15. January 2021 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │15.01.2021 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: yeast + wooden houses + hybrid planes + ministerial visit + moon settlement + ZeBra + university election + shuttle + challenge

Editor: Laurenz Kötter

► Producing active ingredients with yeast

Not only bread and beer, but also medicines: Rebekka Mögenburg investigates in the doctoral program “Drug Discovery and Cheminformatics for new Anti-Infectives” how the active ingredients of St.-John’s-wort can be produced with the help of yeast.

► The next generation of hybrid-electric aircraft

From small airplanes to large transport aircraft: The CHYLA project analyzes which technologies are suitable for electrifying aviation.

► When wooden buildings burn

A research team with the participation of the Institute of Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety wants to show that multi-story wooden buildings can be constructed to be just as fireproof as solid buildings.

► Lower Saxony’s Minister of Social Affairs Carola Reimann visited PVZ

Carola Reimann, Minister of Social Affairs of Lower Saxony, was a guest at the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering yesterday. The PVZ informed the minister about the challenging production of the vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and presented the competences of the center in this field. More info soon in the magazine.

► Step by step to a settlement made of lunar dust

In the MOONRISE project, researchers from Braunschweig and Hannover have come a big step closer to a laser-printed lunar settlement. At the end of the project, they succeeded in melting lunar dust into coherent orbits.

► A shuttle for public ransport in Braunschweig

What if in the evenings flexible shuttles were on the road in Braunschweig instead of empty, infrequently running buses? Two chairs at our university are helping the city of Braunschweig to implement this idea. To let all future passengers have a say, the project is starting with a survey.

► How teaching can overcome borders

For ten years, students from Mumbai have been coming to the institutes of computer science and electrical engineering on a regular basis. Professor Sándor Fekete told us how the exchange is possible even in times of Corona.

► View of the ZeBra construction site

The new Center for Fire Research (ZeBra) is currently being built at Campus East. Our photographer Max Fuhrmann was there when the 50-ton reinforced concrete columns were erected. They rise up to 23 meters into the sky.

► University election

The university election started today. Until January 22, senate and faculty councils can be elected online.

► CHALLENGEyourself

Workplace Health Promotion launched new digital offerings this week. Included is a weekly challenge on exercise, nutrition and stress management.

► Mask on!

In view of the current infection situation, it is now compulsory to wear a mouth-nose covering in offices, laboratories and other rooms at TU Braunschweig as soon as more than one person is in the room. More information can be found in the updated FAQ.

► Buddies to learn with

For many families in the Lockdown, homeschooling is a challenge – to put it kindly. Students from our teaching programmes are volunteering as Lern(learning)-Buddies. They help pupils with learning difficulties online or by phone.

► Darling of the week

Almost everyone has apparently been eagerly awaiting our favorite of the week – at least there have never been as many Instagram likes as for our snow-covered historical building. Even if the magic was limited in time, we were happy about the short winter journey.