Andreas Stark catching flies with a net. He has been researching the animals for decades.
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07.10.2019 in Science, People, Miscellaneous

The fly expert

The University’s natural science collections turn 250 years old in November. Since the beginning, they have been enriched by civic scientists. One of them today is Dr Andreas Stark, who has dedicated himself to special insects for decades. Read more

In 1982 Heinz Bethge awarded the Leopoldina’s Medal of Merit to Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker.
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26.09.2019 in Miscellaneous, Big Names

Big Names: Heinz Bethge

Just a few years after the end of World War II, scientists at MLU’s Institute of Physics started using electron microscopy in their research. What now appears unremarkable, was new and innovative at the time. The mastermind behind this achievement was the physicist and later president of the Leopoldina, Heinz Bethge. Read more

A street is named after the theologian in Halle’s Paulusviertel.
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04.10.2018 in Miscellaneous, Big Names

Big Names: Friedrich Schleiermacher

His time in Halle was relatively short. Nevertheless, Friedrich Schleiermacher, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated in November, spent two intense periods of his life here – first as a student and then as a theology professor. He is not just remembered by a street in the Paulusviertel; the scholar also wrote a Christmas story here. And his life and his work still provide the basis of academic work in Halle to this day. Read more

The Institute of Chemistry at MLU, inaugurated on the Weinberg Campus on 3 September 1964.
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26.04.2018 in Featured, Miscellaneous

Cutting-Edge Research Where Vineyards Once Grew

The area between the Heide district in Halle and the river Saale was used in the past for very different things. The land-use demarcation “vineyard” (Weinberg in German) was based on the fact that vineyards had been officially documented multiple times on this land since the 13th century. The fruit played such an important role in Mediaeval wine culture that in 1750 the chronicler Dreyhaupt compared the good wine to that of the Rhine Valley. Read more

It’s hard to escape the reformer’s face during the 2017 jubilee year.
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23.03.2017 in Miscellaneous, Featured

What remains

There’s a Martin Luther Playmobile figure and a Martin Luther noodle. It’s hard to escape the reformer’s face during the 2017 jubilee year. But what does the Reformation have to do with the present day? A lot, say researchers from many disciplines at the University of Halle. Because the Reformation’s legacy extends far beyond that of theology. Read more

Eingefärbt sind die Länder, in denen die Universität Halle Hochschulpartnerschaften hat: Äthiopien, Argentinien, Armenien, Australien, China (4), Frankreich (2), Indien, Israel (3), Italien (4), Japan (6), Jordanien, Kanada, Korea (Republik), Kuba, Mauritius, Mongolei, Österreich, Oman, Peru, Polen (6), Ruanda, Rumänien, Russland (7), Slowakei (2), Spanien, Sudan, Südafrika (2), Syrien (2), Ungarn, USA (5)
16.01.2017 in Study and Teaching, Miscellaneous, Campus

Two new university partnerships in Italy and Poland

Effective this year, the University of Halle has two new partner institutions, one in Poland and one in Italy. In August, a cooperation agreement was signed with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan, and the Universities of Halle and Warsaw entered into a contract for a partnership in October. Martin Luther University now maintains close teaching and research ties in the form of university partnerships with 62 higher education institutions worldwide. Read more

Detail of the Sauer organ
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07.07.2016 in Miscellaneous, People

Wolfgang Kupke plays the university organ

The Sauer organ will now be resounding throughout the main assembly hall more often: In July, university organist Professor Wolfgang Kupke and the University of Halle’s Association of Friends and Sponsors (VFF) hosted the first in a series of concerts that will place the precious instrument firmly back on the university’s musical agenda. Read more

In 1992 Rector Günther Schilling (right) bestowed the title of Honorary Senator on Hans-Dietrich Genscher for his commitment to the University of Halle.
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12.05.2016 in Miscellaneous, People

"Genscher helped open doors"

Hans-Dietrich Genscher began his law studies at the University of Halle in 1946. Until his death in late March 2016, the former German foreign minister and famous son of Halle maintained a close relationship with his alma mater. He was particularly active on behalf of the university in the years after German Reunification in 1990. The rector at the time, Professor Günther Schilling, reminisces about an extraordinary politician and his achievements on behalf of the university. Read more

From historical manuscripts to digital databases: Stephan Feller (left) and Stefan Artmann sit down for a chat in the ULB’s Hungarian Library.
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07.04.2016 in Featured, Miscellaneous, Research, Science

Making science freely available: Open access publishing

The open access movement began 15 years ago. Prof. Stephan Feller, a molecular biologist, and Dr. Stefan Artmann, a private lecturer in philosophy, discuss how it will change science in 2016 and the opportunities and challenges that will arise as a result of its development into an open exchange of specialist publications. It is a topic that occupies both men. Feller is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Open Access Journal “Cell Communication and Signalling”. Artmann, who heads up the presidential office at the Leopoldina, is a member of the working group “Open Access”, part of the priority initiative “Digital Information” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. Read more

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