Farewell Party 2021

An unusual year has come to a successful end for 91 doctorates and two post-doctorates. A small, but not harmless and uninvited guest has mixed up the plans of so many and still couldn't prevent that we had something to celebrate on January 29, 2021. Even if the TU Bergakademie could only say goodbye to its young scientists virtually, it has not been any less worthy.

Partying in lockdown? We dared it, but with distance! And with the Rector's approval! On January 29, 2021, 2 p.m., the experiment started with a festive farewell to the doctoral and habilitation graduates of the year 2020 - not as usual in the Alte Mensa but completely in the virtual room. Is that possible? Can it really be festive? Isn't that too impersonal? Nothing ventured nothing gained! Many have broken new ground in the past few months, why not we too.

With the support of the Rectorate as well as all speakers, deans, musicians and especially the employees of the media center, who probably played the most important part, but also through the understanding of the celebrated and their contribution, it was possible to thank the 91 doctorates and two habilitation in a worthy setting for their cooperation and contributions in research and teaching. Everyone has done even more than usual to safeguard teaching, not to let research come to a standstill and to let the university at leastrun in standby mode. All the names of the graduates have beeb read out by the deans of the respective faculties at the ceremony and they could also be seen in the accompanying PowerPoint presentation with a photo. A personal farewell could be achieved with this.

All doctoral and habilitated graduates have received their graduate letters and gifts in advance by post this year. The beginning of the event was declared as the time to open the letters and parcels - an emotional moment and a feeling of togetherness in times of isolation.

21% of those honored are young female scientists. That is less than in previous years. Childcare and home schooling during the closure of kindergartens and schools in spring 2020 could be a weighty reason for this. The immense double burden took its toll.

Almost a third of the researchers came from abroad - from 17 countries worldwide - to do a doctorate in Freiberg. The countries of origin include China with seven, Russia, Ukraine and Iran with two graduates each, and one each from Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Armenia, India, Vietnam, Nepal and Venezuela .

In addition, 21 doctorates who have completed their doctorate with the grade “summa cum laude” (with distinction) have been honored for their outstanding achievements. They additionally received a medal with a historical illustration and an engraved name.

The keynote lecture has been held by Dr. Michael Schüngel, employee in the research and development department at RWE Power Aktiengesellschaft. He is also an alumnus of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg: After studying Geology at the University of Cologne, he decided to do his doctorate as an external doctoral candidate at our university. Since then he has remained loyal to our university again and again. Be it through the support of the Assessment and Development Center of the Graduate and Research Academy or, more recently, through the establishment of the start-up Quantus Agriculture Technologies GmbH, a spin-off from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. “The innovative approach of the Quantus Agriculture technology is based on the real-time characterization of soils and so modernizes precision farming in agriculture. Using the high-performance technology, all fertilization-relevant information is determined in real time and made available to customers such as farmers, ministries or authorities ”, says SAXEED's blog on the ideas competition for founders. Together with Dr. Daniela Vogt from the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the Bergakademie, he was the 2020 winner in the Scientist category.

The celebration has been accompanied musically by the Wood 'n' Brass Big Band.

A film project by the Graduate and Research Academy, supported by the university, the media center, the Freiberg Alumni Network FAN) and Association Freunde und Förderer der Technischen Universität Freiberg, shows which parts of the world the former doctoral candidates end up in and which professions they have. This year, too, two films have been shown during the ceremony: Dr. Thorid Zierold, curator for natural sciences and deputy director of the Museum für Naturkunde Chemnitz, and Prof. Anja Geigenmüller, professor at the TU Ilmenau, talk about their careers after completing their doctorate and their current fields of work.