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Long Night of the Sciences takes place on 1 July

The Long Night of Science in Halle presents itself on Friday, 1 July 2022, with more than 300 programme items. For the 19th time, MLU is organising the largest science event in Saxony-Anhalt together with many other research institutions, the City of Halle and Stadtmarketing Halle in the city on the Saale. The varied programme on the world of research starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

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The War in Ukraine: The Latest Information from MLU

The University of Halle is deeply appalled by the war in Ukraine and strongly condemns Russia’s attack, which is in violation of international law.

The university has consolidated information, offers of assistance, and ways to donate on a website it has set up for members of MLU:

Coronavirus pandemic: Current information from the MLU

The university offers information for MLU members on the following webpages: There you will find, among other things:

Election results university elections 2022

The election results for the university elections (09.05.-16.05.2022) are now available online:

In addition, the elections for the equal opportunities colleges and doctoral representatives took place. These results are available at the following links: and

Impostor Phenomenon: When self-doubt gets the upper hand

People who systematically underestimate themselves and their own performance suffer from so-called Impostor Phenomenon. They think that any success is due to external circumstances or just luck and chance. Those people live in constant fear that their "deception" will be exposed. In a new study in "Personality and Individual Differences" psychologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) show for the first time that even under real-life conditions the phenomenon appears regardless of age, gender, and intelligence. Up until now it had only been investigated on the basis of surveys or individual cases.

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Evolution: New Emmy Noether group investigates interactions between bacteria and insects

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has accepted the biologist Dr Michael Gerth into the Emmy Noether programme and will fund his work with up to 1.4 million euros in the coming years. With this funding, Gerth will move from the UK to the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and establish his own working group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). His research focuses on the evolution of special bacteria, which live in flies, bees and other insects.

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New virus variant threatens the health of bees worldwid

A dangerous variant of the deformed wing virus is on the rise worldwide. The virus infects honeybees, causing their wings to atrophy and the animals to die. The new variant, which has already replaced the original strain of the virus in Europe, is spreading to other regions of the world and causing entire bee colonies to collapse. This has been shown in a study by an international research team led by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), which analysed data on the spread of virus variants over the past 20 years. The paper appeared in the "International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife".

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Researchers find new approach to treating cardiovascular diseases

A specific protein in blood vessel cells plays a major role in the development of vascular and cardiovascular diseases: The presence of too many "thromboxane A2 receptors" hinders the formation of new blood vessels. A research team led by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) was able to describe the underlying process for the first time. The findings, published in "Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology" could help to develop new ways of treating cardiovascular diseases.

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If you stand like Superman or Wonder Woman, would you feel stronger?

Dominant or upright postures can help people feel - and maybe even behave - more confidently. A new analysis by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Bamberg and The Ohio State University has confirmed what small studies already suggested. The team evaluated data from around 130 experiments with a total of 10,000 participants. The results also disprove the controversial claim that certain poses influence a person's hormone levels.

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Spintronics: How an atom-thin insulator helps transport spins

An intermediate layer consisting of a few atoms is helping to improve the transport of spin currents from one material to another. Until now, this process involves significant losses. A team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Microstructure Physics, and the Freie Universität Berlin reports in the scientific journal "ACS Nano Letters" on how this can be avoided. The researchers thus demonstrate important new insights relevant for many spintronic applications, for example energy-efficient and ultra-fast storage technologies of the future.

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