Issue #121

   COVID-19 Feature
   Project DEAL
   Events and Supporters


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education like no event before it. 1.6 billion students have been affected worldwide with 94% of learners subject to school closures, according to the United Nations. While the detrimental effects of the pandemic on education will continue beyond the development of a vaccine, the pandemic has also spurred unprecedented innovation.
In our September newsletter we dive into some of the newest educational technologies and approaches in Germany. We feature a startup educating medical students with holomedicine, an organization whose online platform allows students to make their own decisions about their education and a group of German research institutions making scientific research accessible to everyone. In an interview we chat with Dr. Kathrin Breuing of the University of Konstanz about her research on how digitalization and demographic changes are changing the culture of knowledge in the workplace. 

COVID-19 Feature


Learning and the Pandemic
The struggles surrounding education and COVID-19 have been two-fold: first, schools and universities struggled to rapidly digitize education; now the same institutions are reckoning with how to safely reopen. Read on in our feature article

Training for the World of Tomorrow

The Future of Knowledge Sharing
Dr. Kathrin Breuing is a Postdoctoral Researcher of the digital transformation and workplace learning in the 21st century at the University of Konstanz. In an interview we chat about work and COVID-19, demographic changes, the German vocational model and more.


Augmented Reality and Holomedicine
With 3D images displayed through augmented reality goggles, a Hamburg company is changing the face of surgery, patient interaction and medical student education. Learn more. 


Democratic Education

A Berlin-based organization has developed an online platform that lets students actively participate and contribute to the design of their daily school routine. Find out how.

Research Without Paywalls

The higher education and research institutions of Germany believe science should be accessible to everyone. Read about their agreements with two of the largest academic publishers and their effects on the world of research. 

Events and Supporter News

  • Join startup founders, academics and policymakers to build Biopolis, the green city of the Future, at the FUTURE FORUM: Building Biopolis, online October 14-17. Check out the newly-launched website:  
  • The University of Cologne has joined six other European universities selected by the European Commission to study the "economy of wellbeing" and Universität Hamburg has launched a new COVID-19 lecture series. More in The Latest from Our Supporters.