Ben Wrigley, B.Sc., B.Eng.
Assistant Research Alumni Programme
Tel.: +49 (0)271 740-4905
- Alexander von Humbold-Stiftung prämiert Konzept zur Vernetzung der Forscher-Alumni
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 5/2016"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 4/2017"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 1/2018"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 2/2018"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 3/2018"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 1/2019"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 2/2019"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 3/2019"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 1/2020"
- Forscher-Alumni im "Querschnitt 2/2020"
To illustrate the diversity of international research collaboration, various research alumni tandems are presented here. Research Alumni and their Siegen-based hosts discuss how their research partnership came to be, what their research is about, and the benefits gained from international cooperation.
Closing the educational gap for indigenous girls in Yucatan.
In Mexico, only 47 % of indigenous children enrolled in primary school continue their studies at secondary level. Leaving school early exacerbates further socioeconomic inequalities that can continue throughout that person’s entire life. Girls from indigenous backgrounds are at a particularly high risk of leaving education early. This is one of many questions that Prof. Dr. María Cristina Osorio Vázquez and Dr. Christian Koch are working together to address at the University of Siegen. María Cristina is a professor and a researcher based in the south of Mexico, much of her research is focused on the education of adolescent girls in small indigenous communities, particularly Mayan speaking communities on the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan.
Understanding the context of contextuality
Dr. Zhen-Peng Xu has come to the University of Siegen to continue his postdoctoral research into quantum physics. He is no stranger to research abroad, having undertaken a research visit to the University of Seville in Spain during his PhD which he began at the Chern Institute of Mathematics in Tianjin, China. He is now based at the Theoretical Quantum Optics Group in Siegen, which has been headed by Prof. Otfried Gühne since his arrival at the University of Siegen in 2018.
Hadrons, Leptons, and Mesons – Understanding the Building Blocks of the Universe
The University of Siegen is by no means a particularly large university, but despite this it is able to punch above its weight in many exciting fields of research. One field which is particularly reliant upon international cooperation is particle physics phenomenology, which combines theoretical modelling and experimental practice to better understand interactions on a subatomic level. One of the world’s largest particle physics phenomenology research groups is based at the University of Siegen. This group is currently led by Prof. Thomas Mannel, and features many talented researchers from across the world, such as Dr. Rusa Mandal.
AfricaSign: Overcoming barriers to participation in education using technology
One of the strongest benefits to research collaborations is that they allow researchers from different fields to come together to use their complementary areas of expertise to develop a new project. This was the case for Prof. Kristof Van Laerhoven, who is a professor of ubiquitous computing at the department for electrical engineering and computer science in the University of Siegen, and Prof. Abdelhadi Soudi, a professor of natural language processing at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat in Morocco.
How can a gummy bear-like substance help to detect bacteria in wounds or drinking water?
Since becoming an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Dipankar Das has been busy working on his latest research project at the University of Siegen in cooperation with Prof. Holger Schönherr and his colleagues in the Department of Physical Chemistry I.
How does mathematics impact upon our society, and how can the teaching of mathematics be improved?
For many people, words such as philosophy, history, and society aren’t necessarily those which first come to mind when thinking about mathematics. Despite this mathematics has had and continues to have a big impact on society. To better understand societal, didactic and philosophical questions of mathematics, two mathematics professors are using an international research cooperation to regularly visit one another’s institutions to gain insights into these topics. This cooperation is occurring between Prof. Dr. Gregor Nickel and Prof. Dr. András Bátkai, a former Humboldt fellow.
Nucleic acids and photochemistry: a bridge from Moscow to Siegen.
Dr. Daria Berdnikova came to Siegen for the first time in 2011 as a visiting PhD student (DAAD fellow) to perform her research project on photocontrollable interactions with DNA in the group of Prof. Dr. Heiko Ihmels (Organic Chemistry II). After three fruitful months in Siegen, she went back to Moscow where she successfully defended her PhD thesis and received a position as a research associate at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Later, Dr. Berdnikova returned to the group of Prof. Dr. Ihmels several times for short stints as a postdoctoral researcher to work on joint projects of the University of Siegen and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since October 2017, Dr. Berdnikova is an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. Ihmels. Her research is focused on the development of photocontrollable binders for therapeutically relevant RNA sequences.
A Long-Standing Research Collaboration between Norfolk State University (USA) and the University of Siegen.
