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The Universtiy of Colgone in China

International Workshop on Advanced Materials Challenges for Health and Alternative Energy Solutions (AMAES-VIIII)

Following the very successful NANOmed Summer and Winter School series that was established in 2016 in Germany, the Winter School 2020 was organized as fifth consecutive School, this time for the first time in China. From January 10th until January 16th, all participants of the Winter School had the chance to discuss current state-of-the-art technologies for renewable energy sources and health applications and additionally got in contact with the Chinese culture, tea and food.

After the arrival in Beijing all participants got the chance, as part of the Cologne Winter School 2020, to visit the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). Chinese partners of USTB showed us the museum of the university where everyone got first impressions about the history of the university and, could see how the USTB is already collaborating with German universities (RWTH Aachen) and industrial partners (Buderus).  Moreover, everyone was invited to join a ceremony from the journal publishing center “International Journal of Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials” where Prof. Dr. Dr.(h.c.) Sanjay Mathur got a certificate as the new Vice Editor-in-Chief. All participants had the chance to learn more about the work in a journal publishing office. For all scientist, publishing of scientific work is critical, therefore it was very helpful for all participants to learn more on ethical aspects that we as scientists have to consider. Afterwards the discussion with people from the USTB was continued during dinner in a typical Chinese restaurant with traditional food and drinks. So, all participants could learn a lot about the scientific work at the USTB and get first impressions of the traditional Chinese way of life. On the next day, a one-day visit to cultural sightseeing places in Beijing, like the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen square, the Summer Palace and the Olympic venue was organized for all Winter School participants leaving the impression of a highly innovative and modern culture that on the same hand is known for beautiful ancient architectures and long-term traditions.

As a continuous tradition during the last years, all Winter School attendees also had the chance to participate in the 21st International Symposium on Eco-materials Processing and Design (ISEPD2020), which was held from January 12 to 15, 2020 in Yantai, China. A wide variety of eco-material topics were covered in the program with several parallel sessions and plenary lectures to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, challenges and solutions adopted for greener technological solutions. All participants had the opportunity to give a talk on their recent research results and discuss their scientific achievements with international professionals. Especially, advanced energy conversion and storage topics, as well as environmental protection materials have been widely discussed and potential cooperation partners in the field of water splitting and hydrogen production were identified.

One of the major aspects of this meeting was set onto sustainability, which nowadays plays a critical role not only in Germany and China, but worldwide. As part of the Cologne Winter School, a Sino-German workshop was therefore organized on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were defined by the United Nations in 2015 to make the world a more sustainable place by 2030. Within this workshop, participants learned in gamification events on the content of the SDGs that cover besides environmental issues such as climate change also societal aspects related to poverty, hunger and peace and economical aspects like sustainable growth and innovation. Interactive sessions allowed all participants to vividly discuss on sustainability issues they are facing during their research but also during their everyday life and finished with a brainstorming session of what everyone of us could change in the future. Additionally, a poster session with more than 100 participants was organized, giving students the chance to directly interact with the professionals. The conference ended with a banquet, in which next to traditional Chinese dancing and music performances, one of our participants of the Winter School was awarded with a poster prize for outstanding research.

Besides scientific presentations and the SDG workshop, all participants were invited to join a traditional tea ceremony. Everyone had the chance to discover the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional Chinese tea and learned more about the Chinese culture where respect for nature and need for peace is represented and got involved by the meaning of a Chinese tea ceremony. In the evening, the culture program was highlighted by a Chinese hot pot dinner, also known as Chinese fondue or Chinese steamboat, that consists of various raw meats, vegetables, noodles etc. which are dropped into a shared pot of flavored broth. These unique events about Chinese tradition and culture left a long-lasting impression for the participants.

As a final event, all participants of the Winter School were invited to join a social event by having a conference tour through Yantai to learn more about Yantai which is fast growing and became a prefecture-level city within the last three decades. The city tour included the cultural and historical view by the visit of “Polaris Heritage Museum of Clock and Watches”, “Zhangyu Wine Cultural Museum” and an industrial tour at “Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.” as well as “Xinguang Green Ring Renewable Resources Co., Ltd.”.

Science in hybrid energy harvesting technologies

ENHANCE School and Workshop 2019

This year the ENHANCE ITN is organizing an Advanced Training School and Workshop- From Molecular Engineering to Advanced Materials and the Symposium on Energy Harvesting Materials & Devices from 21. – 25.5.2019 in Cologne. Our group is happy to host this event as two of our members are part of the ENHANCE ITN project.




Franco-German Young Investigator Forum

On 15th of April the first Franco-German Young Investigator Forum was held in Cologne. The whole forum was organized by the ACers Germany Chapter and MRS/E-MRS Joint International Chapter and the University 7 Diderot, Paris.

After the welcome remarks from Prof. Dr. Sanjay Mathur (UoC, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Souad Ammar-Merah (PDU, France) 12 scientific presentations were held by students from both universities. About 40 students from both universites participated. The presentations included all areas of material research and were followed by vivid discussion.The evening was concluded in a typical cologne brewery.

We hope to soon host guests from the University of Diderot again to repeat this very pleasant event and to further enhance our scientific cooperation.

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AMAES Summer School 2017 and International Rhine Round Table

Advanced Materials Challenges for Health and Alternative Energy Solutions

University of Cologne, 5. - 8. July 2017

The Research Group Mathur organized for the second time in a row the international summer school and workshop on Advanced Materials Challenges for Health and Alternative Energy Solutions.

This international workshop and summer school brings together experts in the field of materials science and biomedicine to discuss recent advances and future developments in the priority areas energy and health. This event is part of the successfull AMAES workshop series taking place in Germany, India and Korea extending it with a dedicated summer school for master and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers to interact with national and international experts.

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