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August 2008

  • 5 August 2008

    A Milestone in the Science of Ritual

    The international conference "Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual" by Heidelberg University's collaborative research center SFB 619 "Ritual Dynamics", points out the tense relation between ritual dynamics and ritual science and breaks new ground in research — September 29 to October 2

July 2008

June 2008

  • 28 June 2008

    Into the Small Hours

    First-ever University Summer Night – 400 guests enjoyed an atmospheric summer party in a historical setting
  • 25 June 2008

    Jean-Luc Marion Awarded Karl Jaspers Prize

    Today the City and the University of Heidelberg presented the Karl Jaspers Prize to philosopher Professor Dr. Jean-Luc Marion
  • 16 June 2008

    BASF and University of Heidelberg Join Forces to Develop New Mathematical Software for Research

    Saving time and money via fewer lab experiments — Speeding up lab development — University of Heidelberg continues with “Industry on Campus”
  • 3 June 2008

    Excellence on the Web

    University of Heidelberg switches to Imperia for web-presence maintenance – Alexander Werschak in charge of central pages, sharing editorial responsibility for almost 19,000 web pages with public information officer Dr. Michael Schwarz
  • 2 June 2008

    Ideal Educational Opportunities

    After studying history in the United States, I was looking for a way to expand my understanding of history and my knowledge of foreign languages. The University of Heidelberg is an old and renowned institution and this is the reason I am here
  • 2 June 2008

    Perfect Backdrop for my Life

    In my opinion Heidelberg is a perfect combination of urban and university life. I do admit that student life is more expensive here than elsewhere but you get your money’s worth.
  • 2 June 2008

    “I’m glad I followed my intuition”

    My decision to study in Heidelberg occurred spontaneously and was first based on a very positive feeling for the city. The good reputation of the University of Heidelberg certainly counted in its favour during the decision-making process, but at the beginning this was of secondary importance.
  • 2 June 2008

    Ten Good Reasons for Studying at the University of Heidelberg

    There are probably at least a hundred reasons why studying in Heidelberg is as pleasurable as it is profitable. Here are just ten of them.

May 2008

April 2008

  • 11 April 2008

    Campus TV Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Campus TV, the higher education and research magazine from the “European Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar”, has an anniversary to celebrate — At the heart of the anniversary programme (from 17 April) is a panel discussion in which the universities, the sponsors, the Baden-Württemberg Broadcast Authority and Rhine-Neckar Television join anchorman Joachim Kaiser to review the major highlights (and mishaps) of the last 10 years — 220,000 viewers
  • 9 April 2008

    Chloroplast protein import — unravelling mysteries of intracellular transport

    Cover story of „Structure“, the renowned journal for structural biology by the „Cell“ group — this work was carried out at the Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, structures department, Prof. Dr. Irmgard Sinning
  • 2 April 2008

    Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Dr. Simon Vidrih

    Dr. Simon Vidrih is the recipient of one of the prestigious research fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation — Dr. Vidrih will carry out research on the structure of the Milky Way at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut of the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg
  • 1 April 2008

    Inauguration of the “Angelika Lautenschläger Hospital” on the University of Heidelberg Campus

    At a ceremony on 31 March minister-president of Baden-Württemberg Günther Oettinger paid tribute to the generosity and commitment of donor Manfred Lautenschläger and the high standards of medical care and research at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1 April 2008

    Asthma and Smoker's Lung: Dry airways play a key role

    In animal studies, research team from Heidelberg and the US detects a common mechanism with lung damage in cystic fibrosis

March 2008

February 2008

  • 27 February 2008

    University of Heidelberg Maintains its Leading Position among Germany’s Research-Intensive Universities

    In the CHE research ranking for 2007 the University of Heidelberg again displays a particularly high proportion of research-intensive Faculties putting it up amongst the leaders
  • 21 February 2008

    Exploring New Territory

    In autumn 2007 the new Graduate School “Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences” was a successful contender in the Initiative for Excellence organised by the Federal and state governments — Seeking interdisciplinary dialogue transcending traditional subject boundaries at a national and international level, it is a particularly striking embodiment of the Institutional Strategy espoused by the University of Heidelberg
  • 21 February 2008

    Honorary Doctorate for Louis Begley

    Senate unanimously in favour of proposal from the Faculty of Modern Languages of the University of Heidelberg — Lecture by Louis Begley “What is the Value of One Man?” at the presentation ceremony on 8 February 2008
  • 20 February 2008

