Körber-Lecture@TUD Prof. Anthony A. Hyman | Research into Cell Droplets
In 2022, cell biologist Prof. Anthony Hyman of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) was awarded with the Körber Prize for European Science – one of the world's highest endowed prizes – for the groundbreaking discovery of a completely new state of biological matter: condensates. The discovery could hold the key to treating neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer's. On September 12, Prof. Hyman will hold a public lecture at 6:00 pm followed by a reception in the Heinz Schönfeld Lecture Hall. This event represents the first collaboration between TUD, the Körber-Stiftung and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.
Applications to the Eleonore Trefftz Program can still be submitted until October 15 and thus female scientists can be invited to TUD for three to twelve months. The female scientists develop courses, conduct independent research, network with their specialist community, and become acquainted with TU Dresden as an attractive employer. This year, TUD celebrates the 10th anniversary of the program and spoke with Dr. Sandra Buchmüller, who has been a guest at TUD since September 2022.
Apply by September 15: Call to Apply for Funding: Incentive Fund 2024
As an inclusive university, it goes without saying that TU Dresden recognizes and promotes diversity. In 2024, the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Incentive Fund will once again be open for projects and measures. These include new measures as well as projects that are already running, provided they promote diversity at TUD over the long term and can be implemented in 2024. 50,000 euros from the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments will be made available for this purpose.
In 2023, Diversity Days will be held at TU Dresden for the tenth time. In the week from November 6 to 10, the motto will be ‘Social & Sustainable – Diversity is the first step’. Working with various partners, particular emphasis will be placed on one dimension of sustainability: social sustainability. The program, along with details on the individual events and registration procedures, can be found online.
StuFoExpo meets Science Slam: Clearing the Stage for Student Research
On October 26, it's that time of the year again: After three years of being held online, StuFoExpo, an exhibition showcasing student research at TU Dresden, will take place in the Dülfersaal auditorium for all interested parties from 3 to 7 pm. Students from a wide range of disciplines have set themselves the goal of presenting their research projects to a non-specialist audience in an understandable and creative fashion – either as a two-minute pitch followed by a poster session or as a science slam with an audience discussion. Financial support for StuFoExpo is provided by the Funds for Student Research (FOSTER).
Second new Professor in 2023 in the Emerging Field of Water Research
The emerging field of water research welcomes another newly appointed professor. Prof. Bernhard Vowinckel has held the Chair for Multiphase Flows and Sediment Dynamics at TUD since August. An expert for sediment transport and computational fluid dynamics, he previously headed the Emmy Noether junior research group for particle-resolving simulations of cohesive sediment dynamics at TU Braunschweig.
TUDiSC & SLpB: Dark Patterns – Manipulative Design on the Web!?
Booking trips, watching funny videos on YouTube, scrolling through Instagram – we are using the internet all the time. Much of what used to cost money now appears to be readily available and free. But there is more to this than meets the eye. We may not be paying with money, but instead with our personal information, our time, or our attention. Often, we don't even notice that we are ‘paying’ – websites often use ‘dark patterns’ to elicit payment. The workshop in November will discuss information regarding forms of websites, how they operate, and how to regulate ‘dark patterns’.
The paper by TUDiSC spokesperson Prof. Lars Koch has been extremely well received and has already been viewed one hundred thousand times on the Springer website. The article outlines the main features of Donald Trump's ‘politics of disparagement’. It shows how Trump's communicative practices use outrage and hate tactics as a resource to set in motion a dynamic of collectivization and polarizing identification. A second, revised and expanded edition is currently nearing completion, and the research will now continue in the research initiative ‘The Disruptive Condition’ in collaboration with Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Moritz Ingwersen in an Interview on ‘Disruptive Imaginations’
From August 15 to 19, the first joint annual conference of the German Society for Fantasy Research and the American Science Fiction Research Association took place at TUD under the title ‘Disruptive Imaginations’ with more than 300 international scholars. The event was organized by Jun.-Prof. Moritz Ingwersen, Principle Investigator in the TUDiSC project ‘Transformative Place-Making for Uncertain Futures’, and his colleague Julia Gatermann. Ingwersen also spoke about the conference, disruptions and visions of the future with the radio station DLF Kultur.
