Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg - whilst being committed to freedom in research and teaching - grapples with a diverse range of both national and global social challenges. These include technical, health-related and ecological matters, but ethical, cultural, social and economic problems are also the subject of systematic scientific observation, contextualisation, concept development and reflection. Scientists and academics from the University of Magdeburg aim, with their expertise and awareness of their responsibilities, to contribute to expert understanding, purposeful solutions and solution optimisation as well as to responsible assessments and decisions that are relevant to society as a whole. Alongside the key areas in fundamental and applied research and research transfer, the University defines additional areas in which it seeks to achieve excellence across disciplines.
To enable hydroelectric power plants to generate environmentally friendly electricity more efficiently in the future, engineers at Magdeburg University are developing new types of blades for the turbines. These are equipped with a motor that ensures that the forces driving the turbines do not suddenly collapse. The challenge, however, is to make the motors very small and yet powerful enough.
Every year, the University of Magdeburg honors the best doctoral students. One of them is Dr. Seyed Ali Hosseini. He studied chemistry and process engineering as part of a joint doctoral project with the University of Paris-Saclay. He spoke to us about his research, why he is so committed to it and what the award means to him.
Dr. Lejla Colic studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and was a member of the "CRC 779 Graduate School". For her outstanding work, she was honored with the doctoral award of the University of Magdeburg. We talked to her about her dissertation, her motivation and her future.
Applying a new strategy, researchers at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg have found a substance that facilitates the controlled death of cancer cells. The Translational Inflammation Research working group led by Professor Dr. Inna Lavrik has combined computer-based methods with experimental analyses and in the process gained insight into strategies for treating tumors.
Computer scientists at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are aiming to use the findings and established methods of brain research to better understand the way in which artificial intelligence works. As part of a research project, the scientists led by Professor Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Stober from the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Magdeburg will apply methods from cognitive neuroscience to analyze artificial neural networks and better understand the way they work.