January to April 2019, Issue 185


Alumni News

RWTH Alumni Meeting in Berlin: Tour and Company Visits at the EUREF Campus

We are delighted to invite you to a very special event in Berlin once again this year. We would like to explore the EUREF Campus with you on May 24, 2019. First we will go on a general tour of the campus and will then have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at two of the companies located there – openBerlin Cisco Innovation Center and Meshicon. To finish off this lovely event, we will have our usual dinner together. As always, each participant pays for their own dinner. Further details on the location will follow shortly.

Please note that when you register a binding fee of 20 euros per person for the EUREF Campus event will be due and you must pay this amount, even if you do not attend the event in the end. No refunds will be offered. You will receive an invoice once you have registered.

Premiere: First RWTH Alumni Get-Together in Vienna

This year there will be a get-together in Vienna for RWTH alumni for the first time. This event is being organized on the initiative of a dedicated alumnus. All alumni living in or near Vienna are warmly invited to join the event on May 24, 2019. As it is the first event of its kind in the city, the idea is to have an initial dinner to get to know each other in a nice, friendly atmosphere. Participants pay for their own dinner. We are excited to hear what the alumni will plan for the next meeting.

The meeting point is Der Bettelstudent restaurant, Johannesgasse 12, 1010 Vienna. The event starts at 7pm. A maximum of 15 participants may attend the event. Please register by May 13, 2019.

Save the date: RWTH-Alumni Get-Together in Weimar

We are pleased to inform you that we will organize a get-together in Weimar this year, on June 21, 2019. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. Therefore we will go on a city tour in the afternoon and then enjoy a nice evening meal. More detailed information will follow shortly.

Register for the Lousberglauf 2019

The Lousberglauf will take place on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The run starts at 7pm. As in previous years, the alumni team offers all graduates who are enthusiastic runners the opportunity to participate as usual.

If you are interested, you can find out more and register by by May 26, 2019, stating your target running time.

Third RWTH Campuslauf

A nice atmosphere of friendly competition will pervade Campus Melaten once again on May 10. The 2019 RWTH Campuslauf starts at 3pm for all running fans and cardio enthusiasts. After previous runs in 2017 and 2018, this event will now be held for the third time on Campus Melaten. Besides the classic 4.6 km and 9 km runs, there will also be a relay race of 4 x 2.3 km.

It is not only adults who have the opportunity to be active at the RWTH Campuslauf. Adopting the motto “Bring Your Kids”, the University Sports Center is offering children the opportunity to follow in their parent’s running footsteps in cooperation with the Montessori Kindergarten Vincerola and three other day-care centers run by the Studierendenwerk. Who knows, maybe in a few years to come, the kids will also compete in the Campuslauf! This year, Kindergarten Vincerola will also join in on the fun on Campus Boulevard, offering children an entertaining two-hour event program by the running track.


Alumni Spotlight

Matthias Wessling Receives 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

The membrane technology expert from the RWTH Chair of Chemical Process Engineering is one of the six researchers that were awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize on March 13, 2019, in Berlin. According to the German Research Foundation, Wessling is one of the leading experts in the field of membrane technology and polymer research worldwide. He receives this recognition for his groundbreaking work on the description, understanding, and synthesis of semi-permeable membranes, that is synthetic membranes which are selectively permeable.

Membranes are thin layers of material which are capable of separating molecules, for example. They are used in a broad range of industrial processes, such as desalination, waste water and exhaust treatment processes. Moreover, they are important components of fuel cells and high-performance batteries.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most important research award in Germany, offering prize money of 2.5 million euros. Prizewinners are only chosen from a slate of nominations proposed by third parties.

ERC Consolidator Grants Go to Two RWTH Researchers

Professors Karen Veroy-Grepl and Christoph Stampfer have secured highly prestigious EU research funding for the next five years. The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded by the European Research Council, ERC for short.

The Consolidator Grants, which come with up to two million euros of funding, are awarded to young investigators who have seven to twelve years of experience after completing their doctorate. The funding aims to support them in consolidating and developing their innovative research further. The total funding amounts to two million euros and is intended for a set five-year period.

Christian Hopmann Elected SPE Fellow

Professor Christian Hopmann was named SPE Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers as part of ANTEC 2019 – the world’s largest technology conference. Hopmann is Chair of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University.

The "Fellows of the Society" are selected individuals who stand out for their outstanding achievements in science, technology, or management in the field of plastics technology. Christian Hopmann, born 1968, studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, specializing in plastics technology. In the year 2000, he received his doctorate for his thesis on ceramic injection molding from Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Walter Michaeli.

