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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.

  • How should an intelligent assistance system be designed so that as many people as possible use it to improve their health on a daily basis? The collaborative project ‘Erweiterte Gesundheitsintelligenz für persönliche Verhaltensstrategien im Alltag’ (Eghi) (Advanced intelligence in healthcare for personal behavioural strategies in everyday life) which has now started under the leadership of FAU is focusing on this question.

  • Kristian Franze has held a Humboldt Professorship at FAU since August 2020. The physicist and veterinarian performs research into which mechanical forces influence growth in nerve cells.

  • Which language patterns are most common in conspiracy theories about coronavirus? Two linguists at FAU are investigating this question in more detail. The Volkswagen Foundation is providing 120,000 euros in funding for their project ‘Tracking the infodemic: Conspiracy theories in the corona crisis’.