On Tuesday, researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and their colleagues from partner institutes presented a new report at the first ever United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York. The report examines the role of regional marine conservation in the implementation of the global sustainable development goals for oceans. Together with international decision-makers and marine conservation experts, the researchers also submitted recommendations for the sustainable use of the oceans, which will feed into the UN negotiations.
The oceans are part of a global commons. After all, neither fish swarms nor marine litter stay within national borders. Coastal states can only protect and use...07.06.2017 | Read more
International conference unites engineers, technologists, material researchers, physicists and chemists in Potsdam - Their focus is on Insulating Films on Semicondoctors
In June 2017, engineers, technologists, material researchers, physicists and chemists will meet in Potsdam. It is the first time that the international...06.06.2017 | Read more
The international conference on "Eurasian Food Economy between Globalization and Geopolitics" will be held from 21 to 23 June in Halle (Saale), Germany
International researchers will meet with representatives from politics and business in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 21 to 23 June for the IAMO Forum 2017. The...31.05.2017 | Read more
On 5–9 June, experts on ocean governance and sustainability from around the world will meet at the United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York. The conference’s aim of advancing the implementation of the global sustainable development goal for the oceans dovetails with a major focus of research at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Researchers from the Ocean Governance project at the IASS will attend the conference, where they will host three events on ocean sustainability in cooperation with partners from policymaking, academia, and civil society.
At a full-day event on efforts to improve cooperation at the regional level, staged in cooperation with the German Federal Government, IASS researchers will...24.05.2017 | Read more
”Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises” was the guiding theme of the 29th AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium on May 18 and 19, 2017. The highlights of the conference, which was organized by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, comprised the introduction of the first production car developed by using Industrie 4.0 methods, the opening of Europe’s largest (30 000 m²) research cluster for production technology at the RWTH Aachen Campus as well as the inauguration of the newly established RWTH Aachen Business School.
Once again, the AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium was the meeting point for more than 1,000 German and international experts from production technology and...23.05.2017 | Read more
The 14th Dortmund MST Conference on July 5 is demonstrating how micro- and nanotechnologies contribute to individualized methods of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, regeneration and rehabilitation in medicine and healthcare.
Embracing "Individualized Healthcare Solutions", the conference held on July 5, 2017 at the Lensing-Carrée Conference Center in the city center of Dortmund...22.05.2017 | Read more
Redefining the place for ethics in the 4.0 era: The World Forum for Ethics in Business and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition team up for a conference series to facilitate the urgent need for a multi-stakeholder debate on ethics in innovation. The first conference of this kind will be held from 26-27 June 2017 in Munich.
We are global, we are fast, we are digital. And as the world we know is changing at an incredible pace, there are predictions that 40 percent of the world’s...17.05.2017 | Read more
The 20th European Health Forum Gastein “Health in All Politics – a better future for Europe” will take place 4-6 October 2017, in Bad Hofgastein, Austria. High-level speakers at EHFG 2017 include European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Austrian Minister of Health and Women’s Affairs, Pamela Rendi-Wagner; Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization, as well as leading officials such as Xavier Prats Monné, Director General of DG SANTE at the European Commission.
The 20th European Health Forum Gastein “Health in All Politics – a better future for Europe” will take place 4-6 October 2017, in Bad Hofgastein, Austria.16.05.2017 | Read more
Project meeting of the NanoHybrids EU project on 15 and 16 May 2017 – an important milestone
The EU research project NanoHybrids, uniting well-known partners from European research and industry, can report its first successes: New methods have been...15.05.2017 | Read more
Managing the World’s Resources Sustainably – The Dresden Nexus Conference Focuses on Global Challenges
From 17 to 19 May, the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional...11.05.2017 | Read more
At the productronica trade fair in Munich this November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding, LaserTAB for short. The experts from Aachen will be demonstrating how new battery cells and power electronics can be micro-welded more efficiently and precisely than ever before thanks to new optics and robot support.
Fraunhofer ILT from Aachen relies on a clever combination of robotics and a laser scanner with new optics as well as process monitoring, which it has developed...
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
A warming planet
Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
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