Alumni Uni Würzburg - 1000 Careers One Story


 International sustainability Days "Euro-Ibsa"

(Europe, Indian, Brasilian, Southafrican) Lectures, discussions and events

From 4 to 13 of July the alumni office in Wuerzburg organises a workshop about sustainability  as major topic and challenge in different areas and different countries in the future. 

Diverse topics such as energy, resources, philosophy, and biodiversity will be discussed. A group of international alumni will enrich the discussions about challenging topics with their different professional backgrounds (geography, philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.)

Students, Alumni and all citizens are warmly welcomed!



Saturday, 5 of July 2014, Setting the mood for Wuerzburg, for our international guests only 

  • 10:30 a.m. Meeting at Sanderring University, Room no.112
  • 1 p.m. Personal meeting with Prof. Gerhard Sextl, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (architect of new building Zaha Hadid)

  • 4 p.m. get-together in the Staatlicher Hofkeller Wuerzburg (State Wine Cellar) beneath the Residenz, together with former hosts, tutors and colleagues. Meeting point at left wing gate of the Residenz
  • Welcome by Prof. Theodor Berchem, president of the alumni association and former president of the University of Wuerzburg, and Marion Schäfer-Blake, Mayor of the City of Wuerzburg

    Following: Football: Emotion and Science, presentation with journalist James Dorsey (Singapore)

  • Frankonian Wine Festival (Hofgartenweinfest) in the gardens of the world cultural heritage site at the Residenz

Sunday, 6 of July 2014, Festivities at the recently extended campus Hubland

  • 11 a.m. Dr. Jorit Wintjes, University of Wuerzburg, Europe and the World, Room no. A 103, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

  • Lunch at the Campus festival at the Campus Hubland

  • 1 p.m. Exchange with the International Office, Room no. A 103, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

  • 2 p.m. Talk with Prof. Marie-Christine Dabauvalle, University of Wuerzburg, Women in Science, Room no. A 103, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland 

  • 2:30 p.m. n.n., Doing research with regions of permanent political crisis, science in times of war, Room no. A 103, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland 

  • 3 p.m. Prof. Bohdan Prots, Secretary of the WWF Ukraine, Supervisor of Plant Ecology Laboratory, State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Plants Invasion and Climate Change: Implications for Nature Conservation, Room no. A 103, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

Monday, 7 of July 2014, A look at…

  • 9 a.m. Meeting with the Deans of Faculties

  • Status quo of ongoing research of related professional fields, Room no. 062, Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude, Chemistry, Campus Hubland

    • 10 a.m. Prof. Frank Würthner, University of Wuerzburg, From biomimetic dye assemblies to solar energy conversion

    • 10:30 a.m. Presentation by Prof. Christian Klingenberg, University of Wuerzburg, Vivien Desveaux, University of Nantes, France and Dr. Arnab Das Gupta, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India, On the applicability of mathematical methods:  from the global climate change to the evolution of the universe
    • 11:15 a.m. Dr. Mario Annunziato, University of Salerno, Italy, Best control of uncertainty

    • 11:30 a.m. Prof. Vagia Vlachou, University of Patras, Greece,
      Mathematical Magic

    • 12:00 p.m. Dr. Saheed Ojo Akindeinde, Obafeimi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Public Health in Africa

    • 1 p.m. Lunch at the Mensa Hubland

    • 2:30 p.m. Prof. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, University of Wuerzburg, Global Change Research at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Room No. A 106, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

    • 3 p.m. Dr. Frauke Fischer, From field research to a business model – How corporate social responsibility approaches profit from a scientist’s experiences. For many years Frauke Fischer worked as a researcher and the director of Würzburg University’s International Research Station in the Comoé National Park in Ivory Coast (West Africa). Driven by her experiences there (overuse of natural resources, lack of funding and weak protected areas governance) she moved “from research to action” and founded “auf!” – Germany’s first CSR & Biodiversity Consultancy in 2003, room No. A 106, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

    • 3:45 a.m. Prof. Silvio Dahmen, University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, The World Cup in Brazil: Are the outcomes of football championships predictable?, room No. A 106, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

    • 5:30 p.m. Africas heritage in Brazil, Dr. Karin Sekora, University of Wuerzburg, room No. A 106, Biozentrum, Campus Hubland

Tuesday, 8 of July 2014 Activities and new science activities

  • 9 a.m. Alumni present their own field of expertise, Seminar Room, University Library, Campus Hubland

    • 9 a.m. Prof. Mile Ivanda, Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Materials science Research in Croatia and Its Sustainability

    • 9:30 a.m. Mariama Rebello de Sousa Dias, University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, Semiconductor nanostructures: Fundamental and applied research
      aiming an efficient technology

  • 10 a.m. Philipp Gieg, Institute of Political and Social Sciences, University of Wuerzburg, African-Indian Relations, University Library, Campus Hubland

  • 10:45 a.m. Prof. Virima Mudogo, University of Kinshasa, Congo, Congolese plants in the fight against sickle-cell anaemia, University Library, Campus Hubland

  • 11-12 a.m. Prof. Gerhard Bringmann, University of Wuerzburg (together with his alumnus partner Prof. Virima Mudogo, University of Kinshasa), New Professors for the Congo: The Excellence Scholarship Program BEBUC, University Library, Campus Hubland

  • 12.30 p.m. Lunch in the Hubland Mensa

  • 2 p.m. Tour and discussion in recently opened Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, Am Galgenberg 87, Wuerzburg Hubland

  • Time in faculties/institutes


Wednesday, 9 of July 2014, Boundaries of...

