Recognition for Young Researchers at RWTH Aachen


Dr.  Carola Silvia Neugebauer, junior professor for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, and Dr. Martin Salinga, senior researcher at the Institute of Physics of New Materials, have been accepted to the Junges Kolleg of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Acceptance to the Academy is one of the most meaningful honors in North Rhein-Westphalia.

  The awardees together with RWTH Vice-Rector Rudolf Mathar, NRW Science Minister Svenja Schulze, and Academy President Wolfgang Löwer Copyright: © AWK NRW RWTH Vice-Rector Rudolf Mathar, NRW Science Minister Svenja Schulze, Dr. Martin Salinga, Academy President Wolfgang Löwer, and Dr. Carola Neugebauer.

Juior Professor Dr. Carola Silvia Neugebauer

Carola Neugebauer studied landscape architecture at the University of Dresden and at ENSP in Versailles, France. In 2005, she became a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IfL), Dresden; in 2007, she took up a position at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography.

She obtained her doctoral degree in 2012 from the University of Dresden. In 2013, as a post-doc at IfL, she participated in the joint research project "Urban Reconfiguration in Post-Soviet Space.” Since 2014, she has been a junior professor at RWTH’s Faculty of Architecture.

In Europe, the critical reflection of cultural heritage and development of integrative, participative approaches for its conservation is largely conducted in the urban planning disciplines. Cultural heritage is not only considered worth of conservation, but is itself comprehended as a development resource. Dr. Neugebauer’s key research areas are the approaches and challenges of a sustainable, conservative urban development, with particular consideration for the UNESCO World Heritage Concept and the Eurasian space.

Dr. Martin Salinga

Martin Salinga, born in 1979, is a permanent academic staff member at the Institute of Physics of New Materials at RWTH Aachen University. After a total of two years abroad with research stays at Harvard University and the IBM Almaden Research Center in the Silicon Valley he returned to his alma mater, RWTH Aachen, at the end of 2006.

At RWTH he continued his studies on the switching behavior of phase change materials. After receiving his doctoral degree in physics he accepted a permanent position as leader of a research group in the summer of 2008.

Since July 2011 he has been a principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Center "Nanoswitches," and, as a manager of this consortium, he is also a member of the steering committee. Together with his team he investigates the dynamics of resistively switching materials and their application in novel electronics.

The Junges Kolleg

Up to 30 excellent young researchers of all disciplines can be elected into the Junges Kolleg of the Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts , for a maximum period of four years. They participate in the activities of the Academy and receive an annual stipend of 10,000 Euros.

Furthermore, members are given the chance to network with other outstanding researchers and benefit from the Academy's resources and infrastructure. A doctoral degree as well as exceptional academic and research achievement at one of the NWR universities or research institutions are among the prerequisites for acceptance into the College.


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