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Don't sit still! That is what Barbara Händel tells her test subject. She studies the impact of movement on perception.

Neuroscientist Barbara Händel investigates the connection of rhythmic movement and perception. Her work is funded by the European Research Council with a EUR 1.5 million Starting Grant.

From the title page of the 2015 annual report of the Würzburg India Initiative.

A powerful boost for the cooperation of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) and partner universities in New Delhi. JMU gets around EUR 375,000 worth of funding for three new cooperation projects.

Sammy Florczak, Naomi Paxton and Erin McColl (from left) are from Australia. Within the scope of the international Biofabrication master's programme, they are currently spending two semesters at the University of Würzburg.

They develop artificial tissues set to revolutionize the future of medicine: Three students from Australia. Enrolled in the international master's programme "Biofabrication", they are currently spending two semesters in Würzburg where they are doing research in the laboratories on Röntgenring.

According to the EPS an "Historic Site": The former Institute of Physics. Here Wilhelm C. Röntgen discovered the x-rays. (Photo: Marco Bosch)

Great honour for the Würzburg science: The European Physical Society (EPS) has distinguished the institute where in 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the radiation later named after him. The building is now the third "Historic Site" of the EPS in Germany.

Section of adrenal cancer tissue under a microscope. The blue areas are the cell nuclei, and the cytoplasm is stained purple. (Figure: University Hospital Würzburg)

Cancer researchers in Würzburg, in cooperation with the international Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, have identified new genetic drivers of adrenal cancer. Würzburg was the center of coordination of the European scientists.

Virtual reality is one topic of many.

Starting with winter semester 2016, the University of Würzburg will offer the Bachelor’s program “Games Engineering” for the first time. It provides the scientific and technical knowledge required for the development of computer games that fulfil current and future standards.


Scanning electron micrograph of S.aureus

Staphylococcus aureus usually is a formidable bacterial pathogen. Sometimes, however, weakened forms are found in the blood of patients. Researchers of the University of Würzburg have now identified one mutation responsible for that phenomenon.

Awards ceremony in Berlin: Professor Sergio Montenegro (centre) and Tobias Mikschl with Wolfgang Scheremet from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (right) and Gerd Gruppe and Franziska Zeitler, both from the DLR Space Administration.

A satellite whose components are not connected through electric cables but miniaturised radio modules: This innovation has earned two computer scientists from the University of Würzburg the first place in the INNOspace Masters competition.

Robert, the hermit: The pamphlet's title page from 1829.

19th century recluses who withdrew to the solitude of caves – modern people who deliberately live a life of abstinence: these are parallels drawn by Ina Bergmann, an American Studies scholar. Her research on the subject has been rewarded with two scholarships.

Christian Schneider in an optical laboratory of the Würzburg Physics department.

Physicist Christian Schneider (34) studies promising materials for novel lasers and quantum light sources. The European Research Council has awarded him 1.5 million euros to pursue his work.

A new JMU building for inorganic chemistry is under construction, now another new building hits the home stretch, the ICB. (Photo: Marco Bosch)

A planned research building hits the home stretch: The German Science Council has approved the construction of a new chemistry institute for the University of Würzburg to be built on the Hubland campus.

Patients with traumatic brain injury frequently have clotted blood vessels (arrow) that can impair supply of the brain and aggravate brain damage. In the brain tissue of healthy persons, the vessels are usually free of such deposits (asterisk).

When the brain is injured in an accident, the damage continues to spread in the following days. Blood clots are obviously to blame for this as a research team of the University of Würzburg has found.

More than one nanometer in diameter is the molecule that chemists from Würzburg have synthesized for the first time. Its tendency to take up electrons makes it interesting for further investigations.

In autumn 2015 the Research Training School on molecular biradicals took up its work at the University of Würzburg. Currently the cooperation between chemists and physicists led to a first result: a publication on a new molecule, which is of interest for organic electronics.

The Pudicitia ("modesty"), an early engraving of Matthäus Greuter from the Strasbourg period

For the first time, a scientific catalogue will be published which includes works of the Greuter family, a dynasty of artists and publishers that operated in Strasbourg, Augsburg, Lyon and Rome in the 16th and 17th century. This occasion is celebrated with a study day and an exhibition.