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Travelers’ tales

Footnotes to a success story

To animate the big picture of the Erasmus Program, one must seek out the illuminating details. Here are a few, including the experiences of LMU‘s eldest Erasmus alumna, Nicolai’s stay on La Reunion, and Pierre’s vital link with the scheme.


“We are all made of stardust”

LMU astrophysicist Andreas Burkert studies origins – the origin of the Universe and the origin of life. Next week, he will begin a new Research Focus at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) by discussing the links between these problems.


Thin Films, Bright Future

LMU physicist Alexander Högele studies ultrathin semiconducting films and carbon nanotubes, which possess astonishing physical properties. He has now received the second highly endowed European Research Council grant in his career.

Studying abroad

"Postcards" from afar

Over 1000 LMU students are currently abroad, thanks to Erasmus or the LMUexchange Program. The following is a selection of their “postcards” home. If they make you feel envious, check out LMU’s International Day on November 29th.

A new semester begins

Welcome back!

It’s that time of year again, another semester gets underway at LMU - a picture gallery of the first day...

The Restless Sixties

“People should not have been surprised”

In Germany, “68ers” usually refers to the left-wing students who rebelled against the postwar consensus. But protest in the 1960s came not only from the Left, as the following interview with Ludwig Faltlhauser shows.

Holocaust Studies

“Much remains to be done in the field of Holocaust Studies”

Dr. Kim Wünschmann has joined the LMU to expand the cooperation between the Chair for Contemporary History and the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich.

Art history

Object lessons

Art historian Philippe Cordez teases out the hidden connotations of objects that have come down to us from pre-modern times. He joined LMU as a Research Fellow, and now leads a Junior Research Group financed by the Elite Network of Bavaria.

MISU Summer Schools

Welcome guests

More than 1000 students attended the Munich International Summer University in Munich. What were their impressions, and what were their most memorable moments?

Das Kapital at 150

Is Marx still worth reading?

What can we learn from Marx’s most celebrated work? We asked LMU researchers in diverse disciplines for their views on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx’s classic analysis of capitalism.

Citizen Science

How far will Bee No.2 get?

LMU biologists are using marked bees to determine the sizes of their foraging ranges, with the ultimate goal of helping to protect acutely endangered species. Munich’s human inhabitants can help them find the answers.

Bachelor’s and Master’s theses from LMU

Master Pieces

Having worked as an electrician, Florian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at LMU, and did his Master’s at Harvard. Sofie studied Art History and her Master’s thesis was done closer to home – in a gallery archive in Rosenheim.

Art and Multimedia

LMU at Ars Electronica 2017

From the seminar room straight to the Ars Electronica: Students of the new course in Art and Multimedia will present their own works at the leading festival for electronic art, among them are an innovative visitors’ guide to Paris and a range of digital comics.


You can’t have one without the other?

That love and marriage “go together like a horse and carriage” is very much a modern notion. In the past, most marriages were based on material interests, and couples had to make the best of them, says Dr. Annegret Braun.

Christian culture

The Light in the World

Christianity set its seal on culture and society from the very beginning. Its history can also be seen as a process of ‘enchantment’, says Protestant theologian Jörg Lauster – before embarking on a whirlwind tour of the last two millennia.

Photo competition

Personal takes on LMU

How do members of LMU’s staff view their workplace? What do they find particularly appealing? Where are their favorite spots on campus? The photo competition “My LMU” yielded some arresting answers to these questions. See for yourself!

Ancient Egypt

From occupiers to neighbors

Some 3500 years ago, an Egyptian town was founded on an island in the Nile in what is now Sudan. LMU archaeologist Julia Budka’s work there shows how Egyptian immigrants and the local Nubians transformed it into a thriving community.


Running light around a tetrahedron

Thanks to an innovative ring laser design, geophysicists at LMU can now measure and monitor Earth’s rotation with unprecedented accuracy. The new instrument in Fürstenfeldbruck will be formally inaugurated this week.


The resurgence of populism

Populist parties have become a force to be reckoned with in many countries around the world. What explains this sudden, widespread re-emergence of political protest? Three LMU specialists explore the driving forces behind this development.

The Richard Strauss Edition

Magical moments among the staves

LMU musicologist Hartmut Schick is leading the effort to produce a modern edition of the works of Richard Strauss. The first volumes afford unique insights, and will inspire new interpretations.

