Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University (German: Universität Bielefeld) is a university in Bielefeld, Germany. Founded in 1969, it is one of the country's newer universities, and considers itself a "reform" university, following a different style of organization and teaching than the established universities. In particular, the university aims to "re-establish the unity between research and teaching", and so all its faculty teach courses in their area of research. The university also stresses a focus on interdisciplinary research, helped by the architecture, which encloses all faculties in one great structure. It is among the first of the German universities to completely switch some faculties (e.g. biology) to Bachelor/Master-degrees as part of the Bologna process. While Bielefeld University offers many options to study, it is well known for its faculty of sociology. It is associated with Norbert Elias and Niklas Luhmann, who were professors there. The faculty of history launched the "Bielefeld School" of Social History under Hans-Ulrich Wehler, while the Laborschule and Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) are projects of the faculty of educational science.

Address
Universitätsstraße 25, Bielefeld, Germany, Germany
Website
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/
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Phantom sensations: when the sense of touch deceives

Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study in the scientific journal Current Biology shows how healthy people can sometimes misattribute touch to the wrong side of their body, ...

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Biologists research the mechanism of an auxiliary circadian clock

In December, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology will be awarded for the identification of genes that control the inner clock in fruit flies. Biochemist Professor Dr. Dorothee Staiger of Bielefeld University has been ...

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Cognitive scientists discover new perceptual illusion

Fingers are a human's most important tactile sensors, but they do not always sense accurately and can even be deceived. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) of Bielefeld University ...

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