    University of Heidelberg: Better Service for Applicants

    The ResStud project aims to provide future students with ideal, trouble-free, personal advice — “Personal portal” planned to supplement the phone and internet portals functioning very successfully since May 2005
  • 19 February 2008

    Stepwise Integration for Turkey

    Heidelberg political scientist Frank R. Pfetsch on “the new Europe” – A whole catalogue of difficulties and deficits
  • 18 February 2008

    Freeing Up Higher Education

    Recommendations from the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and the Humanities in Germany include scrapping capacity and work-load regulations and letting universities and colleges decide on salaries and student fees — The Universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg and the Technical Universities of Darmstadt, Dresden and Munich have been testing the scope afforded by greater autonomy
  • 15 February 2008

    Clemens Brentano Young Authors’ Prize of the City of Heidelberg 2008 Awarded to Ann Cotten

    The award is unique in Germany as the jury includes not only professional literary critics but also students from Heidelberg University’s Department of Germanic Studies
  • 14 February 2008

    High-Tech Optics from Heidelberg

    Major orders for the S-DH GmbH from the USA, the UK and Japan – Spin-off company from the University of Heidelberg asserts itself against international competition
  • 12 February 2008

    Hemochromatosis a Liver Disorder

    Hereditary disorder traceable to genetic defect in liver cells — Heidelberg scientists publish findings in “Cell Metabolism”
  • 4 February 2008

    ERC Starting Investigator Research Grants: University of Heidelberg Heads the List

    Heidelberg the only German university to receive more than one grant – Three generously endowed awards from the European Research Council (ERC) go to Jörg Peltzer, Jian-Wei Pan and Otmar Venjakob – Fourth grant announced for Anne Marciniak-Czochra
  • 1 February 2008

    Race against Death

    Dr. Michael Schiffmann, lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Department of English and American Studies, wrote his PhD dissertation on the Mumia Abu-Jamal case and has been interested in it ever since – During research work for a book on the subject he chanced on photographs of the crime scene that cast doubt on the official version of the shooting

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June 2007

May 2007

  • 16 May 2007

    Ruperto Carola 1/2007: Computers Modelled on the Human Brain?

    In the title story of the University of Heidelberg’s research magazine Karlheinz Meier indicates how the functioning of the human brain can be imitated — Other topics: Arab autobiographies and the authors’ home towns — What coelenterates can tell us about human evolution — Canossa: a moral triumph? — Dragnet screening for suspicious molecules
  • 10 May 2007

    Heidelberg Senior Professorship for Detlef Junker

    Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Junker appointed senior professor of the University of Heidelberg — Rectorate inspected the new premises of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Hauptstraße 120
  • 9 May 2007

    European Protest Movements Since 1945

    International and interdisciplinary protest research sponsored by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Heidelberg’s Center for American Studies — a cooperation between the Universities of Heidelberg, Zurich and Halle-Wittenberg
  • 9 May 2007

    A Plea for a New Student Capacity Law (Kapazitätsrecht) in Germany

    Lectures and theses presented at the Heidelberg symposia on the Student Capacity Law, 25/26 November 2005 and 14/15 July 2006. Edited by Peter Hommelhoff and Wilfried Müller.
  • 4 May 2007

    A matter of force

    François Nédélec and his group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory work out the mechanics of asymmetric cell division - Nédélec also leads a BIOMS Junior Research Group

April 2007

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December 2006

  • 22 December 2006

    Journal@RupertoCarola: On the Other Side of the Planet at Christmas

    The last edition in the old year of the University of Heidelberg's student newsletter features Christmas articles and a detailed look at the University's two successful projects in the Initiative for Excellence contest
  • 21 December 2006

    Cosmic Gamma-Ray Bursts without Associated Supernovae?

    Two young astrophysicists at the University of Heidelberg's Centre for Astronomy involved in the discovery of two cosmic gamma-ray bursts unexpectedly not associated with supernova explosions — Publication in today's issue of "Nature"
  • 18 December 2006

    Donor Kidneys Age Prematurely

    New explanation for the mechanism behind chronic allograft nephropathy — Rudolf Pichlmayr Prize for Heidelberg scientist and pediatrician
  • 18 December 2006

    New M.A. Honours Programme at the University of Heidelberg and the Ecole du Louvre (Paris)

    Cooperation agreement between the University of Heidelberg and the Ecole du Louvre — Unanimous Senate consent for the establishment of the M.A. honours course
  • 13 December 2006

    "I was brought up that way …"

    Students Salma Kessler and Raphael Ane Kum awarded prizes for academic achievement and social commitment
  • 4 December 2006

    Rector Prof. Hommelhoff on the Interplay between Research and the Universities in Germany

