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“It is not a matter of recycling old ballpoint pens”
Denise Völker is the first sustainability officer appointed at DESY in Hamburg. In her new job, not only has she learned a lot about physics, but also that the staff actually demand changes to promote environmental protection.
Something in the air
Air pollution and emission limits have become politically explosive issues. But what does good air actually consist of – and where do pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, or particulate matter come from?
“The greatest gift of my career”
Founding Director of the DZNE, Pierluigi Nicotera, talks about what has been achieved in the 10 years of the Center’s existence, about painful setbacks suffered – and about the questions he most frequently hears during informal conversations.
Biodiversity is crucial to the survival of humanity. But the latest report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) demonstrates just how far we are from using nature in a sustainable way.
Raising the curtain on fake news
As part of a series of events co-organized by the Berliner Ensemble and the Helmholtz Association, a science day was held with a focus on the topics of distrust and responsibility. Talking points included climate change, artificial intelligence, and what humans can learn from tiny worms.
The enzyme master
Dörte Rother has a vision: to leave behind an environment worth living in for our children. With this in mind, the biotechnologist at Forschungszentrum Jülich works meticulously on sustainable procedures to produce medicines. The principle imitates nature.
Do stressed mothers have heavier children?
A child may become overweight for various reasons. Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig have investigated how maternal stress after childbirth plays a role in this. They have now published the results of their study.
A photographer who loves icy conditions
It was love at first sight. One trip to the Arctic was all it took for photographer Esther Horvath to realize that this was where she wanted to spend her future career. So, she packed her suitcase, bid the Big Apple farewell, and set out for the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Researching ways to make train stations safer
Platforms at train stations are often very crowded – especially during rush hour. Researcher Maik Boltes and his team want to improve situations like these by seeking effective ways to manage crowds of people.
“We research every aspect of information security”
Helmholtz has a new member. We spoke to Michael Backes, the director of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security, about computer viruses, autonomous driving, patient data—and how to attract employees from Silicon Valley to the state of Saarland in southwestern Germany.