On 31st May, BAM’s PhD students came together for their annual PhD Day. This time it took place at BAM’s location in Berlin-Adlershof. The event is organised by the PhD students and aims to provide a platform for scientific exchange and networking opportunities.
After BAM president Prof. Ulrich Panne opened the event, Prof. Heinz Sturm provided practical tips about possible pitfalls during the PhD and how to address them. Then Dr. Brian Pauw talked about "The Dark Side of Science" and Dr. Franziska Emmerling called for more risk-taking in her presentation titled "Dare to risk – escape your comfort zone and release your inner beast".
In the afternoon BAM laboratories opened their doors to provide insight into the work of BAM divisions. Several guided laboratory tours offered the nearly 90 participants information about current research projects, applied methods and new measuring devices. This was followed by a poster competition where more than 30 PhD students presented their projects. Many of them used this opportunity to network and learn more about their colleagues’ work. Tobias Thiede of the Micro Non-destructive Testing (NDT) division won the poster prize with his poster titled "In-Situ Compression CT on Additively Manufactured IN 625 Lattice Structures".
Afterwards, BAM start-up founders and alumni discussed the success factors of spin-offs. BAM president Prof. Ulrich Panne summed it up: "Here in Adlershof, innovative ideas can quickly turn into new start-ups – for example with the help of BAM’s Slingshot programme. That's smart technology transfer!"
Berlin is considered Germany’s largest start-up region. Science spin-offs have become increasingly important as innovation drivers. BAM specifically supports research-based start-ups. BAMStartup Slingshot provides not only advice about funding, patents, software and licenses but also offers scientific know-how and provides a modern research infrastructure.
The PhD Day ended with its traditional barbecue in best summer weather and great atmosphere.