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Our group leader Oliver Bäumchen has accepted a call to the University of Bayreuth for a W3 professorship in experimental physics and has been appointed university professor as of October 1, 2020. With his group "Dynamics of fluid and biological interfaces" (https://www.ds.mpg.de/en/dcf/baeumchen) he has investigated the physical properties of motile cells in detail in recent years and has discovered novel, previously unknown effects especially in the microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We congratulate Oliver on his new position!

07-01-2020 Oliver Bäumchen accepts a call to the University of Bayreuth

Our group leader Oliver Bäumchen has accepted a call to the University of Bayreuth for a W3 professorship in experimental physics and has been appointed university professor as of October 1, 2020. With his group "Dynamics of fluid and biological interfaces" (https://www.ds.mpg.de/en/dcf/baeumchen) he has investigated the physical properties of motile cells in detail in recent years and has discovered novel, previously unknown effects especially in the microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We congratulate Oliver on his new position!

The Max Planck Partner Group of our alumni doctoral candidate Shashi Thutupalli has been extended for another 2 years. The cooperation with the Indian National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore on the functionality of biological cells, which has been successful since 2017, is supported by the Max Planck Society until March 2022.

20-05-19 Max Planck Partner Group in India extended

The Max Planck Partner Group of our alumni doctoral candidate Shashi Thutupalli has been extended for another 2 years. The cooperation with the Indian National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore on the functionality of biological cells, which has been successful since 2017, is supported by the Max Planck Society until March 2022.
Flexa in Leipzig, the intermodal ride-pooling service with four minibuses, is currently a problematic concept due to contact restrictions. Since April, Flexa has therefore only been operating for hospital staff, but with a greatly expanded fleet (up to 19 vehicles) and throughout the entire Leipzig city area. This transport service, which was set up for the Corona period and mainly serves the night hours when no other public transport is operating, is appropriately named "Flexa for Heroes".

20-04-13 "Flexa for Heroes" starts in Leipzig

Flexa in Leipzig, the intermodal ride-pooling service with four minibuses, is currently a problematic concept due to contact restrictions. Since April, Flexa has therefore only been operating for hospital staff, but with a greatly expanded fleet (up to 19 vehicles) and throughout the entire Leipzig city area. This transport service, which was set up for the Corona period and mainly serves the night hours when no other public transport is operating, is appropriately named "Flexa for Heroes".

Congratulations to Fabian Schwarzendahl on the award of the Otto Hahn Medal 2020, which will be presented in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of "Collective microswimmer motility in complex environments".

20-03-23 Otto Hahn Medal 2020 for Fabian Jan Schwarzendahl

Congratulations to Fabian Schwarzendahl on the award of the Otto Hahn Medal 2020, which will be presented in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of "Collective microswimmer motility in complex environments".
Congratulations! Jérémy Vachier defended successfully his PhD thesis with the talk “Nonequlibrium Statistical Mechanics – Collective Behavior of Active Particles“. After his research work in Marco Mazza’s group he will continue his scientific career as a PostDoc at Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden.

20-03-10 Jérémy Vachier defended successfully

Congratulations! Jérémy Vachier defended successfully his PhD thesis with the talk “Nonequlibrium Statistical Mechanics – Collective Behavior of Active Particles“. After his research work in Marco Mazza’s group he will continue his scientific career as a PostDoc at Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden.

A Max Planck Forum was held on January 23, 2020 at the representation of the State of Lower Saxony in Berlin Mitte. The topic was "Auto adé? Digital solutions for tomorrow's public transport". It was hosted by the Max Planck Society in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Lower Saxony to the Federal Government. Director Stephan Herminghaus presented the EcoBus before the podium engaged in a lively discussion on the mobility of the future. Our guests came from federal and state ministries and from associations.

20-01-23 Max Planck Forum "Auto adé?"

A Max Planck Forum was held on January 23, 2020 at the representation of the State of Lower Saxony in Berlin Mitte. The topic was "Auto adé? Digital solutions for tomorrow's public transport". It was hosted by the Max Planck Society in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Lower Saxony to the Federal Government. Director Stephan Herminghaus presented the EcoBus before the podium engaged in a lively discussion on the mobility of the future. Our guests came from federal and state ministries and from associations.

Outstanding dissertation in materials sciences - The physicist Dr. Christian Titus Kreis receives the Peter Haasen Prize for his work in the group of Oliver Bäumchen and his dissertation at the University of Göttingen. The prize is awarded for outstanding doctoral theses in the broader field of materials sciences at the University of Göttingen and is endowed with 5,000 euros.

