Summer school at Tel Aviv

Benjamin Moorlach participated in the two week joint research summer school “Urban and Rural Resilience in Transnational Perspectives“ of the graduate school NRW (Promotionskolleg) and Tel Aviv University. ( During the first week of the summer school, 10 PhD or master students from the Tel Aviv travelled to NRW, Germany to meet with 10 PhD candidates from universities of applied sciences in NRW.
Together they had many team building exercises and learnt among other things about the structural change of the Ruhr Valley, i.e. the transformation of the local economy away from heavy industries of coal and steel. In the free evenings, all participants had the chance to enjoy the evening and night life of Dortmund, Bochum, Essen and Düsseldorf.
Before their departure from Germany, the participants were invited to the NRW state chancellery, which financially supported the summer school.

Summer School participants at the Zeche Zollverein in Essen

In the second week, the German and Israeli participants travelled to Tel Aviv, Israel to intensify to have lectures by leading experts on topics including, disaster management, smart cities, cognitive biases, extremophile biotechnology, decision making, and sustainability.
The participants visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ein Gedi – a kibbutz at the Dead Sea, and Rahat – a city in which nomadic Bedouin people settled. Furthermore, they had time to explore Tel Aviv both alone and with their Israeli counterparts throughout the week’s evenings.
Finally, two participants from Germany and Israeli presented a possible research topic, as a possible starting point for future research, on the basis of their own scientific and personal backgrounds and the knowledge they have gained during the summer school.

Bioprocessnet 2022, Aachen

Our working group members Xenia Steurer, Laura Fladung and Jnanada Joshi attended the “(Bio)Process Engineering – a Key to Sustainable Development” (12-15 September 2022) held in presence at Aachen. The ESBES symposium, researchers from industry and science presented developments and solutions on topics such as reaction engineering, energy generation and storage, bioprocesses, synthetic biology, education and many more at this conference. It also involved a lot of companies participating for sustainable processes and products. The 3 posters, 2 research presentations and 2 flashlight talks of our members were very well received by everyone.

Hannover trade fair

Professor Patel and some working group members attended Hannover Messe 2022, the largest trade fair in the world. It was a pleasure to visit the OWL stand, which includes numerous companies, including start-ups, institutions and organizations from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region of Germany. The Bielefeld Research and Innovation Campus (BRIC, was also a part of this exhibition and presented numerous research projects from the Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Overall, the Hannover Messe was a great opportunity to network with local and international companies and to learn about new technologies and trends.