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Forschung publikumsnah vermitteln II – Rückblick

April 23rd, 2013 | by

 

Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover’s Arm Camera ©NASA

Das Jahr 2012 hat mit zahlreichen Themen aus Wissenschaft und Forschung Furore gemacht. Zwei Themen haben dabei nicht nur in einschlägigen wissenschaftlichen Kreisen rege Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen, sondern die breite Öffentlichkeit in den Bann gezogen.

Im August 2012 verfolgten Menschen weltweit gespannt via Onlinestream wie der Mars-Rover Curiosity der National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nach seiner galaktischen Reise heil auf dem Mars aufsetzte. „Curiosity´s seven minutes of terror“ titelte der Guardian und spielte damit auf die heikle Landemission des Transportroboters auf dem roten Planeten an.

Ähnlich spektakulär verfolgte man ein weiteres wissenschaftliches Großereignis im letzten Jahr: wie viele Medien berichteten (z.B. die Süddeutsche), DIE wissenschaftliche Entdeckung des Jahres 2012 – das Higgs-Teilchen. Wobei, so ganz klar ist man sich beim Europäischen Kernforschungszentrum CERN noch immer nicht, ob es sich bei dem in Experimenten mit dem weltweiten größten Protonenbeschleuniger entdeckten Partikel um das sogenannte Higgs-Boson handelt.  Inwieweit Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen der RWTH Aachen an der Entdeckung beteiligt waren, konnte man bei der Veranstaltungsreihe Uni im Rathaus erfahren. Dort standen für Das Higgs Teilchen – Was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält drei Wissenschaftler der Hochschule, die maßgeblich an den Experimenten des CERN beteiligt waren, dem Publikum Rede und Antwort. Einen kleinen Einblick über die gut besuchte Veranstaltung und die aktiv geführten Diskussionen gibt der Trailer (die komplette Veranstaltung auf Film gibt es übrigens auch auf dem RWTH YouTube Kanal)!

 

Interview: RWTH Research Alumnus explores Aachen with Chilean students

April 12th, 2013 | by

 

In March 2013 our Chilean alumnus Sebastián Fingerhuth visited RWTH Aachen University accompanying a group of students from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile during a study trip to Germany. Here he tells the RWTH Alumni team about this interesting journey.

 

©Fingerhuth

 

RWTH Alumni: Prof. Fingerhuth, you are currently working as professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. What do you do there exactly?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, since almost three years I am back in Chile. I’m working as a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. There I am involved in teaching and research. Mainly I am working in some projects with the civil engineers in measurement and monitoring of civil structures such as bridges or buildings.

RWTH Alumni: You have also studied and worked at RWTH Aachen University. When and where exactly? And why did you actually choose Germany and why RWTH?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I arrived in Aachen in 2003, with my wife, after having studied in Chile. I arrived as student, with the idea to visit RWTH Aachen for at least one year, attending lectures in acoustics. Why Germany?  Mainly because I have strong bonds with Germany. I speak German and my family originally came from Germany to Chile, more than a hundred years ago. Why Aachen? Because it has a good acoustics institute and because Aachen is not a big city as I was used to live in Santiago de Chile. During this first year I applied for a grant from DAAD to do my PhD at Aachen.

RWTH Alumni: You are currently visiting RWTH Aachen – and you have not come alone. A group of Chilean students from your university has joined you. Could you tell us a bit about your visit here?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: As a Germany-Alumnus I am always looking for possibilities to keep in touch with Germany. Then I found out about the possibility to do a “Studienreise”  (study trip) with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: DAAD). I thought that this is a great opportunity to show German Universities and Germany to students from Chile. I planned a seven-day visit to Aachen and three days in Munich.  Through the contacts I still have with some people in Aachen it was easy to arrange visits to institutes and labs at RWTH and TUM and to some companies near Aachen: HEAD acoustics, RWE’s surface mine and power plant and Lucas-Nuelle. Everybody welcomed us warmly and showed us what they have to offer.

RWTH Alumni: How do you, how do your students rate this possibility to learn more about exchange and research programs at RWTH and to get to know Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was a tremendous trip for the students. For most of them it was their first international trip, their first time of flying on an airplane. After visiting the institutes, labs and research facilities they started to ask about the exchange programs. All the time we were accompanied by Mila, the contact person from the DAAD in charge of the organization of every activity. She handed out information from DAAD and we also received detailed information from the RWTH and from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

RWTH Alumni: You have also volunteered to be one of our international research alumni ambassadors of RWTH – what do you do in this function?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, as I said before my idea is to help people to get to Germany, to Aachen. We had some activities for latino students that arrive in Aachen while we lived there. Now it is similar, just without being in Aachen but back in Chile. If someone is interested in Germany, we have a local lecturer from DAAD in Valparaíso but I can then also speak about my experience in Engineering at RWTH: I can encourage students to go for one or two semesters to Aachen and hopefully also some researchers. I also try to be present when there are information activities from DAAD at my university. Last time when I was in Aachen, I also visited some research centers that could probably be partners from our school or university.

RWTH Alumni: What do you think will have been the most rewarding experience for you and your students during your stay in Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I knew many of the places we visited but I was amazed at how well we were received at each place. We were welcomed by professors, CEO´s and directors. They took the time to show us what they do and to share their experiences.

The students were impressed by the technology, the applications, innovations and products they saw. One student commented to me:  “How do they get all the ideas to do these things?” And they also enjoyed a little bit of the (night)-life of a student in Aachen: the Mensa, visiting a Kneipe and Pontstrasse, walking around in a very cold night, etc.

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

RWTH Alumni: Returning back to Aachen must stir up some memories – anything in particular?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was nice having some time to visit some friends. I also was in my old office and I remembered when I used my bicycle in Aachen to move around… but I hope to be visiting Aachen again at least every few years. RWTH Alumni: Thank you very much!

 

 

“Where ideas become products” – The university city

March 12th, 2013 | by

Our collegues from the city administration have set up a nice project called aachen-emotion.com to inform everyone who is new to Aachen about the city, its people, its traditions and its many special features.
In Where ideas become products – aachen-emotion.com  you can see Aachen´s lord mayor Marcel Philipp speaking about Aachen as university city. (If you have not been there yet: the building from which the lord mayor is enjoying this fantastic view on the city skyline, is the SuperC of RWTH Aachen University, home to International Office, Fundraising and Alumni!)

Visit www.aachen-emotion.com to read and see more about Aachen up front and personal!

Forschung publikumsnah vermitteln I – Science Slam

January 28th, 2013 | by

 

Eine Möglichkeit Wissenschaft einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zu vermitteln erfreut sich immer größerer Beliebtheit, besonders beim jungen Publikum: Science Slams. Ein erfahrener Professor oder  eine erfahrene Professorin und vier Nachwuchswissenschaftler präsentieren auf der Bühne ihre Forschungsthemen in knapp zehn Minuten – und zwar so unterhaltsam und verständlich, dass auch das Publikum sich bei der Entscheidung einen Sieger unter  den Jungwissenschaftlern  zu finden schwer tun darf.

Vor kurzem fand mal wieder so ein Science Slam, veranstaltet von der Initiative LUUPS, in Aachen statt. Für diejenigen, die nicht live dabei sein konnten: die Veranstaltung wurde aufgezeichnet und nachträglich gesendet vom WDR . Und wer sich jetzt noch immer nicht vorstellen kann, wie Wissenschaft „geslamt“ aussieht, schaut sich am besten das Video vom Science Slam 2011 in Aachen an. Viel Spaß!