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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 083/2017, 7 July 2017

Renowned national and international lecturers are ready to share their knowledge at the Bayreuth International Summer School (BISS). From 2 to 15 July 2017, the BISS welcomes students from all over the world to join the courses. Organized by the Campus-Akademie in corporation with the International Office, it hosts 92 participants from 14 countries and 24 visiting professors from 9 countries. BISS offers six courses on contemporary issues with a great deal of social and scientifical relevance. 

The Bayreuth International Summer School 2017 consists of six different courses held simultaneously. All courses are conducted in English by international visiting professors and scholars at the University of Bayreuth and will take place over the duration of two weeks. Participants have the opportunity to theoretically and practically engage for approx. 6 hours each day in various seminars and discussions in a small group of max. 15-20 international participants. The students are able to earn ECTS points. This year’s topics can be found below: 

Economics & Management: Economic growth, development and migration

Long-run economic growth has a great potential to dramatically increase the standard of living. If per capita Gross Domestic Product grows at 3% annually, incomes will double approximately every 25 years. Over the course of a century incomes will increase by a factor of 16! In this course participants study which factors can contribute to large income growth and the associated improvements in the standard of living. They will also analyze which factors tend to stand in the way of enormous growth potential. Among other topics highly relevant to development, they will study the impact of migration on the receiving and the sending countries. Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Michael Jetter (University of Western Australia) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Glomm (Indiana University); coordinators: Prof. Reinhard Meckl, Department of International Management,  and Prof. David Stadelmann, Department of Development Economics (both University of Bayreuth).

African Studies: Africa - historical and cultural entanglements / African popular culture - the entanglements of the everyday

While grounded in a thorough, layered and differentiated understanding of the formative colonial experience in so-called “Latin” America, the first week’s course will focus on the recovery and reinvention of the historical representation by contemporary movements of “African-descended” peoples, whose awareness or rediscovery of past racial trauma, exclusion and erasure informs their claims to rights, recognition, citizenship and empowerment today. The two most salient case studies will be Cuba and Brazil, both archetypes in modern historiography of assimilationist nationalism and whitening that have profoundly revisited their African heritage, and where transnational social movements promote black consciousness in local and global forums. Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade (Norfolk University)

The second week’s course is on popular culture in Africa. The participants engage with popular texts and performances across the continent, and explore the social transformations that have given rise to them. They look at emerging and locally-based genres such as neo-traditional oral poetry; improvised popular theatre; popular print culture; television and video drama; and creative innovations in social media and the internet. Engaging with primary material (audio and video recordings, local publications, photographs), the course will explore theories of improvisation and popular creativity in Africa past and present. Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Karin Barber (University of Birmingham); coordinators: Dr. Franz Kogelmann Institute of African Studies, and Prof. Ute Fendler, Department of Romance Literatures and Comparative Studies (both University of Bayreuth). 

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Surveillance and Applications

The first week’s course is on the relationship between public health policy and public health surveillance; characteristics and function of public health surveillance – infectious diseases, injury, chronic diseases, risk factors and behaviors, epidemiological methods used in public health surveillance; applications of public health surveillance –monitoring of health events, policy making, detection of outbreaks/epidemics, preventive and control actions. The course therefore should increase student’s skills in public health surveillance data collection and quality; the analyses of trends and patterns in the occurrence of health events; outbreak investigation; cluster investigation; public health program development; evaluation of public health programs and evaluation of public health surveillance systems. Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Eduardo J. Simoes (University of Missouri School of Medicine) 

In the second week these subjects are discussed: impact of environmental changes on health; environmental epidemiology: spatial and temporal methods; environmental inequalities; air pollution and health risk assessment; climate change impacts on health; extreme weather events and heat exposure; climate change effects on vector-borne disease; modelling the impacts of climate change. Lecturers: Dr Cyril Caminade (Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool), Dr. Shakoor Hajat (Department of Social & Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK); coordinators: Prof.  Dr. Andreas Schmid, Department of  Finances (Healthcare Management) and Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Department of  Biogeography (both University of Bayreuth).  