When Prof. Dr. Page R. Laws, Professor of English and Dean of the R. C. Nusbaum Honors College at Norfolk State University, returned to the Adolf-Reichwein campus last summer, she did not travel alone. Invited by Prof. Dr. Daniel Stein, chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies in the English Department at Siegen, for a conference on Migration and Immigration in Europe and the Americas, Prof. Laws brought five colleagues from Norfolk State, one of the three remaining historically black colleges and universities located in Virginia, to present papers and discuss current and past movements of people across borders. The group had already visited Graz, where they had participated in the “Ethnicity and Kinship: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family, Community, and Difference” conference of the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA), and they were eager to share their work with colleagues from Siegen.
Bringing people together through music: Renowned composer returns to Siegen.
Prof. Samuel Adler is an acclaimed composer and conductor, and holds the position of Professor emeritus at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, United States. He came to Siegen in June 2018 for a workshop in which he used his many years of experience to help music students with their compositions. His latest visit to Siegen is one of many to have emerged as a result of the close cooperation between him and Prof. Martin Herchenröder. Prof. Herchenröder has been a professor of music theory at the University of Siegen since 1994. He also teaches at the Organ and Composition Departments of the Eastman School of Music as a guest professor. It was during Prof. Herchenröder’s first stay at Rochester in 2008 that he got to know Prof. Adler and suggested him to visit Siegen the next time he would be in Germany. The next year Prof. Adler attended the University of Siegen’s Alumni Homecoming Day as a keynote speaker. After that, he came back to Siegen every couple of years, primarily to feature his music and to share his expertise with composition students.
How can the world adapt to floods, storm surges and rising sea levels? Siegener researchers work with the University of Central Florida to find out.
Asst. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wahl completed his PhD in Siegen at the Research Institute for Water and Environment (FWU), which is led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jensen. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wahl now based at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, United States. He cooperates closely with his former colleagues in Siegen to understand coastal flooding, and to work to develop methods of mitigating and adapting to sea level rise and changing extreme weather conditions.
Meet Assoc. Prof. Dr. Attaviriyanupap, expert in the field of German linguistics in Thailand.
Prof. Dr. Korakoch Attaviriyanupap has now completed her eighth research stay with Prof. Dr. Petra M. Vogel, chair of German Linguistics at the University of Siegen. Prof. Dr. Attaviriyanupap, who is an associate Professor at the German Department at Silpakorn University in Thailand, is focused on contrastive differences between the Thai and the German languages. Prof. Dr. Attaviriyanupap has been working closely together with Prof. Dr. Vogel on various projects since 2009.
Dr. Agyire-Tettey returns to Siegen to promote social inclusivity for all.
Dr. Efua Esaaba Agyire-Tettey is a lecturer at the Department of Social Work, University of Ghana. Dr. Agyire-Tettey came to Siegen, thanks to the International Education Doctorate (INEDD) which advertised for doctoral students to come to Siegen from abroad, and provided them with help adjusting to their new country. Since completing her PhD at the University of Siegen, she continues to work with her PhD supervisor, Prof. Dr. Johannes Schädler, who manages the Center of Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) at the University of Siegen. Dr. Agyire-Tettey and Prof. Dr. Schädler work together on a joint project which looks at the role of social work to promote inclusivity for people with disabilities in the Suhum district in Ghana.
How do entrepreneurs make sense of success? Professors Ettl and Black work together to find out.
Prof. Dr. Laura Black has arrived in Siegen from the American state of Montana, to work with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Ettl on a paper which looks at sensemaking and success of entrepreneurs. The questions of how entrepreneurs recognise success and how they come to value some aspects of success rather than others are difficult, requiring consideration from multiple points of view. Professors Black and Ettl first met one another in 2013, at a conference organised by the FOKOS (Research Centre) in Siegen. They recognised their common interest in the topic of women entrepreneurship and started to work together. In June 2015 they presented the first results of their work at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and the DIANA conference in the United States in 2016. Both academics have benefited from their cooperation and are looking forward to presenting new results of their research to the scientific community.
From Siegen to Shanghai and back again: Improving drug testing and cancer diagnosis through scientific exchanges.
Dr. Xiaoqiu Dou came to Siegen in 2016 as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow. After 2 successful years she has returned from China to collaborate with other researchers in Prof. Dr. Schönherr’s Physical Chemistry I research group. Her projects include a new method to improve the effectiveness of drug testing, and utilising natural structures found in rose petals to improve the diagnosis of cancer. Dr. Dou has enjoyed her time in Siegen very much and there will hopefully be a permanent joint research program between Siegen and Dr. Dou’s home Institution, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Both universities, the University of Siegen and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University are currently working on a project application to set up a permanent joint research program with a cluster of research groups in Shanghai.
Solving a particularly difficult math problem: how to help reduce the high drop-out rate for mathematics students.
