Gender parity in university management * Alumni Online * speed limit in the quantum world * podcasts

Volker Lannert / University of Bonn

We are delighted to be able to invite you to two more online events in our series "Alumni Online" in March and April. On March 15th, the university tranfer center enaCom will introduce itself and its offers for business start-up. On April 19th, Professor Dr. Schröter will talk about "Conspiracy theories. Theories and media practices". These talks will be held in German, English language talks will be coming soon. You can register for these events at We look forward to your participation!

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News from the University of Bonn

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University management reaches gender parity for the first time

The Electoral Assembly of the University of Bonn has elected four female and two male vice rectors who will take office in May 2021. The Assembly, consisting of members of the Senate and the University Council, convened online due to the pandemic. Voting took place by postal ballot. Read more

Volker Lannert / University of Bonn

A speed limit also applies in the quantum world

Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. The study also involved scientists from MIT, the universities of Hamburg, Cologne and Padua, and the Jülich Research Center. The results are important for the realization of quantum computers, among other things. Read more

Volker Lannert / University of Bonn

Dinosaur species: "Everyone’s unique"

"Everyone’s unique" is a popular maxim. All people are equal, but there are of course individual differences. This was no different with dinosaurs. A study by researchers at the University of Bonn and the Dinosaur Museum Frick in Switzerland has now revealed that the variability of Plateosaurus trossingensis was much greater than previously assumed. The paleontologists examined a total of 14 complete skulls of this species, eight of which they described for the first time. Read more

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On the way to better decision-making

Making a decision involves risks and uncertainties - as everyone experiences in their everyday lives. In pandemic times, however, the complexity of decisions and the many uncertainties that come together from different areas become all too apparent. A team of economists, epidemiologists, mathematicians and financial experts has now joined forces at the University of Bonn to bring their individual models together and calculate uncertainties. The goal: Making decisions based on a wider range of information. Read more


15.03.2021 7p.m.: Alumni Online: Start-up now @Uni Bonn! How the Transfer Center enaCom helps with business start-ups (in German)
Meet the transfer center enaCom of the University of Bonn and hear about their offers for alumni in the realm of business start-up. Read more

19.04.2021 7 p.m. (online via Zoom): Alumni Online: Conspiracy Theories. Theories und media practices (in German, Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter)
Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter has been professor for media studies at the University of Bonn since 2015. His research interests are theory and history of digital media, theory and history of photography, intermediality, three dimensional pictures, media theory, audio media and auditive culture. Register here: Read more

28.04.2021 5 p.m. (online via Zoom): The pandemic and its big ethical questions (in German, Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen)
Invitation by the cluster of excellence ECONtribute and the Reinhard Selten Institute: Ethics have been playing a prominent role in public discourse since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic. Who will get the scarce vacine first? Will vaccinated people enjoy privileges? Can and should scarce respirators be allocated according to age criteria? These questions tie back to fundamental themes such as the value of life, health, freedom and justice. How do we want to live? The pandemic is a chance to think and talk about these issues. Register here: Read more

08.05.2021 10 a.m.: Digital Science Rallye (in German)
Students from the age of 13 are invited to take part in a digital science rallye and explore different fields of science at virtual booths. Participation is free of charge, registration starts on March 15th, 2021. Please note that the event will be held in German. Read more

Listen to the University of Bonn

ECONtribute – the podcast on economics (in German)

Experts of the excellence cluster ECONtribute by the Universities of Bonn and Cologne discuss the latest topics of economic research in their German language podcast. The first three episodes are all about the role of gender in the world of business and economics.

The podcast is available on spotify, soundcloud and deezer. Make sure to listen!

Rheinhören - the podcast from the federal city (in German)

Exclusive guests from politics, business and media share information and their views on specific topics in short and concise interviews.

The first episodes feature guests such as former foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, virologist Hendrik Streek and composer and trumpeter Till Brönner.

You can find all episodes on the website of the Bonner Akademie or wherever you get your podcasts.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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