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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Cluster of Excellence
Engineering of
Advanced Materials (EAM)

Nägelsbachstrasse 49b
91052 Erlangen, Germany
25. January 2018

FAU started its 275th anniversary with the scientific symposium on the topic ’Future of Research – Research of the Future’

From left to right: Prof. Wolfgang Peukert, Prof. Robert Schlögl and Prof. Andreas Hirsch (Image: FAU/Kurt Fuchs)

In 2018, FAU is celebrating its 275th anniversary. A program of diverse events in the theme of ‘Wissen in Bewegung’ – knowledge in motion awaits the FAU throughout the year. The celebrations began on 18th and 19th January with an international scientific symposium on the topic ’Future of Research – Research of the Future’.  

As the focus is interdisciplinarity: FAU scientists from all disciplines, together with international colleagues, have looked on the research of future.

The session “What tomorrow’s world is made of” was dedicated to EAM related topics. In his contribution „Sustainable Energy: Systems and Science“ Prof. Robert Schlögl from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society  in Berlin focused on the solution of “green” electricity as well as current challenges of renewable energy. 

Subsequent EAM coordinator Prof. Wolfgang Peukert presented results from the Erlangen Cluster of Excellence EAM to demonstrate that the joint venture of chemical engineering with materials science in concert with the basic sciences opens new prospects for all involved disciplines.

Furthermore, EAM member and head of the Chair of Physical Chemistry I Prof. Dirk Guldi presented in his talk the “Molecular Basis for Energy Conversion and Storage”.

Further invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize for Medicine 2008, Prof. Dr. Brian Kobilka, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012, and Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, President of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), amongst others.

In the evening, a wider audience was addressed with a talk open to the public given by the former astronaut Thomas Reiter. A further treat was in store for music lovers: as part of a celebratory anniversary concert, the university orchestra performed the premier of a cantata especially composed to mark the 275th birthday of FAU. 

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