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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.


The systems of biology

A new Center devoted to research on Molecular Biosystems is the latest addition to LMU’s HighTechCampus in Grosshadern/Martinsried.


Taking another look at the data

Economist Amelie Wuppermann quantifies the practical effects of political measures, such as the impact of changes in educational policies on pupils. Now she is one of five female academics at LMU to win the Therese von Bayern Prize.


A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit

Dirk Trauner’s projects are devoted to photosensitive molecular switches which permit him to control nerve-cell activity by means of light. This approach is revolutionizing the field of photopharmacology.

Biblia Arabica

Bridging religious divides through translation

The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament were first translated into Arabic in the 8th century. Ronny Vollandt, Professor of Jewish Studies at LMU is studying this little known phase in the dissemination of the Scriptures.


Back to the future

In a project funded by an ERC Starting Grant, Philipp Stockhammer will assess the impact of Late Bronze Age trading networks on the diet and cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean, and points to parallels with modern globalization.

Student magazines

Thinking outside the box

Student magazines cover more than university life. One LMU title has featured video games, interviewed the editor of “Vogue” and published first-hand reports from Lampedusa on the refugee crisis. – And it has just won a prize.

Communication strategies

Meeting the crisis head-on

Manipulation of emission tests by VW, suspicion of corruption in FIFA‘s choice of World Cup hosts: In both contexts, crisis communication is called for. LMU’s Romy Fröhlich explains what it takes and why a crisis can have positive effects.


Departing from the script

Countdown to catastrophe: Tumor biologist Heiko Hermeking studies the factors that cause cells to disregard natural constraints and opt out of their assigned roles in differentiated tissues.


Inclusion alters the whole system

Is it really possible to effectively educate children with and without special needs in the same class? Here, LMU’s Joachim Kahlert and Ulrich Heimlich discuss the results of their study of inclusive education in Bavarian schools.

Internet Research

Caught up in the current

The Munich Center for Internet Research analyzes the social dynamics of digitalization. Here LMU‘s Thomas Hess discusses new organizational and leadership structures, the future of work and the challenges posed by digital technologies.

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