Many scientists, researchers, and academics work at the universities and research institutes in Bremen. We asked some of them to share their opinions on living and working in Bremen and have published our interviews on the city website bremen.de. A new profile will go online at the beginning of every month. The following article reveals some of the fascinating and sometimes humorous responses to our questions.
Many children dream of becoming scientists and making new discoveries. Some adults fulfil this dream and make a valuable contribution to society through the work they do. For example, Dr Marco Scharringhausen from the Institute of Aerospace Systems at the German Aerospace Centre conducts research into outer space in order to learn more about how the earth was formed and how the climate is changing. Dr Juliane Müller works in polar and marine research at the Alfred Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Center. She strongly believes that her studies into climate change are helping to formulate strategies for tackling global warming. Dr Sebastian Ferse from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research sees his work in a similar way: “By conducting research on the function of reefs and on the correlation between the condition of reefs and their use by man, I make a tangible contribution to the sustainable use of this unique ecosystem.”
Advances in technology are also a significant part of the scientific work that is done in Bremen. For example, Nadine Rehfeld from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials develops energy-efficient systems that prevent aircraft wings from freezing. Thanks to Professor Rolf Drechsler, who works at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, we can continue to trust complex systems of micro-chips that are found in our cars and smartphones.