The power of logical thinking

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Written by Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:53
The tidy room with its empty desk reflects the organised mind of its occupant. Professor of Econometrics Franz Palm talks about his field with infectious enthusiasm, though in carefully chosen words. “Econometrics combines ‘hard’ maths with the ‘softer’ social sciences. That’s why it appeals to me so much.” Here he…

He’s a lumberjack and he’s OK

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Written by Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:51
Isn’t that just always the way it goes: now that the photographer and the interviewer are watching you work, the chainsaw doesn’t want to start. After a few attempts, the shrill sound at last cuts through the silence of the village of Wahlwiller. The professor lowers the saw into one…

Change ahead in academia

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Written by Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:10
It is the year 1917. While most of the European continent is still in the midst of the Great War, something remarkable happens in the Dutch academic world. Plant pathologist Johanna Westerdijk is appointed as professor at Utrecht University, thereby becoming the first female professor in the Netherlands. It is…
“I didn’t have a poster of Bon Jovi in my student room. I had one of Plácido Domingo”, Martin Paul says with a smile. The president of Maastricht University saw his first opera in Saarbrücken at the age of six – and he was sold. “For me, opera is a…

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