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21. December 2021

The Final Assembly of the European FAIR4Health project

FAIR4Health is a project funded by the H2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS-04-2018) call for proposals. It is carried out by 16 partners from 10 different countries and lasts 36 months, active from 1 December 2018 until 30 November 2021. FAIR4Health encourages the application of FAIR principles in data derived from publicly funded health research initiatives, so that they can be shared and reused within the European Union (EU) health research community, defining an effective EU-wide strategy for the use of FAIR in Health.

The FAIR4Health Final Assembly was held on 24 November 2021 in Seville, where the researchers of the FAIR4Health consortium, experts from different fields (health research, data managers, medical informatics, software developers, standards and lawyers) met, with the aim of analysing the main outputs and conclusions of the project, including the assessment and the main considerations obtained after the completion of the FAIR4Health clinical demonstrators.

In this clinical demonstration of FAIR4Health, the application of the FAIR principles was carried out (to make data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) to facilitate the reuse and sharing of health data, all from a responsible vision. FAIR4Health partners worked on the clinical validation of the technological solutions in terms of computational mechanisms that allow the analysis of health data distributed throughout Europe.
In this way, health researchers in the European Union have been able to share and reuse their datasets derived from publicly funded research initiatives in a responsible way. FAIR4Helath has been the first proposal to translate this initiative to clinical research in Europe and is expected to have a strong impact on research outcomes and health and social care.
25. November 2021

Meet the BRICS

We are pleased to announce our upcoming BRICS Seminar Series “Meet The BRICS”. The first lectures will start on the 1st of December 2021 at 12 PM. From then on, the seminar series will be held regularly every first Wednesday of the month. In the first round, the BRICS research groups will present their scientific focus and one representative project. Dieter Jahn will present “State-of-the-art microbiology: From biochemistry over infection biology to biotechnology” and Christian Dudek will talk about “PRODORIC: state-of-the-art database of prokaryotic gene regulation”.

Location: BRICS Seminar room 045/046 on the ground floor and online. Due to the current situation, we are allowed to meet with a maximum of 40 people in the BRICS seminar room (3G). To participate in presence please register in the following Doodle link.
2. August 2021

Stefanie Koker appointed W2 professor

Stefanie Kroker has been leading the junior research group "Metrology for Functional Nanosystems" as a junior professor since April 2016. The scientists from the TU Braunschweig and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt work in the joint research centre LENA. With them, Professor Stefanie Kroker is researching, for example, how nanoscale structures interact with light and how light must be manipulated for quantum technologies.

In this way, Stefanie Kroker contributes to the major metrological collaborative projects in Lower Saxony, such as the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers and the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony. For these interdisciplinary research and networking achievements, she received the Lower Saxony Science Award in November 2020. On July 29, she was appointed W2 professor at TU Braunschweig by President Angela Ittel. The group picture of the appointment (from left): Professor Stefanie Kroker, Professor Markus Henke, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics, Professor Angela Ittel, President of TU Braunschweig, Dr. Silke Wollers, General Executive Manager of the Faculty.
16. July 2021

PhD program BIOMEDAS: Call for Application

The second class of the Biomedical Data Science PhD program (BIOMEDAS) will start in October 2021 and is seeking for interested students to join. BIOMEDAS was developed as cross-university PhD program within the Academy of the Translational Alliance of Lower Saxony (TRAIN). Several regional partners, all working at the intersection of bioinformatics, medical informatics, databases, data mining and machine learning, applied mathematics, biomedical modelling and analyses of complex networks, are brought together in the program. To apply for admission to the program, interested students are asked to send their application to biomedas@translationsallianz.de. All applications will be reviewed by the BIOMEDAS Strategy Board, personal interviews with the candidates are conducted if necessary and the final selection is made in September 2021.The applicants will receive a response by end of September. More information: www.translationsallianz.de/biomedas/.
9. July 2021

A map of quantum competencies

The European Union's “Quantum Flagship” aims to bring quantum technologies into use. This includes now training the skilled workers who will handle these technologies in the future. But what skills are actually needed? This is what Professor Rainer Müller and doctoral student Franziska Greinert from the Institute for the Didactics of Natural Sciences investigated. On behalf of the EU Commission, they created a "Competence Framework for Quantum Technologies" – a kind of map of all the competencies that can be acquired in quantum technologies. Based on this, courses of study or professional training measures can be developed, for example.

