Two Young Scientists from Augsburg and 39 Nobel Laureates
Dr. Hana Bunzen and Emeline Nysten are among the 580 young scientists from 89 countries who have been selected to participate in this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Dr. Hana Bunzen and Emeline Nysten will shortly be able to exchange views over six days with 39 Nobel laureates. The two junior researchers from the Institute of Physics at the University of Augsburg have been given the honor of participating in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting together with 580 other young scientists from 89 countries. This year’s meeting, from June 30th to July 5th, is wholly dedicated to physics.
“Participation in the Nobel Laureate Meeting is a great honor. I am very excited about the unique opportunity to discuss cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves with world-famous researchers,” said Emeline Nysten. And, of course, she is proud to be among the 580 selected young researchers from around the world who can be considered the most promising scientific talents in physics.
The participants were put forward by science academies, universities, foundations or international research institutions. Almost 140 institutions were involved in the nomination process, according to the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. To qualify for selection, students, postgraduates and postdocs, who have to be less than 35 years of age, had to meet strict criteria that demonstrate their genuine interest in science and research. A further requirement was strong and emphatic support from their supervisors or from internationally renowned scientists.
Since its founding in 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have fostered the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. “At Lake Constance, we have a unique opportunity to become part of a worldwide network of top researchers,” enthused Hana Bunzen. From the numerous discussions and workshops, she expects the best opportunity to get a new look at her own research and academic career possibilities. Emeline Nysten is confident that, “The fact that we will be able to make valuable contacts in Lindau and exchange ideas and experiences with each other will enormously boost our careers.”
… completed her bachelor’s degree in engineering at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She then completed a dual master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain and the University of Augsburg as part of the Erasmus Mundus program “Functional Advanced Materials and Engineering” (FAME). Since the autumn of 2015, she has been researching the optical properties of quantum dots in Prof. Hubert Krenner’s research group in the Department of Experimental Physics I at the University of Augsburg. In her experiments using surface acoustic waves, “nano earthquakes on a chip”, Emeline Nysten is investigating how these “artificial atoms” can be controlled and harnessed for future quantum technologies. Her doctorate is funded by the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action’s ITN SAWtrain doctoral program within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework program and the Nanosystems Initiative Munich Cluster of Excellence (NIM).
Dr. Hana Bunzen
… was born in the Czech Republic. She received the Josef Hlávka Prize for her master’s thesis at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, which honors the most talented students in the Czech Republic. In addition, her PhD at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland on supramolecular gels was completed with distinction. Since 2018 Hana Bunzen has been researching for her habilitation in Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Volkmer’s group in the Department of Solid State Chemistry at the University of Augsburg, where she was previously a postdoctoral researcher. Currently, she is also an interim professor in the Institute of Materials Resource Management (MRM) at the University of Augsburg. At the interface between chemistry, physics and medicine, her research group investigates the potential uses of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for therapeutic medical applications. Hana Bunzen has been funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation since June 2017 to develop these highly regular “crystalline sponges” into carriers for pharmacologically active substances.
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Department of Experimental Physics I
Dr. Hana Bunzen
Department of Solid State Chemistry
Institute of Physics
University of Augsburg