14. January 2022 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │14.01.2022 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: Spotlight in the Space Lab + Architecture instead of antibiotics + Picture of the month + BLB-Cup + Fraud emails 

Editor: Mark Winter

► Quo vadis “Future City”?

Together with members of the Core Research Area, President Angela Ittel exchanged views on this topic. To discuss their research and visions they met at the ISU Space Lab on the 12th floor of the Architower. In her spotlight Prof. Ittel reports on the meeting.

► How comprehensible is the gender asterisk?

The Institute for Educational Psychology tested this in two experiments. Students were randomly given texts with only masculine forms or with gender asterisks. The results have now been published in “Frontiers in Psychology”.

► Architecture and infection prevention

The Institute of Construction Design, Industrial and Healthcare Building is researching how new room and building planning can reduce infections in hospitals. In the InfectControl video, Dr.-Ing. Jan Holzhausen and Michael Bucherer talk about the challenges.

► Picture of the month: Understanding how batteries age

The “headspace GC/MS system” is an eagerly awaited addition to the Battery LabFactory’s diagnostic line. It makes it possible, for example, to examine surface deposits in the components of a battery and thus develop longer-lasting batteries.

► Dr. Volker Wittstock awarded honorary professorship

Dr. Volker Wittstock (PTB) is a renowned expert in the fields of building acoustics, acoustic measurement technology and the treatment of uncertainties in acoustics. His lectures at the TU Braunschweig are popular because he is able to convey complex relationships precisely and clearly.

► Maximilian Merkert optimises mobility with mathematics

As an applied mathematician, he particularly likes the combination of basic theory and current application. At the TU Braunschweig, for example, he has been conducting research as a junior professor since October on how traffic light intersections can be improved.

► Science Council appoints Prof. Sebastian Stiller

The German “Wissenschaftsrat” has appointed Sebastian Stiller, Prof. at the Institute for Mathematical Optimisation, to the working group evaluating teacher training in mathematics. At the request of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, the working group is to help improve the quality of education and counteract the high dropout rates in the corresponding degree programmes.

► BLB Challenge Cup 2021 for Christian Thies

Dr. Christian Thies from the Institute of Automotive Economics and Industrial Production was awarded the 2021 Challenge Cup of the BatteryLabFactory Braunschweig (BLB). The award was given in recognition of his research work on the sustainability of batteries.

► Humboldt Research Fellowship for International Postdocs

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables international postdocs from all disciplines to spend a research stay in Germany. This is a great opportunity to attract young scientists from all over the world to TU Braunschweig. This is also the case for Dr. Sharareh Rostam Niakan Kalhori, a visiting scientist at the Institute of Medical Informatics.

► Funding Opportunity with Israel – Niedersächsisches Vorab

Applications for research cooperation between Lower Saxony and Israel can be submitted to the Volkswagen Foundation until March 3, 2022. This year, the life sciences and medicine are addressed.

► Phenomenally digital: ProDiGI funding line

Applications for funding digitally and internationally oriented courses and modules can still be submitted until January 16 as part of the Promoting Digital education through Global Interconnection project.

► Invitation to exchange round

The Project House invites all interested employees in technology and administration to a digital exchange round on January 19, 11-12 h, as part of the project “Flexible Working”. The invitation with access options and further information is available on the information portal.

► Future Day for girls and boys

On Future Day, pupils are offered insights into various professions and courses of study that are suitable for expanding the gender-specific spectrum of possible professions. You can register your offer for the next Future Day on April 28, 2022 by February 7, 2022 here.

► Dream career in science

What can successful careers in science look like and which factors influence them? Prof. Simone Kauffeld will answer these and other questions on January 20 at an event organised by the Kooperationsstelle Hochschulen-Gewerkschaften.

► Warning of scam e-mail

The CISO staff unit is currently warning of a widespread wave of fraudulent emails. The emails allegedly come from the direct superior and simply ask for immediate feedback. If you respond, the scammers ask you to buy voucher codes and forward them to them.

► Public health services (ÖGD) are looking for volunteers again

Above all, support is needed in contact tracing of infected persons. If you can imagine a secondment and your manager also agrees to it, you can find more information here.

► New Year’s raffle

MINT 4 TU – the TU’s overall strategy to attract women in STEM – starts the new year with a raffle of streaming tickets for the film “Picture a scientist – Women of Science”. The Equal Opportunities Office is giving away 15 tickets.

► Darling of the week

With a lot of effort, empathy and benevolent support, Dr Martin Bollmeier and Marianne Pieper from the Occupational Safety staff unit deal with every concern and were therefore chosen as our darlings of the week, not only by nominator Tim Wittmann. Congratulations and many thanks for the great work!