15. September 2023 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │15.09.2023 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: Partnership with University of Melbourne + mussels in the wave channel + Sporty on the move

Editor: Mark Winter

► International network: Another partner for TU Braunschweig Down Under

TU Braunschweig and the University of Melbourne plan to intensify their cooperation in the areas of research and teaching in the future. This was officially recorded in Melbourne by TU President Angela Ittel and Prof. Mark Cassidy from the University of Melbourne in a Memorandum of Understanding.

► Future talk “AI, drive me home!”

On 20 September from 6 p.m., scientists from TU Braunschweig and DLR will give an insight into the current state of research on autonomous and connected driving at the Haus der Wissenschaft and via livestream. Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science Falko Mohrs has invited them to the third Future Talk.

► DFG Elections 2023

Online elections for the DFG Review Boards will take place from 23 October to 20 November. The electoral office is currently preparing the electoral roll and relies on the support of all institutions.

► Federica Ferraro: Sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels

One factor for a more sustainable future is the replacement of fossil fuels with more climate-friendly options. Jun.-Prof. Federica Ferraro is researching this at the Institute of Flight Propulsion and Turbomachinery and in the Cluster of Excellence SE²A. In the interview, she explains how her fascination for combustion physics was awakened.

► Simona Silvestri: “My research is to make space more accessible”

Since May, Prof. Simona Silvestri has been researching and teaching at the Institute of Space Systems on a new space infrastructure for the production and storage of propellants. In the interview, she explains how our thinking about space transportation systems needs to change to enable new and longer missions in space.

► No stress for mussels and barnacles

To ensure that marine organisms feel at home in the new saltwater wave current flume of the Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources (LWI) quasi-sea conditions are being created. The facility is due to be completed by the end of this year. We visited the construction site.

► Research starts on West Nile fever

The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and is increasingly found in Europe – also due to global warming. So far, there is neither a specific therapy nor a vaccine. Here, TU Braunschweig will work together with international partners on new therapies and vaccines against this virus as part of an EU Horizon 2020 project.

► Climate crisis up close: Research trip to China

As part of a visiting professorship, Prof. Robert Hänsch was on a collecting expedition near the northernmost city in China. This area is known for the occurrence of permafrost. But Prof. Hänsch and his colleagues on site experienced some big surprises.

► Sustainably into the semester abroad

TU student Wiebke Hoffmann cycled to Norway for her Erasmus+ semester abroad. In the magazine, she looks back on the 2,550-kilometre bike tour.

► Inaugural lectures

Prof. Nicole Mücke „Mathematische Herausforderungen in Data Science“, Prof. Maximilian Merkert „Konzepte und Methoden für Optimierungsprobleme mit mehreren Akteuren“, and Prof. Benedikt Jahnel „Interagierende Zufällige Systeme“ will hold their inaugural lectures on 19. September.

► Railway Day

The Railway Day is taking place this weekend. The two railway institutes (IfEV and IVE) are participating together with Faculty 3 in a big event on Schlossplatz on Saturday to present the Braunschweig rail transport region.

► Zukunftsregion: Kooperationsstelle part of the steering group

The Kooperationsstelle Hochschulen-Gewerkschaften SON (Cooperation Centre for Universities and Trade Unions) is part of the steering group of the “Zukunftsregion SüdOstNiedersachsen” (Future Region South-East Lower Saxony). It is thus one of 24 members in the steering group that decides on the awarding of funding.

► Horizon Europe Bioeconomy and environment

On 10th of October the TH Hamburg organises an information event together with the national contact point about the calls 2024. Registration for the German-language presence event in Hamburg is open until 5 October.

► Energy monitoring updated

On the Energy Saving website you can view the consumption and savings of heating energy and electricity. Two graphs depict the data for monthly consumption as well as the – now also with the data up to August.

► Register now for SE²A research club “changING”

The research club changING of the Cluster of Excellence SE²A will start a new round after the autumn holidays. Students in grades ten to twelve can register now. changING offers insights into research for sustainable aviation and the chance to research and experiment yourself.

► Darling of the week

Our darlings of the week are very sporty these days. Currently, the TU team has already collected more kilometres than last year in the city cycling event. And our runners also prove their fitness. Groups from many different institutes took part in the public service relay marathon. The team from the Institute of Communications Technology took an excellent second place in the overall standings. In addition, Konrad Stamer from the team of the Institute for Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety was the fastest runner of the marathon.

► Events

There is always something going at TU Braunschweig in the upcoming week. Whether lectures, discussions, information events, concerts, films and much more. Take a look at our calendar of events and let yourself be inspired.