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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.

New ScienceCast

The birth of planets

Planets are products of the evolution of thin disks made up of gas and dust grains, which are associated with young and highly active stars. LMU’s Barbara Ercolano is studying the processes involved in planet formation and growth.

Further education

Updating professional skills

Universities today offer more than under- and postgraduate courses and research opportunities in the classical academic subjects. Indeed, they are legally obliged to provide continuing education for working professionals and executives.

A Conversation with: Tanja Carstensen

Social media pile on the pressure

The advent of Facebook, Xing and other online platforms is changing the world of work. By placing ever more emphasis on self-organization, they promote self-exploitation. Workers now need digital profiles, says sociologist Tanja Carstensen.

Digital study aids

Dissertation 4.0

Countless apps and programs are designed to help students write their dissertations. But which ones are actually helpful?


All a question of visibility

Ralf Jungmann recently won an ERC Starting Grant – and with it a physics professorship. His research utilizes DNA-based nanotechnology to visualize biological structures that have dimensions of a few nanometers.


Invaders and infections

Our globalized transport networks make it possible for hitherto unknown viruses to travel the world. LMU virologist Gerd Sutter has developed a platform for the production of vaccines against these emerging threats.


“Hitler had nothing new to say”

Researchers from the Institute for Contemporary History and LMU recently published an annotated edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Dr. Thomas Vordermayer discusses the challenges, the insights gained, and responds to criticisms of the project.

Brazil and the Olympics

A deeply divided country

Many Brazilians would prefer not to have to host an Olympic Games just now. PD. Dr. Ursula Prutsch from LMU‘s Institute for American Studies explains the sense of crisis and frustration that has overtaken the country in recent years.

LMU Observatory

Munich’s eye on the sky

Munich’s first eye on the sky was the Observatory which opened in Bogenhausen in 1816. The Observatory was incorporated into LMU in 1937/38. This year the University Observatory Munich celebrates its bicentenary.

Photo competition

Hues and views of LMU

Members of the jury for “Meine LMU” were looking for students’ personal perspectives on LMU – and what they got were many unexpected, multifaceted and entrancing images of the University. Here are the 22 photos that impressed them most.

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