BI.research, Bielefeld University’s research magazine, reports on the University’s academic foci in a generally understandable manner. It is aimed at academics as well as journalists, at current and former members of the University as well as at decision-makers in politics, business, academia, and administration.
This bilingual German-English magazine appears twice a year.
Where are the democratic states on the American double continent heading? This question applies not only to the USA—in view of the presidential election in November 2020 for instance—but also to Brazil, for example, which is led by a right-wing government. Read the dossier in the new issue to find out what developments Bielefeld academics have been observing in the democracies of the Americas and what research they are carrying out on this and related topics at the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS). This issue also deals with the future question: ‘What will electronics be made of in the future?’ (page 32). You will learn which business idea transformed a start-up from Bielefeld University into an internationally sought-after company (page 36). What challenges are associated with the digitalization of medicine? Professor Dr med. Sebastian Kuhn explains this in our section ‘The Big Picture’ (page 52). Kuhn has been setting up his new Digital Medicine working group at Bielefeld University’s Medical School OWL since October.
The Coronavirus, the pandemic and its Consequences: How Bielefeld researchers deal with these topics is the subject of the dossier in the new issue of the BI.research magazine. In this issue, we also deal with the question of the future ‘How can green technologies come out on top?’ In our feature section, we highlight a project with Bielefeld’s Laborschule (page 36). At the experimental school, children from pre-school age onwards experience democracy in a miniature community. We introduce you to Bielefeld anthropologist Professor Dr Minh Nguyen (page 44). She has received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. In our section ‘The Big Picture’, we focus on refugees and their accommodation.
BI.research deals with the topic of Bielefeld University’s anniversary conference. In the dossier of this magazine, we examine the central question of the conference: have the great theories become obsolete in the face of Big Data? In this issue, we also deal with the question of the future: ‘What happens when algorithms predict the future?’ We feature a study on birds of prey that has been going on for 30 years. And we introduce you to Humboldt professor and mathematician Professor Dr William Crawley-Boevey. Finally, in our section ‘The Big Picture’, we focus on the topic of ageing.
To mark the anniversary, BI.research takes a look at how Bielefeld University – founded in 1969 as a reform university – maintains its innovative spirit and masters today’s challenges. The dossier on the title theme also includes the views of those responsible for the three founding faculties. Bielefeld University is focusing on the future – on new, courageous ideas: its academics are presenting a public anniversary project in the city from the field of psychology, they are exploring the challenges of inclusion, and they are dealing with the European Union as a project for peace in times of Brexit.