    At the "Franco-German Academic Dialogues" in the Great Hall of the Old University, Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff focused his attention on the Initiative for Excellence and the Federal Reform Bill
  • 4 December 2006

    "In silico" Research: News from the Future

    At the BIOMS Centre for Modelling and Simulation in the Biosciences young scientists are using new methods to investigate complex biological processes — Funding comes from the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the State of Baden-Württemberg, the University of Heidelberg and other research institutions
  • 4 December 2006

    Ruperto Carola 3/2006: The Two Faces of Pain

    In the title story of the Heidelberg research magazine Rohini Kuner of the University of Heidelberg's Pharmacological Institute describes recent work indicating how pain etches itself into the memory of the nervous system — Other topics dealt with in the new edition come from the fields of historical studies, plant sciences and oncology
  • 1 December 2006

    Lighting Up Cancer Cells

    Dr. Nicole Marmé of the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg and Dr. Jens-Peter Knemeyer of the Functional Genome Analysis Department of the German Cancer Research Centre are using new methods for earlier detection of dangerous illnesses

November 2006

October 2006

September 2006

  • 19 September 2006

    Subtle Warnings: Imminent Brain Infarction

    In the title story of the Heidelberg research magazine "Ruperto Carola 2/2006" neurosurgeons Oliver Sakowitz, Daniel Haux and Andreas Unterberg outline early changes indicating the imminent danger of delayed brain damage — Other articles in the new edition range from astronomy, recent history and archaeology to cancer research and legal history
  • 12 September 2006

    University of Heidelberg Successful in Alumni Plus Programme

    Programme organised by German Academic Exchange Service — Inter-networks for alumni to be stepped up via foundation of chapters worldwide — First chapter to be established in Luxembourg on 26 October 2006 — Network in USA and Europe to follow soon — Internet resources to be enhanced
  • 11 September 2006

    New Book from the University of Heidelberg: "The University of Heidelberg under National Socialism"

    Rector Prof. Peter Hommelhoff: "All those with positions of responsibility at this university should read this book to impress upon themselves just how fragile the foundations are on which we today are privileged to engage in academic activity"
  • 5 September 2006

    Heidelberg Musicologist Prof. Ludwig Finscher Awarded the Balzan Prize 2006

    "Ludwig Finscher is one of the foremost musicologists in the world and an outstanding expert in the field of music history after 1600" (International Balzan Foundation) — Award endowed with 1 million Swiss francs

August 2006

  • 29 August 2006

    A New World in Physics: 7.2 Million for Heidelberg

    Prof. Karlheinz Meier: "The biggest experiments humanity has ever performed" — Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides 7.2 million euros for basic research on particle physics at the University of Heidelberg

July 2006

  • 17 July 2006

    Self-Definition: University of Heidelberg Presents Annual Report 2005

    Rectorate of the University of Heidelberg presents Annual Report with information on the main events and the financial development in 2005 — 140-page document with annual statement of accounts, including balance sheet and profit and loss account
  • 7 July 2006

    Funding for Dark Universe

    "Dark Universe": new transregional long-term collaborative research project at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bonn and Munich — Rector Prof. Hommelhoff: "A further distinction for our university, which now has 14 current long-term collaborative research projects to its name" — Initial funding 6.5 million euros

June 2006

  • 28 June 2006

    New at the University of Heidelberg: The Center for Social Investment (CSI)

    The Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, extends a cordial invitation to the media and the public to attend the opening panel organised by the CSI on 5 July 2006 (5-7 p.m.) in the Great Hall of the Old University — With Dr. Uwe-Jean Heuser of Die Zeit as moderator, executives from various European foundations will be discussing the programmatic statement of the the new Center and its role in implementing the University's strategy "Looking Ahead. Since 1386"
  • 2 June 2006

    Manfred Lautenschläger and Dietmar Hopp Support Unique Talent Project in the Metropolitan Region

    The media and the public are cordially invited to attend the press conference on 21 June at 11 a.m. — The youth promotion centres "Anpfiff fürs Leben", the Mannheim Adler, the SG Kronau/Östringen and the USC Heidelberg present a joint model for the encouragement of sporting talent

May 2006

April 2006

  • 20 April 2006

    The Tell-Tale Gaze

    In "Ruperto Carola" 1/2006, Joachim Funke tells us how he spies on the brain at work — Other topics in the Heidelberg research magazine are Indology, history, cancer research and physiology
  • 12 April 2006

    International Meeting on Cellular Quality Control

    From September 21 - 23, 2006 the University of Heidelberg will host the 16th ZMBH Forum
  • 5 April 2006

