April to June 2022, Issue 196
After two years of coronavirus restrictions, life slowly seems to be getting back to normal. Visits to restaurants and cinemas, public festivals, major sporting events, etc. are possible again. And after four mostly remotely taught semesters, students are once again filling the lecture halls and classrooms. As you can see from the following news and announcements, life has returned to the RWTH campus. The alumni team is also looking forward to welcoming numerous RWTH alumni in person again – at the Lousberglauf on July 6 or at the doctoral anniversary celebrations on September 2.
Summer vacation has just started in North Rhine-Westphalia, and families are enjoying the break from the school routines. We hope, of course, that the sunny weather and the newfound freedoms can lift everyone’s spirits a little elsewhere as well, despite the war, climate, and energy crises. Have a great summer and please stay healthy!
Warm greetings from Aachen,
Your Alumni Team
Registration for the 2022 doctoral jubilee still open until June 30
This year we honor those doctoral candidates who completed their doctorates and received their certificates in the years of 1996 and 1971, respectively. The celebrations of this year’s silver and golden doctoral anniversaries will take place on Friday, September 2, 2022 from
5:30pm in Aula 1 in the RWTH Main Building. Doors will be open
from 4:30pm. The invited jubilarians can still register with the alumni team until June 30.
Making More Scholarships Available to RWTH Students
RWTH wants to support more students with scholarships thanks to the extra funds raised through a so-called Matching Challenge. Under the Deutschlandstipendium program, excellently trained and motivated students at RWTH Aachen University receive a monthly scholarship of 300 euros for one academic year. Half of this funding is raised by the University from private individuals, companies, or foundations, while the other half is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This matching principle, which has been in place since 2011, is now expanded with a special challenge so that each donation has an even greater effect. All RWTH alumni and University members, but also anyone else interested, can join in and donate any amount of their choice. Every euro donated will be quadrupled in the end. The idea originated with a partner at a Frankfurt law firm, who is now challenging RWTH alumni and University members to get involved. Details
German President visits RWTH Partner University in Indonesia
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Indonesia on the occasion of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Indonesia. On his only visit to an Indonesian university, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogjakarta, he participated in a panel discussion on Food Security, Global Challenges and Interdependencies on June 17. He was accompanied by Ambassador Ina Lepel and Dr. Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate. RWTH Alumnus assoc. Prof. Doni Prakasa Eka Putra presented the GetIn-CICERO Laboratory, which was established with funding from the BMBFand is now jointly operated by RWTH and UGM. Further information
Continued Education & Career
"RWTH Alumni Job Portal" Online
On our RWTH Alumni Job Portal, companies can post job offers for vacant management positions or qualified and experienced professionals. If you would like to publish a job posting, please send an email.
At the same time, this platform is aimed specifically at our alumni who are looking for career advancement and change. Currently, job offers in the fields of chemical industry, metallurgy, renewable energy, network strategy, IT, traffic planning and management, tool industry, and special heavy construction are posted there.
Due to vacation leaves, further job offers can only be published after July 21.
RWTH International Academy offers: Reduced Participation Fees for Members of the RWTH Alumni Network
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. When booking a certificate course, seminar, or full-time degree program, you receive a 5 percent discount, while for part-time programs, you receive a 10 percent discount. You can book your course or degree program on the website of the International Academy.
Executive MBA Technology Management
Your knowledge, experience and a healthy intuition have already taken you far - with the Executive MBA from RWTH Business School, you can extend your lead even further! Intensive modules on management and leadership provide a toolbox for making sound decisions and deriving recommendations for action.
The focus of the program is on the opportunities for companies arising from new technologies and digital transformation. The next start is in October 2022 and applications will be accepted until August 31. Simply send us an email if you are interested.
The New MBA at RWTH Business School
Want to take the next step in your career to drive the digital transformation of industry? Our Full-Time MBA in Digitalization & Industrial Change paves this path for you. You will directly experience how digital technologies are applied in modern industries and acquire professional as well as interpersonal skills to lead digital projects in a team to success. Applications for the start of the upcoming winter semester are still possible until August 31, 2022. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us via email.
IDEA League Launches New Program
As a member of the IDEA League, a strategic alliance of five leading European technical universities, RWTH Aachen University is participating in the new IDEA League Future Tech Executive Programme. The program is initially devoted to two topics: Sustainability and Emerging Technologies. These exclusively tailored tracks were created so professionals can learn directly from the experts at the forefront of technological advancement. Professors from ETH Zurich, TU Delft, RWTH Aachen University, Politecnico di Milano and Chalmers University will help them acquire the skills and expertise to build a sustainable business for Industry 4.0. The program also addresses the alumni of the IDEA League Universities. Further Information
An Opportunity to Participate in an RWTH Study
Are you employed and have or are expecting a grandchild in your family? Then you are exactly what we are interested in for our study on “Family and Working Life in Middle Age.” In this study, we will examine how (expectant) grandparents perceive their working and family life by surveying them five times at intervals of six months. We also want to find out more about their attitudes towards retirement, but also about possible changes in family life during this phase of life.
To participate, you must be employed, at least 50 years old, and have an adult child. The five surveys take only 15-30 minutes each, and we always remind participants when the time for another survey is approaching. As a thank you for participating, there will be a raffle at each of the five survey times, and in addition, participants will be making an important contribution to research on psychological development processes among people in midlife.
All information will of course be treated confidentially and evaluated anonymously. If you have any technical problems, please feel free to contact Jasmin Dorry.
