University of Hamburg
University of Hamburg
Fighting the coronavirus has changed the way the international scientific community works together and intensified collaboration. Dr. Andrea Thorn leads an international research group at Universität Hamburg that is improving molecular models from across the world to enable the development of pharmaceuticals. The May issue of the Nature Structural & Molecular Biology journal reports on the team's work.
Researchers from Universität Hamburg and the University of Strasbourg have established a Franco-German program for doctoral researchers working at the interface between structural biology and infection research. The program, called Integrative Biology of Infection and Diseases, will be funded by the Franco-German University for 4 years starting in January 2022.
On 19 March, the SONNE will depart on one of its longest expeditions to date. In the southern Atlantic, it will secure the measuring devices of various research institutions. Due to the pandemic, maintenance of these devices could not be carried out last year and now a gigantic loss of data and devices looms on the horizon. The expedition is being coordinated by Universität Hamburg and headed by Dr. Niko Lahajnar from the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN).
In the study "Continuity and Change of Schools in Times of Crisis" (Kontinuität und Wandel der Schule in Krisenzeiten - KWiK), school principals were asked how they are mastering the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Initial results from the study paint a positive picture but reveal the need for some catching up as well.
In Germany, the willingness to receive a vaccination has risen slightly from 57 to 62 percent since November. Forty-eight percent of those would would like to be vaccinated have no preference with regard to vaccine. A representative survey conducted by the Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE) at Universität Hamburg has also shown that in Germany, more than 50 percent of the population opposes delaying a second vaccination, even if this would initially facilitate more first-time shots.
From philosophy and law to the natural and geosciences: Researchers from many fields at Universität Hamburg are studying the coronavirus and the consequences of the pandemic. The projects are now being consolidated and presented on a single website. The portfolio is one of the University's newly founded Transfer Agency's projects.
Providing first and second graders with digital support for mental arithmetic and understanding mathematical sets-for this endeavor, Torben Rieckmann, Christopher Hof, and Jonas Vierth have been awarded the EXIST Business Start-up Grant and will also receive support from Universität Hamburg. The project stems from research on inclusive digital learning carried out at the Faculty of Education.
The coronavirus has led to a worldwide crisis for over a year. In a new study, nanoscientist Roland Wiesendanger illuminates the origins of the virus. His findings conclude there are a number of quality sources indicating a laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the cause of the current pandemic.
A family of Welwitschia already inhabited Earth 112 million years ago. A research team in the Department of Biology at Universität Hamburg has now used short DNA sequences to discover that the only still-living species of Weltwitschia mirabilis has different subspecies. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.