Matthias Wuttig Honored As Outstanding Researcher

RWTH Professor Matthias Wuttig – researcher at RWTH and Forschungszentrum Jülich – has been named 2019 MRS Fellow. MRS – short for Materials Research Society – thereby recognizes the physicist’s path-breaking contributions to the advancement of phase-change materials, including unraveling their unique bonding mechanism, unconventional transport properties, and unusual kinetics. Wuttig studied physics at the University of Cologne and received his doctorate from RWTH in 1988. In 1997, he took over the Institute of Physics of New Materials.

ARCHES Prize for German-Israeli Research Project

Professor Nina Kolleck from the Diversity Teaching and Research Department at the RWTH Institute of Educational Science and Dr. Miri Yermini from Tel Aviv University have been presented with the Award for Research Cooperation and Highest Excellence in Science, ARCHES for short. The social sciences scholars were honored for their research on the mutual influence between schools, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations, conducted as part of a project entitled “The ‘Start of a Beautiful Friendship?’ – Comparative Study of German and Israeli School NGO Interactions Across Different Socio-economic Strata.” The prize is worth 200,000 euros.

RWTH Professor Dörte Rother to Receive DECHEMA Award

The 2018 DECHEMA Prize has been awarded to Professor Dr. Dörte Rother, a researcher at RWTH and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The award, which includes 20,000 euros in prize money, will be presented to her on May 23, 2019 in Frankfurt. According to the press release issued by the Association for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnolgy, DECHEMA for short, the scholar is being honored for her ground-breaking achievements in the development of efficient synthetic enzyme cascades for the production of high-quality chiral substances.

Dörte Rother studied biotechnology at RWTH and completed her doctorate at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 2008. Since 2018, she has held a professorship at the University while also leading the "synthetic enzyme cascades" research group in Jülich.

Archimedes Prize for Physics at RWTH

A team from RWTH has been awarded the 2019 Archimedes Prize for developing the phyphox app. The annual award was conferred by MNU, the Association for the Promotion of STEM Education and comes with prize money of 4,000 euros. Pupils and students can use the Phyphox app to conduct experiments on their own. The app uses various sensors integrated in modern smartphones as a basis for a broad range of experimental measurements. The app was developed by a team led by Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks from the RWTH Institute of Physics II.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH Alumni Job Portal Online

On our alumni jobs portal, companies can post job offers for management positions or qualified and experienced professionals. This platform is specially designed for RWTH alumni, as our graduates – in particular those who already have work experience – are highly sought-after in the fields of business, economics, and industry. If your company is interested in posting a job offer, please send our alumni team an .

International Academy Offer – Reduced Fees for RWTH Alumni Network Members

As a member of RWTH’s alumni network, you can benefit from reductions in course fees when you book a further education course at RWTH International Academy. You pay 10 percent less when you book a course of study and 15 percent less when you book a certificate course or seminar. To take advantage of this offer, make sure you use your RWTH email address when you book on RWTH’s Weiterbildungsplattform. This offer cannot be cumulated with other reductions or promotions at RWTH International Academy.

Digital Solutions in Production

Industry 4.0 is considered a tremendous opportunity to increase competitiveness. The digital transformation makes it possible to enhance efficiency, productivity, and quality. In this seminar you will learn to identify inefficient processes in various areas of production. Further, you will be able to identify procedural weaknesses and know how to generate digital applications and propose solutions along the value chain.

The seminar is intended for engineers, technicians, managers, and executives from the fields of mechanical engineering, manufacturing, electrical engineering, IT, digitalization, HR, and operative and strategic management.

Communication in Industry 4.0

Networked production creates interoperability between formerly proprietary encapsulated systems. In this course, you will understand the implementation of a continuous production network and get to know interacting information networks. The course, which runs from September 9 to 13, is intended for engineers from the area of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering with fundamental knowledge of communication in computer networks.

23rd Career Day for Family Enterprises – Apply Now

On July 3, 2019, the 23rd Career Day for Family Enterprises will take place at TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen.

RWTH graduates and alumni will be able to discuss individual career prospects with the owners and decision-makers of Germany's leading family-owned companies.

RWTH alumni and students who are about to graduate will receive a so-called wild card, which means they do not have to go through the official application process, but are admitted directly. In order to redeem a wild card, you have to enter the keyword "RWTH wild card" in the application form in response to the question "How did you find out about the event?” The application deadline is May 20, 2019.

