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Film about Bremen alumnus awarded at Berlinale

Two Silver Bears went to the feature film "Rabiye Kurnaz vs George W. Bush” at this year's Berlinale. The film dramatises a Turkish woman from Bremen’s fight for the release of her son, Murat Kurnaz, who was imprisoned for years in Guantanamo as an alleged terrorist. At her side is the Bremen defence and human rights lawyer Bernhard Docke, a prominent graduate of the University of Bremen, played by Alexander Scheer. The film, from successful director Andreas Dresen, will be premiered on 21 April at Theater am Goetheplatz as the opening film of the 7th Bremen Film Festival. The team behind the film will be present at the screening.


May–July: Accommodation sought for young African researchers

For about 10 years, scientists in Professor Sørge Kelm's team at the University of Bremen's Faculty 2 Biology/Chemistry, together with colleagues from Africa, have been conducting research on African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and other tropical diseases. In a project running since 2019 and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), researchers are looking at the extent to which pathogens of the genus Trypanosoma in animals pose a risk for the emergence of new diseases in humans (zoonoses) – similar to Covid-19.

From May to July, the project is expecting about fifteen scientists from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad in Bremen, for whom accommodation is still urgently needed. If you would like to host a guest or have a room or flat to rent, please contact Prof. Kelm.

Impact Magazin

The new Impact Magazine about educators on the climate crisis

Climate change and energy transition - these are the main topics of the first Impact Magazine of the U Bremen Research Alliance this year. In February, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented its partial report. The co-chair of the influential body - and only the second German scientist in this position - comes from the U Bremen Research Alliance. Impact also reports on a long-term study of climate change on the seabed off Madagascar and what Bremen researchers are doing to ensure that wind turbines can be used for longer. The exciting read is available in full format here (only German).

Renate Heitmann

Federal Cross of Merit for alumna Renate Heitmann

The managing director of the bremer shakespeare company will be awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on 1 October. Renate Heitmann studied Cultural Studies and English/American Studies at the University of Bremen and is a board member of the Alumni Association. The citation by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier states: "If you do nothing, there is nothing to do", with this motto she defied the Corona pandemic in the middle of the summer of 2020. She initiated the "Bremer KulturSommer Summarum" with 300 events at more than 30 locations in Bremen and the surrounding area - an impressive example of lived solidarity in the cultural scene."

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Artificial intelligence for health care

A virtual "AI Center for Health Care" is being created in the U Bremen Research Alliance. The state of Bremen is providing funds for this, which will be awarded to forward-looking projects in the U Bremen Research Alliance. In the course of a competitive call for proposals, five projects were recently selected to receive funding in the coming years. They will start this year. Read more (only German)


Dr. Annette Lang was head of the International Office at the University of Bremen for more than ten years. A time, in which the university’s international contacts expanded considerably. YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) is one of the project highlights that Annette Lang helped initiate with her unfailing dedication. Annette Lang has always been a reliable and resourceful contact for the alumni association. From March 2021, she will head the international relations department at the Senate Chancellery of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. We wish her all the best and hope for further excellent cooperation.

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