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05.2011

Newsletter PS-Park 'n' Science, 6th edition, Apr 2011

English text version of the Park'n'Science newsletter

Table of Contents
Editorial
From renewable raw material to recyclable resource
The fountain of youth for plants
Mussel adhesive
The focus area “Plant Genomics and System Biology”
“Komm ins Beet” tours
Honoured
Founded
Informed
Park ‘n’ Life
Bookmarked

Editorial

Renewables on the Science Park

 Renewables on the Science ParkThe terrible natural disaster in Japan, which triggered the still unchecked nuclear disaster, has dramatically and painfully brought home the urgent need for a new energy concept. It would be shortsighted to consider only the production of primary energy here; the raw material and product aspects also need to be included if we are to come up with a holistic and sustainable concept for the energy revolution.

Economic factors have already led to energy consumption being optimised along the length of the value-added chain. In addition to this optimisation process, completely new approaches are being developed that rewrite entire product pedigrees on the basis of renewable raw materials. It is precisely here that the aspects of energy consumption, sustainability and CO2 emissions fall into place like a mosaic:
the fermentation processes for extracting renewable raw materials take place at lower temperatures. This is particularly efficient in plants with a high recyclable fraction and use of the raw material plant in its entirety is particularly sustainable. Even products such as straw and wood, which have previously only been credited with limited worth, have as yet untapped potential as raw materials and CO2 consumption and emissions are finally balancing each other out over a finite period. The work of researchers on the Potsdam Science Park is also playing a role in this new direction.

In this edition of PS, you will find out about the various mosaic pieces that are making a contribution to an overall concept of sustainability.

I hope you enjoy the issue.
Barbara Buller

From renewable raw material to recyclable resource

Extracting biopolymers with new biotechnological methods.


(Photo: T. Helbig)

We are living in a time when climate change is advancing rapidly and fossil resources are becoming ever scarcer. With this in mind, the sustainable use of renewable raw materials is becoming increasingly important. Nature provides us with approximately 170 billion tonnes of biomass every year. It is estimated that only 3.5 per cent of this is used efficiently. On the one hand, it is used to generate heat, electricity or fuel, or for the manufacture of basic, fine or speciality chemicals in the chemicals industry. On the other, it can be recycled directly by being separated from other plant substances and made into products.

In the LIGNOS joint research project, three partners from Potsdam - the University of Potsdam, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP and aevotis GmbH – are focusing on the efficient recycling of native crops and timbers. Together, they want to find ways of recovering the biopolymers contained in plant raw materials and waste materials from agriculture and forestry and in biomass-containing waste materials from established production processes in food production, the chemicals industry and fuel production. Newly developed biotechnological methods should make this separation and processing of biopolymers possible. In the medium and long term, the partners want to put into practice new concepts for innovations in biochemical process technology. Their aim is to produce a considerable proportion of the necessary polymers and products sustainably without the need for crude oil. The recovered biopolymers are to be used in three areas in particular: 1. The development of new materials such as bio-based plastics and composite materials, films, fibres, non-wovens; 2. Life-science products in pharmaceutics, cosmetics and health care; and 3. Special products for a wide variety of non-food applications, including additives in the areas of building materials, paper production and detergent manufacturing.

The LIGNOS joint research project is focusing on lignocellulose - a renewable raw material that has hardly any applications in the food industry - because of its frequent occurrence and broad material composition. The lignocellulose in plants is a stable natural resource that until now has only partially been exploited and with limited efficiency. Lignocellulose has not gained its reputation as “nature’s reinforced concrete” for nothing: it forms the cell walls in plants and allows trees to grow several metres tall and live for several centuries. Alongside the cellulose fibrils and hemicelluloses as supporting materials, lignin is also a binding agent that is formed in plant cell walls during lignification. The aim of the LIGNOS project is to extract these three main components from lignocellulose in order to recycle them.

As part of a kick-off event on 17 March 2011, the three research partners, supported by the pearls Potsdam Research Network, presented the content and aims of their project. The molecular biology working group of the University of Potsdam will develop new enzyme systems that enable the digestion of lignocelluloses. Together with Fraunhofer IAP and aevotis GmbH, these enzymes will then be optimised so that the constituents can be separated out of various lignocelluloses. In order to provide sufficient quantities of enzymes, the biotechnological processes for producing them will be upscaled to small-scale production. At Fraunhofer IAP, these enzymes will be used to extract cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. These will be the basic materials for new bio-based products that will be developed at Fraunhofer IAP according to various processes.

