Entitled "Strategic Communication and Visibility", the seventh and final Future Lab of the year will take place on July 22, 2021, focusing on the following questions: How does TU Dresden want to be perceived? Which communication processes can be further optimized internally and externally? How and in which direction should TUD develop in order to support students and graduates successfully as an authentic brand? The Rector, Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger, and the new Chief Communication Officer (CCO), Marion Schmidt, invite all staff members, students, and alumni of TU Dresden and the DRESDEN-concept institutions to join in the discussion. Registration is now open.
Working together to advance the digitalization of TU Dresden
The sixth Future Lab took place on June 14, providing a new stimulus for university-wide digitalization. After welcoming remarks by the CTIO (Chief Officer Technology Transfer and Internationalization), Prof. Ronald Tetzlaff, and a summarizing and trend-setting keynote speech by the CDIO (Chief Officer for Digitalization and Information), Prof. Lars Bernard, a total of 184 participants discussed the opportunities and risks of digitalization in the areas of teaching, research, and administration in seven theme-based groups. The group concerned with developing a user-friendly intranet was received particularly enthusiastically and received great feedback.
Future Lab Teaching: the didactic vision of the future
On May 26, members of TUD and DRESDEN-concept partner institutions discussed dynamic teaching strategies. In addition to a presentation of measures to promote research-oriented teaching, such as FOSTER, the discussions focused primarily on the teaching of soft skills and on digital teaching models, as hybrid and asynchronous formats have proven effective.
DRESDEN-concept lunch retreats: a successful new format
Since February 2021, monthly DRESDEN-concept (DDc) lunch retreats have featured researchers from DDc member institutions presenting scientific topics and exploring their potential for cluster proposals. Each topic is discussed with participating DDc researchers during the one-hour event. The next events will take place on July 15, August 24, and September 24. Researchers from all DDc institutions are cordially invited.
SAN VII "Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence" kick-off
DRESDEN-concept invites you to the Scientific Area Network (SAN) "Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence" digital kick-off event on July 16, 2021. The SAN provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the key technology of artificial intelligence. During the kick-off event, relevant research approaches and findings will be presented by researchers from DDc partner institutions.
Funding for DRESDEN-concept Summer Schools – which are run by two or more DDc partner institutions – is available from the EXU measure "DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus". DDc expects the collaboration and bundling of research competencies to further strengthen the attractiveness of Dresden as a location for junior scientists. The funding offers include the mediation of cooperation partners, the joint application to the DDc Summer School including a public event, and the provision of material resources.
TU Dresden aims to develop and expand the transCampus initiative with King's College London, and to further establish it as an interdisciplinary research-guided collaboration with a strong impact on education and transfer. With an annual call for proposals, TU Dresden supports projects that strengthen the partnership with King's College London, and that aim at joint initiatives like workshops, publications, and applications for third party funding or the exchange of graduates and early-career researchers. Proposals can be submitted up until September 10, 2021.
FOSTER: funding opportunities for student research
The Funds for Student Research (FOSTER) has existed since 2020. It is financed using funds from the Excellence Strategy and supports projects related to student research as well as research-oriented teaching and learning at TUD. The projects that have been financed so far vary widely in format, ranging from the funding of student research stays, participation in conferences, exhibitions of student research, to the funding of publications and research equipment. Both students and lecturers can submit funding applications at any time up to the amount of 10,000 Euros.
In the coming years, six interdisciplinary research projects will promote research, such as into digitalization as a disruption of social systems, at the “TU Disruption and Societal Change Center” (TUDiSC). The interdisciplinary orientation of the projects is paramount, as this will help develop the Emerging Field “Social Change” in the overall university context. At the same time, the funded projects will test innovative approaches and working routines while cooperating with different scientific cultures. Research on disruption at TUD thus includes disturbances in the cognitive process – implicit impulses that also contribute to the emergence of new thinking and research spaces at the university.
