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‘Wissenschaft im Schloss’

Lectures for the general public

FAU presents exciting current research projects to the public through its lecture series ‘Wissenschaft im Schloss’. Students, school pupils and members of the public who are interested in research are invited to attend the lectures. After the presentations the researchers are always happy to answer any questions.

Please note: In the 2017 summer semester the venue for lectures will be the Kollegienhaus in Erlangen; lectures will be given in German.

Event location


Senatssaal, Room 1.011, first floor

Universitätsstr. 15

91054 Erlangen

‘Die sind schuld, wenn es mir schlecht geht’ (It is their fault that I am badly off): psychological perspectives on xenophobia

  • Abstract silhouette praying

    Image: Panthermedia/kwest

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Abele-Brehm, Chair of Social Psychology and Gender Research, in cooperation with FAU INTEGRA

It’s a widespread phenomenon. If things are not going the way we want them to, we are quick to find a scapegoat – somebody else is to blame, not us. Studies in the field of social psychology show that these recriminations can be conscious, subliminal or automatic. The extent to which someone feels threatened in their identity also plays an important role here as does the tendency to divide human beings into groups of ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Social psychologist Prof. Dr. Andrea Abele-Brehm gives an overview of current research into the topic and examines its relevance. The lecture is part of the INTEGRA lecture series, which focuses on populism and other related topics.

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‘Die Riffe der Arktis: Wie entsteht Leben in der Ödnis?’ (The Reefs of the Arctic: how does life evolve in barrenness?)

  • Expedition boat

    Image: Sebastian Teichert

    Monday, 29 May 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Dr. Sebastian Teichert, Division of Palaeontology

Nothing but scree and boulders as far as the eye can see – the seabed off Spitsbergen is a monumental stone landscape, covered in debris from the last Ice Age. But here, halfway between Norway and the North Pole, live coralline red algae that bring life to this barrenness. Over the years, they grow into structures that resemble large spheres. And it is into these spheres, also known as rhodoliths, that a type of mollusc called piddocks burrow to make their homes. They create tubular tunnels that also provide shelter to many other animal species.

The role played by these red algae in the biodiversity of the Arctic is the topic of Dr. Sebastian Teichert’s lecture. The geologist travelled on the research vessel Maria S. Merian and in the submarine JAGO all the way to the far north to examine life on the seafloor.

Martin Luther 2.0: ‘Luthers Spracharbeit aus heutiger Sicht’ (Luther’s linguistic work from a modern perspective)

  • Martin Luther Statue, Dresden

    Image: Panthermedia/miroslav110

    Monday, 26 June 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Dr. Christine Ganslmayer from the Chair of German Linguistics

Even though it was not the first translation of the work into German, Luther’s Bible is considered a landmark. Only few years after Martin Luther published his translation, it enjoyed rapid and widespread circulation – not least as a result of its easily understandable language. He was praised as ‘a great translator of the entire Bible’ in the eulogy delivered at his funeral.

The focus of the lecture by Dr. Christine Ganslmayer is on the linguistic aspects of the ‘Luther phenomenon’. How did the theologian work on his texts and how did he decide on the vernacular to use? What experts did he work with? How did he ultimately influence the development of the new High German written language? The German studies specialist will supplement her talk by providing insights into her current research into the translation manuscripts written in Luther’s hand.

‘Ade, liebes Sofa: Wie werden Sportmuffel aktiver?’ (Farewell dear sofa: how can coach potatoes be made more active?)

  • Jogging, sports shoes


    Monday, 17 July 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer, Chair of Sports Science (Exercise and Health)

Just 15 minutes of physical activity per day or 90 minutes per week make a difference to how long we live. If we exercise for this minimum period, our relative risk of death is reduced by 14% – or by 3 years on average over a lifetime. If we do more sport, the risk is reduced still further. However, in many parts of our world people are largely inactive.

In his talk, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer explores the question of how people can still be encouraged to be more active in their daily lives. The sports scientist has developed specific target group recommendations for exercise to counter inactivity. Regardless of whether we are dealing with children, teenagers, adults, seniors or people with a medical history, everyone can exercise and do something for their health.

Past events

Artificial limbs from the printer, the genetics of Neanderthals and video editing in real time – videos in this series can be found through our video portal.

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