Detecting diseases more precisely with lysosome analysis

The lysosome is a part of human cells and has been linked to a variety of diseases, including cancer. Proteins derived from lysosomes have a high potential to serve as biomarkers, which allow to detect diseases in the human body. A research team led by Dr. Dominic Winter (Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and University Hospital Bonn) has developed an innovative assay to analyze these lysosomal proteins and, therefore, to detect potential new biomarkers. With this assay, diseases could be tracked down more efficiently in the future. The project is now being funded with a prototyping grant to further develop the method to commercialization. The grants with a funding amount of up to €50,000 are regularly awarded by the Transfer Center enaCom. Applications for prototype development in 2024 can currently be submitted until 31.05.2024.

First Uni Bonn FEMTEC scholarship holders start

Two weeks full of new experiences, encounters, enriching workshops, introspection and insights - this is what the first group of FEMTEC scholarship holders from the University of Bonn experienced at this year's FEMTEC Winter School. In March, the five students traveled to Berlin for a week of workshops and then visited various companies throughout Germany. The Winter School marks the start of the one-and-a-half-year career-building programme, in which the female students from Bonn are prepared for future leadership roles in business or science. The FEMTEC programme starts twice a year and opens the next call of applications from 15.4.-5.5.2024. All female STEM Master's students are invited to apply!

Research Impact: Creating Meaning and Value

The new online training course "Research Impact: Creating Meaning and Value" teaches the basics of the impact of research in business, politics and society. What counts as impact, how can it be embedded and considered in every step of the research process and ultimately implemented effectively? The Bonn Graduate Center, the Funding Advisory Service and the Transfer Center enaCom at the University of Bonn co-developed this program as part of an international group of experts around the leading provider of online training EPIGEUM. This makes the University of Bonn one of the first universities in the German-speaking world to offer this course.

#Hack4BestCX: Hackathon together with Deutsche Telekom

For one day, almost 20 teams with a total of around 70 participants worked with great concentration at the first joint hackathon by the University of Bonn and Deutsche Telekom. At #Hack4BestCX, organized by the Transfer Center enaCom, the LAMARR Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and Deutsche Telekom, on 1 March 2024, students and young scientists developed solutions for better prediction models for customer satisfaction at Deutsche Telekom. They gained practical insights into the working methods of the major DAX-listed company and made important contacts for their future careers.

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.

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