Colloquium strengthens partnership between Akita University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg

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At the virtual 72nd BHT Freiberg University Forum one half-day was dedicated to the Akita-Freiberg university partnership and to a person who can be addressed as one of the predecessors of this partnership, Professor Curt Adolph Netto.

More than 100 young and more experienced scientists met virtually under the auspices of the German Embassy in Tokyo and the German Academic Exchange Service. Presentations by Prof. Mayuko Fukuyama, Stefanie Nagel and Ingrid Lange, as well as the two university rectors Fumio Yamamoto and Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, highlighted the role of Curt Adolph Netto for both universities and for society. "They pointed out how Netto's travels became the starting point for scientific exchange but also for cultural wisdom especially between Japan and Germany. Scientifically, both sides benefited from this first encounter and continue to do so", organizer and Vice-Rector for Research at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Prof. Jörg Matschullat concludes.

After highlighting the scientific and technical achievements of Professor Netto as well as his bridging role between Japan and Germany, researchers of TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Akita University discussed new approaches and innovative technologies developed within the current scientific partnership. Professors Olena Volkova, Satoru Yoshimura, Yvonne Joseph, Hidenobu Tokushige, Thomas Bier, Michihisa Fukumoto and Hartmut Krause presented examples from cutting-edge technological research for a green future. "Significant energy savings in the steel industry, concrete and cement production, sensors and computer storage systems impressively demonstrated potentials and certainly motivated not only the participating scientists but also the many dedicated students", Prof. Jörg Matschullat says.

Professor Yasushi Watanabe and Laura Swinkels provided the latest insights into the formation of minerals containing valuable substances – and completely new findings, for example, on the enrichment of secondary elements in mineral phases for urgently needed high-tech applications.

This and other 17 virtual colloquia as well as numerous short colloquia are part of the BHT Freiberg University Forum taking place from June 9 to 11. At the conference, researchers from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and other German and international institutions and companies meet once a year to present the latest findings from research and development.

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