Hot Topics – Explained by Experts at RWTH

A woman looking through a microscope © Mario Irrmischer

Below you will find a selection of key topics at RWTH.


Volcanic Eruptions? Beautiful!

Professor Klaus Reicherter © RWTH Aachen University

In Iceland, the ground is cracking open; in the Phlegraean Fields near Naples, it is rumbling violently – the ground is in motion. Professor Klaus Reicherter is head of the Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Teaching and Research Unit at RWTH Aachen University. The ground moves here, and the ground moves there, he says, and, in this interview, he explains why it rumbles mightily in the process.



Technology Instead of Accidents

Professor Dirk Kemper © RWTH Aachen

Dr. Dirk Kemper is deputy head of the Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering at RWTH. Together with his team, he is constantly working on technical solutions to prevent road accidents.



"I'm on a Mission."

Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer © Heike Lachmann

No, says Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer, students don’t need a perfectly predefined career plan. Most of the time, he says, it's enough to know which direction you want to go in life. And then you have to be alert and seize opportunities as and when they arise. Ideally, this then leads to establishing a startup. The head of the Chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems at RWTH recently received the 2023 NRW Innovation Award for turning such an idea into reality with the company Accure. We spoke with the head of Europe's largest battery systems research group about the award, dark doldrums, and his tips for young entrepreneurs. 



“We Need a C.E.R.N. for Artificial Intelligence"

Professor Holger Hoos © Peter Winandy

Monday marks the start of RWTH AI Week 2023. Professor Holger Hoos is one of the directors of the AI Center at RWTH. In this interview, he reveals where the AI journey is headed, what the real dangers are in the use of AI, and where the limits of AI use lie for him. He also has a lot to say about the heckelphone.



“Bans Are Not the Answer.” A Conversation With Professor Stefan Pischinger

Professor Stefan Pischinger © RWTH Aachen / TME

There is no climate neutrality without synthetic fuels, says Professor Stefan Pischinger, a leading expert on fuels and combustion and head of the Chair of Thermodynamics of Mobile Energy Conversion Systems at RWTH. We recently spoke with him about fuel cells and synthetic fuels, openness to technology, or his greatest wish for politicians – and we asked him what kind of car he drives.



Four-Day-Workweek? May Well Become a Reality

Portrait of Professor Verena Nitsch © RWTH Aachen

Engineering psychologist Professor Verena Nitsch talks to us about the four-day workweek and how our work life may look in the future.