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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.

Personality and career

"Deceit does not pay"

The value of conscientiousness and the limited relevance of personal sympathy: LMU’s Professor Markus Bühner talks about personnel recruitment and the links between personality and career.

Computational linguistics

Sifting out the meaning

When machines translate texts, the results are often risible rather than right. Computational linguist Alexander Fraser seeks to enable computers to select the most likely meaning of a word or phrase on the basis of its context in the sentence.

The body beautiful

Slim, sleek, supple, on the go

Cosmetic surgery is booming. LMU’s professor for sociology and gender studies, Paula-Irene Villa discusses our obsession with fitness, how beauty clinics appeal to prospective customers and what their approach to marketing reveals about contemporary society.

Summer break

LMU never sleeps

When the summer holidays begin, does LMU become becalmed, like a clipper that has entered the doldrums? To find out, we dispatched a scout, with a camera in his kit-bag.


Sushi and the science of synapses

What is the molecular basis of learning? Here LMU biochemist Michael Kiebler shares his insights into how associative learning is encoded in the brain.

LMU’s Summer Schools

More than a just a mini-practical

Vacation time means no lectures? Not at LMU! The University’s Summer Schools attracts students from all over the world, who come to discover new fields and learn new skills – and many of them return to Munich for full-time studies.

Doryphoros returns

Back from London

After his four-month stay at the British Museum, LMU’s Spear-Bearer is back at his post in the University’s Main Building – elegant as ever, but with an unmistakably cosmopolitan air, having made quite an impression on his trip abroad.

Innovation Center

Digital – and secure

In search of mobile and low-risk solutions for internet users, IT experts at LMU are building up a network that links computer scientists with commercial enterprises to provide effective security architectures for secure digital communication.

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.

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