The event series "exkurs – Einblick in die Welt der Wissenschaft" ("excursion – insight into the world of science") introduces current results of DFG-funded research projects. The topics of the papers held by high-carat scholars in various cities range from humanities to science and life sciences, up to engineering.
Within the scope of military expeditions, academic campaigns and missionary projects, large amounts of objects were collected in Africa, which ended up in the museums of Europe, private collections and the art trade. It is assumed that over 90 percent of the cultural heritage of Sub-Saharan Africa is kept in western museums today. The art historian Bénédicte Savoy has tracked the route of the objects from Africa to the museums of Europe, also to Berlin or Leipzig, with great commitment and traces the so far little-known history of restitution claims by many African states in her presentation.
The video shows her paper, held on 23 October 2019 at the Paulinum in Leipzig, in full length..
Further information in the DFG-Magazin
There is also an audio recording of the paper:
Audio recording for download (mp3 file, 73 MB)
Video interview with Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy
What importance do the research results have for possible restitutions?
Why is this topic so important and what does the art historian hope to achieve by holding public papers?
Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy has answered these and some further questions in a short interview.
Together with colleagues at the University of Bayreuth, the ecologist Christian Laforsch examines the chemical and physical properties of micro plastics and their effect on the environment. Their goal is to be able to make a better assessment of environmental risks and to create a basis for the development of environmentally friendly plastics. In his lecture, Christian Laforsch explains the current status of knowledge of research about micro plastics and the current assessment of risks for the environment and health.
The paper held within the scope of the DFG series "exkurs– Einblick indie Welt der Wissenschaft" ("excursion – insight into the world of science") was recorded at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich on 12 February 2020.
Further information on the paper
The meteorologist Susanne Crewell is working on decoding the complex processes in the Arctic climate system together with colleagues in a research association. In her paper, she reports about how measuring campaigns in the Arctic, for example with the research plane HALO and the research ship Polarstern, can contribute to this.
The paper – which had actually been planned to take place on site, forming part of the DFG series "exkurs – Einblick in die Welt der Wissenschaft" ("excursion – insight into the world of science") – was recorded as a studio paper.
Event flyer with further information (PDF, 156 KB)