19. March 2021 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │19.03.2021 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: rapid tests + sustainability + pseudo-satellites + sports + do STEM

Editor: Laurenz Kötter

► Rapid tests

The federal and state governments agreed early in March on the role of rapid tests in combating the pandemic. Immediately afterwards, we notified the state of Lower Saxony of our need for self-tests or lay rapid tests (over 400,000 copies). The state must now decide on the allocation of rapid tests. We will inform you as soon as we have up-to-date information on this. In view of the rising incidences and the rising third wave, we ask, irrespective of the question of self-tests, to observe the rules of the TU Braunschweig, which continue to apply, and also to carry out rapid tests yourself.

► Managing sustainability in global supply chains

In his dissertation, Dr. Christian Thies from the Institute of Automotive Economics and Industrial Production developed methods for sustainability assessment using the example of electromobility. He was awarded by BME association for his work.

► 5G, Disaster Prevention, Agriculture – high-altitude pseudo-satellites

High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) are unmanned aerial vehicles in the stratosphere that aid in earth observation data and telecommunication. TU Braunschweig is involved in a research project to develop, for the first time, an operational concept for safe and efficient airspace integration of HAPS

► Doing digital exams

College lecturers report on more time-consuming preparatory work, familiarization with digital examination platforms, preparation of students, but also on the advantages of correcting and reviewing digital exams.

► Against the vacancy

What will happen to the Kaufhof building in Braunschweig? Lecturers and students of the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture and the City (GTAS) and the Institute of Structural Design (ITE) have developed futures for the vacant department store. In cooperation with the Allgemeiner Konsumverein e.V., they will show their work starting March 26 in the exhibition “Institute for Public Affairs. Galeria Kaufhof“.

► Between online and outdoor

Fitness classes in the living room, a lack of physical education in school, hygienically correct sports studies: the pandemic has changed the way we do sports. For Professor Esther Serwe-Pandrick from the Institute of Sports Science and Physical Education, this means a whole new set of challenges.

► Why STEM?

PhD student Doro Bischoff is doing her doctorate on the formation of planets and smaller celestial bodies. She talks about her physics studies and her work at the Institute of Geophysics and extraterrestrial Physics in an interview on the website of the nationwide initiative “Komm, mach MINT”.

► Attracting international postdocs to TU Braunschweig

On April 15, the Research Service and the European Office will present two funding lines in a workshop to attract international researchers to the TU Braunschweig.

► Darling of the week

“Currently, there are several security vulnerabilities in Exchange Server versions from 2010 to 2019 that, if exploited, could lead to a data leak. … Aggressors are focusing on educational institutions in particular.” Behind this dispassionate message in the GITZ incident blog is a dangerous IT security vulnerability and (fortunately!) a team at the Gauss IT Centre that successfully defeated it last weekend and in the days that followed. We and also members of the presidium, who were acutely affected, say: thank you. 

► And beside that: Support your locals!

How often do we dream of all of us being back on campus and going to the Mensa, the café or one of the pubs in the university quarter together after lectures or meetings. They are simply part of our campus life. But will they still exist when we’re all back on site? Stop by your favourite eatery. Many offer delicious take-away food, and all of them are in real need of all the support they can get!