Recognition for Two RWTH Researchers

The new members of the "Junges Kolleg" Copyright: © Andreas Endermann/AWK NRW

RWTH Researchers Professor Janina Fels and Dr. Christoph Michels have been accepted as young scholars into the “Junges Kolleg” of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.



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To promote young scholars and scientists, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) with the support of the Stiftung Mercator foundation established the "Junges Kolleg" in 2006.

Up to 30 outstanding young scholars and scientists from any discipline are appointed for a period of four years. Members are given academic and financial support, and they have the opportunity to discuss their projects in interdisciplinary working groups. A doctoral degree is a prerequisite for acceptance into the "Junges Kolleg," in conjunction with outstanding academic achievements at a university or in a research institute located in the state of NRW.

Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels

Janina Fels has been a Junior Professor of Medical Acoustics at RWTH Aachen since October 2012, and she is a visiting researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in the division “Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain.”

Her research includes investigating perception and communication in complex acoustic scenarios, such as classrooms and large-room offices, with a focus on cognitive processing. She is developing models and algorithms for audio systems and sound experiments, which can be used for the optimization of hearing aids, for example.

Fels studied Electrical Engineering, with a focus on communications engineering, at RWTH Aachen. In 2008, she completed her doctoral degree at the RWTH Institute of Technical Acoustics. She has been a visiting researcher at various research institutions in the US and in Denmark. In March 2013, she received the Lothar Cremer Prize of the German Acoustical Society.

Dr. Christoph Michels

Christoph Michels has been a research assistant at the RWTH Department of Ancient History since 2009. He studied History, Classical Archaeology and Art History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He participated in the DFG-funded Graduate Research Training Group “Political Communication from Antiquity to the 20th Century” and received his doctorate in a “cotutelle” arrangement between the University of Innsbruck and Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.

His key research areas focus on the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire and include the discourse on the characteristics of legitimate rule, the analysis of cross-cultural contacts, and identity constructions. His habilitation thesis investigates the practice of rule of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (138 - 161 CE).


Pictured in the photo are, from left: Dr. Christoph Michels; Professor Janina Fels; Svenja Schulze, NRW Minister of Innovation, Science and Research; and Professor Hanns Hatt, President of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.