Dr. Edward Asiedu experienced poverty in his childhood in Ghana. Now he is researching ways to ensure that poor children do not become poor parents. With the support of a fellowship, he is now developing a blueprint for actions at the University of Passau as first visiting professor of the Passau International Centre of Advanced and Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS). On Wednesday, 13 July, he will be sharing highlights from his research at a symposium about digitalisation in Africa.
Thanks to batteries, households with a photovoltaic system on their roofs can now use more of the solar power they have generated themselves. A large number of new business models for decentralized energy supply is not the only feature of the battery market that Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Zademach, professor of Economic Geography at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is researching in his new project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
She is a pioneer of gender studies in Africa and a feminist who has combined her scholarly work with decades of advocacy for women's rights in all areas of politics, society, economics, and religion. Senegalese sociologist and activist Dr. Fatou Sow was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bayreuth on May 18, 2022. The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the international graduate school of the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" at the University of Bayreuth, had proposed her name for this honour. Dr. Fatou Sow is one of the first African women to receive an honorary doctorate in Germany.
A new research project on the modernisation of SignWriting is being launched at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to improve deaf people’s ability to communicate on a digitally-driven labour market.
Conventional vaccination campaign messages often miss their targets. A study in eight European countries shows that information on the benefits of vaccines can even reduce the willingness to get immunized. The researchers also looked into the factors that influenced the impact of messages, including low health literacy. A further study provides indications of the relationship between trust in vaccines and their approval procedures.
Coordinated by the University of Passau, the interdisciplinary research cluster "ForDaySec – Security in everyday digitalisation" is investigating new types of technical procedures that provide cybersecurity to private households, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public administration. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has awarded the cluster a grant worth EUR 3.3 million for a four-year period.
The images are legendary: Tennis stars who hit the deciding match ball just outside the line, golfers who putt the ball past the cup from only inches away, and speakers who suddenly can't say a word. These individuals all have one thing in common: They are unable to access their performance abilities in a crucial situation. A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) investigated the phenomenon and has come up with a solution.
Strengthening the role of women could be a determining factor in the fight against malnutrition in the world's poorest regions. A team from the University of Passau will explore this link in an international research project – based, among other things, on field experiments in Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
The University of Bayreuth is establishing a new focus in interdisciplinary peace and conflict research. As a member of a network dealing with interpretive struggles and their influence on conflicts, it is involved in the founding of a regional centre for peace and conflict research in Bavaria. It is also a partner in a new network of competence that examines power structures in conflicts and peace efforts that were shaped by colonialism and continue to have an impact today. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will fund both projects for four years from 1 April 2022, and the University of Bayreuth will receive a total of around € 2 million.
In contrast to developments in Western Europe, religion continues to gain importance globally - also with regard to political processes of recent times. Even in the current Ukraine conflict, religion plays a role after the country’s Orthodox Church was split with the nation’s independence in the early 1990s. Knowledge about Orthodox Churches and Churches of the Christian Orient in the Middle East, however, remains scattered around the world.