The fountain of youth for plants

Latest research results in Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam.

The fountain of youth for plants
(Photo: istockphoto)

With the motto “Mehr Bio im Benzin” (more bio in petrol), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is currently promoting the new fuel SuperE10, which contains up to 10 per cent ethanol obtained from crops such as rape, wheat or sugar beet,. The benefits are obvious: the combustion of bioethanol releases only as much CO2 as the plants originally took out of the atmosphere to form their biomass. This is a great development, counteracting the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and therefore climate change.

However, the increasing food requirements of the world population have to be considered: global population growth will mean that in future the amount of land suitable for agricultural use per head will be significantly reduced - it is estimated by 30 to 40 per cent by 2050. Therefore, bioethanol will be produced at a price: cultivable land, that was previously used for growing food crops, will now be cultivated for plants for biofuels, although the amount of cultivable land will remain the same or even decrease. On top of this, climate change could have a negative effect on crop yields.

To meet the growing need for renewable raw materials, it has become increasingly important to understand the complex molecular and physiological mechanisms of plant growth. This is the only way to maximise the efficiency of plants per unit area of cultivated land. Because the better the individual elements of the complex biological systems are understood and described, the better they can be used to the benefit of people and the environment.

For now, the scientists of the focus area Plant Genomics and System Biology at the University of Potsdam and the research groups cooperating with them are determining the exact individual factors for plant growth. To achieve this, they are employing a wide range of modern methods.

Recently, researchers in the focus area have discovered a new gene that they have dubbed the “fountain of youth” based on its ability to protect plants against rapid ageing. But the fountain-of-youth gene has yet another interesting characteristic. When it is activated in plants, their tolerance to environmental stress increases. For instance, plants modified in this way withstand salt stress much better than unmodified plants. The fountain-of-youth gene encodes a regulatory protein, or more accurately a transcription factor. This controls other genes and thereby influences the physiology of the plant. Dr. Salma Balazadeh and Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber have already identified some of the genes regulated by the fountain-of-youth gene. The scientists are currently studying the molecular network in detail, so that the knowledge gained can be used to optimise cultivated plants.

Dr. Susanne Hollmann,
coordinator of the focus area Plant Genomics and System Biology


The focus area “Plant Genomics and System Biology”

Researchers in this focus area work on projects along the complex value-added chain of modern genome research and biotechnology relating (related?) to plant science. The focus area is not only characterised by the close interaction between the faculties through joint research projects and courses, but also by years of good relationships with non-university institutions and companies both regionally and nationally.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber is spokesperson of the focus area Plant Genomics and System Biology is, head of the Molecular Biology department at the Institute for Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Potsdam and group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm. He is also the deputy chairman of the BioÖkonomieRat, the advisory body to the German government for all matters relating (related?) to bio-economy, and deputy speaker of the Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology working group of the German Academy for Science and Engineering (acatech).

www.biooekonomierat.de  |  www.acatech.de

Dr. Maria-Magdalena Titirici
(Photo: MPI MP)

Contact: Prof. Bernd Müller-Röber
Profilbereich Pflanzengenomforschung
und Systembiologie/GoFORSYS
Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam

E-mail: plantsys@uni-potsdam.de
www.uni-potsdam.de/plantgenomics
www.goforsys.de









Mussel adhesive

laboratory-cultivated polymer has similar properties to a mussel protein because it has the same cross-linking.


(Images: M. Harrington)

Countless materials in nature are interesting for technical applications because they are uniquely adapted to their specific habitat. For example, mussels attach themselves to their rocky substrate using byssus threads so that they can withstand the surging waves in tidal zones. “The protective layer of the byssus thread is particularly stable and flexible,” says biologist Matthew Harrington, “which are two properties that are difficult to unite in synthetically manufactured materials.” The chemical-structural properties that give the byssus coating its enormous stability and flexibility were discovered by scientists working with Harrington in the past year.

