On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses against indulgences on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. This brought about the Reformation movement which went on to fundamentally change theology, the Church and society. The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of this event prompting numerous scientific, religious and cultural activities around the world. Martin Luther University, which bears the name of the great reformer, will mark the anniversary with a wide range of academic initiatives and activities.
For 20 years the association “Hilfe für ausländische Studierende e. V.” (HauS) has been active in helping students from around the world who have found themselves in a pinch through no fault of their own. Two students from the Ukraine and Nepal explain how the charity helped them by providing not only money, but also assurance.
German studies professor Dr. Elisabeth Décultot (46) from France is one of the world’s most renowned Enlightenment researchers. Currently working in Paris, she will transfer to Halle in winter semester. This is being made possible by the Alexander von Humboldt professorship, Germany’s most highly endowed international research prize, and Décultot is the first literary scholar to receive it.
Neglected diseases? What a strange concept. Yet, in fact they do exist. They are a small group of tropical diseases that occur in the world’s poorest countries. They are often ignored by major pharmaceutical companies due to a lack of financial incentives to fight them. Now an international research project offers hope. One of its participants is Wolfgang Sippl, a professor of medical chemistry and director of the Institute of Pharmacy at Halle’s university.
You’ve successfully developed and perfected a crystallisation technique. You’re carrying a treasure trove of knowledge and experience about biominerals around with you. Patents have been filed and industrial partnerships have been found. But has the full potential of the technology you’ve developed or the material you’ve discovered been completely tapped?
3,000-year-old Chinese clothing is the focus of Prof. Dr. René Csuk’s team of researchers at the Institute of Chemistry. In the next three years the working group wants to find out how this clothing
The relatives of eight professors barred from the university during the Third Reich travelled to Halle at the end of November 2013 for an act of commemoration. Getting to know the place where their ancestors worked was for many not only a journey in time, but also a very intensive experience.
Guido Kisch and Heiner Lück are connected by more than just the fact that Lück has held Kisch’s former chair at the University of Halle for nearly 20 years. Since his time as a student, Lück has been examining the biography of the Jewish legal scholar who was a professor in Halle for eleven years until he was banned from his profession in 1933. Today Kisch’s family are friends with Heiner Lück.
Joint research and teaching on the subject of our neighbour to the east: Poland. On 21 October 2013 the Aleksander Brückner Centre for Polish Studies opened its doors at the universities in Halle and Jena
Martin Luther University awarded 57 new Germany Scholarships for winter semester. The occasion was marked by a ceremony on 11 October 2013 in the Deutscher Saal at the Francke Foundations