Machine learning hackathon together with Telekom and LAMARR Institute

The University of Bonn is organizing a hackathon for students and young scientists together with Deutsche Telekom. The aim is for participants to use machine learning to help improve Deutsche Telekom's forecasting models. Together with the university's Transfer Center enaCom and the LAMARR Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, which the University of Bonn runs jointly with TU Dortmund University and others, the company is looking for innovative and unconventional solutions to improve the customer experience (CX) of Deutsche Telekom customers at #Hack4BestCX on March 1, 2024.

First EXIST Women participants start at the University of Bonn

16 participants have started the first EXIST Women program at the University of Bonn. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), the Transfer Center enaCom is supporting the women from four faculties (Mathematics, Philosophy, Medicine and Agriculture) with a one-year program of workshops, mentoring and networking on their way to setting up a business. Ten of the participants will receive a grant of up to a total of 9,000 euros for three months as well as a lump sum of 2,000 euros for material costs to advance their start-up idea. The University of Bonn is one of the first universities in Germany to launch the EXIST Women program.

Dialogues and events on science and politics

Science-based knowledge is increasingly important to answer the big questions of our times. Scientists provide evidence bases for developing sustainable, effective, and efficient solutions. Researchers become policy advisors and suddenly find themselves in a world of expert committees, conflicts of interest, and political strategies. At the University of Bonn, there are a number of prominent scientists - such as Prof. Hendrik Streeck - who are active as policy advisors.

But how exactly does the transfer of knowledge between science and politics work? What opportunities and risks does this cooperation entail? At this year's Postdoc Day 2023, policy advice was the key topic and has been discussed from different perspectives. Now, various events will follow to support young as well as established scientists in sharing their knowledge with policymakers.

Fascination of the unknown: black holes and the limits of our knowledge

Black holes still pose many questions and inspire creativity in science, philosophy and literature. But interest is not only great among experts: More than 100 audience members came to the public discussion "Dialogue on Deck: Black Holes and the Limits of Space and Time," where experts from various disciplines explored the nature of space and time and the limits of our knowledge. The event took place on the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft as part of the Science Year 2023 "Our Universe" and was organized by a transdisciplinary team from the University of Bonn.

Postdoc Day 2023: When science meets politics

Scientifically sound knowledge is of increasing importance in answering the big questions of our time. But how does the transfer of knowledge between science and politics work? At the Postdoc Day of the University of Bonn with the title "Creating Impact! Contributions, Challenges and Limits of Science in Policy Advice" central questions around the interaction of science and policy were discussed, for which there are many prominent examples at the University of Bonn. It took place on June 21 at the Universitätsclub Bonn.

Prototyping grants #2: Healthy sugar, digital health solutions, and improved cancer screening

Is there a healthy alternative to sugar? How can I measure changes to my mental acuity? And how can cancer prevention be made more reliable? These questions are at the heart of three innovative validation projects— “Sweeternative,” “Trackognize,” and “HPV & Cervix all-in-one Test”— that are receiving funding from the prototyping grant’s application round #2 of the Transfer Center enaCom. The teams from the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) are each receiving a prototyping grant to develop their innovative research findings to market readiness. Calls for the grants with up to 50,000 euros in funding are regularly posted by the Transfer Center.

Prototyping Grants 2022: Focus on 3D Printing, Digitization and Diagnostics

3D printing of blood vessels, fine diagnostic procedures for asthma, improved measurement of blood flow or the digital future of sports medicine - the Transfer Center enaCom is funding these innovative validation projects with prototyping grants this year. The four teams of scientists from the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn are using the grants to develop and validate their innovative research results for planned commercialization. The grants, which were awarded for the first time this year, will again be announced by the Transfer Center for 2023. Applications for funding of up to €50,000 can be submitted until October 15, 2022.

Twelve million US dollars for Code Intelligence

Code Intelligence, which grew out of a startup at the University of Bonn, is receiving $12 million in funding led by Tola Capital. Code Intelligence helps developers by providing a platform to find and fix security vulnerabilities before the product is finished. 

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