We proudly present the first podcast of the German Clusters of Excellence!

It regularly reports from one of the 57 clusters that are funded as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. The journey goes right across the country and the topics are just as diverse as the locations: from African studies to Future of Medicine to Quantum Science.

The researchers of the clusters of excellence talk to podcaster Larissa Vassilian about how they want to find scientifically sound answers to relevant topics of our time – for the society of tomorrow. The podcast concept was developed by a team of ten science communication experts from ten Clusters of Excellence – including e-conversion and two more Munich clusters, MCQST and SyNergy.

You can find the German-language podcast on all popular platforms as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music,… Or visit the website: www.exzellent-erklaert.de

Folge 2: “Alzheimer: Entstehung, Erkenntnisse, Forschungsfragen”

Prof. Christian Haass has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease for 30 years. The disease is affecting more and more people in our aging society. It is not curable – but is there a prospect of drugs against it or even a vaccination?

Prof. Christian Haass

The SyNergy Cluster of Excellence in Munich (“Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology”) brings together a wide variety of institutions to get to the bottom of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases: there are SyNergy working groups at the TUM, the LMU, the DZNE, at two Max Planck Institutes, at both university hospitals and also at the Helmholtz Center. Larissa Vassilian talks to Prof. Christian Haass about the research results so far, about the biggest problems in Alzheimer’s research and about the questions that remain open.

Folge 1: “Taktiles Internet – Intelligente Textilien, Roboter und Hilfe im OP”

In the first episode, everything revolves around the cooperation of humans and machines, in short: the tactile internet. Scientists from the CeTI Cluster (Center for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop), Dresden, talk about their research and visions: “When I’m at home in my old age and have trouble getting out of my chair, couldn’t my trousers help me stand up?” asks Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek, for example.

Prof. Stefanie Speidel
(Image: J. Simanowski)

Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek
(Image: J. Simanowski)

At CeTI, experts from fields as diverse as electrical engineering, psychology, medicine, computer science and mechanical engineering are conducting joint research to explore the various possibilities of the tactile internet: Intelligent clothing is intended to help people stay independent in old age, or to support them in learning new skills such asplaying the piano when they are young, for example. In the near future, it should be possible to send not only images and sound but also touches via the internet.

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Speidel, a computer scientist who conducts research in the field of cancer surgery, also has her say in this episode. She is developing intelligent assistance systems and robot-assisted applications for the operating theatre to improve the chances of recovery for patients.