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Its three departments - Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences - ensure the Faculty is able to carry out interdisciplinary research and teaching at a high level. Our diverse array of activities investigates current issues in society, Nature, and technology.


Schützenfische in Aktion an der Universität Bayreuth.

"Small networks for large responsibilities"

Archerfish use jets of water to remove insects from leaves or branches. In order to keep their prey secure from competitors, they must often make complex decisions within less than a tenth of a second. In doing so, they employ a small neuronal network that is present in almost all types of fish. As part of a Reinhart Koselleck Project, animal physiology researchers in Bayreuth are trying to figure out precisely how that works, and to this end they are utilizing methods such as life-imaging, behavioural physiology, intracellular electrophysiology, and parallel approaches with transgenic zebrafish. ...more

Wärmetransport auf kleinen Längenskalen; Forschung Prof. Retsch, Universität Bayreuth.

Heat transfer at small length scales

Energy efficiency and sustainability are important topics for the future. Prof. Retsch's research group explores this topic and investigates heat transport phenomena at small length scales. The main focus is on structured colloidal materials that make for suitable model structures. These help us understand heat transport through nanostructured systems. However, Prof. Retsch's research group also seeks to develop novel materials such as a thermal diode. ...more

Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs, ECCAP (since 2016), funded by Belmont Forum/DFG

Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs

As part of the project Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs, funded by the Belmont Forum, initial fieldwork was carried out in the Pamirs. Over the course of an almost five-week campaign involving all the project partners of the University of Bayreuth, Cornell University, the Kunming Institute of Botany, and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, the areas of work were identified, the first climate instruments were installed, and social science experiments got underway. Further field research has been planned for the spring and summer of 2017. ...more


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