University-Wide Inaugural Lecture: Prof. Yana Vaynzof – Metal Halide Perovskites: Black Magic in a Bottle
The top researcher from Cambridge, Princeton, Haifa, and Heidelberg has been Professor of Novel Electronics Technologies at TUD and Institute Director at IFW Dresden since 2023. As a physicist, she introduces a remarkable class of semiconductor materials that can be processed by simple deposition methods and at low temperatures and used in high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. In addition to her expertise in materials science and electrical engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry member advocates for gender equality in STEM subjects. Everyone is cordially invited to the English-language event on October 19, which will be followed by a reception. Alternatively, the lecture can also be followed via live stream.
Milestone in the Leadership Culture Project: TUD adopts Leadership Guidelines
The TUD Leadership Guidelines were developed between November 2022 and July 2023 in collaboration with various working groups and constitute the shared leadership understanding at TUD. As the leadership culture project progresses, the guidelines will be imbued with life. Beyond the examination and optimization of structural frameworks, the focus is on the further development of leadership tools to best support managerial staff.
Information regarding the international partnerships of TU Dresden, including cooperation agreements, mobilities, and activities, is now available through the new Mobility Online Dashboard. The dashboard is part of the Monitoring Internationalization excellence measure and can be accessed through the new international partnerships web page. Do you have questions or suggestions regarding the Mobility Online Dashboard or would you like to use it for your international collaborations? Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cornelia Krause who will be happy to help.
The University Executive Board has already awarded the status of TUD Young Investigator to 71 outstanding, independent Junior Research Group Leaders since 2014. Now, three more extraordinary researchers have been appointed as TUD Young Investigators:
Dr. Natalia Mayordomo Herranz | Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry
Dr. Rico Friedrich | Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry
Dr. Anke Fuchs | Faculty of Medicine
This status reinforces the position of excellent, independent Junior Research Group Leaders in Dresden as a center of science and research by further integrating them into the faculties and by offering them a qualification specifically tailored to them.
New Workshop Program for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs Online
Research, write, present, apply for third-party funding, work in an interdisciplinary manner: The demands placed on scientists are truly diverse and challenging. During the winter semester, the Graduate Academy (GA) and the Postdoc Center are once again offering a comprehensive range of qualifications customized specifically to the needs of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows on the topics of leadership and management skills, career planning, science management, research work, and science communication. These offers are open to members of the GA and the Postdoc Center.
Doctoral student mentoring? Excellent! Finding the right balance between encouraging and challenging doctoral candidates is one of the more demanding tasks faced by university lecturers. Good mentoring not only contributes to the success of an individual doctoral candidate’s plans but also to the future potential of our university. In order to support mentors in this important task, the GA will once again be offering intensive workshops in 2024 on the topic of “Good Doctoral Student Mentoring” exclusively for mentors from all disciplines.
Registration | 4th TUDiSC Joint Conference: Myths of Disruption
Disruption is a multifaceted, but also volatile concept. We often fear disruption when we want a plan to work out smoothly. On the other hand, it is often considered a decisive factor for success. Terms like “disruptive innovation” point to myths that drive paradigms like “growth” and “progress” in ways that have been criticized by scholars and activists for both their conditions and their consequences. The TUDiSC conference from December 6-8 aims to explore such myths of disruption from different perspectives. All those interested are cordially invited.
International Conference on Disruption | Register Now!
The 12th annual conference of the “Discourse – Interdisciplinary” network on November 16 and 17 is dedicated to the multi-layered interconnections of discourse and disruption. The conference is aimed at researchers from various disciplines to discuss theoretical questions and empirical analyses of discourses (in) of disruption. A keynote speech will be delivered by TUDiSC speaker Lars Koch. If you are interested, please register promptly (online or in person).
