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3rd International Sustainability Workshop: Gender Equality with the focus Women in Science

The Sustainability Initiative of the University of Cologne, which is carefully supported by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Germany Chapter and the Materials Research Society (MRS) University Chapter, organized a workshop titled: Gender Equality – Women in Science. Indeed, a highly discussed topic nowadays, which spans a wide range of occupations. 80 participants from all over the world, just to name few: Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Hungary, Spain, Nigeria, Sweden, Ghana, America and England, joined in this workshop.

“Is the gender gap still a topic in the academia world, in particular for women in science, and what can we do to tackle this problem in a constructively way?” – was one of the profound questions that were asked during the workshop.

In this workshop a group of high-level scientists’ women springs from academia and industry, including a representative of UN WOMEN, to share and discuss their experiences whenever they encounter any difficulties in their careers. Their motivating stories and opinions on how they moved up in their career and managed their work-life balance to be successful in their professional work and handle the family besides. This extrapolated a portrait of what barriers women encountered in science in the past, but also what challenges and stereotypes are still to be overcome, striving to close the gap!

The overall goal of this workshop was to encourage young women not to hold back and follow their dreams!

Check out our highlight video!

Gender equality means to them...

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  • Dr. Ursula Sautter ”No country in the world has achieved gender equality”
  • Prof. Yana Vaynzof “Equal opportunity and equal recognition”
  • Dr. Veronika Brune “Equal opportunities for everybody”
  • Stephanie Mangold “Freedom to choose”

2nd International Online Workshop on Sustainable Work Environment

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Germany Chapter and the Materials Research Society (MRS) International Chapter at the University of Cologne have the great pleasure to invite you to the “2nd International Online Workshop on Sustainable Work Environment", which aims to learn and realise sustainability in laboratory.

When: 3rd November 2020 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm CET.
Where: The workshop will be held via ZOOM.
Why should I participate: To experience an interactive discussion and training session that will enable you to champion the UNSDGs!
How: Please register here or find more information on

The participation to the workshop is free. Due to the limited number of participants, we will register you on first come - first served basis.

Invited Speakers:
Christina Greever (My Green Lab)
Dr. Stephanie Bölts (EUniWell)

While providing a discussion platform among international students and researchers, the workshop is designed to move from subject awareness and understanding towards critical evaluations of current research topics to the final implementation into research activities of participants.

Sustainability @RG Mathur 28.09.2020

New Workshop Series

Sustainable Development through Scientific Collaboration

Interested in learning more on sustainability?

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Germany Chapter and the Materials Research Society (MRS) International Chapter at the
University of Cologne have the great pleasure to invite you to an International Online Workshop on "Sustainable Growth through Scientific Collaboration", which
aims to discuss the importance of sustainability in scientific research and their impact on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
The aim of this two-hour workshop is to raise the general awareness of the nexus between materials, materials research, and sustainable laboratory practices
to support the UNSDG.

02:00 pm Introduction (Sanjay Mathur)
02:10 pm Ceramics Chapter (René Weißing)
02:20 pm MRS University Chapter (David Graf)
02:30 pm The Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs (Isabel Gessner)
02:40 pm Sustainable Education and Networking (Aida Raauf)
02:50 pm Sustainability in Industry (Anna Schmidt-Verma)
03:00 pm Open discussion round (Thomas Fischer)
03:30 pm estimated end of the workshop

Why should I participate: To experience an interactive discussion and training session that will enable you to champion the UNSDGs!
When: The workshop will be held via zoom on 28th September from 2:00 to 4:00 pm CET (9:00 to 11:00 pm JST; 8:00 to 10:00 pm CST; 5:00 to 7:00 am PT; 8:00 to 10:00 am ET).
Who should participate: Scientists interested in learning and implementing sustainable laboratory practices.


Gandhi in the 21st Century

Together with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, the ACerS and MRS University Chapter Cologne organized an event focussing on the role of Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi in the 21st Century. Birad Rajaram Yajnik, trustee of Indira Ghandi National Centre for the Arts and holder of one of the largest private collections of memorabilia on Mahatma Gandhi will give a talk on Friday, August, 21st from 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (IST). Gandhi has and still does influence our way of thinking and his role in the peaceful revolution of India is undoubtably one of the most impressive acts for freedom. This year, Gandhi would have turned 150 years old and it would be interesting to know what he would have to say...

You can register for the invent at this link:

This event is jointly organized by The American Ceramic Society Germany Chapter and MRS/E-MRS International Chapter.

Did you miss the event? No problem! You can watch it on Youtube!

International Workshop on Advanced Materials Challenges for Health and Alternative Energy Solutions (AMAES-VIIII)

Following the very successful NANOmed Summer and Winter School series that was established in 2016 in Germany, the Winter School 2020 was organized as fifth consecutive School, this time for the first time in China. From January 10th until January 16th, all participants of the Winter School had the chance to discuss current state-of-the-art technologies for renewable energy sources and health applications and additionally got in contact with the Chinese culture, tea and food.

As a continuous tradition during the last years, all Winter School attendees also had the chance to participate in the 21st International Symposium on Eco-materials Processing and Design (ISEPD2020), which was held from January 12 to 15, 2020 in Yantai, China. A wide variety of eco-material topics were covered in the program with several parallel sessions and plenary lectures to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, challenges and solutions adopted for greener technological solutions. All participants had the opportunity to give a talk on their recent research results and discuss their scientific achievements with international professionals. Especially, advanced energy conversion and storage topics, as well as environmental protection materials have been widely discussed and potential cooperation partners in the field of water splitting and hydrogen production were identified.
One of the major aspects of this meeting was set onto sustainability, which nowadays plays a critical role not only in Germany and China, but worldwide. As part of the Cologne Winter School, a Sino-German workshop was therefore organized on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were defined by the United Nations in 2015 to make the world a more sustainable place by 2030. Within this workshop, participants learned in gamification events on the content of the SDGs that cover besides environmental issues such as climate change also societal aspects related to poverty, hunger and peace and economical aspects like sustainable growth and innovation. Interactive sessions allowed all participants to vividly discuss on sustainability issues they are facing during their research but also during their everyday life and finished with a brainstorming session of what everyone of us could change in the future.