Events 2014

Short conference in Berlin: Optical technologies in food and environmental analytics

On November 27, scientists in Berlin meet for a short conference titled "Fast, faster, optics" to discuss the relevance of optical technologies for food and environmental analytics. The conference aims to present current developments in this area and to illustrate the future trends in technology development for the next few years. The event is organized by the ZMDB (Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Bioanalytics); ISAS is also part of the organizing team. The meeting will take place at the PTZ building of the TU Berlin. Attendance is free, but participants are required to register beforehand.

Please find more information on the conference website.

2nd „Adlershof Research Forum“ in Berlin

On November 11, the 2nd Adlershof Research Forum will take place in Berlin. The one-day conference will give participants an overview of current research at Adlershof. ISAS again takes part in organizing the event: Professor Norbert Esser, head of the Material and Interface Analytics department, will chair the “Interfaces” workshop. The Research Forum addresses scientists and other interested guests from the Campus Adlershof.

More information on the program can be found in the > program flyer.

13th Dortmund Science Day

On November 5, Dortmund organizes the 13th Science Day: On ten guided tours, participants visit scientific institutions around the city and meet scientists in their labs and offices to find out more about their ideas and projects. One of the tours titled "Fat food – and its consequences" will bring the visitors to ISAS. This year the institute collaborates with the FKE (Research Institute for Children’s Nutrition) and the ISST (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering) to present their different research projects concerning fat.

At the evening event in the city hall, Professor Susanne Fengler from the Erich Brost Institute for Journalism in Europe at the TU Dortmund will talk about "Squeamish? – How journalists handle criticism".

Participation in the Science Day is free of charge. However, due to the limited number of places, registration is required.

> Online registration form
> Program flyer

Don‘t sleep, do science

About 8000 people visited the first ScienceNight in the Ruhr area on October 02. At the U tower in Dortmund they met, amongst other exhibitors, several scientists from ISAS.

Which kind of sugar do sugar cubes consist of? Why does magnesium powder burn so much better than magnesium lumps? How do cells turn DNA sequences into proteins, and why does a mixture of starch and water behave so strangely – as if it was solid and liquid at the same time? These and other questions were asked at the ISAS stands, and the scientists invited their visitors to find the right answer by guessing, testing and joining in the experiments. The results were sometimes surprising, often quite funny and above all fascinating for both sides.

The range of ISAS activities was completed by two lectures: Alex von Bohlen explained why we often need the biggest instruments to analyze the smallest things; and Albert Sickmann‘s talk about CSI and lab reality attracted so many people that parts of the audience had to stand because all seats were taken.

One of the ISAS attractions even got into television: The WDR Dortmund sent a report on the ScienceNight in its show „Lokalzeit“ on Thursday evening, and this report mentioned the non-newtonian liquids that Roland Hergenröder and his colleagues showed at the event. 

All TV reports and some photos can be found on

21st Workshop on Micromethods in Protein Chemistry

From July 1 to 3, the 21st "Workshop on Micromethods in Protein Chemistry" took place at Zeche Zollern in Dortmund. The conference featured numerous talks on modern methods in protein analysis, two contests for hands-on experience and a Young Talent Award.  It was open to all interested protein and proteome researchers.

More information on the program can be found in the >program flyer and on the >website of the conference.


21st User Meeting on X-ray Fluorescence at ISAS

The "21st User Meeting on X-ray Fluorescence and Spark Emission Spectroscopy" took place at ISAS Campus in Dortmund on March 11 and 12. The meeting was organized by the DASp ("Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Angewandte Spektroskopie") in collaboration with ISAS, the Münster University of Applied Sciences, the University of Hamburg and the chemist committee of the “Stahlinstitut VDEh”. The user meeting was designed to bring science and industry together, to promote the exchange of ideas and to initiate new developments. Several short talks gave an overview on new instrumental developments, solutions to current problems and especially on the application of those methods in laboratories of different sectors of the industry.

For more information on the program, please check the > program flyer and the > time schedule (both in German only).


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