October to December 2019, Issue 188



150 Years of RWTH: Invitation to Alumni Day

Dear Alumni,

We invite you to spend a special weekend in Aachen and at your Alma Mater. While we will be hosting a big festival for the anniversary in the city center on June 20, 2020, we would also like to celebrate the special occasion with you. We therefore invite you to join us on June 19 for Alumni Day, a kick-off event for the big festival.

Alumni Day will be held exclusively for you at Campus Melaten, at the core of RWTH’s hub of innovation, where business and research come together. On this special day, many of the institutes, clusters, and companies located there will open their doors for you and allow exclusive insights into their research and development activities, focusing in particular on production technology, energy & mobility, and medical technology.

At the Alumni Forum, you will also be able to meet various alumni organizations and faculties of RWTH. An extensive range of lectures and other exciting events will ensure that you will have an eventful and enjoyable afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you at Campus Melaten and celebrating 150 years of RWTH together! If you would like to come to the event, please use our non-binding pre-registration form.

There you will always find the latest information on Alumni Day as well as all the other events related to the anniversary.

Your RWTH Alumni Team

Partnerships, Sponsoring, and Donations

Would you like to take advantage of the positive environment and continuous attention generated by the anniversary celebration to address your company’s target audience? Then become an anniversary partner of RWTH Aachen University and celebrate together with us! We would be happy to advise you on possible participation options as a partner and sponsor of the anniversary. Your Alma Mater will also be pleased to receive donations.


Alumni Spotlight

Prestigious EU Grants for RWTH Researchers

Professors Twan Lammers and Franziska Schoenebeck have been awarded Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council. ERC Consolidator Grants are among the most valuable and prestigious research grants in Europe. The grants are awarded by the European Research Council and are designed to support excellent scientists in further developing and consolidating innovative research. Candidates should have seven to twelve years of experience after completing their doctorate. Further, applicant researchers must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition, and feasibility of their proposal. Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to two million euros for a period of five years.

ERC Synergy Grants for RWTH Researchers

Professor Florian Amann, Chair of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at RWTH Aachen University, has received an ERC Synergy Grant from the European Union. As part of the “Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture” project conducted in collaboration with researchers from ETH Zurich and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome, Amann will investigate the development and forecasting of earthquakes.

Five RWTH Scientists Among World’s Most-Cited Researchers

Five RWTH Aachen University scholars are among the " Highly Cited Researchers – the list of the most cited researchers in the world. Physicians Karl Zilles, Twan Lammers, and Fabian Kießling have been named for the first time. Also represented are the biologists Björn Usadel and Ralph Panstruga. Panstruga was named to the list in 2014 and 2015, while Usadel has been recognized regularly over the last couple of years. In research, citations serve as an indicator of the importance of a publication and the quality of the work. The more a paper is referenced by other scientific research papers, the higher its visibility and, thus, also the worldwide perception of the author.

RWTH Professor Simone Paganini Receives State Teaching Award

RWTH Professor Simone Paganini, professor of biblical theology at the University since 2013, was awarded the State Teaching Prize in the category of "Digital Teaching and Learning" in Düsseldorf. Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW Minister for Culture and Science, presented the awards at the Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. The State Teaching Prize, or “Landeslehrpreis,” was awarded for the first time. The aim is to honor outstanding and innovative achievements in university teaching in five categories. The prizewinners each receive 50,000 euros to continue developing their projects.

Presentation of the 2019 Friedrich Wilhelm Awards

This year, RWTH Aachen University honored 30 graduates with the 2019 Friedrich Wilhelm Award for their outstanding achievements. These included 13 Master's theses, 15 dissertations, and 2 habilitations. The Friedrich Wilhem Award is presented by the foundation of the same name, which was founded in 1865 by the predecessor of the current AachenerMünchener holding company.

Sharmishta Chakravorty Receives 2019 DAAD Prize

RWTH student Sharmishta Chakravorty from India was awarded the 2019 DAAD Prize for her outstanding academic achievements and intercultural engagement. Rector Ulrich Rüdiger presented the award, worth 1,000 euros, during Welcome Week. Chakravorty, a student in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering, is currently writing her Master's thesis on "Modeling Electrical Energy Networks with Graph Theory in Python.”


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 5 percent less when you book a certificate course, seminar, or full-time Master’s course of study and 10 percent less when you book a part-time program. You can book the courses and study programs on the International Academy website.

