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The ViLeArn team of the University of Würzburg (from left): Marc Erich Latoschik, Silke Grafe, Florian Kern, Gabriela Greger and Peter Kullmann. Jennifer Tiede is missing.

People meet in Virtual Realities to work, to train, to talk from avatar to avatar without traveling, or just to be entertained. Can this Social-VR also successfully be used in university teaching?

A woman is holding a controller for a game console in her hand. Researchers have wondered whether video games make people fat.Eine Frau hält einen Controller für eine Spielekonsole in der Hand. Forscher haben sich gefragt, ob Videospiele dick machen.

Are children, teenagers and adults who spend a lot of time playing video games really more obese? A meta study conducted with the University of Würzburg has looked into this question. The cliché is true – but only for adults.

Max Schmitt

He studied German philology at the University of Würzburg and will never forget discussing his first term paper with his prof. Today, Max Schmitt manages a text agencies and loves playing with words.


Flashes on the Moon

Professor Hakan Kayal next to the moon telescope (Photo: Tobias Greiner)

On the moon flashes and other enigmatic light phenomena can be observed again and again. With a new telescope, a professor at the University of Würzburg wants to get to the bottom of these phenomena.

The Bavarian research network ForDigitHealth wants to contribute to a health-promoting use of digital technologies. (Image: SIphotography / iStock)

Through the research network ForDigitHealth, five Bavarian universities are jointly researching the stress that digitisation causes in humans. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is funding this initiative with 3.35 million euros.

The graphic illustrates the interplay between topology (blue ring) and strong correlation (electron spins; coloured arrows on the square grid). This is what the Würzburg Collaborative Research Centre ToCoTronics is all about.

A great success for Würzburg's physics department: its Collaborative Research Centre was rated as excellent and is now entering its second funding phase. The German Research Foundation is providing 12 million euros for this purpose.

Dr. Ana Rita Brochado investigates the effect of antibiotics on bacteria.

Bacteria can quickly become resistant to antibiotics. Which mechanisms are responsible for this and how to counteract it? Dr. Ana Rita Brochado, who is setting up a new Emmy Noether Junior Research Group at the University of Würzburg, is investigating this.

Dr. Ataru Sotomura in the Japanese city of Nara. The JMU scientist leads a research group in Japan.

A new research project studies the history of East Asian art and culture at Kyoto University in Japan which is known for its excellence. It is headed by a Würzburg scientist, Dr. Ataru Sotomura.

Graphic of a RNA molecule

Getting an accurate picture of the real-time transcriptional activity of a cell: This is the goal of a new research project at the University of Würzburg which is funded by the European Research Council.

The main building of the University of Wuerzburg

The University of Würzburg plans to build a "Center of Polymers for Life". Rating the new project as excellent, the German Council of Science and Humanities has recommended its implementation.


When catching and digesting its prey, the Venus flytrap repeatedly counts the number of electrical signals (AP, action potentials). These processes are being investigated at the University of Würzburg.

How does the Venus flytrap count and calculate? This is what the Würzburg plant researcher Rainer Hedrich wants to find out. For his project, he will receive 1.5 million euros from a renowned funding programme.

The Würzburg biologists Markus Riederer (left) and Amauri Bueno found out why the leaves of the date palm do not dry out even at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius.

The leaves of date palms can heat up to temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius. They survive thanks to a unique wax mixture that is essential for the existence in the desert.

Page from a french version of the "Narrenschiff". Such old fonts can be reliably converted into computer-readable text with OCR4all.

The OCR4all tool ensures converting historical printings into computer-readable texts. It is very reliable, user-friendly, and open source. It was developed by scientists at the University of Würzburg.

Professor Georg Nagel in front of the image of an alga in which a novel photo sensor was labelled with green fluorescent dye.

Controlling cells with light: Professor Georg Nagel has won another award for his contributions to the invention and refinement of optogenetics. He received the prize along with other laureates in the USA.