The research network TUDiSC, an excellence initiative of TUD, recently started publishing a newsletter, which can be subscribed to via the TUDiSC website. It addresses all concerns related to disruption and societal change. It will also be possible to use the TUDiSC network to share your own (TUDiSC) news and events via the newsletter.
The Girls for Robots program offers female students throughout Saxony the opportunity to independently programme robots. The aim is for the girls to gain more experience and self-confidence in dealing with technology, thus promoting their interest in scientific fields. It will take place every fortnight on Tuesdays at 4pm from 12 September at the TU Dresden. The target group of the offer is girls from years 7 to 10 from all over Saxony.
Training Quantum Computers: Physicists Win Prestigious IBM Award
Quantum challenge completed: A team of five, headed by quantum physicist Prof. Ronny Thomale of the Cluster of Excellence Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter (ct.qmat) based at two universities in Würzburg and Dresden, secured second place in the international IBM Quantum Open Science Prize. The Würzburg research group managed to solve this year’s competition challenge on quantum magnetism. They devised an algorithm enabling IBM’s 16-qubit quantum chip to be trained to outperform conventional computing capabilities.
#researcHER: International Elite of Female Physicists visit ct.qmat
Hub for female quantum physicists from around the globe: From July 31 to August 2 they gathered at the behest of the Grete Hermann Network, part of the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat. With a steadfast commitment to promoting diversity and championing equal opportunities in science, the network not only celebrates the remarkable scientific achievements of women but also provides crucial support to female researchers as they navigate their career trajectories.
In a breakthrough akin to the effects of 3D cinema, scientists are using light particles to uncover the mysteries of electron behavior and propel our understanding of quantum materials forward. These materials, rich with potential for energy-efficient electronics and cutting-edge technology of tomorrow, are distinguished by their topological properties that could rarely be measured directly – until now. An international team of researchers, together with the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat, has made a significant leap forward by successfully validating a core feature of topological materials for the first time experimentally. The findings have been published in the esteemed journal Nature Physics.
Teaching Award for Prof. Elena Hassinger: Unpacking the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Scientific Careers
Elena Hassinger, Professor of Low-Temperature Physics of Complex Electron Systems at the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat, has received TU Dresden’s 2023 Diversity-Sensitive Teaching Award for her interdisciplinary seminar “The Big Bang Theory Syndrome: Why should we care about stereotypes?”. The award honors teaching staff or concepts that bring the subject of diversity to the fore and foster a greater awareness of its importance among students.
Evolving Elegance: TUD Scientists Connect Beauty and Safeguarding in Ammonoid Shells
With 350 million years of evolution culminating in almost two centuries of scientific discourse, a new hypothesis emerges from the B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering at TUD. B CUBE researchers propose a new explanation for why ammonoids evolved a highly elaborate, fractal-like geometry within their shells. Their analysis shows that the increasing complexity of shell structures provided a distinct advantage by offering improved protection against predators. The findings are published in the journal Science Advances.
Researchers Find New Pathway for HIV Invasion of Cell Nucleus
A study published on August 10 in the journal Nature Communications has identified a new pathway that human immune deficiency virus (HIV) uses to enter the nucleus of a healthy cell, where it can then replicate and go on to invade other cells.
A Varied Life Boosts the Brain’s Functional Networks
That experiences leave their trace in the connectivity of the brain has been known for a while, but a pioneering study by researchers at DZNE and TUD now shows how massive these effects really are. The findings in mice provide unprecedented insights into the complexity of large-scale neural networks and brain plasticity. Moreover, they could pave the way for new brain-inspired artificial intelligence methods. The results, based on an innovative “brain-on-chip” technology, are published in the scientific journal “Biosensors and Bioelectronics”.
Prof. Simon Alberti, managing director and research group leader at the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of TUD, was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). EMBO membership recognizes his research excellence and outstanding achievements in the field of molecular and cell biology. As an EMBO Member, Prof. Alberti joins a society of top researchers in the world.
The Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI) Cluster of Excellence aims to enable people to communicate with virtual worlds in real time. To this end, the scientists at CeTI are conducting unique, interdisciplinary research as a basis for applications in medicine, industry and the Internet of Skills. Prof. Frank Fitzek is head of the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence. It is his vision that everyone - regardless of gender, age, cultural background or physical limitations - should have access to these skills and expertise. 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.
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