20-01-17 Christian Titus Kreis receives Peter-Haasen-Prize

Outstanding dissertation in materials sciences - The physicist Dr. Christian Titus Kreis receives the Peter Haasen Prize for his work in the group of Oliver Bäumchen and his dissertation at the University of Göttingen. The prize is awarded for outstanding doctoral theses in the broader field of materials sciences at the University of Göttingen and is endowed with 5,000 euros.
After a 4-week journey through South India Stephan Herminghaus is back in Göttingen. The journey began with a scientific symposium in Guwahati lasting several days with speakers from India and Europe, during which the 60th birthday was celebrated ("Hermi-fest"). Afterwards, several research sites were visited, where not only discussions took place, but also experiments were actively supported.

19-10-23 Stephan Herminghaus back from trip through India

After a 4-week journey through South India Stephan Herminghaus is back in Göttingen. The journey began with a scientific symposium in Guwahati lasting several days with speakers from India and Europe, during which the 60th birthday was celebrated ("Hermi-fest"). Afterwards, several research sites were visited, where not only discussions took place, but also experiments were actively supported.

The EcoBus system researched in our department has another application. In Leipzig, a system with minibuses starts, which transport passengers on demand. In comparison to the previous test operations in the Harz Mountains and Bad Gandersheim, the system has been expanded once again so that passengers can easily change to trams, buses or suburban trains. The pilot operation is planned until mid-March 2020.

19-10-13 Flexa starts in Leipzig

The EcoBus system researched in our department has another application. In Leipzig, a system with minibuses starts, which transport passengers on demand. In comparison to the previous test operations in the Harz Mountains and Bad Gandersheim, the system has been expanded once again so that passengers can easily change to trams, buses or suburban trains. The pilot operation is planned until mid-March 2020.

Knut Heidemann starts today as the new head of the group "Physics of Social Systems" in our department. In his group he will investigate systems with "human components". A website with further details is under construction.

19-10-01 Knut Heidemann starts as new group leader

Knut Heidemann starts today as the new head of the group "Physics of Social Systems" in our department. In his group he will investigate systems with "human components". A website with further details is under construction. [more]
The EcoBus presented itself at the "Fridays for Future" demonstration in front of the new town hall in Göttingen. Several thousand participants of the demonstration gathered here for the rallies and the subsequent demonstration march through the city center of Göttingen. At a stand, project staff provided information to those interested.

19-09-20 EcoBus at Fridays for Future

The EcoBus presented itself at the "Fridays for Future" demonstration in front of the new town hall in Göttingen. Several thousand participants of the demonstration gathered here for the rallies and the subsequent demonstration march through the city center of Göttingen. At a stand, project staff provided information to those interested.
At a team event in Nörten-Hardenberg, MPIDS employees got to know each other better. Teamwork was required when setting up and painting cajons, and the talents of the employees were bundled in the concluding joint playing of music.

19-09-12 Team Event of the MPIDS

At a team event in Nörten-Hardenberg, MPIDS employees got to know each other better. Teamwork was required when setting up and painting cajons, and the talents of the employees were bundled in the concluding joint playing of music.
Scientists of our department at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen used the EcoBus system to research flexible mobility. In pilot phases in the Bad Gandersheim and Kalefeld areas and around Goslar, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Osterode in the Harz mountains, up to 10 buses were operated. Together with the public transport authorities, the Regionalverband Braunschweig area and the Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund in the South of Lower Saxony, we tested the results of our basic research in the two pilot trials in order to improve the theoretical predictions and test them in practice.

19-08-22 Press conference about results of the EcoBus project at the MPIDS

Scientists of our department at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen used the EcoBus system to research flexible mobility. In pilot phases in the Bad Gandersheim and Kalefeld areas and around Goslar, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Osterode in the Harz mountains, up to 10 buses were operated. Together with the public transport authorities, the Regionalverband Braunschweig area and the Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund in the South of Lower Saxony, we tested the results of our basic research in the two pilot trials in order to improve the theoretical predictions and test them in practice.

Fun and games were again on the agenda of this year's summer festival. Relay races, volleyball tournaments, table tennis and darts formed the sporting framing programme. Entertainment through magic, a flea market as well as music and dance brought the employees of the Max Planck Campus together as a team.

19-08-14 Summer party at the Max Planck Campus

Fun and games were again on the agenda of this year's summer festival. Relay races, volleyball tournaments, table tennis and darts formed the sporting framing programme. Entertainment through magic, a flea market as well as music and dance brought the employees of the Max Planck Campus together as a team.
 
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