The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Starting Grant to Prof. Nico Eisenhauer, a scientist from the University of Leipzig and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). The grant, which is endowed with EUR 1.5 million over the next 5 years, is awarded to study the effects of European earthworms in North America. As an invasive species, these earthworms are influencing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in many North-American ecosystems. Prof. Eisenhauer is the first young scientist in the Department of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology at Leipzig University to be awarded this renowned scholarship.
Biological invasions by alien species are considered as being one of the main threats to biodiversity on earth. One of these invasions is taking place under...29.01.2016 | Read more
Major accolade for Professor Ursula Mirastschijski from the Center for Biomolecular Interactions in Faculty Biology/Chemistry, who has received a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a novel therapy against burn scars. People who have suffered severe burns are very often scarred for life. In future it is expected that the new therapy will prevent such scar formation. Last year the ERC supported her project with an ERC Starting Grant in an amount of 1.3 million euros. As of March 1, 2016, the ERC support will be extended for a further year via a Proof of Concept Grant worth 150,000 euros.
For their novel therapy to prevent scar formation, Ursula Mirastschijski and her team use a substance produced in our lungs called lung surfactant. This...26.01.2016 | Read more
Fighting haemophilia A, a bleeding disorder, with the body's own cells: That is the goal of a new international research consortium led by scientists from Würzburg. The EU funds the project with around €5.5 million.
People suffering from haemophilia A have a genetic deficiency in clotting factor VIII which causes increased bleeding. In extreme cases, unstoppable bleeding...20.01.2016 | Read more
The German and the French national research foundations DFG and ANR co-finance a joint project to support open source product development. The total funding amounts to approximately 780,000 euros.
Nowadays, everybody can, on a smaller scale, produce like large manufacturers. Not only do fab labs, 3D printers and similar innovations make these home-based...14.01.2016 | Read more
The aim of the comprehensive EU project “EU-ToxRisk” is to lay new foundations for a paradigm shift in toxicology – towards more efficient and animal-free hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. An international consortium of 39 partner organizations from academia, industry and regulatory authorities will participate in this project receiving funding of 30 million euros. The Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM is bringing in its expertise with a focus on inhalation toxicology. EU-ToxRisk will be kicked off in Egmont aan Zee in The Netherlands) in mid-January 2016 and will run for a period of six years.
The European Commission is funding this large-scale project “EU-ToxRisk” under its research and innovation funding scheme “Horizon 2020”. The aim is to...13.01.2016 | Read more
The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) will receive half a million Euro from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to further exploit the institute’s research results and innovation potential. The funds have been granted for a total of three years as part of the BMBF programme ”Professionalisation and stabilisation of a transfer concept”. In the future, new processes are to be established at the ZMT in order to adapt research for societal and economic use. Dr. Bevis Fedder, head of the Office for Knowledge Exchange at the ZMT, coordinates the implementation of the concept.
Research at the ZMT lays the scientific foundation for the protection and sustainable use of tropical coastal ecosystems. Mangrove forests, coral reefs and...12.01.2016 | Read more
The second call for applications to the 2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Science Journalism Fellowship competition is now open. The fellowships enable journalists to follow scientists on location to report on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences. Successful applicants receive up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects. The deadline for applications is 31 January.
Rather than awarding a published piece of science reporting, EGU Science Journalism Fellowships distinguish themselves from other science journalism prizes by...05.01.2016 | Read more
Novel proteomic technologies that are so robust and powerful that they can be used in every biological laboratory and in every clinic are expected as results of the currently starting research consortium MSmed. The European Commission is co-funding the project with 3.7 Million Euros for four years starting December 1, 2015 within the research line “Future and Emerging Technologies” under the Horizon 2020 Programme. MSmed will automate workflows in mass spectrometric analysis for proteomics research to prepare them for high-throughput clinical application.
Proteins are the major functional actors within cells and exert most of the cells’ functions. Over the past decade the analysis of the protein inventory of...22.12.2015 | Read more
How are agricultural, ecological and social systems changing under the influence of growing (mega-)cities? This overarching question will be examined by the Research Unit FOR2432, which the German Research Foundation (DFG/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has established at the universities of Kassel and Göttingen. The project will start on 1 April 2016 and is initially funded with a total of 3.7 million Euros. International partners are also involved, including the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India, where the cooperating projects will be co-financed with 1.2 million Euros from the Indian side.
With this decision, the DFG is strengthening the successful cooperation of the agricultural science faculties at the University of Kassel and the University of...16.12.2015 | Read more
The National Latsis Prize 2015 has been awarded to biologist Richard Benton for his work on the fruit fly's sense of smell. Using an interdisciplinary approach he studies how chemical signals control the behaviour of insects.
How odours influence actions is one of the fundamental questions in neuroscience. Richard Benton, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics at...24.11.2015 | Read more
Automobiles increase the mobility of their users. However, their maneuverability is pushed to the limit by cramped inner city conditions. Those who need to...
Advance in biomedical imaging: The University of Würzburg's Biocenter has enhanced fluorescence microscopy to label and visualise up to nine different cell structures simultaneously.
Fluorescence microscopy allows researchers to visualise biomolecules in cells. They label the molecules using fluorescent probes, excite them with light and...
NASA's follow-on to the successful ICESat mission will employ a never-before-flown technique for determining the topography of ice sheets and the thickness of sea ice, but that won't be the only first for this mission.
Slated for launch in 2018, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) also will carry a 3-D printed part made of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK),...
In the last decades, sea level has been rising continuously – about 3.3 mm per year. For reef islands such as the Maldives or the Marshall Islands a sinister picture is being painted evoking the demise of the island states and their cultures. Are the effects of sea-level rise already noticeable on reef islands? Scientists from the ZMT have now answered this question for the Takuu Atoll, a group of Pacific islands, located northeast of Papua New Guinea.
In the last decades, sea level has been rising continuously – about 3.3 mm per year. For reef islands such as the Maldives or the Marshall Islands a sinister...
The ‘Internet of Things’ is growing rapidly. Mobile phones, washing machines and the milk bottle in the fridge: the idea is that minicomputers connected to these will be able to process information, receive and send data. This requires electrical power. Transistors that are capable of switching information with a single electron use far less power than field effect transistors that are commonly used in computers. However, these innovative electronic switches do not yet work at room temperature. Scientists working on the new EU research project ‘Ions4Set’ intend to change this. The program will be launched on February 1. It is coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).
“Billions of tiny computers will in future communicate with each other via the Internet or locally. Yet power consumption currently remains a great obstacle”,...
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