Interview

Family gatherings as hotspot

Wo die Gefahr am größten ist, sich mit dem Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 zu infizieren und wie sich Studierende und Lehrende im Wintersemester am besten schützen – darüber sprechen im Interview Betriebsärztin Dr. Andrea Steiner und Infektionsmediziner… Read More »Family gatherings as hotspot

Viruses in nature: contagious, destructive, and yet still useful

During the corona pandemic, most people probably see viruses as dangerous pathogens. However, the tiny infectious particles play an important part in very different ecosystems and regulate global cycles. In this interview, bioinformatician Prof. Dr Manja Marz and chemist Prof. Dr Georg Pohnert shed light on the roles of viruses in nature. Read More »Viruses in nature: contagious, destructive, and yet still useful

“The corona crisis is the epitome of a transboundary crisis”

The corona pandemic is a global threat and major challenge for numerous countries. The political actors therefore don’t stop at their borders on the search for solutions. International organizations take action in order to prevent a further spread of the virus—with the World Health Organization (WHO) leading the way. In this interview, newly appointed Assistant Professor for International Organizations at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, talks about why there is a kernel of truth in Donald Trump’s criticism of the WHO, and why the institution is nevertheless indispensable for global crisis management. Read More »“The corona crisis is the epitome of a transboundary crisis”

"We Can Quit the Rat Race"

The accelerating society has shut itself down: Shops have closed, air and car traffic has been significantly reduced, companies and service providers have shut down their activities, and all within a few weeks. But after the Corona crisis, where do we go next? Read More »"We Can Quit the Rat Race"

Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

The corona crisis is unsettling people around the world. Their reactions are quite different, but fear often plays a role. What does fear do to people? In fact, what is fear? In this interview, anxiety and hypnosis researcher Dr Barbara Schmidt from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Jena explains to us the fundamentals of fear, its effects, and ways in which we might be able to handle this feeling a bit better. Read More »Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

“The Crisis Will Drag on for a Long Time“

Prof. Klaus Dörre is certain that the crisis situation will not be over once the corona crisis has been resolved. The professor of labour, industrial and economic sociology at the University of Jena anticipates that the world, including the world of work, will be a different one after the coronavirus. There will be many challenges to overcome which will require global change. Nothing about the corona crisis is good, he says, and he calls for clear language and action instead of empty phrases. Nevertheless, he also sees a few positive effects – and a great deal of work for the future. Read More »“The Crisis Will Drag on for a Long Time“