Prof. Dr. Kathleen Clark, who is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Florida State University, United Sates, has just completed her sixth research visit to the University of Siegen. She has been working closely with Prof. Dr. Ingo Witzke, of the Mathematical Education Department, in order to design seminars which help students to make the transition from learning mathematics at school to the more formal abstract style of mathematics taught at universities. Because they are interested in investigating the transition using historical perspectives, there are not so many other researchers in their respective countries with whom they can collaborate. For this reason international cooperation is invaluable for both sides. We hope to see Prof. Dr. Clark soon for another research visit.
Aloe vera and seaweed: Mauritius based researcher brings local expertise to Siegen.
Dr. Nowsheen Goonoo came to Siegen in 2018 to conduct her second research visit. She is based at the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the University of Mauritius. Her research focus was on using polymers derived from seaweed and Aloe vera to capture tumour cells from the bloodstream. Her host was Prof. Holger Schönherr, head of the Physical Chemistry I Department. Since they met at the PolyChar21 conference in South Korea in 2013, there has been close engagement between both research groups, and they have mutually benefitted from one another’s scientific expertise. This cooperation will continue in future, with plans to examine different parameters of these polymers to gauge their effectiveness for biomedical purposes.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad Kamal Nasir arbeitet mit
ehemaligem Doktorvater an Drohnen-Projekt.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad Kamal Nasir kam aus Pakistan an die Universität Siegen, um hier im Jahre 2009 seinen Master of Science zu absolvieren. Ein vom DAAD gewährtes Anschlussstipendium gab ihm die Möglichkeit zur Promotion im Bereich Mobile Robotik am Lehrstuhl für Regelungs- und Steuerungstechnik unter der Betreuung von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Roth. Nach seiner Promotion erhielt Nasir einen Ruf als Associate Professor im „Electrical Engineering Department“ der „Lahore University of Management Sciences“ in Pakistan. Diese Position gibt ihm die Möglichkeit für weitere wissenschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Siegen. Seit 2016 entwickelt man gemeinsam ein System, das mit Hilfe von Drohnen den Gesamtbaumbestand in Teilgebieten von Pakistan ermittelt.
Humboldt verbindet: Erneuter Gastaufenthalt der Forschungspreisträgerin Prof. Dr. Jin Zhao.
Im Rahmen des Programms „Einladung von Forschungspreisträgerinnen und Forschungspreisträgern zu erneuten Forschungsaufenthalten in Deutschland“ der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung war die Germanistin und Sprachwissenschaftlerin Frau Prof. Dr. Jin Zhao von der Tongji-Universität Shanghai, China, vom 30. Juni bis zum 30. September 2017 erneut an der Universität Siegen zu Gast. Wissenschaftlicher Gastgeber der Universität Siegen war damals und auch in diesem Jahr Prof. Dr. Stephan Habscheid, Germanistisches Seminar, Fachgebiet Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft. Die Zusammenarbeit mit der Germanistischen Linguistik und der Philosophie findet ihren vorläufigen Abschluss in Form eines öffentlichen Humboldt- Workshops, zu dem Frau Prof. Dr. Zhao über "Wilhelm von Humboldt in China: Rezeption, Forschungen und Probleme" referieren wird.
Humboldt-Workshop am 19. und 20. Oktober 2017: Humboldt und „Humboldt“ - Zur Rezeption und Popularisierung Wilhelm von Humboldts in Wissenschaft und politischer Öffentlichkeit. Die Tagung ist öffentlich und lädt ein zu einer sicherlich kontroversen Diskussion. Hier mehr zum Humboldt-Workshop mit Einladung zur Teilnahme!
Gemeinschaftliche Forschung – Cosmic Ray Review in Siegen. Gastaufenthalt des Forschers Dr. Alexey Yushkov.
Anlässlich neuster Forschungsergebnisse am Pierre-Auger-Observatorium in Argentinien, trafen sich die an der Kollaboration beteiligten Physiker Dr. Alexey Yushkov von der Akademie der Wissenschaften der Tschechischen Republik in Prag und Prof. Dr. Markus Risse, Department Physik, Arbeitsgruppe Experimentelle Teilchenphysik, an der Universität Siegen zur wissenschaftlichen Nachlese. Der persönliche Austausch bildet die Grundlage für die weitere gemeinschaftliche Forschung.
Durchblick im kosmischen Nebel. Das Pierre-Auger-Observatorium in Argentinien ist das größte jemals gebaute Observatorium für kosmische Strahlung. Dort ist der Nachweis gelungen, dass diese Strahlung von außerhalb unserer Galaxis kommt. Hier mehr dazu lesen