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A look back at 2016

The year at LMU: A pictorial review

A second round for Lehre@LMU, a Leibniz Prize, vacationers in Rio and an Olympic Gold … some of the highlights of 2016 in pictures

Student volunteers

How can I help you?

Students voluntarily campaign for a season ticket for public transport, give orientation courses for high-school graduates, translate medical terminology into plain language – and lots more. Why?


Making Fine Distinctions

LMU immunologist Veit Hornung’s research focuses on how the innate immune system differentiates between endogenous cellular structures and invasive agents.

World AIDS Day

Keeping HIV at bay

Millions of people are infected with HIV, and will develop AIDS in the absence of therapy. LMU’s Maximilian Münchhoff studies HIV’s effects on the immune system, which are of fundamental relevance to the search for an effective vaccine.

Breaking down barriers

Accolade for LMU’s commitment

LMU has been awarded the Bayern barrierefrei emblem by the Bavarian government for its efforts to eliminate barriers that impede or discourage the disabled and those who suffer from chronic illnesses from studying at the university.

Graduate Schools

“The GSN has already made its mark”

LMU‘s Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, which is now 10 years old, focuses on a single issue: How does the brain work? Doctoral students from all over the world are seeking answers to this immensely complicated question.

International students at LMU

Tips for getting started

Lectures, semester ticket, library card … Not all of the 8500 international students who now attend LMU find it easy to adapt to university life in a new and unfamiliar setting. But we have some tips that should help.

Generation smartphone

Lives on (the) display

Bent on conserving happy moments, smartphone users forget to experience them, says LMU’s Sarah Diefenbach, an economics professor at LMU. Together with Dr. Daniel Ullrich, she is studying the impact of digital media on our emotional lives.

Theodor Hänsch at 75

A Passion for Precision

LMU’s Nobel Laureate Theodor Hänsch talks about creativity in physics, Steve Jobs’ soldering skills, and the secrets of precision metrology.

New online series

My Part of Town

LMU students introduce us to their neighborhoods in Munich, providing insights for newcomers and for natives who are curious to know how others see their city. We kick off the tour with Philip’s Maxvorstadt and Rebecca’s Milbertshofen.

A new semester begins

Welcome back!

It’s that time of year again – another semester gets underway at LMU – and the new LMU film will give you all an impression of what it is like to study, work and explore the world of research here.

Early Nutrition

The lasting legacy of our early years

In a long-term, collaborative, EU-funded project led by LMU‘s Berthold Koletzko, researchers have studied the lasting impact of early nutrition on health. A conference now underway in Munich highlights the latest results.

Lecture series

"Islam is not monolithic"

Attitudes to Islam in this part of the world are often conditioned by misconceptions and lack of knowledge. A new series of public lectures to be held in this semester is devoted to elucidating the central features of the Muslim faith.

Presidential election

She’ll win, she won’t, she’ll win ...

With the TV debates coming up, the polls are highly volatile, suggesting a neck-and-neck race between Clinton and Trump. But according to Andreas Graefe’s model, the outcome is already clear.

Student entrepreneurs

Getting off the ground

What does it take to turn a good business idea into a successful startup? LMU students who are thinking of starting their own businesses can count on the University’s support.

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.

University Choir

Rehearsing until it’s right

Whether you want to make music or just passively enjoy it, campus life at LMU offers ample opportunities for both. The University Choir devotes a whole semester to rehearsing the program for its end-of-term concert in the Great Aula.

Aristotle at 2400

Return of the all-rounder

Aristotle is one of the most famous of all philosophers and best known to a wider public as Alexander the Great’s tutor. LMU philosopher Christof Rapp and classical scholar Oliver Primavesi explain why his work is still worth reading.

LMU’s First Diversity Day

„Diversity matters!“

LMU is holding its first Diversity Day on June 7th. The following statements clarify why the event is worth attending, what diversity means in this context and why embracing and encouraging diversity is so important.

Student advisory services

Students with children

Tugce Karakas is a single mother and a student of Law at LMU. As the first in her family to attend university, she regards having the opportunity to study while caring for her daughter as “a privilege”.

Doctoral Day at LMU

Directions for doctorates

Do I want to do a doctorate? Should I choose a structured program? And what sort of support can I expect for my thesis work? Answers to these and many related questions will be available on LMU’s Doctoral Day on May 31st.

New series

Master Pieces

The last sentence is complete. It’s time to PRINT! Our new series “Master Pieces” features especially noteworthy Bachelor’s and Master’s theses from LMU – their subjects and their authors.

Art History

A view turned towards the ceiling

Between 1550 and 1800, mural painting on walls and ceilings flourished throughout Europe. Stephan Hoppe studies the relationship between pictorial decoration and architecture in early modern Germany.


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.

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.

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.


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.


Deconstructing disasters

Dozens of volcanoes erupt every year. Donald Dingwell wants to know how eruptions occur and why they happen when they do – so he simulates them in the laboratory.

Knowledge transfer

In one ear and out the other

Whether or not former students can apply scientific reasoning to formulate hypotheses and solve problems effectively at work depends in part on what subjects they have studied, says LMU educational psychologist Frank Fischer.

Refugee students

New beginnings at LMU

Samar was working on her thesis when her house in Damascus was hit by a bomb. Ahmad Al-Nabulsi was at dental school when he was imprisoned for joining a protest against the government. Both are now starting over again at LMU.

Multiple-choice tests

“Life is not a quiz show”

One question, several alternative answers: Multiple-choice tests are widely used assessment tools. LMU psychologist Markus Bühner tells us why, and points out their limitations.

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