3. February 2023 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │03.02.2023 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: Election results + ERC Grant + textile reinforcement + Lower Saxon of the Year

Editor: Mark Winter

► Results of the university elections

From 20 to 27 January, all members of TU Braunschweig were called upon to cast their vote in the university election. The election results have now been published online.

► Interview with the TU9 presidents

Energy, sustainability, equal opportunities and a new understanding of leadership: these are just some of the topics our President Angela Ittel and the President of TU Darmstadt, Tanja Brühl, talked about as TU9 co-leaders with science journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda.

► Prof. Christian Kirches receives ERC Consolidator Grant

For his research in the field of mathematical optimization, Prof. Christian Kirches has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). His “SCARCE” project will be funded with about two million euros over five years. The ERC Grant is one of the most prestigious funding programs for scientists in Europe.

► Data factories

The “Information Processing Factory” research project is entering its second phase. The aim is to use new principles to master the growing complexity of chips and networked systems in the age of digitization. This is a cooperation with TU Munich, the University of California in Irvine and Kookmin University in South Korea’s capital Seoul.

► Is artificial intelligence controllable?

What will the coexistence and interaction of humans, animals and plants with machines look like in the future? The second SYnENZ symposium at the Haus der Wissenschaft will discuss the challenges of the interaction between natural and artificial intelligence on February 15 and 16.

► Ukraine, Corona, Cyberattacks – Research and Crisis Management

What role do research and science play in the management of crises? This was one of the topics discussed at “Learning from Crisis Situations” in Berlin. One of the speakers was Prof. Lars Gerhold. A publication on the conference organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI) and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) has now been published for download.

► When fibres support the concrete wall

One of the biggest challenges in 3D printing with cementitious materials is the integration of reinforcement. Our Picture of the Month shows how scientists in the Collaborative Research Centre “Additive Manufacturing in Construction” are developing textile-based reinforcement strategies.

► Mail from Seoul …

Florian Köbbe, a computer science student, sends us his tips for a successful stay abroad in South Korea.

► Do you already know Artur Atamantschuk?

The native Ukrainian works as an electronics technician in facilities management and tells us his story in the series “International Faces at TU Braunschweig”.

► Congratulations

… to Prof. Thomas Spengler! The Head of the Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production has been appointed to the Scientific Commission of the German Science and Humanities Council for another three years. He contributes his expertise in business management issues such as production, logistics, sustainability, mobility, energy transition, circular economy and digitalisation.

► Dialogue formats in February

On 14 February, there will be an informal exchange with President Angela Ittel at the Campus Hour in the 9bar. In the Digital Town Hall on 16 February, the President and Vice President Knut Baumann will give insights into the topic of system accreditation. On 23 February, you can discuss your concerns with the President in person at her next office hour.

► Fairtrade in everyday life

What is actually behind the term “Fairtrade”? Interested persons will find out on 21 February in the online event “Fairtrade in everyday life”. Registration for the course is still possible until 6 February via the registration portal of the Personalentwicklung.

► Research data management in the humanities and social sciences

On 21 March, GradTUBS, in cooperation with the Postdoc Programme and the UB, will hold an (exploratory) workshop on the topic of research data management specifically for humanities and social science researchers*. The workshop can be booked via stud.ip.

► Student competition: Temporary architectural pavilion

In cooperation with the city of Braunschweig and the Association of German Architects (Bund deutscher Architekt*innen), a student competition for the conception of a temporary architectural pavilion in Braunschweig’s city centre was announced. On 6 February, the submitted works of the students of the Department of Architecture will be examined at a public event and ten of them will be awarded prizes. The award-winning designs will be on display in the university’s architecture pavilion until 10 February.

► New funding offers from the Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation has published new funding opportunities: Open Up – New Research Spaces for the Humanities and Cultural Studies and Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources. An Online Q&A (in German) of the Open Up programme will be held on February 9.

► Darling of the week

Our darling of the week is also Lower Saxony’s 2022 Person of the Year. This title was awarded to Prof. Vadim Issakov, Institute for CMOS Design, following an online vote by the political journal Rundblick. He was honoured for his commitment, which enabled Ukrainian students to come to TU Braunschweig after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war and thus continue their studies. We say: Congratulations!