The Potsdam researchers revealed that the outer layer consists of a network of proteins that is stabilised by complexes of iron molecules and L-DOPA, a modified form of the amino acid tyrosine. A single iron ion can bond with up to three DOPA molecules, resulting in a highly stable metalloprotein complex. To break such a bond is difficult and requires almost as much energy as breaking the covalent bond between two atoms. The metal-DOPA bond is just as stable, but has one decisive advantage: in contrast to the atomic bond, it can spontaneously reform once it has been broken. Scientists hypothesise that this means that tiny cracks in the outer layer can heal themselves. These cracks may occur if the byssus is overstretched, for example. They absorb a part of the stress energy so that the thread does not completely snap.

Harrington’s partners in Chicago and Santa Barbara have now managed to cross-link a polymer in the same way as mussels do. The new material behaves in a similar way to its natural counterpart, meaning that it can heal itself. If the researchers cut the gel, the two parts reconnect within a few minutes.

Chemists are able to control the consistency of the substance by changing the pH value. With a slightly acid pH of around 5, the material is liquid and, as the pH is increased, it gradually transforms into a solid gel. “Mussels use the same mechanism when they are secreting their byssus threads,” says Matthew Harrington.

To be sure that their copy was actually cross-linked in the same way as the original from the sea, the US researchers sent samples to Potsdam. Matthew Harrington studied the chemical structure of the substance using confocal Raman spectroscopy, which he also applied to the byssus outer layer. “We have been able to confirm that the iron molecules in the synthetic polymer cross-link with increasing strength as the pH value is increased in exactly the same way as in mussels.”

Harrington is now eager to see whether the new material also has a practical application. “Whether the principles of the mussel can actually be applied to industrially manufactured materials currently remains to be seen,” Harrington acknowledges. “But the idea of developing biologically degradable, nontoxic and flexible adhesives modelled on the mussel that could be used in submarine technology or surgical applications is really exciting.

“Komm ins Beet” tours

Field tours with an emphasis on “renewable raw materials”.

Since man discovered fire, we have been using plant materials to generate energy; first by burning wood and later by using fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas. The latter were formed by pressure in the earth over millions of years and have the disadvantage that they release large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) in one go when they are burnt, thus contributing to the increased levels of CO2 in the air. CO2 is one of the greenhouse gases like methane or nitrous oxide, which experts are virtually unanimous in believing are causing global warming and therefore climate change.

What is more, it has been known since the 1970s that fossil energy sources are finite. A new energy concept is needed. As well as the renewable energies like wind and solar energy, plants are also under discussion as a renewable raw material. The advantage of plants for energy production is that while they are growing they temporarily fix CO2 and when they are used they release the same amount of CO2 back into the atmosphere. But for plants to be usefully employed for energy production, a few premises and basic conditions must be established, such as:

  • The carbon footprint, i.e. how much energy is required to produce a given quantity of energy from plants and to process and transport them, must be neutral
  • It must not result in a shortage of food, as the cultivation of food crops and the cultivation of energy crops compete with each other
  • The yield must be stable
  • Bioenergy must be able to compete with other types of energy in terms of cost
  • Negative effects on the environment must be avoided

With these considerations in mind, the question is: which measures are required if we use plants to provide energy? Is it practical to obtain bioalcohol by fermenting food plants? Do we need completely new plants that are grown for use as energy crops? Wouldn’t it be sensible to cultivate plant constituents for energy production that cannot be used for human consumption, such as cellulose from cell walls or lignin from woody plants?

If you would like to grapple with these issues and learn more about research approaches and strategies in modern plant research into the efficient use of plants as a renewable raw material, you are more than welcome to register for this year’s “Komm ins Beet” (come to the field) tours at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.

Registrations for groups of 5 or more can be made from May by calling +49 (0)331 567 8275 or by e-mailing beet@mpimp-golm.mpg.de.
You can also find out about the tour content on the website at:
www.komm-ins-beet.mpg.de.

Honoured

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mitzner on his 80th birthday.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mitzner
Prof. Dr. Rolf Mitzner (Photo: K. Fritze)

In January 2011, the Institute of Chemistry held an event to celebrate the 80th birthday of the founding rector of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Rolf Mitzner. Tributes were paid to the guest of honour’s work as rector and as university lecturer.

The Vice President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Bernd Walz, praised the former rector as the “founding father and heart of the university”. The former university legal officer, Steffi Kirchner, described how Prof. Mitzner had managed to transform the former Brandenburg State College into a modern university during his time in office. The theme of “60 years of physical chemistry at the College of Education and University of Potsdam” added a further academic note to the proceedings. Contributions from all generations of scientists - from an undergraduate student all the way to the professor emeritus - testified to some fascinating developments. The contribution “Physical chemistry 2011: status quo and visions”, of Prof. Dr. Hans-Gerd Löhmannsröben, Head of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, concluded with a look ahead to the future.

