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Researchers from around the world

The University of Oldenburg is international. Here we introduce people from all over the world who have chosen to come to Oldenburg. The following academics are guests at our university to conduct research on various topics.

The University of Oldenburg is international! Here we introduce people from all over the world who have chosen to come to Oldenburg. The following academics are guests at our university to conduct research on various topics.

Florian Carl

I’ve chosen to work at the University of Oldenburg because of my host, Prof. Dr. Susanne Binas-Preisendörfer, whose work overlaps with my own research interests in music and media. The geographical location of the University of Oldenburg is also ideal for my current research project, which focuses on historical documents stored at the Bremen State Archive.

I’m currently working on a social history of aurality in southeastern Ghana, investigating the significance of sound and listening in the context of missionization and colonization. One of the major European missions that was active in West Africa in the 19th century was the Norddeutsche Missionsgesellschaft, also known as Bremen Mission. From 1884 to 1916, southeastern Ghana was part of the German colony Togo. Germany and Ghana have therefore a shared historical legacy, which is particularly interesting for me as a German who lives and works in Ghana.

What I particularly like about my stay here is the support for international researchers and the welcoming atmosphere in Oldenburg. I also greatly enjoy the food here and the German weather, which is a welcome change from Ghana's tropical heat.

Miriam Reverter

I’ve chosen to work at the University of Oldenburg to work with Professor Peter Schupp, who’s an international renowned researcher in Marine Chemical Ecology, with a large experience on Indo-Pacific coral reefs.

I’m currently working on coral reef benthic shifts, and the microbial and chemical mechanisms underlying the successful proliferation of some non-calcifying organisms such as sponges and soft corals, in the context of global change. The proliferation of such organisms is increasingly observed in coral reefs and poses serious threats to the structural complexity and persistence of coral reefs. However, the mechanisms that might allow these organisms to thrive and kill hard corals remain poorly understood.

What I particularly like here is the numerous research sources available, the positive and supporting environment within the research group and the freedom to pursue my own research interests. Regarding Wilhelmshaven, my favourite place is the Banter See. It’s the perfect place to go and relax after work in a sunny afternoon.

Hangyong Shan

I’ve chosen to work at the University of Oldenburg because of my supervisor Christian Schneider. When I was a PhD student at Peking University, my research projects were in close relation with his papers, so I read many of his literatures. I found his research was advanced and novel, and I thought it would be great if I had an opportunity to join his group.

I’m currently working on light emission of exciton-polaritons at room temperature. We try to realize room-temperature Bose condensate and lasing on basis of atomically thin semiconductors, which could be an advanced process in this field, especially for the practical device operation, as low-temperature is a requisite usually.

What I particularly like about my stay here is the motivated and free academic atmosphere, as well as the excellent research conditions. Also, Oldenburg and the Uni are peaceful and harmonious. I believe it’s a nice place for study and research.

Lena Magnone

I’ve chosen to work at the University of Oldenburg because I spent a few days here in April 2018 on the occasion of a conference organized by Prof. Gun-Britt Kohler. I was delighted by the warm welcome at the University and genuinely charmed by the town of Oldenburg. On my way home, I was already checking the Humboldt Foundation website and planning to come back!

I’m currently working on the project 'Transnational Female Modernism in Central Europe at the turn of the 19th and 20th century', that should eventually result in a book-length study. The idea originated from my collaboration with Prof. Kohler, who inspired me to remove women modernists from national contexts and to perceive their works not as a minor or major contribution to any of the local ‘young’ movements, but a separate historical and literary phenomenon, with its own chronology and dynamics.

What I particularly like about my stay here is that I really enjoy Oldenburg's biking culture! Before coming here, I was only an occasional cyclist. Now I am very fond of my pink bicycle borrowed from the University's workshop, which I ride rain or shine. In my free time, I like to explore the beautiful surroundings, also on the bike. Campus Wechloy, where I live, is an excellent starting point for many excursions.

Mandana Amiri

I’ve chosen to work at the University of Oldenburg because I would like to widen my horizon and broaden my expertise and research network. I obtained a DAAD scholarship and visited the University of Oldenburg in 2016. The university has several high-tech facilities and accomplished scientists. I have been cooperating remotely with Prof. Dr Michael Wark since then. But now it was time to collaborate face-to-face.

I’m currently working on electrochemical water splitting using metal organic frameworks (MOFs). There is great attention on hydrogen gas as a potential energy source. At present, hydrogen is mainly produced from fossil resources through a steam reforming process. This accelerates fossil fuel depletion and CO2 emission. In view of environmental issues, splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen gas during water electrolysis is a clean alternative to generate hydrogen with high purity. We are going to design and prepare some so-called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as electrocatalysts or supports of electrocatalysts to obtain better performance. Most of my activity will be in Prof. Dr. Michael Wark`s lab at the Institute of Chemistry.

What I particularly like about my stay here is that Oldenburg is a very pretty and peaceful city with very helpful people. It has a good university with high-tech facilities, a beautiful campus and a warm welcoming to internationals. Truly, for a scientist who is interested to work in a scientific and calm atmosphere, University of Oldenburg is one of the best options. The previous exceptional experiences in social and academic life in Oldenburg encouraged me to apply for a longer research stay, twelve months, here. Germany always makes me think of discipline, rules, hard-work, international atmosphere and beautiful nature!

(Changed: 2021-10-25)