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Professor Ignacio Cirac receives Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

Professor Ignacio Cirac, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, near Munich) and head of the Theory Division, has received the “Hamburger Preis für Theoretische Physik” (Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics) from the Joachim Herz Foundation. The prize honours his research work in the fields of quantum information theory, quantum optics and quantum many body systems.

On the basis of quantum mechanics his investigations are leading to new concepts for quantum computers – devices based on a system of quantum particles that...

23.09.2015 | nachricht Read more

Looking into the retina—Philipp Berens receives Bernstein Award 2015

Computational biologist Dr. Philipp Berens has been awarded one of the most attractive junior research prizes worldwide. Using computer models, he investigates the role and structure of the different cell types in the retina.

The Bernstein Award will be presented by Dr. Matthias Kölbel from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on September 15, 2015 during the...

15.09.2015 | nachricht Read more

International research project gets high level of funding

Funds of $1.35 million for the study of antibody formation

Antibodies are protein molecules that are produced by the body to fight pathogens. Their formation basically follows the principle of evolution. The best...

02.09.2015 | nachricht Read more

Production research by Fraunhofer IAO honored with three awards at the ICPR 2015

The 23rd International Conference for Production Research ICPR, which took place from August 2-5, 2015 in Manila, was a runaway success for Fraunhofer IAO and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Both keynote speakers, Professor Wilhelm Bauer (IAO institute director) and Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger, received a Certificate of Appreciation, and each was part of a team that scooped an Outstanding Paper Award 2015. In Professor Bauer’s case, this was for his work with Dr. Stefan Gerlach et al. on KapaflexCy; Professor Bullinger received the honor alongside Thomas Meiren and Rainer Nägele for their publication on the future of smart services.

Every two years, the prestigious ICPR offers production researchers a platform for professional knowledge sharing and discussion. At this year's International...

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Bionorica Phytoneering Award 2015 for Eike Steinmann and Anggakusuma

On the 24th of August, Eike Steinmann and Anggakusuma from the Institute of Experimental Virology received the 10.000 € endowed “Bionorica Phytoneering Award 2015”.

The award given biannually by the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) and Bionorica SE, a leading company in the area of...

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DBFZ accompanies World Bank project for the construction of six biogas plants in Hebei, China

While the further expansion of biomass energy production has been slowed down by the decisions of the German Federal Government to restructure incentives, the People's Republic of China is aiming to significantly spur the development of the energetic use of biomass. To improve the quality of biogas plants in China, six biogas plants will be supported with know-how and technology "Made in Germany" in a project partly funded by the World Bank. The high-profile international expert group for the scientific supervision of the project is headed by Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles, the scientific managing director of the DBFZ.

With around 70 million euros, the World Bank participates in the construction of a total of six biogas plants in Hebei province, China. Together with...

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Open call for applications for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2016. Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on April 27, 2016 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´16.

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The Innovation Award addresses laser manufacturers, laser users and researchers, who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative...

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Carl Zeiss Foundation donates EUR 850,000 to research structure concept ELYSION at Mainz University

Advanced Lab for Electrochemistry and Electroorganic Synthesis (ELYSION) enhances the strategic relevance of Mainz in the fields of electroconversion and electroactive materials

Over the next four years, the Carl Zeiss Foundation will be providing support in the form of EUR 850,000 to the Advanced Lab for Electrochemistry and...

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Orientation in an Ocean of Data

More than a data portal
The project GFBio is funded with additional 5.8 million euros by the ‚Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft‘ to continue the setup of a national data infrastructure in the field of biological and environmental sciences.

Innovative research and new techniques in the field of environmental and ecosystem sciences not only lead to new understandings, but also to a flood of data....

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Martin Jinek wins Vallee Young Investigator Award

Martin Jinek, a professor at the University of Zurich’s Department of Biochemistry, was presented with the 2015 Vallee Young Investigator Award. The international prize is awarded to young researchers for outstanding achievements in biomedicine and carries USD 250,000 in prize money.

Professor Martin Jinek’s main research interest is a sophisticated bacterial mechanism known as the CRISPR system that has recently been developed into a...

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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A Light Touch May Help Animals and Robots Move on Sand and Snow

Having a light touch can make a hefty difference in how well animals and robots move across challenging granular surfaces such as snow, sand and leaf litter. Research reported October 9 in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics shows how the design of appendages – whether legs or wheels – affects the ability of both robots and animals to cross weak and flowing surfaces.

Using an air fluidized bed trackway filled with poppy seeds or glass spheres, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology systematically varied the...

Im Focus: Reliable in-line inspections of high-strength automotive body parts within seconds

Nondestructive material testing (NDT) is a fast and effective way to analyze the quality of a product during the manufacturing process. Because defective materials can lead to malfunctioning finished products, NDT is an essential quality assurance measure, especially in the manufacture of safety-critical components such as automotive B-pillars. NDT examines the quality without damaging the component or modifying the surface of the material. At this year's Blechexpo trade fair in Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IZFP will have an exhibit that demonstrates the nondestructive testing of high-strength automotive body parts using 3MA. The measurement results are available in a matter of seconds.

To minimize vehicle weight and fuel consumption while providing the highest level of crash safety, automotive bodies are reinforced with elements made from...

Im Focus: Kick-off for a new era of precision astronomy

The MICADO camera, a first light instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), has entered a new phase in the project: by agreeing to a Memorandum of Understanding, the partners in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Italy, have all confirmed their participation. Following this milestone, the project's transition into its preliminary design phase was approved at a kick-off meeting held in Vienna. Two weeks earlier, on September 18, the consortium and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which is building the telescope, have signed the corresponding collaboration agreement.

As the first dedicated camera for the E-ELT, MICADO will equip the giant telescope with a capability for diffraction-limited imaging at near-infrared...

Im Focus: Locusts at the wheel: University of Graz investigates collision detector inspired by insect eyes

Self-driving cars will be on our streets in the foreseeable future. In Graz, research is currently dedicated to an innovative driver assistance system that takes over control if there is a danger of collision. It was nature that inspired Dr Manfred Hartbauer from the Institute of Zoology at the University of Graz: in dangerous traffic situations, migratory locusts react around ten times faster than humans. Working together with an interdisciplinary team, Hartbauer is investigating an affordable collision detector that is equipped with artificial locust eyes and can recognise potential crashes in time, during both day and night.

Inspired by insects

Im Focus: Physicists shrink particle accelerator

Prototype demonstrates feasibility of building terahertz accelerators

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has built the first prototype of a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio...

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