News from Potsdam Transfer

Mendel in a Box & boXperiment at didacta

Prof. Dr. Amitabh Banerji und Bryan Nowack präsentieren ihre Experimentierkoffer auf der didacta-Bildungsmesse in Stuttgart
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Demonstrative knowledge transfer in chemistry and biology lessons – scientists Prof. Dr. Amitabh Banerji and Bryan Nowack present their innovative experiment sets at didacta, Europe's largest education trade fair

"Mendel in a Box" & "boXperiment" are sets for experimenting in science lessons and contain teaching-learning materials that make science lessons tangible and get students excited about STEM subjects.

Behind boXperiment are Prof. Dr. Amitabh Banerji and his team of chemistry didacticians and student teachers, who have set themselves the goal of experimentally and didactically preparing current research topics from the field of science and technology for the classroom. The first boXperiment, for example, deals with organic photovoltaics, which offers unique potential for generating environmentally friendly electrical energy.

In keeping with the motto "from the research lab to the classroom," biologist Bryan Nowack, PhD student at the University of Potsdam, has also developed "Mendel in a Box," an experiment set to illustrate Mendel's theory of heredity. Thanks to the specially bred seeds, all of Mendel's rules can be observed in one experiment.

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University of Potsdam takes 3rd place in Germany-wide start-up ranking “Gründungsradar“ of the “Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wissenschaft“ in Germany

Uni Potsdam belegt erneut Platz 3 beim Gründerranking, Gründungsinteressierte sind im Austausch
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In the current "Gründungsradar", the Germany-wide start-up ranking of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the University of Potsdam once again took 3rd place. In the group of "large universities" with more than 15,000 students, the UP held its ground with 57.9 points out of a possible 60, behind Munich University of Applied Sciences (58.9) and Saarland University with 58.2 points. The result shows that the University of Potsdam has developed into one of the best start-up universities in Germany with excellent and holistic transfer structures.

Indicators such as start-up anchoring, start-up sensitization, start-up qualification and networking in start-up support at the university are evaluated. For the first time, the set of indicators was expanded to include questions on the topic of sustainability and its integration into start-up support.

The Gründungsradar is regularly produced by the Stifterverband in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. The study series has been published every two years since 2012 and offers a comprehensive and comparative database on start-up support at universities in Germany.

Postdocs and professors take note! Take part in the Science Slam of the University of Potsdam

Ankündigung Science Slam der Uni Potsdam im Waschhaus Potsdam am 04.05.23, Text blauem Hintergrund
Photo: Universität Potsdam

Be a part of it and apply as a slammer:in at the Science Slam of the University of Potsdam on May 4th, 8:00 pm at Waschhaus Potsdam!

To apply as a slammer:in, simply send an e-mail with the subject "Science Slam Application" to ute.rzehauni-potsdamde!

You are still Science Slam-inexperienced? No problem! Just register for our Science Slam Coaching on 10.03.2023 at the Uni-Campus Golm. Sven-Daniel Gettys from Science & Stories GmbH will teach all the tips and tricks for a rousing presentation of your research topic.

Tobias Dünow, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, visited the Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten

8.02.2023 Wissenschaftsstaatssekretär Tobias Dünow im Gespräch mit Akteur:innen aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Wirtschaftsförderern in der Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten
Photo: Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten
(v.l.n.r) hintere Reihe: Diana Rosenthal, TH Brandenburg; Sascha Thormann, Potsdam Transfer; Tobias Dünow, MWFK; Gerald Zahn, RWK O-H-V; Mareen Curran, Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten; vordere Reihe: Hagen Skersies, Wirtschaftsförderung Hennigsdorf; Susanne Voß, MWFK; Ines Hübner, Bürgermeisterin Velten; Enrico Wießner, Wirtschaftsförderung Oranienburg

On February 8, 2023, the team of the Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten received Tobias Dünow, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg (MWFK), who informed himself about offers and activities. The Präsenzstelle O-H-V | Velten in its function as a regional bureau is jointly operated by the University of Potsdam and the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.

After a short tour through the premises and the presentation of current activities, there was an open exchange about the challenges and future perspectives of the regional bureau.

In addition to other representatives of the MWFK, the mayor of the city of Velten, Ines Hübner, the Business support offices of the cities of Hennigsdorf and Oranienburg, Hagen Skersies and Enrico Wießner, as well as the coordinator of the Regionaler Wachstumskern Oranienburg Hennigsdorf Velten (RWK O-H-V), Gerald Zahn, also attended the meeting. Further Sascha Thormann, Managing Director of Potsdam Transfer at the University of Potsdam, and Diana Rosenthal, Head of the Center for Start-ups and Transfer at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences were present.

About the regional bureaus (Präsenzstellen) of the universities in the state of Brandenburg

In rural regions remote from universities, the regional bureauswork at the interface between science, business and civil society: In their function as a window to the research of the universities, the regional bureausinform citizens and prospective students about study opportunities at Brandenburg universities, provide insight into the current Brandenburg research landscape through events and actively promote communication with local citizens. The regional bureausalso invest in networking with companies, chambers and associations. The concept for expanding the presence of universities in rural areas refers to the implementation of Brandenburg's transfer strategy for improving the cooperation of science with business, politics and civil society.

Award of the Transfer Prize and the Guido Reger Founder Prize

Verleihung des Transferpreises 2023 an Prof. Ulrike Lucke und des Guido-Reger-Gründerpreises an das Gründerteam memodio
Photo: Schilling_Potsdam Transfer

At the New Year's reception of the President of the University of Potsdam Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D., Potsdam Transfer and UP Transfer GmbH honoured the diverse and outstanding transfer activities of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ulrike Lucke, Professor for Complex Multimedia Application Architectures at the University of Potsdam with the Transfer Award 2023.

Ulrike Lucke's research topic is on educational technologies and their applications.

Special attention is given to the current joint project Bildungsraum Digital (BIRD): A research network coordinated by the University of Potsdam with the project lead by Ms. Lucke is developing a first reference prototype for a national and cross-institutional digital education platform, for all and with all, based on open source software. More information about the BIRD project:

This year's Guido Reger Founder Award is granted to the EXIST-supported start-up team "memodio" for developing their app "memodio" to improve the quality of life of people suffering from forgetfulness and other cognitive impairments. The app is aimed at preventing dementia: With an individualised therapy plan, memodio promotes the maintenance of brain health, provides support with everyday challenges and also actively involves relatives in the treatment of those affected.