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Interview series "A visit to ..."

What is “A visit to ...”?

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is not only one of the largest scholarly information centers in Germany. Its specialist departments and fields of collection emphasis with unique holdings also make the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek one of the most important universal libraries of the world. We would like to give you an idea of this enormous variety in our interview series. Join us online: In every instalment, we conduct an interview with our experts on site. They tell us everything worth knowing from their field of specialisation, the history of our collections, today’s tasks, the current developments, the possibilities of use. And you can have your say as well: In our chat, you can ask our experts all the questions about what you always wanted to know about the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

We are looking forward to your visit – interactive, online and at first hand.

Who is behind “A visit to...”?

Our interview series is conducted by Dr. Günter Bielemeier. He uses his long-term professional experience as a radio editor to tease intriguing background information from his interviewees. Pushing his own expert knowledge on librarianship to the back seat, he puts himself in the position of our viewers. This allows him to ask questions that are interesting for all participants, no matter whether they are specialists or newcomers to the library. He now stands or sits in front of the rolling camera for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and speaks to our experts about their manifold fields of specialisation and responsibilities in an informal atmosphere. He is supported by Anna Haas and Marco Becker behind the scenes.

Event series "exkurs – Einblick in die Welt der Wissenschaft"

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.

exkurs video: Stolen heritage – How African cultural goods came to our museums

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
Paper by Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, Technical University of Berlin

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.
Interview with Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy


exkurs video: Micro plastics in the environment – Small particles, big impact

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
Paper by Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch, University of Bayreuth


exkurs video: The Arctic is disappearing! – How we can get on to the ice melting

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)
Paper by Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell, University of Cologne