when their university offers attractive incentives – training courses in mentoring, for example.

Researchers’ recreations

Making a splash

Many hobbyists look after tropical fish, but LMU veterinarian Daniela Rodler spends much of her free time in aquariums – surprising visitors with the unexpected sight of a mermaid. In her day job in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine her focus is on birds of the air.

European Physical Society

LMU Physics Faculty chosen as historic site

The Faculty of Physics has a long and eventful history, and has made important contributions to the development of the discipline. The European Physical Society has now added the building to its list of Historic Sites.

Ancient History

The Imperatives of Empire

Clever political moves and elements of absolutism are some of the themes in Karen Radner’s story of the birth of the world’s first empire on the banks of the Tigris – nearly 3000 years ago. A Humboldt Professorship has now been formally bestowed on her.

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