SARS-CoV-2 made everyone aware how fast an unknown virus can spread worldwide and bring big parts of public life to a standstill.

The Leibniz Research Alliance ‘INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World – Humans, Animals, Environments’ aims to understand how Covid-19 and other infectious diseases spread and which role biomedical, ecological, socio-economical and political aspects play in this. ISAS is one of the 18 partner institutes that are part of the alliance. Prof Dr Matthias Gunzer, immunologist and scientific director of the department Biospectroscopy, represents the institute.