    With joint forces against Malaria

    Scientists from all over the world tackle the global threat of Malaria at the second annual BioMalPar conference

February 2006

  • 17 February 2006

    23/24 February: Gaia Conference at the University of Heidelberg

    Centre for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg in charge of coordination of core data analysis for the Gaia mission - Gaia to provide high-accuracy survey of a billion stars
  • 6 February 2006

    Supermassive Black Holes merge in Supercomputer GRACE

    Astrophysicists of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (Zentrum für Astronomie) invite to the presentation of their new supercomputer and of first results on February 7, 2006, 3.00 p.m., seminar room, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg (with movie presentation)

January 2006

December 2005

  • 20 December 2005

    Feelings Behind Word and Image: Music in Hollywood Films

    "Ruperto Carola" 3/2005 now out — In the title story of the new issue Horst-Jürgen Gehrigk of the Institute of Slavonic Studies and Dorothea Redepenning of the Department of Musicology delineate the cultural dialogue between the American dream factory and Europe with reference to selected Hollywood classics — Other articles in the magazine: "In the Jungle of Fragrances", "Protein Chaperones", "Raymond Klibansky: Memories of a Century" and much more
  • 19 December 2005

    New Legal Studies Journal by Heidelberg Law Students: Unique in German-Speaking Europe

    Publication founded and run independently by Heidelberg law students — Editors-in-chief Nicolas Nohlen and Thomas Straub — Articles by 28 students from all over Germany in the six issues published so far — Students take on an active role in legal research
  • 19 December 2005

    Herding on Financial Markets — does it really happen?

    A recent study, published in the December issue of the renowned American Economic Review, has now investigated this issue by means of an economic experiment and, interestingly, did not find any evidence for herding — In collaboration with McKinsey&Company, Professor Jörg Oechssler (University of Heidelberg) and his co-authors designed an internet-based artificial financial market
  • 13 December 2005

    Heidelberg Ball School: An International Token of Quality

    Successful start for Ball School projects in Japan, Nigeria, Austria and Brazil — The book "Ball School: An ABC for Beginners" translated into four languages — Workshops and practical demonstrations in Heidelberg's partner cities

November 2005

October 2005

September 2005

August 2005

  • 3 August 2005

    Sophisticated Computer Models Assist in Precise Prediction of Radiation Damage

    Issue 2/2005 of the University of Heidelberg's research magazine "Ruperto Carola" now out — Gregor Kreth and Christoph Cremer describe computer models working on the basis of new cell-biological discoveries — Articles on theoretical astrophysics, environmental geochemistry and molecular biotechnology round off the range of subjects — Also: An introduction to the first German Centre for Modelling and Simulation in the Biosciences

July 2005

June 2005

May 2005

  • 18 May 2005

    Joint press release by the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim Concerted Offensive by the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim: Improving Quality and Efficiency via Cooperation

    The two universities plan to exchange a total of 26 professorships in the framework of their existing cooperation agreement — Jockeying for position among the international front runners in the face of funding cutbacks involves improving quality and efficiency via the enhancement of profiles — University of Heidelberg plans to concentrate secondary-school teacher training in Heidelberg and to establish a Training College for secondary school teachers — More emphasis on natural sciences and life sciences — Economics to be concentrated in Mannheim — University of Mannheim transfers Computer Engineering and sectors of Mathematics to Heidelberg, while at the same time strengthening Business Informatics and Economics — Implementation by 2010
  • 12 May 2005

    Centre for German-Language Culture and Philosophy Established at the University of St Petersburg

    Agreement between the Universities of Heidelberg and St Petersburg — Three courses set up at the new Centre in St Petersburg reflecting awareness of cultural history and interest in the development of scholarship and philosophy in German-speaking countries
  • 11 May 2005

    New Chinese Partnership for the University of Heidelberg

    Visit to Beijing by the Rector and the chairman of the University Council rewarded with quick results — Return visit to Heidelberg by a delegation from Tsinghua University 10-12 May 2005 — Plans to extend cooperation agreement — Teaching export and joint courses in line with the Strategy Paper designed to enhance Heidelberg's visibility as one of the world's leading universities
  • 6 May 2005

    Punishment and Memorialisation or Amnesty and Oblivion?

