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Impact - The U Bremen Research Alliance science magazine. Issue 5

Since 2019 the Impact science magazine provides an exciting insight into the effects of the cooperative research in Bremen. Issue 5 was published in January 2022. The topics in this issue: "Using wind turbines longer", "Long-term observation and research on the ocean floor" and "Explaining the climate crisis: Bremen in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change".

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After a year underwater, the sediment trap is hoisted aboard the research vessel.
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Long-Term Monitoring and Research on the Ocean Floor

26 Apr 2022   -   Rainer Busch

It is an environmental and climate archive, a sensitive ecosystem, and important for the global carbon cycle: The ocean floor fulfills many important functions. In the "The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Unchartered Interface” Cluster of Excellence, researchers from the U Bremen Research Alliance are investigating, among other things, the remains of marine plankton that reach the ocean floor from the light-flooded surface. They reveal to the researchers how climate change affects this ecosystem.

Where enormous forces act: The bearing test rig replicates the movements of rotor blades.
© Jens Lehmkühler / U Bremen Research Alliance

Longer-Term Use of Wind Turbines

15 Mar 2022   -   Rainer Busch

Increasing lifetime and safety, decreasing maintenance and power generation costs and CO₂ emission: That is the goal of a research project involving U Bremen Research Alliance member institutions. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering – IWT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES are focusing on a component of wind turbines that has to withstand a great deal: the rotor blade bearing.

He calls for action: Prof. Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner, marine biologist at AWI and University of Bremen.
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Addressing the Climate Crisis: Bremen Part of IPCC

28 Feb 2022   -   Rainer Busch

It documents the world's knowledge on the impact of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity, on people and nature: In February, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its status report. The influential body is co-chaired by a man from Bremen: Professor Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner, a cooperation professor from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Bremen.

Impact 5 Cover
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Impact - The U Bremen Research Alliance science magazine. Issue 5

24 Jan 2022   -   Timo Joost

Since 2019 the Impact science magazine provides an exciting insight into the effects of the cooperative research in Bremen. Issue 5 was published in January 2022. The topics in this issue: "Using wind turbines longer", "Long-term observation and research on the ocean floor" and "Explaining the climate crisis: Bremen in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change".

A rock algae synthesizes polysaccharides (green), which are broken down by bacteria.
© S. Vidal-Melgosa / Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie

Algal Sugar - Tiny Bonds with Great Effects

03 Jun 2021   -   Rainer Busch

Those who are interested in climate change and wish to understand how algae in the oceans bonds with carbohydrates need to take a look at sugar. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Hehemann is sure of that. The glycobiologist and his research group within the U Bremen Research Alliance have been investigating complex sugars – so-called polysaccharides - and have made groundbreaking findings.

Small-scale solid-state batteries work perfectly.
© Jens Lehmkühler / U Bremen Research Alliance

An End to Combustion Motors: Know-How for Better Batteries

02 Jun 2021   -   Rainer Busch

They are meant to be increasingly powerful, more durable, and lighter. The next generation of batteries already function in the lab. However, building solid-state batteries on a larger scale so that they can reliably power cars or also airplanes is an entirely different challenge. Researchers from the U Bremen Research Alliance are working intensely on finding solutions suitable for daily life.

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New Findings with Data Train

01 Jun 2021   -   Rainer Busch

How is it possible for the scientific sector to use data sustainably, yield new, reproducible findings from it, and develop innovations? With “Data Train - Training in Research Data Management and Data Science,” the U Bremen Research Alliance has created an interdisciplinary advanced training program for PhD students that passes on skills for dealing with research data and when drawing value from data.

3D visualization of the lung.
© Jens Lehmkühler / U Bremen Research Alliance

Fighting COVID-19 More Effectively

03 Jan 2021   -   Rainer Busch

In the fight against the virus, a great deal would be better if the data that is being used and produced by science were easier to find, standardized, and connectable. This is exactly what the Task Force COVID-19 in the U Bremen Research Alliance is trying to do. “It is not findings that we wish to provide,” says Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot, task force coordinator and vice president of the U Bremen Research Alliance. “We want to offer the structures so that findings can be made.”

Where are the wrecks located? Archive documents regarding the progression of battles are perused.
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Time Bombs at the Bottom of the Ocean

02 Jan 2021   -   Rainer Busch

Hundreds of military wrecks holding remaining munition on board lie at the bottom of the North Sea. The European “North Sea Wrecks” project investigates how dangerous the remains from two world wars are for humans and the environment. Headed up by researchers from the U Bremen Research Alliance, the project has led to a touring exhibition that tells the stories of seamen, ships, and their enduring legacy.

Sensitive: The gripper arm of course does no damage to sensitive packaging.
© Jens Lehmkühler / U Bremen Research Alliance

Better Shopping with Artificial Intelligence

01 Jan 2021   -   Rainer Busch

Everyone profits from this project: the companies, their staff, as well as the customers. With the help of artificial intelligence, researchers from the U Bremen Research Alliance want to catapult the retail sector into a new era with the project “Knowledge4Retail.” “We want to develop pilot applications that amaze people,” is how Professor Michael Beetz summarizes the aim.

Endangered ecosystem: a tropical coral reef.
© Lisa Röpke / ZMT

Corals – Witnesses to the Climate Emergency

01 Jul 2020   -   Rainer Busch

They are the archives of the oceans. Corals are a great indicator of how much human activities affect our oceans. Funded by the Franco-German fellowship program “Make Our Planet Great Again,” researchers in the U Bremen Research Alliance are studying the extent of global warming in tropical waters.

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