Annual Program of Certificate Courses and In-House Programs

Industry 4.0, digitization, and continuous process optimization are part of most employees’ everyday lives. In order to meet the requirements of the rapidly changing industry, employees must develop their knowledge with continuing education programs. The certificate courses and in-house programs support companies in integrating current research knowledge directly into individual work processes. The course portfolio features the categories of production technology, robotics, quality management and engineering and provides a broad spectrum of knowledge by combining academic theory and practical application.

You can find further information on our offers and can also register for them on our homepage. If you have any questions, please contact: Kim Schönberg, , phone: +49 241 80 97865.

Continuing Education Offers From WZLforum

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


Science & Business

German Council of Science and Humanities Issues Positive Report on University Medicine in Aachen

The RWTH Faculty of Medicine and Uniklinik RWTH Aachen are well-positioned to meet current and future demands in teaching and research. In 2017, the NRW Ministry of Science commissioned the German Council of Science and Humanities to evaluate university medical institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia. In a joint press conference, the experts drew a positive conclusion: The collaboration between the RWTH Faculty of Medicine and Uniklinik RWTH Aachen has been judged to be exemplary and constructive. According to the report, the research profile is trend-setting, and teaching and learning innovative. Moreover, in terms of research output and transfer into practice, the Aachen institutions were said to offer ideal framework conditions. The report however notes that there is a demand for more space and calls for an increase in specialist staff.

RWTH Cooling System Installed on the International Space Station

Astronauts grappled the Cygnus 12 supply ship with the International Space Station’s robotic arm at the beginning of November 2019. Almost four tons of equipment for the ISS were on board, including the coolant system for the alpha magnetic spectrometer, AMS for short, built at RWTH Aachen University.

Then it was time for the most complicated part of the mission. Astronauts Luca Parmitano of ESA and Andrew Morgan of NASA connected the new coolant system to AMS-02. Three field missions in space, each lasting around seven hours, had previously been required for the installation. The cooling system was connected to AMS-02 and put into operation, but not yet completely filled with coolant, as the final leak tests still have to be carried out. These will be part of the fourth spacewalk. The date for this has not yet been set.

Students Free Water of Microplastics in "Plastractor” Project

A group of students from Aachen took part in the iGEM competition and presented their "Plastractor", which removes microplastics from liquids, at the competition final in Boston, US. The international student competition in synthetic biology attracted more than 6,000 participants in a total of 370 teams. The Aachen team won the gold medal for their highly complex research. Their project also achieved top position in the "Best Environmental Project" category. The group includes eight students from RWTH Aachen University and one student from FH Aachen. They are enrolled in biotechnology, biology, electrical engineering, or physics. The group independently organized, implemented, and financed their project.

RWTH's CLAIX is Germany's Fastest University Computer

RWTH officially inaugurated the "Cluster Aix-la-Chapelle" high-performance computer, CLAIX for short, during a small ceremony at the beginning of October. The project was jointly realized by RWTH Aachen University, its IT Center, and the Aachen branch of the NRW Construction and Real Estate Agency (BLB NRW). “We are very pleased that CLAIX, Germany's fastest university supercomputer, is located in North Rhine-Westphalia. The new computer, which is operated jointly with Forschungszentrum Jülich, provides an outstanding research infrastructure and will make a decisive contribution to further expanding the leading position of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich in the fields of simulation, data analysis, and high-performance computing," said Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW Minister of Culture and Science.



January 11, 2020

Einstein's Music Box – the Aachen Symphony Orchestra Comes to RWTH

January 16, 2020 Lecture: Technological Opportunities and Challenges for the Energy Transition
January 16 and 19, 2020 Music & Motion - Collegium Musicum Concert
January 22, 2020

Lectures: RWTH Explains the Nobel Prize - Alleviating Global Poverty; What If? Potentials of Economic Historical Research

January 30 and 31, 2020 Fourth Aachen Conference: Identity of Architecture – Construction
February 19, 2020

Psychiatric, Psychotherapeutic, and Psychosomatic Colloquium - Lecture: "Schlaf, Schlaflosigkeit und psychische Erkrankungen"

March 11, 2020 Lernen.Forschen.Machen. The Science Evening.
March 20, 2020 RWTH Alumni Get-Together in Hamburg

This represents just a handful of events happening in the city. Take a look at more upcoming events organized by RWTH, the city of Aachen, and the aachen convention.


The Alumni Newsletter editors would like to thank all their readers for staying connected to their Alma Mater. The Alumni Team wishes all RWTH alumni a happy holiday season and hopes 2020 will be a successful and peaceful year for you.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! - Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Frohes Neues Jahr! - Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année! - Vrolijk Kerstfest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! - Feliz Navidad y Próspero Ano Nuevo


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Editor: Dietrich Hunold
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