Robert Reinecke has been Junior Professor for Earth System Modeling at JGU since 2023. (photo: Peter Thomas)EARTH SYSTEM MODELING

Water-related research of international relevance

Groundwater, a dynamic system involved in multiple interactions, is a global concern. Professor Robert Reinecke of Mainz University, through his digital models of global water resources, is making a significant impact on our understanding of this crucial resource. His contributions to the annual United Nations' State of Global Water Resources report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), are shaping the global discourse on water management.

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"We need a thorough shake-up of our global energy industry"

Professor Carsten Streb and his team at the Department of Chemistry of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have developed a molecule that is capable of storing solar energy and releasing it whenever required. Their pioneering work represents a possible solution to the worldwide energy crisis.

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Franziska Fay was appointed Junior Professor of Political Anthropology at JGU in April 2021. (© private)POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Disciplined empathy as an important tool in highly political times

For over a decade, Franziska Fay conducted research on the Zanzibar Archipelago. There she worked with child protection organizations, children in primary and Koranic schools, was a guest lecturer at Zanzibar University, and advised international aid organizations. After completing degrees in Frankfurt and London, she was appointed Junior Professor of Political Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in 2021.

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Prof. Dr. Dorothee Dormann ist Spezialistin für neurodegenerative Erkrankungen. (Foto/©: Magdalena Jooss / privat)MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

The search for causes of neurodegenerative diseases

In spring 2021, the Faculty of Biology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) was lucky to acquire a specialist in the field of neurodegenerative disorders – Professor Dorothee Dormann. A cell biologist and biochemist by training, she is an expert in identifying the molecular processes that underlie conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and has already won several awards for her research.

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Her time at Mainz University had a decisive influence on Gutenberg Alumna Maria Böhmer in many topic areas that are still close to her heart today. (photo: Peter Pulkowski)GUTENBERG ALUMNI

The never-ending story of equal rights

She was the first State Commissioner for Women in Rhineland-Palatinate and the first politician of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to be appointed Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration. She made important contributions as a Minister of State in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the Federal Foreign Office, acted as National Chairwoman of the Frauenunion, the CDU's women's organization, and today is President of the German Commission for UNESCO. From her years at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), where she started studying in 1968, she has taken with her important impulses for her later public offices and tasks.

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Professor Julian Rentzsch was appointed to the division of Turkic Studies at JGU in 2017. (photo: Peter Pulkowski)TURKIC STUDIES

Turkic Studies – a minor subject with major themes

The division of Turkic Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is in a period of transition. A second professor is currently being recruited, and new, independent degree courses will soon be launched. Professor Julian Rentzsch, who was appointed to Mainz University in 2017, is structuring and supervising this process.

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Professor Marion Silies researches the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster at the JGU Department of Biology. (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)NEUROBIOLOGY

How flies and humans see the world

Professor Marion Silies joined the Faculty of Biology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in early 2019. Here she has been investigating the organization and function of circuits in the visual system of the fruit fly. Her work has already earned her numerous awards.

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Humangeografin Veronika Cummings forscht seit 2017 an der JGU zu Aspekten der Migration. (Foto: Peter Pulkowski)HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

"Research always involves a major biographical aspect"

Veronika Cummings was appointed Professor of Human Geography at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in 2017. Her current research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of migration. In these fields she can also draw from the experiences and insights she collected during her time in Singapore and the Sultanate of Oman – and on her return to Germany.

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Stefan Axmann kam 2017 ans Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universitätsmedizin Mainz, um die Abteilung für Forensische Physik aufzubauen. (Foto: Peter Pulkowski)FORENSIC PHYSICS

When fatal stabbing becomes a scientific experiment

In 2017, Stefan Axmann came to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Mainz University Medical Center to establish a forensic physics department. It attracted a lot of attention from the media at the time, which was keen to report on the new facility, the first of its kind in Germany. The physicist himself likes to talk about his enthusiasm for his work and explains how he ended up in Mainz.

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A long winter in Antarctica

Physicist Dr. Benjamin Eberhardt from Mainz is living and conducting research at the South Pole for an entire year. Together with his colleague Dr. Kathrin Mallot, he is overseeing the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. The observatory is operated by an international consortium in which Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is a major participant.

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