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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 www.wissensnacht.ruhr.
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.
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.