Alumni News 02-2018
Ulm University’s 51-year anniversary
“Cutting-edge research is lived and breathed at Ulm University“
Ulm University celebrated its 51-year anniversary on Friday, 20.07.2018, with inaugural lectures, doctoral awards and a keynote speech delivered by Professor Otmar D Wiestler, president of the Helmholtz Association. Other highlights of the ceremony included awards of honorary status: the former president, Professor Karl Joachim Ebeling, was awarded honorary citizenship at Ulm University and the former chairman of the Supervisory Board, Professor Dieter Kurz, was awarded the distinction of honorary senator.
The new Career Center
Interesting opportunities for companies and students
In April, the Career Center by JobTeaser was integrated into Ulm University’s Career Service website. This tool opens up new opportunities for companies and students.
The initiative "Make it in Ulm" aims to bind international alumni to the region
The university city along the Danube River is making new efforts to attract specialized workers from abroad with the slogan “Make it in Ulm”. This new umbrella brand bundles all of the activities relating to recruiting and binding foreign specialists to Ulm. The “Make it in Ulm!” initiative aims to improve opportunities for foreign alumni to remain in Ulm after completing their studies. A further objective is to open up new opportunities for companies to fill their specialized job vacancies with alumni from abroad.
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Lindau Nobel Prize Laureate Meeting
Researchers from Ulm on board
Participants of this year’s Nobel Laureate Meeting at Lake Constance include both young and established scientists from Ulm University. The 68th annual convention is taking place in Lindau’s newly renovated Inselhalle from 24 to 29 June. Roughly 600 distinguished students, doctoral students and postdoc researchers from around the world are coming together to meet with 39 Nobel Laureates from the fields of medicine and physiology.
Laser diodes conquer the smartphone
VCSEL Day 2018 at Ulm University
They scan faces, recognise gestures and capture movement without any contact: vertical emission laser diodes can be found everywhere today. These so-called VCSELs - the commonly used abbreviation, pronounced “vixels” - are not only found in smartphones and computer mice, but also in highly automated vehicles and production lines. The 11th VCSEL Day 2018 will be dedicated to this special laser light technology, which is highly sensitive and at the same time gentle to materials. The European symposium will take place at Ulm University from 12 to 13 April.
Great success for Ulm and Jena
Sustainable energy converters modelled on natural photosynthesis
The Universities of Ulm and Jena are now experiencing a further boost for their chemical research programmes. The German Research Foundation (DFG) announced on 18 May that it will fund the joint Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio (SFB/TRR) 234 “CataLight” for the next four years.
Studies and Teaching
Students sent off to the USA and Canada
Successful exchange programme for nearly 40 years
Auf Wiedersehen, Germany – hello, America! Ulm University bid farewell to 15 students bound for the USA and Canada for a yearlong academic exchange. At their host universities, the students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Economics will not only be attending lectures and earning a Master of Science degree, but they will also be working as teaching assistants and giving tutorials.
Start for Supercomputing Academy
Training programme for handling high-performance computers
Electric cars, quieter airplanes, increased-efficiency power plants – many of today’s developments are inconceivable without the use of supercomputers. High-performance computers play a crucial role in product development and design. Engineers use supercomputers for simulation calculations with highly complex requirements. The application fields of such simulations are widespread: meteorology, wind energy and medicine, to name a few. Using and programming supercomputers, however, is anything but trivial.
Honours and Awards
Anniversaries were celebrated and the following honours and awards have been presented to researchers, instructors and students at Ulm University over the course of the past few months. Most of the information below is presented in German only: