11/07/2016

Evaluation by the German Council of Science and Humanities, talk with the employees at BAM

Evaluation by the German Council of Science and Humanities, talk with the employees at BAM

Source: BAM

BAM President Prof. Ulrich Panne says: ”The Board of Science encourages us to continue our successful work in strategic focus areas“

The German Council of Science and Humanities summer session finalises the results of the evaluation of the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) in Kiel on 6 to 8 July 2016.

"The findings of the German Council of Science and Humanities evaluate our work chiefly as very successful and encourage BAM to continue our work in strategic focus areas" said BAM’s president Ulrich Panne. "We welcome the evaluation report and consider the recommendations as valuable and helpful hints for BAM’s development in the future. Personally, I am particularly pleased to see that the German Council of Science and Humanities confirms BAM as being highly attractive for national and international young scientists and sees our staff as highly motivated. "

Overall, the German Council of Science and Humanities appreciates BAM as a departmental research institution recognised in Germany and abroad for being well connected in numerous national and international committees. BAM’s range of expertise and the numerous tasks dealt with at a very high level justify the uniqueness of our performance profile at both the national and European levels.

BAM provides competent advisory and information services for politicians, which are highly appreciated by the relevant ministries. BAM’s science-based services in the fields of testing, analysis and approval are essential for the German industry according to the German Council of Science and Humanities.

The German Council of Science and Humanities specifically acknowledges that the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung’s strong research orientation by giving BAM the necessary research freedom.

Since the previous evaluation by the Board of Science in 2006, BAM has continued to successfully establish itself as a science-based competence centre for "safety in technology and chemistry". BAM‘s research is application-based to a large extent, but basic research has also noticeably increased. BAM’s research achievements are overall good to very good, and in some cases of outstanding quality. At the same time the variety of BAM’s tasks complicates the assessment of coherent research objectives according to the German Council of Science and Humanities.

The research infrastructure that is excellent in many areas makes BAM attractive for domestic and foreign scientists, including Ph.D. students, which facilitates recruitment. In addition to research conditions, staff development encouraged by BAM’s management makes a huge contribution to BAM’s staff being highly motivated. The German Council of Science and Humanities also sees BAM’s equal opportunity measures as positive.

Background

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a senior Federal Institute with responsibility to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Within the implementation of the Federal Government’s "Concepts of a modern departmental research", the BMWi commissioned the German Council of Science and Humanities to perform a re-evaluation in 2014 of the departmental research facilities with responsibility to the ministry. The last time the German Council of Science and Humanities evaluated BAM was in 2006. Professor Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus chaired the BAM evaluation in 2015/2016.

About BAM

BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.

As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research and testing and advisory activity to protect people, the Environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes. BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society and tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based service for the German industry in a European and international framework.

Safety creates markets

BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture „Made in Germany“.