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On July 13, 2017 the University Alliance Ruhr is going to celebrate its tenth anniversary. In an ongoing series of interviews, representatives from the alliance discuss how they see UA Ruhr's role in shaping the new identity of the Ruhr area as one of Germany's biggest academic hubs with a global reach. More (in German only)


University of Duisburg-Essen is part of the new German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme

Printer3D laser printing is revolutionizing the production technology: the new process allows the direct printing of objects in any size and shape. The components are produced in layers of powder, however the materials itself used are often obsolete. Therefore, the new Priority Programme (SPP) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is focusing on the development of new materials that fit the digital printing process. The University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen, the University Erlangen-Nurnberg, University Bremen and TU Dresden are taking part in this program. You can read more about the project here (in German only).

 Scientists from the TU Dortmund University convert aqueous gel into glass like material

TU DortmundProf. Jörg Tiller and Nicolas Rauner from the Faculty of Bio- and Chemical Engineering at the TU Dortmund University have developed a gel, which consists of up to 90 percent of water, but is nevertheless ultra-fast and extremely tough. The invention is so spectacular that the work has made it into the current issue of the renowned science magazine "Nature". In the future, the new material could be used as a pressure-resistant separating membrane in multi-water desalination or as a highly porous electrode material for batteries or fuel cells. More information can be found here (in German only). The scientific article can be found here (in English). Foto: Nikolas Golsch

 Cluster of Excellence RESOLV gets new interuniversity professorship

RESOLVThe Cluster of Excellence RESOLV coordinated by the Ruhr University Bochum gets a new interuniversity UA-Ruhr-professorship. RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation: EXC 1069) is funded with 28 Mio. EUR by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. The project commenced on November the 1st, 2012. Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen (picture on the left) is the Speaker and Coordinator of RESOLV and will also hold the new interuniversity professorship. More information can be found here (in German only).
Photo: © RUB, Marquard 

Gender Report 2016: More female professors in medical fields needed

Gender Report

The Gender Report 2016 conducted by the University of Duisburg-Essen and supported by the MIWF NRW concludes: More female professors in the field of medicine are needed. The Gender Report focusses on the gender gap in the academic field of medicine at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Hierarchies in medicine (at academic institutions) are still prevalent at many institutions. Making up more than 60 percent of all medical students, there is a growing number of women in the field. The vast majority successfully finish their studies and become practicing physicians. However, they rarely remain at university hospitals and even less frequently go into research. Leadership positions in hospitals or academia are still largely occupied by men. The entire report can be downloaded here (in German only).


Talent scouting - TU Dortmund University signs new cooperation agreement


TU Dortmund University signs talent scouting cooperation agreement with Peter-Weiss-School in Unna. The project "Talent scouting" was developed by the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen in cooperation with the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It aims at supporting equality in education. Talent scouts from universities go to select schools in order to identify talented pupils who would not necessarily consider going to university. Talent scouts support students and offer guidance during the transition from school to university. The State of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the project with 6.4 Mio. EUR evey year until 2020. Several universities in North Rhine-Westphalia - including two of our universities (TU Dortmund University & Ruhr-Universität Bochum) - participate in the program. You can read more about the project here (in German only).


 Ruhr universities join forces for Germany's Excellence Strategy


Stronger together! TU Dortmund University, the University of Duisburg-Essen and Ruhr University Bochum join forces as UA Ruhr and apply for Germany's Excellence Initiative 2017 with its research cluster RESOLV. RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation: EXC 1069) already receives 28 Mio. EUR in funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of Germany's funding program Excellence Initiative. The project commenced on November 1, 2012, and the funding period will end on October 31, 2017. Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen is the speaker and coordinator of RESOLV and the Ruhr University Bochum hosts the Cluster of Excellence. More. Photo: © RUB, Marquard 


 Scientists from Ruhr University Bochum discover serious side effects in approved multiple sclerosis drug

MSAlemtuzumab, a substance used in the treatment of patients with severe multiple sclerosis, could possibly make the illness worse. A team of researchers at  Ruhr University Bochum under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Aiden Haghikia and Prof. Dr. Ralf Gold from the neurology department at St. Josef-Hospital in Bochum found out that the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug alemtuzumab can cause severe and unpredictable side effects. In the journal "Lancet Neurology" the scientists report of two patients, in whom alemtuzumab significantly increased symptoms. Furthermore, the team describes a possible therapy that can successfully mitigate the adverse side effects. More


 New biofuel cell with energy storage

Bio Fuel CellsEfficiently producing and storing energy – such as for implanted medical systems – is a challenge for our society. A biocatalyst-polymer system could take on both tasks at once. Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. With the aid of enzymatic processes, what is known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. The trick: the enzymes are embedded in a stable polymer gel, which can store a large amount of energy. The scientists at RUB and the Swedish Malmö University describe their development in the journal “Angewandte Chemie”. More.


 Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan receives prestigious Robert-Wichard-Pohl Award

Prof. Metin Tolan

Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan is a professor at the Department of Physics (Chair Experimental Physics I) at the TU Dortmund University. Since 2003 he is also a member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. He has published over 200 scientific articles and received numerous prizes. He was awarded with the "Communicator-Preis" by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and was named "Professor of the Year" by UNICUM, a national student magazine. He has also published several popular science books and lectures, in which he explains complex physical concepts by using everyday phenomena as examples. Making physics easier to understand and fun to learn about. More.


 University of Duisburg-Essen only German university founding member of AURORA


The University of Duisburg-Essen is the only founding member among German universities of the new international university network AURORA. More (in German).

About AURORA: AURORA is a network of European universities, united by the commitment to build a different kind of inclusive university community. We excel in producing internationally relevant research, but not at the expense of the education of our students. We are leaders in academic research, within the top 250 in the world. More.