  • 9 a.m. Alumni present their professional work field, Senatssaal, Sanderring University

    • 9 a.m. Dr. Martin Durdovic, The Insitute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, The sociological problem of the final storage of radioactive waste in the Czech Republic

    • 9:30 a.m. Prof. Ana Bazzan, University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, What artificial intelligence has to do with sustainable traffic and transportation systems?

    • 10 a.m. Prof. Valdimir Malkin and Dr. Olga Malkin, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovakia, Sustainable science: From a man in science to science for humankind

    • 10:35 a.m. Dr. Suhrit Gosh, Polymer Science Department, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, Can new polymeres be the answer to the problem of ever increasing amounts of trash?

  • 11:30 a.m. Prof. Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Institute of Political and Social Sciences, University of Wuerzburg, EU and Emerging Powers, Senatssaal, Sanderring University

  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch with the Chancellor at the Burse

  • 2 p.m. Departure with the bus to the company Knauf, personal meeting and exchange with the entrepreneur Baldwin Knauf, owner of the international company Gips Knauf, Iphofen, for our international guests only

  • 9 p.m. World Championship Public Viewing at the beer garden "Goldene Gans" (close to the Alte Mainbrücke)


Thursday, 10 of July 2014, Focus on resources

  • 9 a.m. Group of geograhical presentations, meeting at the Senatssaal at the University of the Sanderring

    • 9 a.m. Dr. Sergey Sedov, Universidad Autónoma de Mexico, Soils and great mesoamerican civilizations: Impacts and feedbacks, sustainability versus catastrophes.

    • Dr. Erhard Schulz, University of Wuerzburg, Mining and sustainable post mining, landscape management

    • 9.30 a.m. Dr. Andra Farsang, University of Szeged, Hungary, Weather extremities and soil processes: Climate change and its impact on some hungarian soils

    • 10 a.m. Prof. Dr. Laszlo Rakosy, University of Babes-Bolyai, Head of Department of Taxology and Ecology, Maculinea butterflies save high nature value cultural landscapes - applied conservation in Transylvania

    • 10:45 a.m. Prof. Dhirendra Kumar Pandey, University of Rajasthan, India, Palaeontology and a reconnaissance visit to sedimentary basins west of Aravalli axis, India

    • 11 a.m. Prof. Wojciech Zelaniec, University of Gedansk, Poland, A philosopher's line on sustainability

  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch at the greek restaurant, Hubland

  • Time in faculties

  • 7.30 p.m. Meet the Wuerzburg Alumni, “Stammtisch at the Bürgerspital”, entrance left side of the building, under the artistic clock


Friday, 11th of July 2014, The potential of exchange

Supporting Institutions are presenting themselves at the Sanderring University, Senatssaal. Presentation of activities, possible support in the different world regions by bavarian focus centers for scientific and economic exchange in both directions.

  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Presentation of Bayerisches Hochschulzentrum für Lateinamerika, Aline Looschen

  • 10:20 – 11 a.m. Presentation Bayerisches Hoschulzentrum für Indien, Dr. Daniel Werner

  • 11 -  11:40 a.m. Presentation Bayerisches Hochschulzentrum für Ost- und Mitteleuropa, Kathrin Doeppe
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Burse Wuerzburg

  • 2 p.m. Alumni present their professional work field, Senatssaal, Sanderring University

    • 2 p.m. Dr. Lilian Calò, Scientific Communication in Health Science Information, Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Latin American and the Carribean Center on Health Science Information (BIREME) - projects, products and services

    • 2:30 p.m. Dr. Graeme Jacobs, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa, Tracking the molecular epidemiology and resistance patterns of HIV-1 in South Africa

    • 3 p.m. Prof. Bala Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, Bioremediation: Towards a Sustainable Environment

    • 3:30 p.m. Prof. Yair Aharonowitz, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Antibiotics – glorious past, problematic present, uncertain future

Evening in the Residenz, Toscanasaal, entrance at the right gate of the Residenz

  • 6.:30 p.m. Prof. Amitab Kundu, JNU University, New Delhi, India, Contemporary aspects in India (Elections, Gender Issues, etc.)
  • World music with cuban singer Catherine Garrido

  • 7:30 p.m. Hubertus Drinkuth, Head of Systain and Vice Chairman of World Future Council, The two responsibilities of multinational cooperations (Beitrag in deutscher Sprache, Präsentation in englischer Sprache), Toscanasaal, Residenz.

- Corporate Social Responsibility goes beyond a company's boundaries
- To manage responsibility, transparency is necessary
- New methodologies allow to efficiently gain complete transparency
- Examples - insights
- What is next - knowledge increases pressure to act


Saturday, 12 of July 2014, Outlook, making the efforts last

  • 9:30 a.m. Alumni Workshop at the Sanderring University, Room no. 112

    • “How to start an Alumni group in the home country?”

    • "What does and international scientist expect at the University of Wuerzburg?"

    • Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. Goodby lunch

  • 5 p.m. Guided tour with the Nachtwächter


Sunday, 13th of July 2014, New perspectives in science and economy

  • 11:00 a.m. Matinee at the Toscanasaal, Residenz (entrance right gate)
    Impulsreferate und Diskussion. 

    Mehr Wissenschaft wagen – Forschung im Zeitalter der Globalisierung   

    • Prof. Jörg Hacker, Präsident der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina und Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates des UN-Generalsekretärs

    • Prof. Ottmar Issing, ehemaliges Vorstandsmitglied der Europäischen Zentralbank und Vorsitzender des Hochschulrates der Universität Würzburg

    • Moderation Andreas Jungbauer, Redaktionsleitung Mainpost
  • 1 p.m. Goodbye lunch at the Buergerspital Wuerzburg

  • Departure