GRK 2154 - Materials for Brain

  • 18.06.2019: Women in Science and Engineering Breakfast

    At the Euro Intelligent Materials conference, taking place from 17.-19. June 2019 in Kiel, a Women in Science and Engineering Breakfast was offered. This workshop included different theme tables covering various family and career topics. The following topics were offered:
    1. Career and family: Balancing life and work! Experiences of female scientists with children.
    2. Career strategies I: Academia vs. Industry: pros and cons.
    3. Career strategies II: Career promotion after the PhD/Post-Doc: Funding opportunities in the German science sector.
    4. Career strategies III: Challenges women face when they climb the career ladder: Experiences and strategies.
    Four outstanding female scientists (Cornelia Lee-Thedieck (University of Hannover), Christelle Prinz (Lund University, Sweden), Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Kiel University), Anne Staubitz (University of Bremen)) were talking with students, PhD-students and Post-Docs and exchanged their knowledge and experiences. The event was fully booked, and the participants enjoyed the informal setting and relaxed atmosphere in which they could exchange each other on the different topics.

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  • 25. -  26.04.2019: GRK Spring School 2019
    The GRK 2154 Spring School, which is completely organised by the PhD-students, this year took place at the Ferienhof Lamp in Wendtdorf. The first day started with some team building activities, in which two groups had to prove their communication skills and independently had to build two halves of a model-bridge and then assembling both parts together to a solid bridge. The second challenge included three groups, and each group had to build a tower from spaghetti, with the highest tower winning. After lunch, the students visited Stryker GmbH & Co. KG in Schönkirchen, where they had an insight into Strykers' production, research and development of intramedullary nails for extremities. Back in Wendtdorf, our guest, Prof. Peter Fratzl of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, gave a talk with the title "Thinking without brain: biological and bioinspired active materials”. The day ended with a BBQ and get-together of the guests, students and PIs. On day two, Christine Gribat gave a course on "Job Application Training" in which the students became an insights and advice in this area. The participants had two great days, and we are looking forward to the next Spring School!

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  • 08. - 09.04.2019: GRK 2154 study trip to Göttingen
    The GRK 2154 visited two sites in Göttingen: the German Primate Center (DPZ - Deutsche Primatenzentrum, Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung) and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS). At the DPZ, Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Scherber gave insights into the neurophysiology of primate hand functions with the ultimate goal of developing neuroprosthetics for human patients. Dr. Marcus Jeschke presented his work on optogenetic cochlea implants. Since light can be conveniently focused, using optogenetic stimulation of the spiral ganglion of the cochlea promises a fundamental improvement of frequency and intensity coding compared to that achievable with electrical cochlear implants. Afterwards, the GRK-members visited the outdoor facilities of the primate husbandry and the new MRI facility including the high field MRI research systems of Prof. Dr. Susan Boretius who also is an associated member of the GRK 2154. The spokesperson, Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel, and two of our PhD-students presented an overview on the GRK in general and two current projects.
    At the MPIDS, a variety of dynamical and in particular self-organizational phenomena are studied: from vortices in turbulent flows, neural networks in the brain, to granular matter and complex fluids. The GRK-members had the opportunity to visit the Göttingen High Pressure Turbulence Facility (GTF) and its impressive wind canal with dimensions of 6m hight, 18m lenght and 1.8m inner diameter, making it an ideal experimental  facilitiy for generating turbulent flow fields at high Reynolds numbers which are essential for this research.
    The GRK-members had two very interesting and exciting days in Göttigen and would like to thank their hosts for the insights into their excellent research and the warm welcome in Göttingen!

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  • 26.03.2019: Girls' Day 2019
    Six female junior scientists from grades 5-7 participated in the Girls' Day 2019 at the GRK 2154. After an introduction into different brain diseases, medical treatments, applied materials for brain implants and their manufacture, each participant was able to prepare a small brain model herself. While the brain models were baking in the laboratory furnace, the junior scientists strengthened themselves in the university cafeteria. After a laboratory tour, the small brains were freed from their molds, and the participants were beaming with joy to take their own little brain home.

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  • 28.02 - 01.03.2019: 5th Retreat of the GRK 2154 „Materials for Brain“ taking place in Sankelmark.

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  • 07.02.2019: German-American exchange for young researchers in engineering is funded with 500,000 dollars
    With a joint fellowship programme the American Ceramic Society, the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the Kiel University (CAU) want to support the international exchange of doctoral researchers. The programme „International Research Experience for Students“ is funded by the American National Science Foundation (NSF) with 500,000 dollars. It enables young scientists from the USA to complete a six-month research stay in Kiel. From the winter semester 2019/20 onwards, they will be able to attend lectures at the Faculty of Engineering and get actively involved in its research work. The subject of the three-year programme is based around three of Kiel University's major research networks, which are working at the interface between engineering and medicine on sensors for biomagnetic fields (Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1261 "Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diganostics"), on new materials to treat brain disorders (Research Training Group 2154 "Materials for Brain") and on the implementation of the information processing in nervous systems into hardware electronics (Research Group 2093 "Memristive devices for neuronal systems"). Read more under IDW News and CAU News.