A Europe-wide citizen science project deals with cowslip - Sabrina Träger coordinates the German-speaking part of it.
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20.10.2021 in Featured, Science, Research

Perceptual pitfalls

Data from citizen science projects are of great value for research but can potentially lead to skewed results. This was the finding of a study done in collaboration with the University of Halle. What does this mean for such projects? A conversation with co-author Professor Jonathan Chase and Dr Sabrina Träger, who coordinates the German part of a citizen science project on cowslip. Read more

Timo Faltus
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20.10.2021 in Featured, Science, Research

What is allowed in citizen science?

Citizen science projects enrich science - but a clear legal framework has yet to be established. Therapy-oriented initiatives particularly need a defined ethical and legal research framework. Biologist and lawyer Dr Timo Faltus is currently working to establish this. Read more

Citizen scientist Isa Brähler, doctoral student Moritz Müller, citizen scientist Joachim Hassel and project manager Katrin Moeller (from left to right) in the library of St. Mary’s Church where the original church records are kept.
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20.10.2021 in Featured, Science, Research

Genealogy research for science

Isa Brähler and Joachim Hassel are gathering data from old church records as part of a citizen science project. Their efforts form the basis of the work being done by researchers at MLU to find out more about the marriages of 19th-century families in Halle. Their aim is to better understand social class structure at the time. Read more

Annegret Wolf in the studio - the psychologist now has experience working in front of the camera.
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21.10.2020 in Featured, Science, Research

Psychology for everyone

Psychologist Dr Annegret Wolf conducts research on topics such as the fear of crime and the credibility of witness statements in court. However, her work produces more than just scientific publications. For years the scientist has also been sought-after by the media for her expertise. Read more

Ulrike Witten did a post-doctoral degree in the Faculty of Theology.
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21.10.2020 in Featured, Science, Research

“Inclusion is not egalitarianism”

Hard to believe: Ulrike Witten is the first woman to do a post-doctoral degree in the Faculty of Theology. She held her test lecture just before the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Her topic is inclusion within religious education studies. She hopes to inspire students and bring about awareness. Read more

Maria Ott in the lab at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
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21.10.2020 in Featured, Science, Research

When proteins assemble

Dr Maria Ott heads a junior research group at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She is investigating the self-assembly of various molecules. The mother of two has pursued her scientific career for many years, also on a part-time basis. Read more

Caroline Meller-Hannich at the District Court of Halle
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21.10.2020 in Featured, Science, Research

The consumer protectionist

Whether it has to do with the diesel scandal, brokerage costs or the sharing economy - the expertise of Professor Caroline Meller-Hannich is in demand when it comes to protecting consumers. She is just one of a handful of women whose expert opinions and statements are shaping German civil law. Read more

Johanna Mierendorff
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21.10.2020 in Featured, Science

“The culture needs to shift”

Professor Johanna Mierendorff has been the university’s Vice-President for Strategic Resource Planning since September 2018. We talked with the educational scientist about the challenges of career and junior staff development, gender equality, and a strategy for MLU. Read more

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