Energy & Climate: Climate / Energy Conversion Technology and Storage of Thermal Energy

The demand for renewable energy is constantly growing, raising questions about its technological potential and its socio-economic and political implications. These questions will be addressed during the first week. Specific solar and hydropower potentials or the areas required to supply material for biomass power plants are some of the issues to be examined in this context. Geographic Information Systems and other modeling frameworks also help us tackle some of these questions. The results are highly relevant for further planning and funding decisions and associated schemes. Political decisions occurring at levels from the local to the international also contribute to this growing demand for renewable energy sources. The political context of climate change, climate justice and the current energy transition, has been strongly influenced by international climate negotiations, from Kyoto to Copenhagen and now Paris. Meanwhile, local demand for renewable energy is generated by communities discussing energy self-sufficiency and potentials of increased regional economic value added from renewable energies – for instance, in the context of the German Energiewende (energy transition). Many of these changes remain highly contested at all levels, international and local. Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Peter Christoff (University of Melbourne), Dr. Markus Biberacher (ispace Research Studios Austria), Prof. Dr. Manfred Miosga (University of Bayreuth)

The second week is about energy conversion technology and storage of thermal energy. The future enery supply has to be secure, affordable and environmentally friendly. This is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The course covers fundamental knowledge, specific case studies as well as possible solutions for novel energy systems from an engineering point of view. Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Sotirios Karellas (National Technical University of Athens), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Franquet (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Brüggemann (University of Bayreuth), coordinators: (all University of Bayreuth). Prof. Dieter Brüggemann, Department of Engineering Thermodynamics & Transport Processes, Prof. Ruth Freitag, Department of Bioprocess Engineering, and Prof. Cyrus Samimi Department of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences Climatology

Polymer Science 

Polymers and Colloids play an ever increasing role as materials in our everyday life. They are the constitutive parts of emulsions, foams, coatings, fibres, cells and tissue. With the help of nanotechnology, fundamentally new materials, properties and functions could be realized with exciting applications in the areas of electro-optics and biomaterials. This first week course begins with an introduction and cover the most important topics from synthesis, structural and electro-optical studies of polymers and colloids to advanced device fabrication. Lecturers: Prof. Muthupandian Ashokkumar (University of Melbourne), Dr. Tobias König (IPF Dresden), Dr. González-García (INM – Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien, Saarbrücken), Dr. David Jones (University of Melbourne); from University of Bayreuth Prof. Dr. Stephan Förster, Prof. Dr. Mukundan Thelakkat, Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler, Prof. Dr. Sven Hüttner, Prof. Dr. Markus Lippitz, Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch, Dr. Richard Hildner; coordinators:  Prof. Mukundan Thelakkat and Dr. Melanie Pöh-lmann (Melbourne-Bayreuth) Polymer/Colloid Science Network (University of Bayreuth).

Polymer Science & Engineering 

The “advanced polymers in engineering and energy” course in the second week focuses on providing insight into polymers and the polymer industry, current topics concerning renewable energy technologies and future trends for polymers. The course also includes an industry tour, where participants can experience modern processing techniques, as well as two practical courses, in which they will fabricate their own polymeric parts. Lecturers: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Reinhold W. Lang (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing), Prof. Dr. h.c. Karger-Kocsis József (Budapest University of Technology  and Economics, Department of Polymer Engineering), coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt (Uni-versity of Bayreuth).

Polymer Science & Biofabrication

Another second week polymer science course is on Biofabrication. This is an emerging field in the area of biomaterials, aiming at the generation of three-dimensional structures from materials including vital cells. Key aspects to achieve this aim are an advanced knowledge on biomaterials, identication of new scientic trends and sustainability of production processes. The BISS focuses on current trends in biomaterials research and biofabrication. Furthermore, the course includes practical coursework and highlights state-of-the art technology and several processing methods of novel biopolymers such as spider silk proteins. Practical parts are tissue engineering, dispense plotting of 3D-scaffolds for tissue regeneration and analysis of self-assembling biopolymers. Lecturers: Prof. Andrea O’Connor (University of Melbourne), Alessia Weiss (University of Melbourne), Prof. Leonid Ionov, Prof. Gregor Lang, Prof. Thomas Scheibel, Dr. Hendrik Bargel,Dr. Martin Humenik (all University of Bayreuth); coordinators: Prof. Thomas Scheibel and Dr. Melanie Scheibel, Department of Biomaterials (University of Bayreuth). 



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