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The research building of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) is the latest address for cutting-edge research in Erlangen. The Free State of Bavaria has invested roughly 35.5 million euros in the new headquarters of the Institute in recognition of the fact that research into sustainable energy technology is indispensable for the future and affects us all.

Around the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, rhodoliths made up of coralline red algae provide ecological niches for a wide variety of organisms. A team of researchers from FAU, the University of Bayreuth and Senckenberg Research Institute in Wilhelmshaven has recently discovered a large quantity of microplastics in this ecosystem.