Science & Business
Chemical Pollution Threatens Biodiversity
Pollution of the environment with chemicals threatens biodiversity. That said, pollution is a highly complex process and has so far been only insufficiently understood by policy-makers – this is what an international research team argues in an article published in the current issue of the academic journal Science. The team is led by Professor Gabriel Sigmund from the University of Vienna, Professor Andreas Schäffer from the RWTH Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics, and Ksenia Groh from the Eawag Water Research Institute (Dübendorf, Switzerland). The researchers call on decision-makers and scientists to critically look at more chemicals than has been required so far. Their article was published shortly before the start of international negotiations on a new biodiversity agreement, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The negotiations take place from June 21 in Nairobi, Kenya.
CERN, RWTH and the Origin of Mass
The discovery of the Higgs boson on July 4, 2012 at the major research institute CERN was a scientific sensation. The physics world celebrated the success of a nearly 50-year search, which at times had been quite an adventure. Exactly ten years later, events are being held across Germany to highlight the discovery of the Higgs boson, its significance, and the work that has been going on since then. At RWTH Aachen University, the physics department is hosting an exhibition with lectures and discussions under the heading of “10 Years of Higgs – CERN, RWTH, and the Origin of Mass.” Please note that the event language is German.
On Monday, July 4, the evening will begin at 7pm in the foyer of the C.A.R.L. Lecture Hall Complex, Claßenstraße 11, with an exhibition. Following that, starting at 8pm in Lecture Hall H02, RWTH professors Robert Harlander, Lutz Feld and Johannes Erdmann will shed light on various aspects of the Higgs discovery.
Pop-Up Campus on the Future of Construction
The former Wüstenrot branch on Theaterstraße in Aachen is set to become an experimental field for climate-neutral construction with the Zukunft Bau Pop-up Campus. The joint project with the RWTH Faculty of Architecture with the City of Aachen, the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBSR) and the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building will initially demonstrate the transformational ability of the building until September. The process will then be exhibited in the form of a public window display. This experimental exhibition design offers space for a wide range of projects and provides cross-university constructive impetus for the necessary transition to sustainable building. The aim is for architecture faculties all over Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium to get in contact with each other at the different events and for networking to be promoted through inter-faculty communication.
Joining Forces to Achieve a Scalable Semiconductor Quantum Computer
Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University, and the Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) are pooling their complementary expertise in the fields of semiconductor and quantum technology.
Quantum computers offer enormous potential, for example to speed up the search for materials and medical agents or solve logistics problems. However, a question that has not yet been resolved is how large quantities of quantum bits, or qubits for short, can be realized. Qubits are the elementary building blocks of a quantum computer. Many applications, however, require a large number of qubits. Semiconductor qubits offer several advantages in this respect, as processes from established semiconductor production can be used to implement them.
RWTH Fares Well in QS World University Rankings
The latest QS World University Rankings put RWTH Aachen University among the 150 best universities in the world. The University has reached position 147 and has thus been able to improve significantly on its previous ranking of 165. RWTH currently ranks seventh in Germany. The ranking was published by the British information service provider Quacquarelli Symonds; it is compiled annually and is considered one of the most important university rankings. It analyzes internationalization, reputation, academic staff-to-student ratio, and quality of publications. The number of international students and employees determines the internationalization indicator. RWTH achieves a better ranking here than the previous year and is ranked second in Germany for international students.
Paving the Way for Error-Free Quantum Computing
Together with physicists from the University of Innsbruck, a research team led by Professor Markus Müller has demonstrated a set-up for fault-tolerant quantum computing in the lab. For quantum computers to be useful in practice, it is necessary to detect and correct the errors occurring in quantum systems. In collaboration with experimental physicists from the University of Innsbruck, a team from RWTH Aachen University has for the first time implemented a universal set of computational operations on fault-tolerant quantum bits, demonstrating how an algorithm can be programmed on a quantum computer so that errors do not distort the result. Due to the precision of modern computers, data processing errors have become a rarity. However, for critical applications, where even a single error can have serious consequences, redundancy-based error correction mechanisms are still being used.
Startup Center at RWTH Shows “Excellent Performance”
The largest fully integrated technology incubator in Europe is to be established in Aachen. This is the stated aim of the project proposal titled “Your Venture, Your Way – Leading the Way in Orchestrating Entrepreneurship”, which was successful in the competitive “Excellence Start-up Center.NRW” (ESC) program of the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia. RWTH is one of six universities to receive funding from the program. A jury of experts appointed by the NRW Minister of Economics and Digital Affairs, Professor Andreas Pinkwart, has confirmed the outstanding performance of the six participating start-up centers and recommended providing continued funding until the end of 2024. If the centers succeed in implementing their plan to provide follow-up funding from their own resources, support from the program will even be extended until 2025. Initially, funding in the amount of 150 million euros in total was granted until mid-2024.
|July 1, 2022||Open Air Concert: „Schau am Bau“|
|July 3/16/24, 2022||Tour de Science - Experience RWTH on Your Bicycle|
|July 6, 2022||2022 Lousberglauf|
|July 7, 2022||Meet the Circular Economy: Applied Sustainable Innovations|
|August 18, 2022||59th Aachen Building Materials Day|
|September 2, 2022||Reception for the 2022 Gold and Silver Doctoral Jubilarians|
|September 3, 2022||2022 Graduation Celebration|
|September 7 – 8, 2022||2022 International Symposium on Plastics Technology|