The Graduate Academy’s (GA) Postdoc Starter Kit funding program aims to support outstanding postdoc early-career researchers with various measures to further develop and sharpen their scientific profile. Professional assessment coaching as well as a self-analysis are an integral part of the application process. The individual coaching sessions will take place from July 5 to September 24, 2021. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.
The Graduate Academy (GA) will be offering information on the individual funding programs as well as the selection and funding criteria, not to mention supporting tips on the application process, in its web seminar entitled "Funding Programs of the GA / TU Dresden" on July 19 and 20 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The newly published factbook entitled "Diversity@TUD" clearly and descriptively presents a variety of data on the topic of diversity at TUD. The publication is intended to supplement the annual statistical reports and is designed to provide the best possible picture of diversity among students and employees. Transparent communication about one’s own diversity and its potential is an important means of creating information tailored to our target group.
Prof. Karl Leo receives the European Inventor Award
Dresden physicist Prof. Karl Leo has been chosen as the European Inventor of the Year 2021 in the "Lifetime Achievement" category. He is receiving the award for his trailblazing work in organic semiconductors, which is reflected in more than 20 European patents and numerous successful spin-offs. Leo is one of the 25 principal investigators of the Cluster of Excellence Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter (ct.qmat), where he primarily researches semiconductor-based topological photonics.
The current research results have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
"Construction manual" for quantum materials
Physicists from the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat have discovered a minimum distance at which electrons in wires made of quantum materials must flow in order to conduct electricity in a loss-free manner. Thanks to these findings, we are taking a step closer to using topological insulators in electronic components. Since the first demonstration of this new class of materials in 2007 by a member of the cluster, worldwide research into topological quantum materials has been booming. After all, they promise "green electronics" that will make future technologies more sustainable.
Digitalization in the classroom: CeTI launches online school modules
The importance of digital technologies is evident now more than ever before. The Cluster of Excellence Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI) has therefore launched a project to promote early-career researchers in order to strengthen STEM education in schools. Alongside scholarship holders from the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, trained teachers and psychologists, CeTI scientists have developed digital teaching modules that make tactile internet, artificial intelligence and the possibilities of digitalization comprehensible.
Dresden is very familiar with Artificial Intelligence (AI). On June 10, 2021, Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen, in cooperation with Dresden-Marketing, once again hosted a press trip to the AI metropolis of Dresden. The TU Dresden Cluster of Excellence CeTI kicked off the trip with a presentation of newly developed demonstrators. Afterward, the media representatives visited the TUD spin-off Wandelbots and other well-known businesses in the industry such as Infineon, SAP, Globalfoundries, and Bosch.
EMBO Workshop "Physics of living systems: from molecules to tissues"
In June 2021, the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL) hosted a 4-day EMBO workshop to discuss recent advances in the field of biological physics, focusing on emergent principles that govern the dynamic organization of living matter. The virtual event brought together 41 speakers from biology, physics and computer science and over 300 registered participants from all over the world.
The study has been published in the renowned magazine Nature Communications.
Lead Halide Perovskites: a horse of a different color
In a joint experimental and theoretical effort between Lund University (Sweden), the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden, researchers developed a novel spectroscopic technique for the study of charge carrier dynamics in lead halide perovskites. Metal halide perovskites have been under intense investigation over the last decade due to the remarkable rise in their performance in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells or light-emitting diodes.
Dr. Lu Yang received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. This prestigious fellowship will support Dr. Yang over the next two years to perform research in the Anastassiadis and Stewart groups at the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of TU Dresden.
Virtual Anniversary Conference celebrated 15 years of the CRTD
The Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TU Dresden celebrated its 15th anniversary. The online anniversary conference brought together 30 speakers and over 200 registered participants from all over the world.
After the newsletter’s first issue on January 4, 2011, today’s email marks our 100th issue. For more than ten years, we have been able to report on important progress in the implementation of the excellence measures and the further development of our university, in addition to many exciting reports from the TU Dresden Excellence and Research Clusters. But we couldn’t omit international awards, important award ceremonies, and amazing events as well. As editors, we are delighted that you are interested in the newsletter and would like to thank you for your loyalty!
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