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RUB Alumni Newsletter | July 2018

Dear Alumni,
once again we have a lot of information and RUB-related links for you in this Alumni Newsletter:

1) New groups in the Alumni Directory: SEPM and University Sports
2) We’ve always known – the RUB is a “Big Beautiful Building”
3) People on Campus – Top athlete Pablo Nolte
4) Practice transfer at the RUB
5) Looking for role models for talents!
6) The Blue Square celebrates its 5th birthday
7) Sponsorship programmes for potential entrepreneurs
8) A look back: activate and win
9) A look back: Experimental Physics Alumni reunion
10) Dates, parties, events


1) New groups in the Alumni Directory: SEPM and University Sports

In our online Alumni Directory you have the opportunity to join various Alumni groups, such as the faculty you studied at. You can also join several groups if you wish, depending on your interests. We have now set up two new groups: “Sales Engineering and Product Management” (SEPM) and “Hochschulsport Bochum”.
Join a group by logging in to the Alumni Directory. Go to the area About Me / My Groups. This is where you can join a group (or several!).


2) We’ve always known – the RUB is a “Big Beautiful Building”

A massive yellow label has been stuck to the RUB since the end of June. The three overlapping Bs stand for "Big Beautiful Buildings". This award is being given to exemplary constructions in the Ruhr during the European Cultural Heritage Year of 2018 that tell of a time that shaped the region in a special way: the 1950s to the 1970s.
The initiators of the award want to set in motion a cross-border discussion about how to treat our architectural heritage, which also includes the RUB campus, appropriately.
For more information and photos of the awards


3) People on Campus – Top athlete Pablo Nolte

Bob and RUB – a combination that works surprisingly well: sports student Pablo Nolte is the junior world champion at four-man bobsleighing, a sports soldier and a sports sciences student at the RUB.
In this interview he talks of how he accommodates training and studies with his army duties and how he is preparing himself for his most important season.


4) Practice transfer at the RUB

What projects at the RUB mediate between the worlds of academia and practice? Campus-Map Praxis has the answers. The website collates current RUB projects and offers from the field of practice transfer and entrepreneurship and provides an overview of current and upcoming events. Discover practice and start-up-orientated initiatives at the RUB!
For more information

Also, the RUB will soon be moving into the “O-Werk”, the striking former Opel administration building in Bochum-Laer. The RUB will be there from the end of 2019 onwards, concentrating their transfer activities in a technology-orientated academic and start-up centre.
For more information


5) Looking for role models for talents!

After leaving school, former pupils are often confronted with a great challenge when it comes to choosing their degree course. In addition to personal interest and strengths, future career prospects also play a part in this decision. The RUB talent scouts will accompany motivated and involved sixth-formers through this decision process, give them strength and gain them access to helpful networks, because educational success should be independent of background.
As RUB Alumni you could be a role model for talented pupils: tell them about your university and career path, share your experiences and motivate them. Are you interested in supporting young people on the career path? If so, please send a short mail to us at alumni@rub.de.


6) The Blue Square celebrates its 5th birthday

Experiment stations for children, short academic lectures and a prominent guest: the RUB event location, the Blue Square in Bochum city centre, will celebrate its 5th birthday with a lively programme of events on 15 September 2018 from 12-5 pm.
Also present will be Christoph Biemann, known in Germany from the popular TV show “Die Sendung mit der Maus”. Admission to all events is free.
For information on the programme


7) Sponsorship programmes for potential entrepreneurs

EXIST Rsearch Transfer
The Federal Ministry of Business and Energy [Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi] is sponsoring, as part of the EXIST research transfer programme, research-based start-up projects at the university that have the potential to be the basis of starting up a business. New applications for EXIST research transfer can be submitted once again in July 2018. RUB Alumni can also submit EXIST applications, but only via the RUB.
Frau Jonietz is available to provide any help or further information.
For more information

START-UP university spin-offs (EFRE NRW)
The state government is providing sponsorships for start-ups from university amounting to a maximum of 240,000 euros. The “START-UP-Hochschulausgründungen” sponsorship competition is now in its seventh year and aims to recruit innovative students so that they can implement their start-up plans in North-Rhine Westphalia. The application deadline is 31 August 2018; RUB Alumni can also submit competition entries, but only via the RUB. Your contact is Frau Jonietz.
For more information


8) A look back: activate and win

Last year we asked you to activate your Alumni profile for the Alumni Directory – we offered prizes as motivation, including some from the RUB Unishop. The main prize, a guided tour of the RUB’s particle accelerator, was won by alumnus Dr Lüken, who took advantage of the offer in April.
We would like to thank you for taking part and hope that all the other winners will enjoy their RUB sweets, hidden object coffee mugs, RUB snowballs and the “Knowledge” perfume!


