Showcases of Excellence at the Dresden Science Night
On June 30, TU Dresden opens its doors to the public at 5 pm. The Showcase of Excellence in the Foyer of the Auditorium Center will give you an insight into our teaching and research at TU Dresden. TU Dresden’s three Clusters of Excellence will highlight what exactly they are working on and will provide a fascinating glimpse into their research with presentations and hands-on activities. We will also answer your questions about the TU Dresden University of Excellence.
The film "Bright Minds. Excellent Research." was honored with the intermedia-globe GOLD award at the 2023 WorldMediaFestivals in the "Corporate Communications" category. The WorldMediaFestivals have been recognizing excellence in media at the global level for 23 years. The focus lies on audio-visual, print and online productions in the areas of information, education and entertainment. The TUD film was realized in cooperation with the Dresden company AVANGA Filmproduktion in 2022 to celebrate 10 years of TU Dresden being one of just eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. "Bright Minds. Excellent Research." offers insight into the leading-edge research being conducted by scientists at TU Dresden.
University-Wide Inaugural Lecture: Synthetic Fuels – A promise for Future Mobility? A Chemical Engineering Perspective
Synthetic fuels for sustainable mobility are the subject of hefty debate. In his University-Wide Inaugural Lecture on June 15, Prof. Markus Schubert, the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering, will illustrate potential process chains and point out critical steps needed for launching e-fuel production on a grand scale. Anyone who might be interested is cordially invited to the English-language event which will be followed by a reception. Alternatively, you can join the livestream of the event.
A meeting with TU Dresden alumni was on the agenda of the delegation of Saxony to New York City in mid-May, which also included TUD Rector, Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger, and the head of the International Office, Peter Rosenbaum. They discussed with the 40 alumni participants opportunities for further engagement, such as providing internships for TU Dresden students, and the possible establishment of a NYC Alumni Chapter.
Each year, the Graduate Academy (GA) is awarding a prize for excellent doctoral supervision in order to draw attention to the importance of good supervision for our doctoral students. TU Dresden has been one of the first universities in Germany to establish this award back in 2017. This year's award winner is Prof. Michael Zech, holder of the Heisenberg Chair of Physical Geography. Prof. Zech had been nominated several times in the past few years.
The EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy (YLA) promotes and connects researchers from all EUTOPIA partner universities. It fosters the advancement of their careers and encourages interdisciplinary scientific exchange. 20 fellows, two from each EUTOPIA university, will be given the opportunity to be ambassadors of the EUTOPIA Alliance for a period of two years. A mobility budget of EUR 5,000 will be available for this purpose. Applicants must be employed at TUD or head a Junior Research Group. Applications can be submitted by June 19.
The Postdoc Council of the Postdoc Center is governed by the Graduate Academy and is one of the few existing and elected postdoc councils in Germany. As such, it plays a pioneering role. The election for the new council representatives will be held on online between June 5 and 7.
Experience the topic of sustainability firsthand during the week-long Do it NOW campaign from June 19 to 28. Stakeholders from TU Dresden and civil society will introduce themselves and invite you to participate in a variety of networking events on offer. From a film evening to a workshop on sustainable event organization, a sustainability-themed breakfast or the RepairCafé, there’s something in it for everybody.
From Research to the Theater: Stories of Migration on Stage
A play about the history of migration in East Germany will be put on from July 6 to 7 in Dresden. The nine amateur actors will address everyday topics they themselves have encountered to some degree as people with a migration background or people of color living in Saxony. The play was inspired by the citizen research project "MigOst – Ostdeutsche Migrationsgesellschaft selbst erzählen" (MigOst – self-narratives of East Germany’s migrant society) currently being carried out at the TUD’s Center for Integration Studies, which has collected migrant perspectives on the GDR era, the years of reunification, and the present in three East German cities. The stories are now being given a stage thanks to the collaboration with the Dresden State Theater and the support of TUD in Dialog.
New Appointment in the Emerging Field of Water Research
As part of a joint appointment with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Prof. Jakob Zscheischler assumed the lighthouse professorship "Data Analytics in Hydro Sciences". The earth system scientist and Highly Cited Researcher 2022 heads the "Compound Weather and Climate Events" research group at the UFZ, and together with his team research combinations of climatic drivers contributing to ecological and social risks.
This conference aims at questioning "myths of disruption", though not (only) by disruptive means – exposing something as a myth, i.e., a lie – but by collecting and exploring the programs, narratives and utopias on which our disciplines, research subjects, and collaborative ideals rest and which they produce. We invite stories and studies which concentrate on a concept, a narrative or a promise of disruption in regards to future and the places and people affected by this promise.
Journals and specialist books are the common forms of publication used to present scientific findings across different departments. The possibilities presented by digital technology and formats are underrepresented and underused here. The forum’s aim is to have scientists who want to experience and change the way the current communication of science is limited to share experiences. The submission deadline is June 15.
This conference analyzes "disruptive imaginations" through the lens of science fiction and speculative fiction. It seeks to confront the internal fault lines or conflicts existing within their own constructions. Academic and creative work that challenges methods of both local and larger systemic change and that does not romanticize all things new are addressed in particular.
Review: Gertrud and Johanna Wiegandt - A Location for Women at TU Dresden
On May 2, TU Dresden and the Saxon Women’s Council (Landesfrauenrat Sachsen e.V.) officially inaugurated the first location dedicated to women at TUD, which will honor the sisters Johanna and Gertrud Wiegand, both of whom have been true pioneers in our university’s history. In her speech, Rector Professor Ursula M. Staudinger emphasized how important it is to create role models, especially for women in STEM subjects. The accompanying traveling exhibition was opened and attended after the inauguration ceremony.
Award-winning: Prof. Miki Ebisuya and the Stem Cell Zoo
Kyoto, Barcelona, Dresden - Japanese biologist Miki Ebisuya has received honors in every country she has worked in. Following the Japanese Award for Excellent Young Researchers (2019) and an ERC Consolidator Grant (2020), she was awarded the highest German research prize on May 11: the Humboldt Professorship. At TU Dresden, Ebisuya will pursue fundamental research questions about life as professor of Cell and Tissue Control. One of these questions has engaged her since childhood: what determines the big differences in the length of pregnancy in mice, elephants, and humans?
The third edition of the Dresden Communication Festival took place from May 8 to 12. It was a versatile week full of scientific dialogues, interesting lectures and new innovations. The main event for the Cluster of Excellence Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI) was the General Assembly on May 8 and 9 at the Dresden Congress Centre. The agenda included presentations and the introduction of our new professors, as well as scientific speed dating and a demo tour.
Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes After SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Researchers Find Possible Correlation
During the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in the chronic autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes was observed in children. Researchers at Helmholtz Munich and Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) of TU Dresden have now investigated whether there is a temporal association between infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the development of type 1 diabetes. The team of researchers explored data of over 1.1 million statutorily insured children born between 2010 and 2018 in Bavaria.
The Physics of Life (PoL) Cluster of Excellence takes up one of the great challenges of our time: Investigating life down to its very smallest building blocks in order to better understand the development of diseases and – on this basis – to be able to develop innovative therapies. Prof. Otger Campàs is Chair of Tissue Dynamics and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence PoL. Together with his interdisciplinary team, he is trying to find out how cells organize themselves and contribute to building organs during embryogenesis. He is one of the eight dedicated scientists featured in the film "Bright Minds. Excellent Research." which provides insights into cutting-edge research at TU Dresden. In the video, he explains what makes Dresden so special as a research hub.
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