The two researchers at the TU Braunschweig thus support both the "Quantum Flagship" of the European Union and local initiative "Quantum Valley Lower Saxony". The goal is to develop an entire ecosystem of specialists for quantum technologies in Germany and Europe. The scope here includes projects such as MILQ, which aims to bring quantum physics into schools, or the establishment of a new master's degree program at the TU Braunschweig, which will equip engineering students with skills for the future use of quantum technologies.
5. July 2021

Applications open to SyMDROID Summer School on Systems Medicine

SyMDROID will provide you with training and education across clinical, molecular biological, data science, as well as ethical, legal, and social research. It will foster your interdisciplinary connection to other young researchers working in these fields. Renowned experts from different fields will not only give inspiring lectures, but will also engage with you in both direct and moderated discussions on diverse topics important for systems medicine. Importantly, you will have plenty of opportunities to engage in networking and hands-on work (e.g., during the interdisciplinary hackathon) in groups among your peers. SyMDROID provides a unique forum for horizontal exchange of expertise. The topic of SyMDROID (oncological and immunological diseases) as well as the involvement of clinical research groups, enables you to deepen your systems medicine knowledge using clinically relevant use cases and data provided by said groups.

SyMDROID will be hosted at the TWINCORE in Hannover, Germany from November 1st to November 5th 2021. Travel stipends are available and hotel rooms will be provided, if necessary. Please send your application including a letter of motivation, a current CV, and an abstract on your contribution (talk and poster) via email to symdroid@plri.de no later than July 31st 2021. The letter of motivation should contain a brief descriptions of your studies or research (whichever applicable), an explanation of relevance to the topic of SyMDROID, and it should describe the need and added value of the interdisciplinary exchange during SyMDROID, ideally outlining self-defined learning goals. Your application will be assessed by a board of reviewers consisting of experts in systems medicine and related fields. You can expect a decision on your application by end of August.
Screenshot of a smartphone displaying an e-mail notification 17. June 2021

New Service: International Newsletter of TU Braunschweig

From July 2021, the International House will offer a new newsletter service to keep you informed about all international topics at TU Braunschweig. The newsletter is aimed at students, employees in research and administration, alumni and the interested public. The topics cover a wide range of subjects, from strategic internationalisation topics at the university as well as information for international students and academics and information on stays abroad. The focus is also on intercultural topics, language courses, workshops and offers for (international) researchers. The newsletter is completed by exciting event tips with an international connection.

The International Newsletter is published every two months and is available in both German and English. When registering, you can choose in which language you would like to read the newsletter.

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12. May 2021

QVLS-iLabs: Technology transfer from quantum research

The Integration Lab of Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) has advanced to the second round of the Clusters4Future programme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as one of 15 projects. Originally, 117 projects had applied for funding by February 2021. With the competition, the Federal Ministry aims to strengthen regional innovation networks between universities, research institutions and companies. In the Integration Lab (iLab), the partners Leibniz Universität Hannover, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and the DLR Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing within the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) want to advance the transfer of knowledge and technology from quantum research, especially quantum computing, to industry.

iLab will have 250,000 euros at its disposal over the next six months to develop a viable concept. Up to seven clusters will be selected in mid-2022. These can realise their concepts in up to three implementation phases over three years each. Funding of up to five million euros is planned per funded cluster and year.
6. April 2021

TU article in the top 100 of Nature Scientific Reports 2020

Nature Publishing Group announced that an article by Goshtasp Cheraghian and Professor Michael P. Wistuba is among the top 100 articles in the journal "Scientific Reports" in 2020 (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68007-0). The annual Scientific Reports list ranks the articles with the most downloads. The listing is considered a predicate for particularly valuable research contributions from the global community. The Chief Editor Dr Richard White congratulated Cheraghian and Wistuba: “A position in the TOP 100 is an extraordinary achievement - your science is of real value to the research community.” Goshtasp Cheraghian is a research associate at the Institute of Highway Engineering, which is headed by Professor Michael P. Wistuba. Both described how bitumen can be protected from UV radiation and thus from premature wear in the paper "Ultraviolet aging study on bitumen modified by a composite of clay and fumed silica nanoparticles." A nanocomposite of clay and fumed silica improves the aging resistance of bitumen, a binder in asphalt.
16. July 2020

Gödel Prize laureate Prof. Mitchell gives virtual guest lecture at TU Braunschweig

How can one find an optimal roundtrip in a large network? Problems of this type are known to be very hard to solve, but occur in a large spectrum of contexts, both in theory and practice. In the first virtual Computer Science colloquium at the TU Braunschweig, Gödel Prize laureate Prof. Joseph Mitchell (Stony Brook University, USA) discussed a wide range of classic and brand new results that are based on geometric insights. In front of a broad audience, Prof. Mitchell described his result on approximating shortest geometric roundtrips and several other geometric optimization problems. He also described various connections to research in Computer Science at Braunschweig, to which he is connected by long-standing and ongoing cooperation. He will be back to Braunschweig in the future!
31. January 2020

Survey on bike sharing – only 7 minutes for ecofriendly mobility

The AStA and Geschäftsbereich 3 of TU Braunschweig are considering the introduction of a bicycle rental system to supplement the use of other means of transport.

The AStA has posted a survey online about this. Employees are also expressly and cordially invited to take part in the survey. The result will form the basis for further action.

The survey takes less than 7 minutes. Click here for the survey - thank you for participating!