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Funded Projects 2015

The following projects were supported by the University of Bremen Foundation and the Nolting Hauff Foundation this year.

Mathematical Collection

Prof. Jens Rademacher (Faculty 03: Mathematics / Computer Science)

The aim is to compile a collection of mathematical objects for viewing and use in courses and presentations. The concrete geometric objects and experiments with their abstract mathematical content are intended to arouse curiosity and motivate mathematical research. Their collection is designed to facilitate research-based learning and there are plans to expand it in future.

The project is funded by the University of Bremen Foundation.

Simulation game “Helgoland experiences a 'blue miracle'”

Prof. Dr. Doris Elster (Faculty 05: Geosciences)

INQUIRE is a didactic course in the biology study program. The goal is the development, implementation and evaluation of an interdisciplinary project on the island of Helgoland. Supported by staff from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and the BreMarE Institute, students of the University are researching the background to the dramatic decline of the blue lobster. They are developing and testing a simulation game titled “Is Helgoland experiencing a 'blue miracle'?” in order to assess its effectiveness as a learning tool from an ecological, economic and social perspective.

The project is funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

Materials safari and materials photo rally during the event “10 Years City of Science” (19./20.09.15)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ekkard Brinsksmeier, Isabell Harder (Faculty 04: Production Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering)

Whether it's a street lamp or a park bench – we are permanently surrounded by materials, but we seldom even spend a thought on their properties and the challenges they present in manufacture. On the occasion of the event called “10 Years City of Science” held in September 2015, the team of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Process Signatures” (CRC  / TRR 136) organized a unique guided tour along the River Weser promenade in town. During this “materials safari”, Bremen citizens of all ages had the chance to discover the “big five” materials: metal, stone, wood, glass, and plastic. Materials scientists from the CRC / TRR 136 were involved as “safari rangers”.

www.prozesssignaturen.de

The project was funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

Exhibition Oriental Democracy - How democracy came to Athens

Dr. Claudia Horst (Faculty 08: Social Sciences)

The exhibition “Oriental Democracy – How Democracy came to Athens” took place from September to November 2015 in the Haus der Wissenschaft in downtown Bremen, after being successfully shown in 2013 at the Antikenmuseum im Schnoor. The aim is to present to the public the results of an interdisciplinary research project carried out with students, which was accompanied by 2 events in the summer semester. The exhibition asks about the beginnings of our democracy. While Athens is regarded as the cradle of democracy in Europe, the exhibition will show that there were already precursors of democratic forms of governance in the Ancient Near East, where they would be least expected. 

The project was funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

Summer School 2015 - Christianity as an ancient religion

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Auffarth (Faculty 09: Cultural Studies)

As part of the International Graduate Seminars “Christianity as a Late Antique Religion”, a Summer School was held with Prof. Dr. Einar Thomassen, University of Bergen (Norway). The objective pursued by the graduate seminar was to intensify cooperation between theologians (especially scholars of the New Testament and patristics), scholars of religion, Graecists and Latinists, scholars of ancient history and archaeologists of neighboring thematic fields. The collaboration highlights differences in methods, models of interpretation and source genres, while at the same time opening them up to participants from other disciplines.

The Summer School was funded by University of Bremen Foundation and the Nolting Hauff Foundation.

Seminar “QueerFilms: Queer Theory and Cinematic Practice”

Dr. Christian Schmitt (Faculty 10: Linguistics and Literary Studies)

The interdisciplinary seminar “QueerFilms: Queer Theory and Cinematic Practice” attempts in an innovative way to combine theory and practice, science and the (urban) public, cultural research, and culture communication. The result, a program of short films, was screened in October 2015 at the Municipal Cinema City 46 in Bremen.

Bremergy Racing

“Bremergy, the University's Formula Student Team, is the largest student project on campus with over 50 students drawn from Faculties 1, 3, 4 and 7. In cooperation with more than 50 corporations, every year the team develops a high-performance electric racing car to represent the University of Bremen internationally in the largest student competition in the world: the “Formula Student”. The University of Bremen Foundation supports the establishment of a laboratory for the student team.

www.bremergy.uni-bremen.de

The project is funded by the University of Bremen Foundation.