Approaching exams

The fear that jeopardizes success

Some 30% of students – mainly females – suffer from excessive anxiety when confronted with the prospect of exams. The good news is that virtually all of them can be effectively helped. To find out how and where, read on.

Quincentennial of the Reformation

The modernization of Christianity

The Reformation that began 500 years ago initiated a momentous transformation in the history of Christianity. Here, LMU historian Professor Harry Oelke discusses the developments that it set in train.


Treasures from LMU’s collection

Centuries-old books, historical insignias, the bookmark that turned out to be a previously unknown copy of America’s “birth certificate” – these are among the treasures to be found in LMU’s collections. We introduce a small selection here.

Brexit’s aftermath

Brexit, higher education and research

What effects is Brexit likely to have on higher education and research in Europe? We put this question to LMU President Bernd Huber, and to members of LMU’s faculty and staff.

LMU on Instagram

Glimpses of university life

LMU’s Instagram account is only a fortnight old – and its growing archive already has striking perspectives to offer and intriguing stories to tell.

Exhibition in the Jewish Museum

Picking up the pieces

Little information on Jewish life in Munich in the decades following the Second World War is available in the historical literature. So the 20 members of Professor Michael Brenner’s history class set out to fill the gap.

Munich as a business location

“It takes initiative to make a career”

Munich is Germany’s No. 1 business location. But does this help students to find jobs? “Not necessarily,” says Dirk Erfurth of LMU’s Career Service, “finding the right job requires initiative.”

Sinksar Ghebremedhin

Giving refugees a voice

Many passers-by no doubt take him to be a refugee. But Sinksar (25) is a native of Swabia. He seldom corrects the misconception: “In Munich, I’m less afraid of being taken for an Eritrean than I am of being recognized as someone from Swabia,” he jokingly remarks.

Sinologist Thomas O. Höllmann

“The ivory tower is long gone”

Thomas Höllmann’s first love was art, but decided to study Chinese. It was certainly a good choice, for he is now one of the best-known sinologists of his generation – and the newly elected President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.


Dedicated to the European Idea

Stimulating dialogue and fostering exchange in the field of European Studies is the primary goal of the Europaeum, a network of leading European Universities. Four of the six recipients of the Europeaeum’s latest Jenkins Scholarships are linked to LMU.

Internet services

Who pays the piper?

The World Wide Web has turned copyright infringement into a pastime of the masses. In the following interview, LMU jurists Matthias Leistner and Ansgar Ohly discuss the naïveté of users and the legal position with regard to liability.


Prizes for Master Pieces

Anitha’s MSc thesis deals with the effects of air and noise pollution on urban dwellers, while Hannes analyzed newly released government files relating to German-Israeli relations. Both have now won LMU’s Prize for Student Research.


Dust to dust

Til Birnstiel studies the mode of formation of planets from miniscule dust grains. His own professional evolution has just entered a new phase, with a Starting Grant from the European Research Council – and a Physics professorship at LMU.

Social Anthropology

A day-trip to the bottom

From slum to tourist attraction: An interview with Eveline Dürr on the unlikely but booming phenomenon of slum tourism.

Truth and the media

The rise of fake news

Up to 20 percent of the public are not following the news on a regular basis, and may thus be especially receptive to fake news and the misleading assertions of populists. This attitude represents a threat to our society, says LMU communications expert Reinemann.

DenkStätte Weiße Rose

Permanent exhibition reconceived

The first members of the White Rose were convicted of treason 74 years ago. The DenkStätte Weiße Rose in LMU’s Main Building commemorates their bravery and sacrifice. The exhibition has now been redesigned.

Learning strategies

“Fear of exams can be overcome”

What lies at the origin of the fear of examinations, and what can students and lecturers do to allay it? In the following interview, LMU Professor Anne Frenzel (Chair of Psychology in the Learning Sciences) answers both questions.


Thinking things through …

The term ‘sustainability’ has become something of a cliché – and its exact meaning is unclear. LMU academics from a range of disciplines are now engaged in clarifying its significance for a truly sustainable future.


Caroline is in control

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease which is relatively rare in Germany. LMU student Caroline Schambeck is one of its victims, but she does not let her illness dominate her life, and was recently awarded a Deutschlandstipendium.

Structural biology

The Protein Printer

Ribosomes are molecular machines programmed by genetic blueprints, which make proteins by linking amino acids together into linear chains that fold into sequence-dependent shapes. LMU biochemist Roland Beckmann studies how they do it.

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