The new CAS research focus "Stardust" brings astrophysicists and biophysicists together with theologists and philosophers. The work will center around the question of how the insights of modern astronomy transform our picture of the Earth and hence the relationship between humans and the world. The cultural, religious and social consequences of a possible discovery of life in space will also be reflected upon.
Spectacular conclusion to the research focus "Biology of Genomes": two panel discussions will be concerned with current topics from the field of biological research. The first of these, entitled "Smallpox is Back", will investigate the possibilities and risks of experiments with potentially dangerous, eradicated pathogens. In a further open forum on the topic of "The Glass Human", scholars from the fields of human genetics, law and philosophy will discuss the advantages and problems of a population-wide genome sequencing.
The CAS research focus "Writing Prose" will also come to its conclusion in the winter semester. A conference on "Cohesion forms of prose" will once again demonstrate the multi-disciplinary interest in supposedly commonplace aspects of language.