9) A look back: Experimental Physics Alumni reunion

In May, a lively group of Alumni from the RUB Chair of Experimental Physics 4 gathered on the campus: Prof. Neddermayer, former head of Working Group 4 / Surface Physics, and his successor Prof. Köhler, met with former PhD and diploma students and technical employees.
The merry group were invited to a sparkling wine reception, a tour of the Alfried Krupp School Laboratory and the chair, a campus scavenger hunt and a boat tour of Lake Kemnade. The eventful day was rounded off pleasantly by an enjoyable dinner at Lottental.


10) Dates, parties, events

11 July (Wednesday): Lecture at the Blue Square - “What happens with our data?”
Every action on the internet and every electronic purchase leave traces and generate data. Data are described as the raw materials of the future. Internet companies provide services seemingly free of charge because they receive the users’ data in return. What do companies do with these data? How can money be made with them? What do companies know about their customers and is it a problem?
Dr Ralf Klinkenberg of RapidMiner will provide answers at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 11 July, starting at 6 pm.
For more information

12 July (Thursday): “Bernstein at 100” – Semester concert in the RUB Audimax
The RUB Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Nikolaus Müller, will present a programme with works by Leonard Bernstein and Antonín Dvorák. The event is the framework for the awarding of university prizes to outstanding RUB graduates.
The concert will take place on 12 July starting at 8 pm; admission is free.
For more information

13 July (Friday): Theatre performance “#Finale”
Two days before the World Cup Final, students will perform exciting showdowns, and the audience will decide which and how many they want to see. Five short plays will be performed simultaneously in “#Finale”.
Admission to the performances on 13 July is possible from 7.30 pm until 9.15 pm. The short plays will be shown on the studio stage of the Centre of Fine Arts. Admission is free; for ticket reservations please contact mz-theater@rub.de.
For more information

1 July + 18 August (both Saturdays): Guided tour of the Chinese Garden
The Chinese Garden Sponsors’ Association (Förderverein des Chinesischen Gartens) invite you to tours of this jewel set in the RUB Botanical Garden and explain its symbolism. The guided tours are free of charge. They start at 3 pm and will take about an hour. The meeting place is the entrance to the Chinese Garden.
For more information

2 September (Sunday): Guided tour, “Victory Over Death?” in the Antiques Collection
During the tour, the detailed painting of an Apulian wine-mixing vessel will be explained. The “spiral crater” from the RUB Antiques Collection was once used as a centrepiece at a funeral wake and later as a burial gift.
The free guided tour will take place from 2.30 pm on 2 September; the meeting point is the Art Collections Foyer opposite the Audimax.
For more information

6 September (Thursday): Lecture - “What is life like on Mars?”
The lecture series “Neue Fenster zum Universum: Physik mit dem größten Labor der Welt” [“New windows to the universe: physics with the world’s biggest laboratory”] continues. Since H. G. Wells’s novel “War of the Worlds”, life on Mars has been a literary theme that the film industry has also liked to explore. Sometimes they show our neighbouring planet as a harsh desert and sometimes as the home of great civilisations. But what does the real Mars look like? And why is there high dust activity despite low air pressure?
Dr Jens Teiser of the University of Duisburg-Essen traces a path from the beginnings of Mars research to today’s unsolved mysteries at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre at 6 pm.
For more information

Until 16 September: The exhibition, “SCHWARZ” in the Museum unter Tage
On the occasion of the termination of coal production in Germany this year, 17 RuhrKunst museums have created the exhibition project “Kunst & Kohle”, which is being shown in several cities. The exhibition “SCHWARZ” at the Museum unter Tage is the contribution from the RUB Art Collections. It topicalises the significance of black in art from the 1960s until today.
The exhibition can be seen at “Situation Kunst (für Max Imdahl)” in Bochum-Weitmar at the Museum unter Tage until 16 September.
For more information

17-28 September: Summer school, “Start-up Management”
The two-week summer school is aimed at all those who are exploring the theme of self-employment or may even have a concrete idea for a start-up. At these all-day events, a number of speakers communicate practical knowledge on these and other themes: marketing, law, taxes and financing.
Participation is free for RUB Alumni members, but you must sign up in advance!
For more information

20 September (Thursday): Bochum teacher training dialogue – accompanying new arrivals
Teachers of children of all ages are currently faced with the challenge of integrating “lateral entrants” into regular lessons as quickly as possible and preparing their career starts. There is a new project at RUB’s Teacher Training, the "Bochumer Sprachförderturm" (“Bochum Language Support Tower”), which is aimed at preparing teachers for the specific potentials and needs of this target group and for supporting them in their transition from education to career.
The “Bochumer Sprachförderturm” will be introduced and discussed at the event.
For more information and to sign up


There are always events on at the Blue Square – Get a feel for the university – right in the centre of town!


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