Public Outreach

Plasma Science for Engineers

Plasma workshop at Bo.Ing 2020

The SFB-TR 87 and CRC 1316 joined the workshop program of the Bo.Ing 2020. At the Bochum engineering forum "BO.Ing", pupils are given an insight into the engineering sciences in workshops, laboratory tours and discussion groups. The event is organised by the zdi network IST.Bochum.NRW and is implemented in cooperation with universities from Bochum and the surrounding cities. Sixteen pupils attended a hands-on workshop and learned the basic ideas about plasma and its application by performing their very own experiments.


Public Talk on Plasma in Liquids in the Blue Square

Prof. von Keudell presented an evening talk October 2019 on plasmas in liquids from eletrolysis to plasma medicine in the series "Neue Fenster zum Universum" in the Blue Square in downtown Bochum.

Public Outreach

WissensNacht Ruhr

On September 28th we will be present at the WissensNacht Ruhr. We will present a lot of information about plasmas in everyday life and also in technology. We would be pleased, if you come to visit us in the Blue Square in Bochum. There are knowledge bags with a science magazine, a digi-cleaner, ballpoint pen and USB stick to give away for everyone who brings a photo of a plasma that occurs in nature. The first 20 visitors with the example of a plasma occurring in nature as a solution receive a bag as a present. Legal recourse is excluded.

Public Outreach

Schülerinnenprojektwoche 2019

From October 14th to October 18th, the Schülerinnenprojektwoche, a 5-day workshop for girls attending grades 8 to 10, took place at the Ruhr-University. In collaboration with the zdi-Netzwerk IST.Bochum, three workshops were offered during the week.

This year’s projects discussed plasma physics, astronomy and sustainable building for the future. 10 pupils participated in the plasma project "Welt der Plasmen". Under the guidance of students and research assistants, the pupils learned about what a plasma is, where to find it in nature and how plasmas can be used for industrial applications. The process of sputtering for coating applications was demonstrated and investigated using a mobile sputtering chamber. The pupils analysed the coatings by microscopy and measurements of their optical transmission and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, they had the chance to coat a small object they brought from home. Next to jewellery, shells and coins, even a hard disk was coated. Next to the workshops, the students had the chance to ask students about their experiences at the Ruhr-University, attend a lecture on experimental physics, visit two labs and visit the show "Die Wunder des Kosmos" at the Zeiss-Planetarium in Bochum. At the end of the week, each group presented their achievements and results on posters which were presented during a poster session, followed by a quiz and pizza.

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TedX at Bochum

Prof. Achim von Keudell had the honour to join the TEDx event on 19th May 2018 in Bochum with a 15 minutes talk. His TEDx Talk "Extreme Plasmas for Extreme Materials" is about his current field of study the controlling and taming of these extreme plasmas, which will form the basis for future material synthesis. The overarching topic of the event was "Changing Perspectives". Only 200 tickets for the audience were available. TEDx is a worldwide offspring of the TEDx conference series. The range of topics of the TEDx event was extremly broad covering societal and scientific challenges of the future.

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Summer Campus 2019

Between July 15th and July 17th, 2019, the Summer Campus took place at Ruhr-University Bochum. At the Summer Campus, pupils who are interested in a university education visit RUB during the summer holidays. The Summer Campus is the right place for pupils who are not yet sure about their subject to study or who want to know more details about the courses in their field of interest. The pupils can visit a large range of faculties and student services. Furthermore, they can expand their skills and interests by attending various workshops. Here, the research group of Prof. Awakowicz offered a hands on experience with the title Exciting Plasma Technology - Microwave Reactor, Double-ICP and more. Finally, pupils can interact with their future peers and teachers.

The Outreach Events of the CRC1316 are organized in cooperation with the SFB TR 87.

Contact Public Outreach

Science Manager Research Department Plasma

Dr. Marina Prenzel
Gebäude NB 5/126
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32-23688
Fax: +49 (0) 234 32-14171
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29.08.2018 - Blue Square of Ruhr-Universität celebrates a jubilee

On September 15th, 2018, the Blue Square in Bochum celebrates a jubilee. At 11:30 the opening of the event starts with an official presentation of the heads of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Afterwards, scientific experiments for children and adults are presented on the different floors of the Blue Square. Furthermore, oral presentations are shown. Especially, Prof. Achim von Keudell holds a presentation about Plasmas supporting energy storage. This presentation starts at 14:30 on level 3 of the Blue Square.

A short description of the presentation is: Plasmas may play a central role for the energy revolution. The vision of scientists is to build a small plasma system, which can be developed at the foot of a wind turbine to convert solar energy into so-called solar fuels.