Continuing Education Offers From WZLforum

Take a look at the trainings currently being offered by WZLforum.


Science & Business

RWTH to Begin Construction on the Largest European Tech Incubator

RWTH is delighted about a decision made in their favor for the funding program "Startup Centers of Excellence.NRW", offered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. This will allow the University to implement its project "Your Venture, Your Way – Leading the Way in Orchestrating Entrepreneurship.” Until 2024, the Ministry will be funding six universities with up to 150 million euros in total. Now, Europe's largest fully integrated, so-called technology incubator is to be established in Aachen. It will be created around the essential core, the Collective Incubator.

Analyzing the Past – Shaping the Future

Under the title "Analyzing the past - shaping the future. Technology, Economic and Social History Research since the 1960s", the Research Unit for Economics and Social History and History of Technology at RWTH WISOTECH for short, hosted the 12th conference of the Aachen Centre of Excellence for History of Science.

The conference was held to mark the 50th anniversary of WISOTECH. The event was headed by Paul Thomes, who has chaired the institute since 1995. Upon his invitation, around 60 guests discussed the perception and generation of knowledge and the effects of knowledge in the past, present, and future in this interdisciplinary event.

Climate, Technology, and Our Future: What’s in Store for Us?

The question of energy and therefore climate are crucial for the future of humankind. Both questions are closely linked to the massive population explosion, which is still ongoing. In our world of 10 billion people, are sufficient energy potentials available everywhere at a reasonable cost? Is this compatible with the goal of decarbonization? What do the energy policy strategies of major nations such as the US look like? What can we expect of new technical developments in the energy sector? How should the energy transformation in Germany be classified in this context and can the 2°C climate target still be achieved?

RWTH alumnus Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Josef Radermacher, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Ulm, gave a lecture on these questions upon invitation from the RWTH Department of Computer Science and outlined possible solutions. If you missed it, you can watch the lecture now thanks to a recording from Video AG of Student Council 1.

Airbus and RWTH Collaborate in Materials Research

As part of the “Airbus Advanced Metal Research Program,” Airbus will collaborate with the RWTH Chair for Corrosion and Corrosion Protection, KKS for short, in a research project spanning several years. The chair, which belongs to the RWTH Foundry Institute, is one of only three European partners in this research program. The collaboration will investigate materials and manufacturing processes for the future use of metallic materials in aircraft construction.

Authorization Process Contributing to Decline in Insects

Researchers are calling for the pesticide authorization process to be revised. This demand is based on a study which RWTH’s Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics as well as the Research Institute for Ecosystem Analysis and Assessment were involved in. The findings have now been published in the article Future Pesticide Risk Assessment: Narrowing the Gap Between Intention and Reality in the Environmental Sciences Europe journal.

RWTH and Tokyo Institute of Technology Expand Collaboration

RWTH Aachen University has been collaborating with Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2007. Now the ties between the universities are further strengthened with the establishment of a European liaison office of the Japanese university in Aachen. Further partners are Forschungszentrum Jülich and businesses from North Rhine-Westphalia.



UN Secretary-General António Guterres at RWTH

On May 30, 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will receive the Charlemagne Prize 2019. The day before, the designated prize winner will visit RWTH and will be at Lecture Hall H01, C.A.R.L. Lecture Hall Complex, Claßenstraße 11, from 2:15pm to discuss current European affairs.

You may only be admitted to the event upon presentation of a valid digital or printed ticket, which you can get from the RWTH AStA website. A maximum of three tickets per person can be ordered.



May 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence: Military Use of Civil Research? Holding Research Responsible

May 24, 2019

Blood drive at Couvenhalle

May 25, 2019

Au Revoir, Original Kilogram

May 28, 2019 Urban Design Congress What Is the Future of Shopping?
June 4, 2019

RWTH FH Sports Day

June 13 and 14, 2019

AIMS – Aachen International Mining Symposia 2019

June 24, 2019

Medical Research on Patients Suffering From Dementia: an Ethical Issue?

July 2, 2019

Uni at City Hall: Cashless Payments – Will Cashless Payments Eliminate Hard Cash?

July 3, 2019

Talk „Spelling Reform for Maths/IT“, Rolf Windenberg (alias: Prof. Dr. Bernd Wolfinger), Universität Hamburg; Computer Science Center, Ahornstraße 55, Building E3, Room 9222

July 6, 2019 5th RWTH Motor Day


This is just a small selection of the events happening in the city. You can find all the planned upcoming events organized by RWTH, the city of Aachen, and the aachen convention.


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