Report on Wissenschaft im Schloss 2015

Report on Wissenschaft im Schloss 2015: videos of the lecture series

FAU presents exciting current research projects to the public in the lecture series ‘Wissenschaft im Schloss’. The evening was hosted by Prof. Dr. Leugering, FAU’s Vice President for International Affairs. After the presentations the researchers answered questions from the audience.

What we can learn from the Nuremberg trials


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  • Monday 9 November 2015, 6.00 p.m.–7.30 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and International Law

Exactly 70 years ago, a historic event took place in courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg: the trials of the main perpetrators of the Nazi terror regime began and the defendants were held accountable just like any other criminals. It was the first time that political and military leaders had been prosecuted successfully and
their actions condemned as crimes against humanity. This new approach received considerable criticism but was based on the conviction that such monstrous crimes could not go unpunished. It was not until after the end of the Cold War that this idea was revived, eventually leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

In his presentation Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling will explain how international criminal law has developed, from the Nuremberg Trials to the present day. He will also discuss current issues and explain what we can still learn from the Nuremberg Trials today.

Video of the lecture ‘What we can learn from the Nuremberg trials’

Was wir aus den Nürnberger Prozessen lernen können


How can the risks of medication be avoided?

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  • Monday 07/12/2015, 6.00 p.m.–7.30 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Fromm, Chair of Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Toxicology
  • Prof. Dr. Renke Mass, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

We are all used to being told to read the information about the side effects of medications carefully, and to make sure we consult our doctor or pharmacist. In order to recognise side effects in time and avoid prescribing incorrect medication, doctors, pharmacists and patients need to exchange important information. Is a patient being prescribed medications by more than one doctor? Are there any underlying diseases
that need to be taken into account? And does the patient know what drugs they are taking – and why? There is currently no unified system for exchanging data concerning medication. With the support of the Federal Ministry of Health, researchers at FAU are working with hospitals, practices and pharmacies in an effort to improve this.

In their presentation Prof. Dr. Martin Fromm and Prof. Dr. Renke Maas will explain how risks can occur with medications, how they can be recognised and what can be done to avoid them in the future.


Inflammation: how does it occur and why is it useful?

Body (image: PantherMedia/Pixologic)

Body (image: Panthermedia/Pixologic)

  • Monday 11/01/2016, 6.00 p.m.–7.30 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Schett, Department of Medicine 3 – Rheumatology and Immunology

Inflammation is not just painful and a cause of illness; it is also crucial to survival. The body defends itself against pathogens, limits damage to organs and repairs damaged tissue through inflammation. However, it has to be able to turn it off again when it is no longer needed. How inflammation is resolved is currently still unclear. If this does not happen, it can result
in chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or asthma. While there are medications that prevent inflammation and can relieve pain for many patients, there is currently no long-term cure for these diseases.

In his presentation Prof. Dr. Georg Schett will explain how inflammation occurs and how it can help or damage the body, and present selected current research projects and findings. The German Research Foundation recently established a Collaborative Research Centre at FAU that is investigating the resolution of inflammation.

Video of the lecture ‘Inflammation: how does it occur and why is it useful?’

Entzündungen: Wie sie entstehen und wozu sind sie nützlich?