Kiel University at the Hannover Messe 2019

Science Show of Kiel University

Forum tech transfer
Credit: Deutsche Messe

Forum tech transfer in der Halle Research&Technology 02

As every year, the tech transfer forum serves as a midpoint of the Research & Technology trade fair in Hall 2 (stand C02).Besides a high-caliber daily programme consisting of presentations and panel discussions, as well as the Tag der Ideen- und Innovationsmanager on 28th April, the matchmaking of the NBank with the Technology Cooperation Days and the presentation of the 5 TOP-nominees of the HERMES AWARD belong to the highlights.

On Monday, April 24, Kiel University presents its Science Show and the Night of Innovations will take place, a traditional networking event for members of the research, political and business communities, will be kicked off by a panel discussion in the forum.

Programme of the Science Show on April 24, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Lecture: Online learning. Sounds fancy. But how does it actually work?"

Christine Bussian, Masters student and research assistant

We do not learn for life, but for school.” These irony-laden words end Seneca the Younger's 106th Moral Letter to Lucilius. Although the quote comes from antiquity, the content and the associated question of why we learn is an omnipresent topic for our society today. However, the question also arises of how to learn.

Knowledge has significant value in our society, and is becoming even more important due to economic developments and socio-cultural changes. In this regard, the increasing importance of the internet represents a particularly large change and challenge. Digital technologies provide faster and easier access to knowledge; our knowledge pool is growing faster and faster. This leads to knowledge increasingly losing relevance, and at the same time findings are called into question.

The lecture deals with these issues, and the consequence that we must get used to a process of lifelong learning.

Lecture: "On the memory of guns"

PD Dr. Cornelius Courts, Head of the Division for Forensic Genetics

Gunshots at biological targets create a complex and detailed set of clues which, when objectively evaluated based on the physical evidence, can make a decisive contribution to reconstructing the crime and, ultimately, to resolving the case. Our discipline, "molecular ballistics", deals with the molecular biological analysis of such gunshot evidence.

We were able to show that valuable and highly-informative trace material can be obtained from the inside of firearms, which allows conclusions to be made about who was shot at and what was hit. In other words: the weapon used forms a memory, which we can read.

About Cornelius Courts:

Cornelius Courts, born in 1977 in Kleve
Biology degree from Cologne, graduation with a Diplom in 2003
research associate from 2004-2008 at the Institute of Neuropathology at the University Hospital Cologne
doctoral degree in 2008 in genetics with a thesis on the molecular pathogenesis of primary CNS lymphomas
2008-2015 Head of Department of Forensic Genetics at the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University Hospital Bonn
2015 habilitation (post-doctoral lecture qualification) in the field of forensic molecular biology
head of the forensic genetics team at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel since 11/2015
Author of the science blog “blooD’N’Acid” at since 2011. 
2016 "Prof of the Night" at Kiel University's Night of the Profs

Lecture: "What empowers women in rural Bangladesh?"

Johanna Scholz, Research Associate at the Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies

The freedom to pursue the goals that correspond with our own values is important for all people. An increase in this freedom can be defined as empowerment. However, in many places, this freedom is at least partially denied to women. This has a negative influence on the food security of the families, as well as health, productivity, efficiency and economic growth.

In light of the central role of agriculture in reducing hunger and poverty, particularly in the so-called developing countries, analysing the determinants of the empowerment of women is interesting, particularly in agriculture. Using the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), precisely this aspect is investigated, based on a representative sample from Bangladesh, taking possible endogeneity into consideration.

It can be shown that in particular, the opportunity for women to earn a living has a significantly positive influence.

About Johanna Scholz:

Johanna Scholz has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a Master’s degree in International Agribusiness and Rural Development from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the University of Talca, Chile. Johanna Scholz has been a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at Kiel University since 2016.

Lecture: "How the taste of our immune system influences our life"

Mareike Wendorff, Doctoral student at Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology

Many people suffer from a chronic inflammation. Approximately 200 out of 100,000 people in the western world suffer from chronic inflammatory bowel diseases alone. What triggers this inflammation? Does the immune system of the affected people just not “like” something commonplace, or perhaps like it too much?

In this presentation I would like to share with the audience how different the "tastes" of the immune system can be.

Although this variation has added evolutionary benefits, in individuals it can give rise to a chronic inflammation. Which specific substance triggers chronic inflammation in individuals is still unclear in most cases. Hopefully, through persistent research, this will soon change for more and more diseases, so that the affected patients can look forward to a specific treatment.

Lecture: "Fighting crime using atomic bombs!"

Dr. Ricardo Fernandes, Physicist and archaeologist, Leibniz Laboratory for Radiometric Dating and Stable Isotope Research

I rely on methods from Nuclear Physics to date archaeological samples and to obtain insights into the mobility patterns and dietary habits of past humans. This, in turn, led me to develop research in other scientific fields, including Ecology, Physiology, and Forensics.

I am a strong advocate of interdisciplinarity as a source of novel and exciting research opportunities. Similarly, I believe that the study of the human past is a source of inspiration when facing present and future challenges.


Ricardo Fernandes is a research fellow at the universities of Kiel and Cambridge, where he employs the methods from applied Physics to help answering the questions of Archaeology. He has been involved in several excavations around the world, from the Athenian Agora of Ancient Greece to some of the oldest prehistoric sites in South America located at the Atacama Desert.
He has a Bachelor degree in Physics, a Masters in Archaeological Science with a minor in Classical Archaeology, and a PhD in Nuclear Physics.

Science Show chaired by

Ulf Evert, Research Associate

Together with Katharine Simmons, Ulf Evert has presented Kiel University’s Science Show since 2012. They developed the format together, and both coach the young, up-and-coming scientists.