Program 2018 "The social responsibility of science and scientists"

The outcome of our research can never be seen as being fully detached from our social surrounding. We, as PhD candidates, are not only responsible to accurately conduct and document our results, but to discuss the impacts of our findings and debate the appropriate use of science in a social context. With an ever rising threat to our environment and socio-economic wellbeing, caused by climate change, increasing socio-economic disparities, and diminishing water quality, we as responsible researchers, must integrate these issues into our research and teaching tasks. As PhD candidates, it is imperative that we understand the applications of our well-documented, accurate results to the society, and the environment.

We therefore invite you to actively participate in this year's PhD conference organised by the PhD council of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg together with the PhD councils of the universities in Dresden, Leipzig, Halle and Jena, which all are organised within the 'Verbund Mitteldeutscher Promovierendenvertretungen' (VMPV), as a part of BHT Freiberg within the Forum of young Scientists. After an introduction to the topic by our keynote speaker, we plan talks of 15 minutes with additional 5 minutes for questions.

All PhD students are invited to give a talk on their research ideally including some thoughts about the role of social responsibility in their work. If possible, the talks should be related to one of the BHT topics 'Future Materials - Safe Resources Supply - Circular Economy'. However, the talks are not only limited to these areas - every topic is welcome. The conference language will be English in general. However, if someone prefers to hold her or his talk in German, this is also allowed.

There is also an opportunity to contribute posters, which can be discussed within the coffee breaks. No abstract submission is needed for poster presentation. However, if you are interested in presenting a poster, we invite you to inform us, so we can provide enough poster walls.

Please register with a tentative title of your presentation, so we can assign you to the most appropriate session. At the end of each session, there will be a summarising discussion of the talks in the session which will be used to give feedback to the speakers.

There is also an opportunity to contribute posters, which can be discussed within the coffee breaks. These will provide an opportunity for people from different fields to network and plan possible future collaborations.

The 3rd interdisciplinary colloquium will take place on Thursday 7th June 2017 in the Agricolasaal, University Library between 9 a.m and 5 p.m.

We will finish the day with a BBQ so that you can further exchange your experiences with PhD candidates from different fields. This will take place in front of the Winklerbau.

For further questions and suggestions feel free to contact us:
infoatprorat [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Priliminary program#



8:30 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:15Greetings from ProRat  
9:15 –10:00Keynote: Korruptionsprävention an öffentlichen HochschulenDr.-Ing. Peter BüttnerTransparency International Deutschland e.V., stellvertretender Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe "Wissenschaft"
10:15 – 10:30Coffee Break/Poster session  
10:30 - 10:45Giving FeedbackSabine Apelt 
10:45 – 11:15Improved Preparation Method and Structural Description for the X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Swelling Clay MineralsAron Knoblich Institut für Mineralogie
11:15 – 11:45Current EOR techniques for heavy oil and bitumen: A brief reviewTaofik NassanInstitute of Drilling Technology and Fluid Mining Engineering
11:45 – 12:15Empiric Analysis of Performance Problems at Code LevelDavid Georg ReicheltInstitute of Computer Science
12:15 – 13:45Lunch break  
13:45 – 14:15The knowledge transfer of commodity topics to adolescents through the project SOCIAL NATURE as an example of the social responsibility of scientistsStefanie WalterInstitut für Bergbau und Spezialtiefbau
14:15 – 14:45Redressing the nexus of human rights and mining in Kenya using geospatial modellingNashon J. AderoMining Engineering
14:45 – 15:15From the fossil to the process of petrification towards new materialsSilke Sekora Institut für Mineralogie
15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break/Poster session  
15:45 – 16:15Inspired by natureSabine ApeltInstitut für Werkstoffwissenschaft
16:15 – 16:45V8  
16:45 – 17:15V9  
17:15Closing remarks  
17:30Summer Get Together Event of ProRat
(in front of Clemens-Winkler-Bau, Leipziger Str. 29)