Working across subject and institutional borders, they are exploring the foundations of our world and our life, developing future-fit technologies and seeking answers to the foremost contemporary issues. Their work is made possible through LOEWE, the programme for promoting cutting-edge research initiatives in the federal state of Hessen.
Current global problems like climate change, the shortage of resources and the decline in biodiversity call for innovative, sustainable solutions that conserve resources. The initiative launched by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research on the topic of bio-economics is designed to draw attention to this fact during the 20/21 science year. The “MS Wissenschaft“ exhibition vessel toured through parts of Germany last year to show the general public that a bio-based, sustainable way of doing business is possible.
The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) was also on board in 2020 with an exhibit on the subject of weaving – attractively explained and organised in the form of a scientific comic. It shows how scientists are trying the understand the production of natural substances by analysing genetic material from living creatures so as to be able to recreate this process “artificially”. The aim is to obtain natural ingredients for business products without contaminating the environment. The TBG LOEWE Centre is on board this time too, when the vessel tours Germany on its new route!
The “MS Wissenschaft” set off on 5 June 2021 and will travel through Germany and Austria. The ship is starting its journey in Hamburg, will travel to several cities in the north and then head for the Rhineland region, Bavaria and Austria. The exhibition tour will end in Nuremberg on 26 October 2021.
The “MS Wissenschaft” is sailing on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (“Science in Dialogue”) has initiated and organised the exhibition in conjunction with project partners.
Basic medical research • Innovative methods in diagnostics and treatment • Technological research for medical advancement • New approaches in cancer research • Pharmaceuticals research • Lung research
Media changes: What are the implications of digitalisation for communication, research and society? • Development and learning processes in children • Conflict resolution in civil society • Language basics • Relations between human beings and animals in society
How did our world come into being? • Learning from insects • Can cells be given specific properties? • Climate change and biodiversity • Climate impact research • Small-scale mass spectrometry? • Resource-conserving energy storage
The cover story of the current issue is "How can we make Hesse forests fit for longer periods of drought and the hot summers that are likely to become more frequent?” And following up the topic of heat: the summer holidays in Hesse are about to start. On 2 August, the ProLOEWE Science Rally starts at proloewe.de and offers an exciting holiday programme for children aged 10 and over and their families. Three new LOEWE clusters from January 2022 onwards and twelve research projects in the new "LOEWE Exploration" funding line, as well as many other topics.
A portrait of Prof. Dr Miklós Bálint, Head of the Functional Environmental Genomics programme area at the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics.
The next issue of the ProLOEWE NEWS will be published in December 2021.