    In the title story of the research magazine "Ruperto Carola" 1/2005, Heidelberg historian Edgar Wolfrum tells us why modern-day research regards various instances of post-1945 German jurisdiction as scandalous — Other topics come from the fields of art history, clinical pharmacology, cancer research, inorganic chemistry and political science

April 2005

  • 29 April 2005

    Position Paper on Research by Europe's Top Twelve Universities

    University of Heidelberg plays an active role in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) — Research-intensive universities crucial for the establishment of a European research area
  • 25 April 2005

    Cell Nanoscopy with the 4Pi

    World's first commercially available optical super-microscope in operation at the University of Heidelberg—German Research Foundation places the 4Pi microscope at the disposal of Professor Christoph Cramer of the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics and Professor Thomas Holstein of the Institute of Zoology
  • 18 April 2005

    Campus TV Reports from Santiago de Chile

    New programme for April/May 2005 reports on the seminar conducted in the South American metropolis by Professor Sebastian Hoth of the Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of the University of Heidelberg—Course organised jointly by the Heidelberg Center in Santiago and the Universidad de Chile describes implantation of hearing aids for deaf babies
  • 18 April 2005

    International Workshop on Antimony in the Environment at the University of Heidelberg

    May 16-19 2005—Location: Institute of Environmental Geochemistry—Presentation and discussion of the latest knowledge on a potentially toxic trace element
  • 4 April 2005

    Up Among the Leaders—Heidelberg Cuts an Excellent Figure in University Rankings

    University of Heidelberg a front runner in many comparative assessments—Excellent international reputation—Heidelberg rated as the "German Harvard"—Referred to in The Times as the "jewel of German learning"—Among the top 50 in the world—Still hungry for more: "We want to be one of the top 25!"
  • 4 April 2005

    International Forum of Molecular Catalysis in Heidelberg

    July 8, 2005: Presentation of the BASF Catalysis Award 2005—lectures by renowned researchers

March 2005

  • 3 March 2005

    Export of Higher Education Teaching Products from Heidelberg: Presentation in Berlin

    German Academic Exchange Service conference in Berlin: "Higher Education Products Abroad"—German universities face keen international competition—University of Heidelberg well placed thanks to excellent research results—Rector Prof. Peter Hommelhoff and Dr. Walter Eckel from the Heidelberg Center in Santiago de Chile presented export of higher education teaching products from Heidelberg
  • 1 March 2005

    The University of Heidelberg's Presentation to the Diplomatic Corps

    At the State of Baden-Württemberg's Berlin offices—120 ambassadors and attachés accepted the invitation—Rector Prof. Hommelhoff: "A unique opportunity to meet so many opinion leaders"

February 2005

  • 23 February 2005

    Virtual Reconstruction: Temple Ruins in Cambodia

    Computer scientists headed by Prof. Hans Georg Bock of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing of the University of Heidelberg are developing programmes for the virtual reconstruction of ancient temples in Cambodia — Support from the Daimler-Benz Foundation — Wanted: sponsors for Cambodian students
  • 22 February 2005

    Greater Scope for Universities and Academics

    With its unique reform project "Impulse" the University of Heidelberg has succeeded in making systematic and efficient use of taxpayers' money — A symposium on 7/8 April indicates the opportunities and potentialities bound up with this new scope for universities and academics
  • 10 February 2005

    Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize for Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer

    Heidelberg neurobiologist receives the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize for research on "gap junctions" — Important insights into the functioning of fast neuronal information channels — Prize in recognition of services to Franco-German cooperation in the sciences — Research work done in Heidelberg and Paris
  • 4 February 2005

    Distinction for Rector Hommelhoff from the Republic of Poland

    The Polish foreign minister confers distinction on Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, in recognition of his services in enhancing the standing of Poland abroad — Document presented by Consul General Waclaw Oleksy

January 2005

  • 25 January 2005

    Heidelberg Children's House Opens in September

    Big demand for day nursery places with flexible opening hours — Work load for women academics extends to evenings and weekends — Private care providers expensive — University wants a Children's House of its own — Also open to non-academics — So far bureaucratic obstacles have delayed plans for a building on the University campus — September start-up now guaranteed
  • 20 January 2005

    Success Story Ten Years On: Campus Report Has 100,000 Listeners

    10th anniversary for Campus Report — Joint project involving the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Freiburg in conjunction with Radio Regenbogen — Success despite initial resistance — 10 years on, 100,000 regular listeners keep up with the latest news from Baden's universities — Support from the Broadcast Authority of Baden-Württemberg — "We're not resting on our laurels!"
  • 5 January 2005

    The first detection of magnetic fields in the central stars of four planetary nebulae

    ''Discovery of magnetic fields in central stars of planetary nebulae'', by S. Jordan, K. Werner and S. O'Toole (To be published in Astronomy & Astrophysics)
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