Press & Media

The press office is the central contact point for journalists and media and provides information about the University of Augsburg and offers experts and scientists for all topics of research. In addition to current news and the calendar of events,  you will find information and contact persons for our service offered for journalists.

Press Office

Phone: +49 821 598-2094



contact for journalists

Dr. Manuela Rutsatz
Pressesprecherin, Leitung
Stabsstelle Kommunikation & Marketing
Michael Hallermayer
Stellvertretender Pressesprecher, Stellv. Leitung
Stabsstelle Kommunikation & Marketing
Corina Härning
Stellvertretende Pressesprecherin
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Press releases

May 11, 2023

New Site of the German Centre for Mental Health to be located in Augsburg

Together with Munich, Augsburg is home to a new site of the German Centre for Mental Health. The aim of the new centre is interdisciplinary research into the development and progress of mental illnesses across the lifespan. The Augsburg site of the new centre will focus on researching treatments for depression. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the new centre (DZPG) consists of five research sites in addition to Munich/Augsburg.

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Symbolbild psychische Gesundheit
May 4, 2023

New DFG Heisenberg Professor at the University of Augsburg

The University of Augsburg has appointed historian Prof. Dr Simone Müller, an expert on global environmental history and environmental humanities, as new DFG Heisenberg Professor. The sought-after historian, who works in an advisory capacity for the Polish National Science Council, the Academy of Finland, and the Swedish Research Council, researches globalisation processes and the relationship between ecology and economy. In 2017, she was nominated by the German Research Foundation as a leading researcher in her field (

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Prof. Dr. Simone Müller
May 2, 2023

Music education at the newly named Leopold Mozart College of Music

Since the 1st of May, the University of Augsburg’s music education institute has been newly named the Leopold Mozart College of Music (LMC). The institute has recently re-orientated itself and revised its degree programmes. The newly launched bachelor degree programme in music aims to better prepare students for a career in music and will start in the coming winter semester. The master’s degree programme will start in the following year.

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Konzertsaal Totale
April 19, 2023

Honorary doctorate for Theo Waigel

The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Augsburg awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr. rer. pol. h. c.) to the former Federal Minister of Finance, Dr Theo Waigel, in a ceremony at the Augsburg Town Hall.

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Honorary doctorate for Theo Waigel
March 28, 2023

Augsburg conference on the sociology of discourse research

Discourse research spans a broad range of themes, including questions of educational justice, environmental problems, problems associated with the pandemic, as well as identity conflicts and migration. From the 30th to the 31st of March, leading researchers will meet at the University of Augsburg for the international conference “The Discursive Construction of Reality V,” organised by the Chair of Sociology. Alongside research, the conference will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung (ZfD),” which was founded in Augsburg.

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Visual zur Veranstaltung Diskurs Wissenschaft
March 27, 2023

New psychological support avatar for smartphones

As part of the EmmA project, the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Augsburg has developed a coaching assistant avatar designed to provide psychological support in times of occupational stress. It can recognise a user’s emotional moods via their mobile device and react appropriately in real time. The avatar is based on machine learning and complex data processing. The results of the project will be used in a follow-up study with people suffering from depression and is also part of an international collaborative project aimed at providing vulnerable people with access to personalised psychosocial services.

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A woman with a tablet showing the avatar "Emma"
March 14, 2023

One-off energy price allowance for students

With the €200 one-off energy price allowance, the federal government and the states are providing financial assistance to students to offset increased heating, electricity, and food prices. Applications for the one-off energy price allowance can be submitted from the 15th of March 2023. This is how the application process works.

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Geldscheine mit einem Heizungsthermostat
March 13, 2023

Science and evidence in the media spotlight

How was scientific evidence produced, communicated, and socially negotiated during the Corona crisis? To answer this question, media and communication scientists from Augsburg are analyzing around 1,000 newspaper articles from established media sources such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung and BILD.

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Blick über die Schulter eines Mannes, der in einer Tageszeitung liest
March 10, 2023

New cost-effective detector for high-energy UV radiation

Low-pressure plasmas are commonly used for coating spectacles or producing microchips. Yet very high-energy UV radiation is produced in these plasmas, which under certain circumstances can disrupt production. In order to measure the intensity and wavelength distribution of UV radiation, large and expensive devices have been relied on up until now. Researchers at the University of Augsburg have now developed an alternative system that is both portable and inexpensive.

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New detector
March 7, 2023

The effects of NFTs on the art market

Non-fungible tokens are based on blockchain technology known from cryptocurrencies. NFTs create a ‘proof of authenticity’ for digital works and confirm personal ownership of them, which is what makes it possible to trade virtual images. Twain Stolz, an art historian and economist, is researching the effects of NFTs on the art market.

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Digital artwork on a smartphone
Feb. 22, 2023

The University of Augsburg to Present AI Research at the AI.BAY Conference in Munich

The University of Augsburg is participating at the first Bavarian International Conference on AI, AI.BAY 2023, which will take place from the 23rd to 24th of February. The new forum brings together leading representatives of the Bavarian AI Network, international, high-profile guests, as well as state politicians to discuss the future of AI and international developments.

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Die Buchstaben KI, von einem 3D-Drucker generiert in einer entsprechenden Maschine als Symbol für das Thema.
Feb. 22, 2023

Augsburg researcher awarded the German parliament’s 2023 academic prize

The German parliament has awarded Augsburg researcher Mechthild Roos with the 2023 academic prize. She shares the award of €10,000 with Oliver Haardt. The jury selected Roos, a political scientist in the Chair of Political Science - Comparative Systems Analysis (Europe and North America), from 35 submissions. The president of the German parliament, Bärbel Bas, is expected to award the prize on the 10th of May 2023.

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Kuppel des Deutschen Bundestags, im Hintergrund Sonnenuntergang