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DFG Science TV

DFG Science TV follows DFG-funded projects through “video diaries” as researchers from almost every field of science present their work in Germany and around the globe. The material was filmed and co-scripted by the researchers themselves. The raw material was then edited by professional production companies to make three-minute short films. The resulting series of films provides a unique insight into the world of research through individual projects.

Active Micro-Optics

Active Micro-Optics

Tracing Nature’s Vision ... Of mantis shrimps, human and moths’ eyes and the national network for the development of micro-optical systems following in Nature’s footsteps

The World of Rituals

The World of Rituals

Landmarks, pivots for meanings, sources of consolation, organisers of time and space - why do we need rituals and ceremonies?

Bonded Concrete

Bonded Concrete

Breaking tests: how strong is ultra-strong?

The Wave Hunters

The Wave Hunters

Do Einstein’s Gravitational Waves rock the Universe?

Discrete Optimisers

Discrete Optimisers

Many roads lead to the destination. How math simplifies our daily life

Lake Constance Menu

Lake Constance Menu

260,000 water birds in search of food

Function Through Diversity

Function Through Diversity

Pioneering work in China: the world’s largest biodiversity experiment

Stone-Age Giants

Stone-Age Giants

The trail of rocks: from portal tombs to graves and their builders

Love à la Darwin

Love à la Darwin

Do inner values matter? Mate choice from the perspective of evolution

Polar Archive

Polar Archive

Drilling in the arctic: climate research for the future

Search for a Cure

Search for a Cure

The fight against forgetting: zebra fish help understand Alzheimer's

The Start of Nature: Episode 1 - At the Start Is...Water

The Start of Nature: Episode 1 - At the Start Is...Water

Time zero: the "Hühnerwasser" artificial water catchment area in the former brown-coal open-pit mine south of Cottbus. Here, the researchers plan to study the birth of an ecosystem.

Rainforest: Episode 1 - The Mountain Rainforest – A Burning Topic

Rainforest: Episode 1 - The Mountain Rainforest – A Burning Topic

The rate of deforestation in Ecuador is higher than almost anywhere else in Latin America, making it the ideal place for the "Tropical Mountain Rainforest" research group

Textile Concrete: Episode 1 - Concrete and Fibreglass

Textile Concrete: Episode 1 - Concrete and Fibreglass

Dresden: The students Pia and Ralph lead us beyond the architectural masterpieces to places that are crumbling. But it isn't just the capital city of Saxony where there are areas that need some attention.

Blue Wonder: Episode 1 - At the "Base Station"

Blue Wonder: Episode 1 - At the "Base Station"

Researchers at the MARUM Cluster of Excellence in Bremen will soon be heading under water. There, they will study the inner workings of life in the depths of the ocean. But first, Verner Ernstsen will show us around the "base station".

The City of 5 Million: Episode 1 - A Valuable Commodity

The City of 5 Million: Episode 1 - A Valuable Commodity

Water tanks, rows of canisters, pumps: Frauke Kraas explains how the availability of water in the Indian megacity of New Delhi depends largely on how affluent a person is, because water is scarce.

The Human Machine: Episode 1 - Automated Help in the Kitchen

The Human Machine: Episode 1 - Automated Help in the Kitchen

Up to now it has been a lifeless heap of aluminium: ARMAR the robot. This is soon going to change. ARMAR will soon be getting the housework whipped into shape. But there’s still a long way to go.

Giant Dinosaurs: Episode 1 - Dinosaurs on Mallorca?

Giant Dinosaurs: Episode 1 - Dinosaurs on Mallorca?

This isn’t a rock. In fact it’s a fossil, found by a couple on holiday that led Martin Sander and his research team to Mallorca in search of more evidence. Will the researchers find more fossils here?

Run, Lola, run: Episode 1 - JOHNNIE and LOLA

Run, Lola, run: Episode 1 - JOHNNIE and LOLA

JOHNNIE is still learning. Running, skipping and jumping, which seems mere child's play to humans, presents huge challenges to the walking robot. How does human locomotion work?

Sinking Coasts: Episode 1 - At the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

Sinking Coasts: Episode 1 - At the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

Littorina littorea: the common periwinkle provides some important answers in the quest for information on the creation of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic's secrets are not even close to being completely explored.

Temple Restoration: Episode 1 - Helping the Temple Dancers

Temple Restoration: Episode 1 - Helping the Temple Dancers

A caravan of motorbikes winds its way through the jungle. Many of the Khmer temples and other buildings are buried deep in the Cambodian jungle. Professor Leisen and his students have set out to study some of them.

An Animal Invasion: Episode 1 - Hungry Predators?

An Animal Invasion: Episode 1 - Hungry Predators?

The habitat of Lake Constance: The amphipod Dikerogammarus villosus recently arrived from the Black Sea region. Its voracious hunger has led to it becoming known as the "killer shrimp".