Happy Holidays!

Once again, an eventful year is coming to an end and the holidays cast their shadows ahead: The CENIDE team wishes happy and relaxing holidays and a healthy, confident start into 2023!

The CENIDE office also goes into winter break and will be back in action as usual in the new year from January 9, 2023.

ICAN Winter break

Dear ICAN users,

Another turbulent year is drawing to an end, and the holidays are casting their shadows ahead: 

Today I would like to make you aware of the fact that the ICAN Microscopy center is also going into “winter break” and will be closed from 23.12.2022 to 06.01.2023

During this period, neither service nor user operation will be possible. 

The same applies to the laboratories for sample preparation and the central smaller equipment of the ICAN.

The availability of the decentralized equipment which is located in different working groups within CENIDE will be decided by the operators in the corresponding working groups.

We are looking forward to being available for you again in the new year, starting on 09.01.2022. Until then, we wish you happy holidays and a good transition to the new year! 

Best regards

Frank Meyer zu Heringdorf

ICAN user meeting 2023

Dear ICAN users,

Next year, the annual ICAN user meeting will take place again.

Please make a note of the following date in your calendar:

Wednesday 08.02.2023 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Location: Campus Duisburg, NETZ-Building LN, Room 2.42

You will receive further details in January, depending on current technical possibilities, either via the ICAN mailing list, via this website or a notice in the ICAN hallway.

Annual participation at the safety instruction is still mandatory for all users who carry out work by themselves in the microscopy center of ICAN (user operation). 

Without safety instruction, you are losing the authorization to carry out work in user operation.

For this reason, please let us know, if you are unable to attend at the aforementioned date.

For further inquiries, you can currently reach us at: ican@cenide.de | www.cenide.de

Research Alliance Ruhr receives another 48 million euros

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.

From left: Dr. Christina Reinhardt, RUB Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer, Rector of TU Dortmund, Minister Ina Brandes, Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund, Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert, UDE Rector, Prof. Dr. Martin Paul, RUB Rector and Jens Andreas Meinen, UDE Chancellor. Image: TU Dortmund/Martina Hengesbach

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.

Further Information:

To the original article of the UDE

CENIDE Conference 2023

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.

Workshop Artificial Intelligence on January 20, 2023

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.

Karin Everschor-Sitte, Torben Weis, Heiko Wende, and Tobias Teckentrup

Workshop Quantum Technologies cancelled

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.

ICAN Service

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.

Contact information

Cyberattack on UDE

UDE’s digital services are currently unavailable

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

All further information can be found at https://www.uni-due.org