Born in 1931, Rolf Mitzner studied chemistry, physics and mathematics from 1950 to 1965 before becoming a research assistant at the Potsdam College of Education. He received his doctorate in 1960, followed by a postdoctoral lecturing qualification in 1964. In 1968, Rolf Mitzner was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry. From 1991 to 1995, the research chemist was the founding rector of the University of Potsdam. In his capacity as rector, he was a member of numerous founding committees, boards of trustees and advisory bodies and a consultant on various expert panels. Mitzner was also a constitutional court judge for the state of Brandenburg. He is honorary senator of the University of Potsdam and holder of the order of merit for the state of Brandenburg.

Honorary doctorate for Prof. Peter Fratzl

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mitzner
Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl (Photo: MPIKG)

Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl, Director of the Department of Biomaterials at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Montpellier, France’s oldest university. At a ceremony held in December 2010, the University of Montpellier honoured biophysicist Professor Peter Fratzl for his outstanding scientific work and his contribution to advances in the natural sciences. The honorary doctorate certificate was presented by President of the University of Monpellier, Danièle Hérin. For his research into the structural principles of natural materials, such as bone, mussel shell and plant cell walls, Peter Fratzl has received such prestigious awards as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize and the Max Planck research prize. Of primary interest are the extraordinary mechanical properties of these natural materials, which adapt to constantly changing external conditions.

Semiconductor crystals track down diseases

Potsdam student wins “Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award 2011”.

David Wegner
David Wegner (Photo: privat)

David Wegner, a chemistry student at the University of Potsdam won the “Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award 2011” at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, the world’s leading event for photonics, lasers and biomedical optics. In his research, Wegner has made an important contribution towards developing a new diagnostic method for diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s.

David Wegner received the award for his work in “Time-resolved and steady-state FRET spectroscopy on commercial biocompatible quantum dots”. The award includes a 1,000 dollar prize and 2,000 dollars as investment capital.

Quantum dots are nanometre-sized semiconductor crystals which, thanks to their specific photophysical properties, can be used for the sensitive detection of disease markers in immunoassays. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is used in these immunoassays, as the measured FRET signal has a direct correlation with the concentration of the disease marker in question. Wegner’s results could be used in the future diagnosis of diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s. David Wegner studies at the University of Potsdam since 2004. After completing his master’s degree this year, he will go to the University of Paris-Sud to complete his doctorate in the field of Förster resonance energy transfer with quantum dots.

Founded

The pearls research network establishes a foundation

New stimulus for research in the Potsdam area

Modern doctoral training at international level at the University of Potsdam
On 23 February 2011, institute heads and high-ranking representatives of regional research establishments came together. (Photo: K. Fritze)

A ceremony was held on 23 February 2011 to mark the inauguration of the new pearls foundation. The task of the foundation is to promote science and research in the region. It has been initiated and supported by the 21 university and non-university research establishments that together form the pearls Potsdam Research Network. Ten partner institutions of the network have now sealed the inauguration of the foundation with their signatures.

On the morning of 23 February 2011, institute heads and high-ranking representatives of regional research establishments came together to sign the documents that would launch the pearls foundation. As the last official act in her position, the event was opened by President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Kunst. The 10 founding members include the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Großbeeren/Erfurt (IGZ), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), DESY, Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) and the University of Potsdam (UP).

The future board of directors of the foundation will be formed by Prof. Dr. George (IGZ), Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Hüttl (GFZ) and Prof. Dr. Walz (UP). Members of the supervisory board will include the former State Secretary for the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture Dr. Komusiewicz, Prof. Dr. Fink (IAP) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Joost (DIfE). The chair of the supervisory board will be Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kaysser-Pyzalla (HZB). The foundation will support new multi-disciplinary research projects in the region and assist their development, among other things.

In addition to the UP, the research network has a total of 18 partners including nine institutes of the Leibniz Association, five establishments of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, two institutes of the Fraunhofer Society, and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering. This jointly supported structure will enable long-term strategic research planning and help to increase the visibility of Potsdam as a research location.

