14. May 2021 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │14.05.2021 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: unmasked bacteria + batteries + disobedience + grass frogs + fathers

Editor: Laurenz Kötter

► Traffic lights for classroom teaching switches to orange

Beginning Monday, mandatory required practical courses, such as lab internships, can once again take place in a presence setting. Details on the necessary prerequisites are in our notes on the coronavirus.

► For your perusal: Info from the staff meeting

The staff meeting on May 6 met with great interest. 450 employees were present, a new record according to the Staff Council. For those who were unable to attend or would like to read more information, the presentations are online.

► Scientists from Israel and Germany unmask potentially dangerous bacteria

Virulent bacteria can be marked with modified sugar. A method for doing so has been discovered by chemist Professor Daniel B. Werz from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Professor Micha Fridman from Tel Aviv University – thanks to “completely complementary expertise”.

► More stress, fewer frogs?

In recent years the population of the native grass frogs declined drastically. In the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the Institute of Zoology, Dr. Katharina Ruthsatz is investigating whether environmental stress could be a possible cause in a DFG-funded research project.

► Dads wanted

What do the life situations of fathers look like, ask the Institute of Social Sciences and the Family Office. As part of the research project “You Don’t Need To Be Superheroes,” they want to find out what moves fathers.

► Battery research: LiPLANET network officially launched

On 7 May, the European LiPLANET network was officially launched. The Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB) is one of eight founding institutions. The aim is to accelerate the industrial series production of modern battery technologies in Europe.

► Constructive Disobedience

The symposium #ConstructiveDisobedience invites architects, engineers, manufacturers and craftsmen to exchange experimental ideas. Professor Helga Blocksdorf from the Institute of Building Construction reports on what “constructive disobedience” is all about.

► Less resource consumption, emissions and waste

On 11 May, the Circular Economy Initiative Germany (CEID) presented a roadmap with proposals for circular economy. Professor Arno Kwade chaired the working group on batteries in electromobility, in which Professor Christoph Herrmann also worked intensively.

► As Expert in the Bundestag

Professor Anja P. Jakobi of the Institute of International Relations was invited as an expert on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in the Bundestag on May 5. Issues discussed included adequate export controls and illicit markets.

► QVLS-iLabs in the final of Clusters4Future

The Integration Lab of the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony prevailed against 117 projects and is in the final of the BMBF competition Clusters4Future. The clusters are intended to strengthen regional transfer between science and industry and are funded with up to 5 million euros per year.

► Students at Work

In our Student Service Center series, Aaron Bongartz of Students@Work talks about how he helps with employment law issues while working part-time.

► Photo competition: Mobility in times of Corona

The Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) invites all amateur photographers to take part in a photo competition. The deadline for entries is 15 June 2021.

► Student survey in Germany

Germany’s largest student survey started on May 11, and all students at TU Braunschweig are invited to participate. Nationwide, one third of all students are surveyed.

► Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Program

The state of Lower Saxony supports research stays of postdocs in Scotland in tandem with Scottish colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact the Research Service and European Office.

► Darling of the Week

Our darling of the week is our Instagram channel. In a survey by the online marketing agency web-netz on the social media performance of universities in northern Germany, it came in second place. We’d like to toast to this virtually with you and look forward to welcoming more followers!