What are the effects of the economic, technological and demographic developments in the globalised world on the labour market in Germany? How do individuals, populations and communities in aquatic systems adapt to global change, and what does this mean for our understanding of ecological systems and the ways in which they serve human beings? What algorithms can be used to more efficiently process the increasing volumes of data that now flood every section of society? These are just some of the fundamental scientific questions to be examined over the next few years in the new Priority Programmes established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).
A total of 13 new Priority Programmes were established by the DFG Senate at its recent spring meeting in Bonn. They are set to launch at the beginning of 2014 and bring together the scientific expertise of researchers from Germany and beyond working in particularly topical or emerging fields.
The new Priority Programmes cover the entire spectrum of disciplines, from the humanities, social sciences, life sciences and natural sciences to engineering sciences. Subjects range from the concept of pragmatics in linguistics, which will be coupled with experimental methods from cognitive and neurosciences, to glial cells as the dominant cell population of the brain and the group of non-coding RNA molecules and their regulating role in numerous cell functions, which are both highly topical research subjects in the neurosciences.
Other programmes aim to achieve the first fully predictable description of gas-liquid reactors in chemical process engineering or to create the basis for the systematic production of meta-stable materials with some unknown properties. Another looks at biological and synthetic "microswimmer" systems whose internal propulsion mechanism is just as important as insufficiently understood to date. Better understanding of this phenomenon could enable
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