16. April 2021 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │16.04.2021 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: self testing + logistics + high power + infection control + green city + take-off + trolls

Editor: Lisa Ryll, Laurenz Kötter

► Self testing

Yesterday we received the announced laity self-tests for this week. As it turned out, from now on we will no longer receive them in individual packages, but in packs of 25. A great deal of staff effort is now required to distribute all the tests to and within the institutions. All universities in Niedersachsen are facing this challenge. Please remain patient and continue to notify us of your needs using the appropriate form. We are looking for solutions and will get back to you as soon as possible.

► New Senate members

On April 21, the Senate starts for the first time with its new line-up: Martin Korte, Matthias Tamm, Patrik Recher, Christoph Hermann, Barbara Thies, Wolfgang Fritz, Bernhard Friedrich, Uwe Rossow, Frédéric Hasché, Regine Stegemann, Kai Brunzel, Franziska Iglisch and Amélie Pötzke.

► Professor Daniel Schröder new head at InES

On April 1, 2021, Daniel Schröder took over as director of the Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering (InES). He thus returns to Braunschweig after positions in Kyoto, Japan, and Giessen, Germany. He researches  innovative „next generation” battery technologies.

► Clever logistics concepts for urban factories

So-called hub-and-spoke concepts – a centrally controlled delivery – can reduce the volume of traffic in urban areas as well as emissions. Vehicle and location selection as well as the type of order pooling have a major influence. This is shown in a study by the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF).

► Dr. Michael Thomas appointed honorary professor at TU Braunschweig

On April 14, 2021 Dr. Michael Thomas of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST was appointed honorary professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The faculty thus recognizes his commitment for master’s lectures on surface engineering.

► High power at medium voltage

At the elenia Institute for High Voltage Technology and Power Systems the construction of a direct current test field started. Heavy equipment was used for the internationally unique facility.

► Infection Protection through Architecture

Scientists from the Institute of Construction Design, Industrial and Health Care Building and the Charité in Berlin are jointly investigating how COVID-19 outbreaks in hospitals and nursing homes can be minimized. They are developing a model architectural solution for building entrances.

► Goodbye Professor Kaag

After more than 20 years at the Institute of Building Construction, Professor Werner Kaag retired as a university lecturer at the end of March. Professor Berthold Heinrich Penkhues honored his services to the Department of Architecture in a laudatory speech.

► Seed Money to be awarded

The Core Research Area “Future City” is again funding a collaboration on research topics this year, with seed money available. Applications can be submitted until June 15.

► The green city

Urban gardening in public spaces, teaching and exhibitions in vacant stores, or apps for swap meets and give-away – under the direction of Professor Susanne Robra-Bissantz students of Business Information Systems have developed perspectives for Braunschweig as a service provider for citizens.

► Horizon Europe emergency call for urgent research into coronavirus variants

123 million euros is being invested by the European Commission in research on therapies, vaccines, and improved infrastructure for pandemic control. Short applications can be submitted until May 6.

► Temporary closure of Hermann-Blenk-Straße

Since yesterday the Hermann-Blenk-Straße has been closed in the area of the Lilienthalplatz and Eckenerstraße. The reason is the construction of a roundabout. Both the airport and the aerospace center remain accessible via the A2, and a large diversion is signposted. Construction work should be completed by the end of October.

► The food truck is back

Since April 12, hot meals are again available at the food truck at Forumplatz, NFF/ZLR and the research airport. Guess we’ll have to eat more, if it shall come more often than once a week.

► Better studying

Regardless, if it’s the learning workload, problems with self- and work organization, or exam anxiety: the ZSB’s individual learning and exam coaching offers students individual help.

► New offers of the workplace health promotion

At the beginning of the new semester, many new (online) offers for workplace health promotion were launched. Among other things: back fitness, yoga, office training plans and a health-oriented challenge.

► A “symbolic digital bouquet of flowers”

goes to Thomas Kronschläger for his contributions to ” Entgendern nach Phettberg” (de-gendering according to Phettberg). It was send by Claudia Mayerl, Institute for Urban Water Management, who wrote: “Finally, an idea that really makes life easier for us at the university. Thank you to a scientist who can also bring something light and positive to a difficult topic. For all of us who would like to speak in a gender-appropriate way but are unhappy with asterisks, colons and inward I’s, Thomas Kronschläger offers the solution.” In a Science Slam, he shows how this can be done.

► Darling of the Week

Please fasten your seatbelts: The Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Network’s drone flight with Sven Pullwitt as pilot invites you to a sightseeing flight over the University Square and through the main building. There are some spectacular perspectives on offer.