University of Bremen Conferences in October 2018

The 69th International Astronautical Congress 2018 (IAC 2018) will take place at Messe Bremen from October 1 to 5. Some 5,000 international participants from science, business, and politics are expected. The University of Bremen will present its master’s programs in space travel. The congress is organized by the Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) of the University of Bremen and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). For those interested, the IAC will offer a public day on October 3. The University of Bremen is represented at the exhibition in the Exhibition Hall (Hall 5). In particular, the university’s master’s programs in the field of space travel will be presented. They are aimed at graduates with a bachelor’s or comparable university degree in engineering sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. Additional Information:
Contact: Annika Teubner (Communication)
Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM)
Tel.: +49 421 218-57821

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, children and their parents are invited to an open house at the MRI facility of Fraunhofer MEVIS. The Institute for Medical Image Computing is participating in the “Die Maus” door opener day, initiated by WDR (“Die Sendung mit der Maus”). Since 2011, doors that conceal something exciting and interesting have been opening throughout Germany. MEVIS is taking part for the first time in 2018 and will show curious children and their companions how medical images are made. The hosts will guide you through the MRI facility and explain how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) works. They will demonstrate how to take pictures of the inside of a melon or lemon without cutting it open. And it will be particularly exciting when pictures of the brain and beating hearts are taken. MEVIS is researching new, contrast-free procedures in medical imaging. On the “Die Maus” door opener day, this will be demonstrated to the children in a very vivid way. Venue: MRI facility in the COGNIUM of the University of Bremen, Hochschulring 18. Further information and registration at
Contact: Bianca Hofmann
Tel.: +49 421 218-59231
Mobile: +49 1523 17 859 17

On October 4 and 5, 2018, a workshop of the Adaptive Designs and Multiple Testing Procedures working group of the German and Austro-Swiss regions of the International Biometric Society will be held on the topic of new methods and applications for adaptive designs and multiple test procedures. This year’s workshop is organized by the Biometry department of the Competence Center for Clinical Trials Bremen together with the Institut für Statistik of the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science. The workshop focuses on academic exchange around the topics of adaptive study designs and multiple test procedures. This offers researchers and users from the field of (bio-) statistics a forum to exchange ideas and discuss problems and solutions. The workshop is dedicated to theoretical knowledge as well as practical applications. Venue: GW2 Building, Room B3009, at the University of Bremen. More information at:
Contact: Professor Werner Brannath
Competence Center for Clinical Trials Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-64601

The CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) workshop on the subject of reliable and quantitative prediction of defect properties in gallium-based semiconductors will bring together 60 renowned scientists from all over the world from October 8 to 12, 2018, in Bremen. They will investigate the electronic properties of defects in semiconductors both experimentally and by means of simulations on an atomic scale. The functionality of semiconductors for applications in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics is primarily determined by the stability and electron structure of defects. While experimental data from spectroscopy provides increasingly accurate data, the exact atomic structure of these defects is to be modelled and understood in direct comparison with computer simulations. Of particular interest are gallium-based semiconductors, such as gallium oxide and gallium nitride, which are of great importance for power electronics and LED lighting, and which are the central focus of research in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Bremen. The CECAM workshop offers the opportunity for intensive academic exchange as well as for the deepening of existing and the initiation of new international research cooperations. Venue: House of Science. Further information:
Contact: Professor Thomas Frauenheim
Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science
Tel.: +49 421 218-62340

“Future Challenges for Global Disaster Risk Management – Evidence-Based Research and Powerful Competencies Needed for Nurses” is the topic of an international conference of the World Society of Disaster Nursing (WSDN) on October 18 and 19, 2018. The event in Bremen will bring together more than 150 scientists from 15 countries. A total of 42 lectures and 80 posters deal with catastrophes and their health-related consequences from different perspectives. The number of catastrophes is increasing worldwide, and 75 percent of the world’s population has already experienced a catastrophic event. More recent examples are severe earthquakes such as those in Nepal in 2015 and Mexico in 2017. Europe is also increasingly affected by disasters: examples include floods, heat waves, severe storms, earthquakes, and the enormous flow of refugees caused by war. The Department of Interdisciplinary Research on Ageing and Nursing of the Institut für Public Health und Pflegeforschung (IPP) at the University of Bremen has been dealing with this subject for years. It is a member of the WSDN and is represented on the Board of Directors. The international conference will take place for the first time in Germany. The venue is the Swissôtel in Bremen. Further information on the congress at:
Contact: Paulina Meinecke
Tel.: +49 421 218-68908

The DFG Collaborative Research Centre Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy at the University of Bremen is hosting an international conference on Thursday, October 25, 2018. In accordance with the central objective of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC), the focus is on explaining the global development dynamics of social policy from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present. The participants will examine the question of how the interplay of domestic political factors and transnational dependencies has shaped the development of social policy. Social policy aims to secure social rights and create social security. In addition to the market and family support networks, it is a central producer of welfare. Research on the social welfare state – at least in the context of developed democracies – usually understands the field of social policy as a purely nation-state matter and explains its development almost exclusively as the result of domestic conditions and processes. What is missing is the systematic consideration of external influences on national social policy. Since national politics has to deal with these international influences, the thematic focus of the conference will be on the interplay of national socioeconomic and political frameworks with international dependencies in order to explain the development of social policy from a global and historical perspective. Venue: ATLANTIC Hotel Universum
Contact: Judith M. Ebeling

“Failing Identities, Schools, and Migrations” is the topic of an international conference of the Department of Intercultural Education in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Bremen in collaboration with the University of Oldenburg. It will take place on Friday, October 26, 2018. The conference aims to critically and reflectively examine the appropriate role of teachers in transnational constellations. Under the conditions of a globalized migration society, it has become clear that the nation-state can no longer be the central reference for education and schools. Not least as a result of the ongoing worldwide migration of refugees, changes in world politics are becoming a directly tangible educational dimension locally. In addition to the growth of right-wing populist countermovements at the political level and logistical and financial challenges at the level of school organization, there are also enormous opportunities for a substantive and conceptual transformation of the education system, which has hitherto been rather nationally oriented and, in this sense, also offers limited perspectives. The conference will be held at the University of Bremen.
Contact: Aysun Doğmuş
Tel.: +49 421 218-69127

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Top-performing, diverse, reform-minded, and singularly cooperative – that about sums up the University of Bremen. Around 23,000 people learn, teach, research, and work on its international campus. Their shared goal is to contribute to the advancement of society. With well over 100 degree programs, the range of subjects offered by the University is broad. As one of Europe’s leading research universities, it maintains close cooperation with non-university research institutions in the region. This spirit of cooperation led to the founding of the U Bremen Research Alliance in 2016. The University’s competence and dynamism have also attracted numerous companies to settle in the technology park surrounding the campus. This has created an important national location for innovation – with the University of Bremen at its heart.

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