The University of Bremen wins the year-long legal dispute surrounding its experiments with macaque monkeys. The Bundesverwaltungsgericht in Leipzig confirmed a ruling of the Bremen Oberverwaltungsgericht (OVG) reached in 2012 whereby the experiments are “ethically justifiable” and must therefore be allowed to continue. The decision of the Bundesverwaltungsgericht in favour of the University of Bremen brings an irrevocable end to the legal disputes surrounding the license for animal experiments granted to Andreas Kreiter in 2008. In its grounds for the 2012 ruling the Bremen OVG referred to the outstanding quality of Prof. Kreiter’s research, and took the view that the stress caused to the macaques was to be considered moderate at the most. The Bundesverwaltungsgericht expressly shared the opinion that the experiments were ethically justifiable.
The “ForWind” Center for Wind Energy Research celebrates its tenth year. Its aim is to bundle research efforts in the field of wind energy and promote the transfer of knowledge between research, the economy, and politics. The Center now encompasses research groups at the universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen – 28 all told – with almost 300 people.