Research, discover, invent – lateral thinking is welcome
FAU is a full-spectrum university with a long tradition of research. Over 250 degree programmes and long-standing partnerships with international research institutions such as Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Helmholtz give staff and students the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own subjects, network with others and consider research questions from different perspectives. FAU encourages its members to think in every direction – above all laterally! This diversity makes FAU one of Germany’s leading research universities.
Emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from human activity cause ocean warming, acidification, oxygen loss, and other physical and chemical changes that are affecting marine ecosystems around the world. At the same time, natural climate variability and direct human impacts, such as overfishing and pollution, also affect marine ecosystems locally, regionally and globally. These climatic and non-climatic factors mutually reinforce each other.
The supercomputers Alex and Fritz at the Erlangen National High-Performance Computing Center are among the world’s fastest (TOP500) and energy-efficient systems (Green500) in current rankings. Alex secured 184th place and Fritz achieved 323rd place in the TOP500.
Constant stress can cause physical and psychological illness. The Chair for Health Psychology at FAU have investigated how stress and physical illnesses are connected. In a study now underway, scientists led by Dr. Johanna Janson-Schmitt and Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder are looking specifically at how and which inflammatory responses are triggered by stress.