Contact:
Dr. Babette Regierer
pearls – Potsdam Research Network
Tel.: +49 (0)331 237 3944
E-mail: info@pearlsofscience.de
www.pearlsofscience.de

Informed

Cell-free protein synthesis

Status seminar on cell-free biosynthesis at the Fraunhofer IBMT
Status seminar on cell-free biosynthesis at the Fraunhofer IBMT (Photo: © Fraunhofer IBMT)

Since summer of last year, there has been a new working group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT) that is dealing with the promising topic of “cell-free protein synthesis”. Over the last year, the group’s leader, Dr Stefan Kubick, has established the technology for improved in-vitro production of complex biomolecules.

Following on from genome research that has identified a number of new genes in the past few years, the detailed function of the proteins that are coded by these genes has not yet, or only inadequately, been described. This means that there is currently a significant need for efficient protein synthesis systems which are able to produce, quickly and highly parallelised, a wide variety of different proteins of high quality and quantity.

The efficient use of biological processes in defined environments outside living cells can bring about significant improvements in the quality of production methods. This is necessary for the preparation of important protein classes, such as membrane proteins and antibodies, which could not previously be produced in sufficient quantities with the usual methods of in-vivo expression.

A major advantage of cell-free protein synthesis is the fact that linear DNA templates can be directly introduced into the system and the coded gene information transcribed to proteins without the need for complex cloning steps. This takes less than 90 minutes in coupled transcription/translation systems. Controllable and resource-conserving cell-free protein synthesis thus represents an important alternative to energy-intensive fermentation processes.

Now that it is possible to create gene-coding sequences fully synthetically, and with the growing number of findings from ongoing intensive protein structure projects, it should in future be possible, in combination with cell-free protein synthesis, to develop a rational design followed immediately by automatic synthesis of technologically relevant proteins. This will mean that the variety of newly synthesisable proteins will no longer be restricted by the limitations of cultivated or synthetic cells.

On 27 January 2011, the first public status seminar on cell-free protein synthesis was held at the Fraunhofer IBMT, organised by RiNA GmbH and the IBMT. A fascinated audience of 140 attended the talks on the possibilities and prospects for cell-free protein synthesis, which led to some intense discussions.

“Potsdam-Golm hub” transport concept

Golm railway station
(Photo: Döge)

Golm railway station, 7.47 a.m. Monday morning: hundreds of students and employees of the Potsdam-Golm Science Park swarm off the train that has just arrived from Berlin. Later that morning, as students transfer to lectures at the “Neues Palais” site, busses heading towards Potsdam main railway station are so packed that, as they pass through the districts of Golm and Eiche, there is no space for anyone to get on. This is an unacceptable situation for everyone. For months, neighbouring residents of the Science Park have been trying to find both short-term and general solutions for transport links, but so far with little success.

A study recently put forward by the Potsdam Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), which was conducted in conjunction with the Potsdam-Golm Science Park, shows that much improved connections to the Golm site are possible. Managing director of the IHK, René Kohl, reveals that quick and direct links could be established on the existing rail network, which would cope with the considerable flows of students within Potsdam, as well as meeting the needs of the employees of the scientific institutions and the residents of Potsdam and its neighbouring districts.

A direct and straightforward connection from Potsdam to the new “Willy Brandt” international airport in Schönefeld and improved links with surrounding districts, in particular with Golm and Marquardt, represent a key focus of the study, as does the augmentation of the lines to Berlin-Spandau and Oranienburg. In addition, the IHK study demonstrates with timetables that have already been worked out to the minute that the suggested infrastructure links with the existing railway lines would be particularly cost-effective with a simultaneous increase in passenger numbers.

Friedrich Winskowski, managing director of the site management at the Science Park and co-initiator of the study, has long been pushing for adapted solutions for the different passenger groups at the Potsdam Science Park. For students, employees, residents and guests of the Potsdam-Golm Science Park, transport connections are an important element of future-oriented working, learning and living.

The “Potsdam-Golm hub” study can be found at: www.wissenschaftspark-potsdam.de. Information is also available directly from the Science Park site management, tel. +49 (0)331 237351135.

Park ‘n’ Life

Fitness club opens at Golm site

The opening of a second fitness club at the Golm site
(Photo: Th. Roese)

The opening of a second fitness club at the Golm site provides a significant addition to the fitness and exercise facilities offered for students and employees by the University of Potsdam’s sports centre. After capacity at the four-year-old club in Breite Straße had become rather tight, the high level of demand can now be met once more.

