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Online-Survey ‘Satisfaction and prospects of success of international students and doctoral candidates at FAU’

International Students (Veer)All international students and doctoral students currently have the opportunity to participate in an online survey, which aims to analyze the situation of the approximately 3,500 foreign students and PhD students at the university. more...

  • Arctic ecosystem engineers

    The hollow rhodoliths that occur in the waters around Svalbard. This image shows rhodoliths on the sea floor off the north coast of the group of islands at a depth of 42 metres. (Image: Geomar)We all know how important coral reefs are for the ecosystem. In places where coral reefs occur, their three-dimensional structures provide ecological niches that have a positive effect on biodiversity. It is less well known that other organisms also create structures which serve as habitats. An FAU researcher has recently shown that the red coralline algae which live in the Arctic form niches for many species due to their unique shape. more...

  • ‘God sent Hurricane Katrina’ – culture, faith and disasters

    In the most recent World Disasters Report, Prof. Dr. Fred Krüger and his colleagues discuss the relationship between culture, risk and how people deal with disasters. (Image: private)Why do people choose to live near an active volcano? Why do those affected by floods and earthquakes return to the risk areas so soon? Why are international disaster prevention measures unsuccessful or met with a lack of understanding and even rejection among those affected? A team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Fred Krüger from FAU’s Institute of Geography have made a key contribution to the latest disasters report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which looks at the significance of culture and social processes in affected areas. – This is an important aspect which has not yet been considered sufficiently in disaster relief efforts. more...