NRW Minister of Science hands over funding allocation
Ina Brandes, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, has secured the joint cutting-edge research of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), which is organized in the Research Alliance, with a further funding commitment: During a visit on December 12, she presented the university administrations of Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund and UDE with an allocation notice for 48 million euros for 2025.
On the campus of TU Dortmund University, the Minister of Science met not only members of the rectorates of the three partner universities of the UA Ruhr, but also five founding professors of the four Research Centers and the College for Social Sciences and Humanities, which are currently being established as part of the Research Alliance. Founded in 2021 on the initiative of the Ruhr Conference, up to 50 new professorships will be created here. After the first appointments were successfully completed this year, the full expansion will take place in the next two years. The Ministry of Culture and Science had already allocated 75 million euros to the UA Ruhr for the first three years of the build-up phase until 2024.
Minister Ina Brandes said: “Excellent science needs excellent equipment and planning security. That is why I am delighted that we are today providing the Research Alliance Ruhr with a further 48 million euros to enable the expansion of this unique alliance of three universities in the Ruhr region. In this alliance, the universities can exploit their potential even more effectively and make a valuable contribution to North Rhine-Westphalia’s international standing as a center of science. Here, solutions are being devised for the pressing issues of the future for people’s everyday lives, such as energy supply, digitization and healthcare.”
Prof. Barbara Albert of the University of Duisburg-Essen emphasized, “Through this initiative, the universities also continue to serve as role models for cooperation in the Ruhr region: the Research Alliance Ruhr has further deepened UA Ruhr cooperation, as interdisciplinary research centers are now being systematically established across all three universities.”
The four Research Centers conduct research on pressing future issues in the fields of holistic health, sustainability, digitization, and the energy transition. Each is headed by a founding director: Prof. Dirk Schadendorf for the “Research Center One Health Ruhr,” Prof. Martina Havenith-Newen for the “Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability,” Prof. Emmanuel Müller for the “Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security,” Prof. Alfred Ludwig for the “Research Center Future Energy Materials and Systems,” and Prof. Julika Griem for the “College for Social Sciences and Humanities.
We want to enjoy meeting each other again in person, get together in a relaxed and creative atmosphere, discuss research, and also use this opportunity to discuss future topics. That is why we are looking forward to the CENIDE Conference in Kardinal Schulte Haus in Bergisch Gladbach May 2-4, 2023.
This time, the program will be different from last conferences. Following the discussed future research topics at the summer party in September there will be parallel workshops regarding these topics. We will also have keynotes from some of the CENIDE advisory board members, short presentations by postdocs, and poster sessions. Of course there will be plenty of time for individual exchanges and discussions during the numerous breaks, in the evening, and during the walking and talking.
Further information regarding the agenda and registration will follow at the beginning of 2023. Please already save the date and inform your group members.
Artificial intelligence already permeates our everyday lives and is indispensable as a central building block in research. Our vision is to bring together different scientific fields at UDE to interact at a level that each field could not achieve on its own. We invite you to join us on this adventure following the discussions on the CENIDE summer event starting with an interactive meeting in NETZ 2.42 on Friday, January 20, 2023, 10:00-15:00 (including a joint lunch break).
All people from UDE interested in artificial intelligence are welcome, ranging from complete beginners to specialists. Besides established researchers also interested early career researchers are welcome. A key idea of this workshop is to interact with each other and discover new opportunities beyond individual frontiers. Therefore, only part of the time will be reserved for short presentations.
Please register for the workshop by January 11, 2023 with an e-mail to Tobias Teckentrup giving some keywords regarding interest in the topic and indicating if you are interested in giving a short presentation.
Chairs: Karin Everschor-Sitte, Torben Weis, Heiko Wende, and Tobias Teckentrup
The UDE internal workshop Quantum Technologies planned for Friday, December 9, 2022, has been cancelled. Due to the cyber attack on the UDE and the associated consequences, it does not currently make sense to hold the workshop. The workshop will be rescheduled for early 2023 and a new date will be set soon.
The ICAN device calendar is currently not available. Therefore, please arrange measurement appointments directly and personally with the responsible ICAN staff. Data exchange is currently not possible via the university network, but ICAN staff members have access to the data. Please also contact the responsible staff member if necessary.
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has been the target of a cyberattack. The entire IT infrastructure has therefore had to be shut down and disconnected from the network. Central services such as PC applications, email and the fixed-network telephone system are not available. The University’s IT specialists are working at full speed to assess the damage and restore the systems. It is unclear how long this will take.
The attack on the IT systems took place at the weekend. After hackers got into the internal systems, they encrypted large parts of them and are demanding a ransom. University management has informed the relevant security authorities and filed a report with the police. External specialists are also being consulted.
After an initial survey, all Microsoft Office applications, internal administration and email systems seem to have been affected. The telephone system is also out of service.
Rectorate Staff Unit for University Management & Communication, Press Office
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