At the opening ceremony on 27/01/2011, University Chancellor, Dr Barbara Obst-Hantel, praised the commitment of many colleagues and partners who supported the construction phase of the fitness club. Funds were provided from the economic stimulation programme to refurbish the building, without which the long-awaited installation of a second student fitness club would have been impossible. During the opening ceremony, the head of the university sports centre, Dr Petra Bischoff-Krenzien, presented the Chancellor of the university with a “golden sports shoe” as a general thank-you to all the helpers who were involved in the construction of the fitness club in the last few months.

The new club was also given its name. After holding a competition to name the club, the sports centre team decided to call it goFit. At the same time, the club’s smaller brother in Breite Straße was dubbed beFit so that the name of each site contains a reference to the club at the other site.

But the names of the clubs are not the only thing connecting the two sports facilities. The university sports centre intends to promote fitness and healthy exercise through an integrated concept. This allows everyone who wants to exercise to use the same ticket at both clubs, and aerobics courses and family-friendly courses will also be linked to the fitness clubs. The intention is to attract primarily students and employees of the University of Potsdam to the clubs. Employees of cooperating establishments, principally those around the Golm site, can also use the new sports facilities offered by the university sports centre. Discussions are also ongoing to allow employees of GO:IN companies to exercise there too.

Modern doctoral training at international level at the University of Potsdam
(Photo: Th. Roese)

Just two months after it was opened, the goFit club is already very popular, despite the somewhat “quieter” exam periods during February and March. Many employees are taking up the offer in the Golm club, with the state-of-the-art cardio equipment proving to be particularly in demand. With individual instruction by professional trainers qualified in sports science, every attendee can be certain of finding the right training programme for them and existing handicaps can be incorporated into the training regime. Anyone who redeems their test tickets at the start of the semester can expect an additional surprise, and further special campaigns are planned for the upcoming semester.

You can find further information about the university sports centre’s fitness clubs at:
www.hochschulsport-potsdam.deUrsula Ross-Stitt/Katja Schulze


Bookmarked

During the 2011 summer semester, the Potsdam-Golm Science Park is offering an attractive mix of scientific and social events, namely Park’n’Science and Park’n’Life.

The following dates had been fixed at the time of going to press:

University of Potsdam

Long Night of Science 2011
28 May 2011, 5 pm to 1 am, Golm and Neues Palais campuses

The UP is taking part in the Long Night of Science for the third time. From 5 pm to 1 am, over 150 individual events will be taking place in Golm and at the Neues Palais site. The university outpatient clinic is taking part for the first time.

Festival week - 20 years of the University of Potsdam
From 11 to 15 July, Golm Campus

11 July: Faculty of Human Sciences Day
14 July: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Day

One faculty will present itself on each day of the festival week celebrating 20 years of the UP. The official ceremony takes place on 13/07 and a new programme of scientific events will be launched on 15/07.

Inaugural lectures in summer semester 2011

The inaugural lectures are held two at a time, on Wednesdays
from 4.15 pm at the Golm university campus,
building 25, room F.1.01.

4 May 2011

Prof. Dr. Gilles Blanchard
Professor of Mathematical Statistics
Institute of Mathematics
“Complexity analysis in statistics and learning theory”

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Huisinga
Professor of Mathematical Modelling and System Biology
Institute of Mathematics
“Mathematical Modelling of Agents and Cells”

8 June 2011

Prof. Dr. Thorid Rabe
Junior Professor of Didactics of Physics
Institute of Physics and Astronomy
“Teacher professionalisation in didactical physics - from aspiration to reality”

Prof. Dr. Martin Roth
Professor of Astrophysical Instrumentation and Astrophotonics
Astrophysical Institute Potsdam/Institute of Physics and Astronomy
“The ‘golden age’ of astrophysics”

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Girls’ Day 2011, 14 April 2011

10 am - 1 pm
www.girls-day.de

“Trends in Colloid & Interface Science TICI” meeting

22/23 June 2011, central building lecture theatre on the Max Planck campus
Event to celebrate the 65th birthday of Prof. Dr. Helmuth Möhwald
https://tici.mpikg.mpg.de/

Alumni meetings

24 June 2011

European Colloid and Interface Society, ECIS 2011

4 - 9 Sept. 2011, TU Berlin
www.ecis2011.org

Campus

Open Day at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park

10 Sept. 2011

 Open Day at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park