Excellently family-friendly! TUD has been successfully audited since 2007
On September 29, TU Dresden’s re-audit was confirmed in the “family-friendly university audit” for the sixth time! The certification recognizes TUD’s long-standing efforts to create the best possible conditions for employees and students with children or caregiving responsibilities. One of the focal points in the new action program is strengthening the role of fathers.
Diversity is key: formats on-site and online, in German and English and from lectures to workshops to guided tours, hands-on activities and a film screening. Topics range from science, nutrition and fashion to social engagement and political issues. Curious? Then, welcome to the Diversity Days 2023 at TU Dresden from November 6-10 under the motto "Social & Sustainable: Diversity is the first step. Registrations are now open!
Lecture Series | Gender across Disciplines: Current Perspectives
Gender studies transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and look at different disciplinary objects with a variety of methodological approaches. This lecture series takes stock of current perspectives. German and English lectures will provide insights into the research of scientists from various disciplines.
Claudia Felser, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden and founding member of the Cluster of Excellence for Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter (ct.qmat), has been honored with the 2023 EPS Europhysics Prize. She shares this esteemed recognition with Professor B. Andrei Bernevig from Princeton University, USA.
The European Physical Society presented this award to celebrate their “seminal contributions to the classification, prediction, and discovery of novel topological quantum materials.” A solid-state chemist working at the intersection of chemistry and physics, Felser is a highly cited researcher on a global scale. She is an international pioneer in the design and discovery of new inorganic compounds, especially Heusler compounds and other topological quantum materials.
International Summer School on AI Applications for Medicine
The CeTI Summer School takes place once a year at the Dresden site for a period of one week. It includes topical lectures by the cluster, including collaborating faculties and leading researchers. This year CeTI collaborated with SECAI for the Summer School and chose AI applications for medicine as the topic.
New Research Group at PoL Investigates Collective Cell Migration in Living Tissue
Coordinated cell migration is essential for the development and repair of tissues. Dr. Elias Barriga joined the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL) in September to lead the new research group for Physical Measurements and Manipulations of Living Systems. His group will explore the physical cues and constraints on 3D cell migration, emphasizing on the role of electromagnetic signals for tissue development.
Physis of Life members awarded with ERC Starting Grants
In total 400 early-career researchers across Europe were selected this year for the prestigious Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to build their own teams and conduct pioneering research across all disciplines. We congratulate Ricard Alert, from MPI-PKS, for the project “The Spectrum of Fluctuations in Living Matter”, Agnes Toth-Petroczy for “Evolution of Biomolecular Condensates”, and Alexander von Appen for “Mechanisms of nuclear self-assembly” that conduct their research at MPI-CBG. All three award winners are members of the Cluster of Excellence PoL.
UPAP Medal and Early Career Prize acknowledge Physics of Life members
Two PoL members from the MPI-PKS were awarded by the Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) at the International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP), this August in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher was honored as one of two prize winners for the 2023 IUPAP medal for Physics of Life for his key contributions to the birth and development of the novel field of biological active matter physics. Dr. Ricard Alert was awarded the 2023 IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize for Biological Physics.
A newly published study sheds light on a crucial “safety belt” mechanism that protects the structural integrity of mammalian cells, allowing them to withstand mechanical stressors. The study, led by Prof. Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich from the Cluster of Excellence PoL in collaboration with the PoL member Prof. Michael Schlierf’s research group at B CUBE, reveals the remarkable adaptability and resilience of the actin cortex, a shield-like structure on the outer layer of mammalian cells.
Disruption and Upheaval in the Crosshairs of Research
Fear, hate and hope as resonances of a present that seems to be unravelling? This is what Lars Koch, Chair of Media Studies and Modern German Literature and co-spokesperson of the Excellence Initiative “Disruption and Societal Change” (TUDiSC), is investigating. Across disciplinary boundaries, he is analyzing disruption – that is, interruptions, damages, or even destructions of social or technical orders – and issues at the intersection of media and cultural theory, aesthetics, and (cultural) narratology. 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 reveals what sets Dresden apart as a location for his research.
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