Autumn has arrived. Time to walk along streets lined with colorful leaves, collect chestnuts (yes, plural, because one can never have too many chestnuts in his or her coat pockets), drink a warm cup of tea, and make oneself comfortable on the sofa. Well, and to decide who will be this year’s Nobel Prize winners! On Monday, October 1st 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy
In our modern society individuality, striking social media profiles and straight careers are valued more than ever. We constantly need to prove ourselves and stand out. Naturally, science, research and careers have always been competitive. All of us should follow our dreams and the pursuit of happiness. However, as latest developments across the globe show formidably, our world has become very small and corporate and … Continue reading Orcas – a killer whale’s empathy
Have you ever wondered about how non-scientists could benefit from your research? We as scientists try to understand every tiny bit of our universe and sometimes spend three or more years of our life unraveling a ridiculously tiny link between two proteins. For our research, we get a lot of public money from the people of our country but how do we give something back … Continue reading Free the pig from the poke! Slam your science!
I never gave much thought to the British referendum on whether or not the country would stay in the EU. To me it was almost a done deal, something David Cameron promised the people to appease them and secure votes. I found my head spinning the day after the referendum, when I realized that what we thought unthinkable actually was the conviction of 51% of … Continue reading United we stand – What Brexit teaches us about unity
Today, it’s been five years since the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence as we know it was launched. Now, after many busy and successful years, its period of funding will end, and it is time to think about the future of immunology research in Bonn. Fortunately, in September 2017, the follow-up concept ImmunoSensation² was invited to submit a full application for the next funding period of … Continue reading “ImmunoSensation²“ – One group, one vision, and a 14-year enterprise
There are numerous bloggers out there who write about science in general (some of them you can find in our collection of links). One particular blog is run at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a similar focus on research in life sciences and the life of PhD students or young investigators as the ImmunoSensation Blog. The following article by Ayla de Paepe on … Continue reading Welcome to the dark side: The ivory tower and its casualties
The new DZNE building in Bonn Probably most of you know the huge new DNZE building at the south end of the UKB campus at the Venusberg in Bonn. Our group, headed by Annett Halle, moved to the DZNE, which is part of the Helmholtz Society, in January this year. At the latest, the official inauguration by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March and … Continue reading DZNE – Connecting the mental health of Rhineland people with basic research