Scientists at the University of Bayreuth are conducting cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in biofabrication. The high-tech processes they are developing open up new possibilities for biomedical therapies.
Scientists at the University of Bayreuth are investigating how extreme weather events affect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Together with their international partners, they study the local impacts of global climate change.
At the University of Bayreuth, academia and industry have partnered to form the TADFlife innovative training network. Together, they are working to develop sustainable technologies by improving the lifetime and energy efficiency of blue OLEDs.
The EU is funding cross-border research at the University of Bayreuth and the Biological Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (AVČR) with around € 670,000. The Biomaterials research group at the University of Bayreuth and the Biological Centre are beneficiaries of the INTERREG programme. The object of the project is to research bioadhesive proteins produced by insect larvae in water bodies, in order to explore the possibilities of industrial production of such bioadhesives.
Dr. Martin Weibelzahl is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bayreuth and, among others, leads the large-scale SynErgie project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and focuses on the design of the German energy transition, at the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT. For his outstanding scientific achievements, Dr. Weibelzahl was honoured with the Young Researchers Award from the Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V. (GOR). During an international conference organised by GOR, he received the award, endowed with € 2,000, on 1 September 2021, together with this year's two other winners.
All over the world, climatic influences, insects and other arthropods, as well as microorganisms cause a constant decomposition of deadwood. This natural decomposition releases significant amounts of carbon into the environment and therefore has a major impact on the Earth's carbon cycle. This has been proven by a new study published in Nature. The speed and causes of deadwood decomposition were investigated at 55 forest sites on six continents. Dr Andreas Hemp and Dr Claudia Hemp from the University of Bayreuth investigated deadwood decomposition in different climatic zones on Mount Kilimanjaro.
In the THE World University Ranking 2022 published today, the University of Bayreuth is ranked among the top 20 percent of the world's universities in the areas of teaching, research, and corporate cooperation. Compared to the previous year, the THE ranking has been expanded by more than 100 universities to 1,662 universities, yet the University of Bayreuth has still managed to maintain its position in the top quarter of the overall ranking.
Temperatures on Earth have had a significant influence on the course of evolution. A particularly high number of new species of marine animals emerged after geologically short cooling periods that had already been preceded by a much longer cooling period. This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the Universities of Bayreuth and Erlangen-Nuremberg in a new study that has now been published in the journal PNAS. By combining empirical data and computer simulations, they have found that the influence of rapid climate change on biodiversity is significantly influenced by longer-lasting climate trends in previous periods of the Earth’s history.
The tropical mountain forests of Africa store more carbon per hectare in their above-ground biomass than all other tropical forests on earth. With this great storage capacity, which was previously estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be considerably lower, they have made a major contribution to climate protection. This is the conclusion of a study published in Nature by an international network of researchers who are urging for the preservation of these carbon-rich ecosystems. Dr. Andreas Hemp from the University of Bayreuth and his team investigated carbon stocks in the mountain forests of Kilimanjaro.
Modern legal systems should protect human health and the environment, but at the same time also enable innovations to resolve important issues of the future. How successfully food law in the European Union fulfils these functions, and whether there is a need for reform, is being investigated in a new research project led by Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen, Chair of Food Law at the University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach. The project will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Oberfrankenstiftung (Upper Franconia Foundation) to the amount of around € 800,000 over the next four years.