The Federal Government’s German Scholarship Program (Deutschlandstipendium)

In 2011, the Federal Government introduced its German Scholarship Program, in the frame of which particularly talented and socially committed students receive a scholarship of 300 euro per month. Based on the principle “one half from the federal government, the other half from you”, every euro donated from the private sector is doubled from federal funds! The University of Bremen Foundation has been supporting the program since 2012. In 2015, it supported 3 scholarships.

www.uni-bremen.de/deutschlandstipendium

The project is funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

OPEN CAMPUS 2015 – Open worlds; share knowledge!

The University of Bremen Foundation supported the OPEN CAMPUS for the second time. On 11 July 2015, institutes, laboratories and facilities of the University of Bremen opened their doors and moved onto the Campus Park to present themselves to the interested people of Bremen and provide insights into their research and teaching activities. The day is a special way of communicating science to the public.

www.uni-bremen.de/open-campus

The project is funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

Bremen Award for Outstanding Teaching 2015

On November 25, 2015, the Berninghausen Prize was awarded for the 24th time. Together with the University, the “unifreunde” friends of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University award the prize in recognition of outstanding teaching and special achievements. There are three main categories: “excellently designed introductory module”, “excellent teaching project” and the “student prize”. The prize is funded from special assets held by the unifreunde in the University of Bremen Foundation.

www.preis-fuer-gute-lehre.uni-bremen.de

The project is funded by University of Bremen Foundation.

5th International Conference on Distortion Engineering (IDE 2015)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Werner Zoch (Faculty 04: Production Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering)

The 5th International Conference on Distortion Engineering took place in Bremen from September 23 to 25, 2015. The headline topic, mastering the impacts on shape and dimensions in industrial component production, is for the mechanical engineering and vehicle industry internationally of crucial importance. The event, which emerged from the expired Collaborative Research Center 570, was organized by the IWT Bremen.

The project was funded by the Nolting Hauff Foundation.

7th International Symposium on Defects and Material Mechanics (ISDMM15)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. R. Kienzler (Faculty 04: Production Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering)

The 7th International Symposium on Defects and Material Mechanics (ISDMM15) took place from September 14 to 18, 2015, at the University of Bremen. The conference brought together 50 to 100 researchers who work on the modeling and description of defects in materials and the development of material laws. An essential tool is the configuration mechanics. Areas of application are lightweight construction, biomechanics, smart materials etc.

The project was funded by the Nolting Hauff Foundation.

Symposium “The End or the Return of History?” – on the Changing World since the end of the Cold War (held on 10/11 December 2015)

Prof. Dr. Lothar Probst (Faculty 08: Social Sciences)

Following the end of the Cold War twenty-five years ago, some authors proclaimed the “end of history”. However, the philosophical optimism of that time has long since evaporated. Instead, buzzwords like “world disorder" are now making the rounds. Historical forms of conflict and lines of confrontation that seemed to have been overcome or resolved a long time ago are leading to the formation of new and the consolidation of old power blocks. In the face of these irritating and at the same time disconcerting developments, the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, organized a symposium that took a closer look at the new political disorder from the research perspective of international relations and political theory.

The project was funded by the Nolting Hauff Foundation.

Download: Flyer Jubiläumsveranstaltung (InIIS) [PDF] (1.9 MB)

Junior-researcher event: Described and Shown: Literary and journalistic text / image constellations in the age of new media techniques and global knowledge extension

Working Group led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Althaus (Faculty 10: Linguistics and Literary Studies)

Described and shown: Literary and journalistic text / image constellations in the age of new media techniques and global knowledge extension (1830-1914) (a junior-researcher event held on January 10, 2016). Early-career researchers discussed forms of media exploration of the world in the magazine prose of the 19th century. The event was part of the exploration project “Bildprosa 1820-1900”.

The project was funded by the Nolting Hauff Foundation.

Interdisciplinary Summer Retreat, July 20-22, 2015: Visual Analysis Methods in Research Practice. Qualitative research strategies and methods of interpreting image and film

Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein (Faculty 08), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Idel (Faculty 12), PD Dr. Cordula Weißköppel (Faculty 09)

In the retreat organized by the Bremen Initiative for Qualitative Methods (BIQuaM), internationally renowned experts (Marcus Banks / Oxford, Roswitha Breckner / Vienna and Bina Elisabeth Mohn / Berlin) introduced current methods of visual analysis. In workshops on photography, camera ethnography and segmental image analysis, the participants worked on materials from qualitative research in order to practically test the various methods and then to discuss them in a comparative perspective.

The project was funded by the Nolting Hauff Foundation.