Alumni News 01-2021

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Highly Cited Researchers 2020
Eight researchers from Ulm among the most influential in the world

Once again, eight scientists from Ulm University have been listed among the most frequently cited and thus most influential researchers in the world. Ulm University makes an appearance in the current Highly Cited Researchers list with diverse research topics ranging from medicine and physiology all the way to botany and quantum physics.

The „Highly Cited Researchers“ of Ulm University, photos: Eberhardt/Uni Ulm, Grandel/Uniklinik Ulm, Rüdiger Koop, privat

Outstanding achievements in the battle against the novel coronavirus
Researchers from Ulm successful in DFG COVID-19 Focus Funding

Scientists from Ulm University and Ulm University Medical Center are at the forefront of research in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. Most recently, they were successful in getting over 428,000 euros of funding for four projects within the newly established COVID-19 Focus Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). No other institution in Germany has been so successful in this programme.

Confocal microscope apparatus, photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Uni Ulm

Alumni News

Live job interviews versus video conference interviews
Candidates don’t perform as well in digital interviews

Video conferences are becoming an increasingly popular method for conducting job interviews, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. There is, however, a catch: in comparison to face-to-face interviews, applicants come off considerably worse in digital interviews. In a study simulating digital and face-to-face interviews, psychologists at Ulm University have now discovered why this is the case. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Virtual job interview, photo: (CCO Licence) / Editing: Julia Kegelmann

Financial aid programme for “bright minds” celebrates an anniversary
10 years of Germany Scholarships at Ulm University

Half of the funding for the Germany Scholarship programme comes from the federal government and the other half is provided by companies, foundations or private donators. In 2011, the Germany Scholarship programme was launched nationwide with the aim of providing financial aid to gifted students. Every year since then, scholarship recipients have been receiving 300 euros per month for a period of one year. A base of scholarship donators has developed over the course of the past decade who regularly donate money to support gifted and committed students at Ulm University as well as at many other universities. The new Germany Scholarships were awarded at the 10-year anniversary celebration, which took the form of a virtual ceremony.

Prof. Dieter Rautenbach, vice president for careers at Ulm University, photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Uni Ulm

Focus Research

Cluster for Future QSens – Quantum sensors for everyday life
Universities and industry partners combine their expertise

Success in the Cluster for Future initiative for researchers at Ulm University, the University of Stuttgart and their partners from the industry! Joint project QSens has been selected as one of seven innovation networks nationwide in the highly competitive Clusters4Future competition sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In collaboration with specialized companies, researchers from Stuttgart and Ulm intend to develop the quantum sensors of the future up to market readiness. Applications range from personalised medicine to automated driving and information technology.

Artificial nanodiamonds, photo: Heiko Grandel/Uni Ulm

Fuel cell aircraft presented at Stuttgart Airport
Eco-friendly and silent propulsion system receives permit for test flight

Climate-friendly flights could soon become commonplace throughout Europe. On December 11, the latest generation of the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, the Hy4, was presented at Stuttgart Airport in a predominantly virtual event. The alternative propulsion system consisting of a battery fuel cell system was developed under the leadership of Professor Josef Kallo, who conducts his research at Ulm University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart. The latest generation of Hy4 drives only recently received its test flight permit, allowing it to take off from Stuttgart Airport.

The world's first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft Hy4, photo: DLR

Charting the course for a healthy adult life in childhood
Ulm to become the site of a new German Center for Child and Adolescent Health

A milestone for Ulm University Medical Center and for advancing adolescent health: As announced by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek, Ulm will become one of seven locations of the newly created German Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DZKJ). The research conducted at the Ulm Child Health (UCH) site focuses on the development of the body’s systems that are associated with common diseases in childhood and adolescence and are of fundamental importance for a healthy adult life. Scientists from Ulm University Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Medical Faculty and university researchers from the disciplines of psychology, natural sciences and computer science pool their knowledge here.

Prof. Martin Wabitsch and Prof. Klaus-Michael Debatin, photos: Eberhardt/Ulm University, Ulm University Medical Center

Studies and Teaching

“Nerd” stereotype discourages women from studying computer science
Report for the German government on women in STEM disciplines comes from Ulm

Dr Yves Jeanrenaud, visiting professor for gender studies at Ulm University, has written a report which has been incorporated into the Third Report on Gender Equality for the German federal government. In it, he addresses the question of why women continue to be under-represented in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The focus is on cultural as well as structural barriers such as STEM-related gender stereotypes and roll and career perceptions. Jeanrenaud’s analysis was included in the expert panel’s report, which will be presented to the Federal Minister of Gender Equality, Franziska Giffey, on 26 January.

Female physicist at the Institute for Quantum Optics, photo: Heiko Grandel/Ulm University

Sustainable textile consumption in the classroom
Online materials available from BNTextillabor

BNTextillabor is a research project in real-world laboratory format. The acronym BNT stands for “Bildung für nachhaltigen Textilkonsum” (“Education for Sustainable Textile Consumption”). This project is not only about researching consumer behaviour in adolescents, but also creating awareness for responsible fashion among 14- to 17-year-olds. The materials developed for use in the classroom are now available free of charge to all interested schools and teachers.

View inside a wardrobe, photo: Catalin Apostol/Unsplash