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University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 123/2020, 15 September 2020

Prof. Dr. Mirijam Zobel, Assistant Professor for Solid State Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, is the winner of the "Bridges for German-Russian University and Science Cooperation" prize initiated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This comes as due recognition for the series of summer schools ("Travelling Seminars") she has been organizing with the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg. Their aim is to nurture junior scholars in Germany and Russia in the area of nanomaterials and large-scale research facilities. The award ceremony took place today, September 15, 2020, during the final conference of the "German-Russian Year of University Cooperation and Science", which was held simultaneously in Berlin and Moscow.


The aim of the German-Russian theme year organized by the DAAD was to present to a broader public the long-standing relations that link universities, research institutions, and educational establishments in the Federal Republic of Germany with those of the Russian Federation. As part of this initiative, the "Bridges for German-Russian University and Scientific Cooperation" prize was announced, for which a total of 124 applications were submitted from both the German and Russian sides. In all, 25 German-Russian science projects were recognized with prizes today. Andreas Görgen, Head of the Department for Culture and Communication at the German Foreign Office, and Sergei Jurjewitsch Netschajew, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Germany, presented Prof. Dr. Mirijam Zobel with the certificate for her prize in the "Junior Scholars" category in Berlin. At the same time, her Russian cooperation partner, Prof. Maxim Igorevich Vlasov from the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, received his prize certificate at the parallel event in Moscow.

Since 2017, the Bayreuth prize-winner has organized three German-Russian summer schools, and further ones are being planned. The Travelling Seminars take place in Russia and Germany in annual rotation. The central component is a two-week joint trip of the participants with four accompanying professors to three or four cities, where they visit leading large-scale research facilities and research institutes. The summer school is aimed at students and doctoral candidates from Germany and Russia, and combines professional training in current research fields related to nanomaterials with cultural exchange.


”In our Travelling Seminars we strongly encourage participants to think in an interdisciplinary and intercultural manner. In this way, we seek to promote the mutual appreciation of our scientific cultures and at the same time increase cultural exchange between Germany and Russia. Personally, I have always experienced great hospitality in Russia, and am very pleased that, with the joint summer schools, I can make a contribution to international understanding at the student level,” says Zobel.

The scientific focus of the joint seminars is on nanostructured materials and their numerous potential applications - from high-strength steel to energy materials and medical products. The x-ray and neutron scattering methods established at large-scale research facilities are particularly suitable for gaining insights into the structures and dynamics of these materials over different lengths and time scales. Several bilateral research projects by former participants have already resulted from this German-Russian cooperation.

​Further Information:

Link to the summer schools: http://www.travellingseminar.uni-bayreuth.de

Link to the project: „Travelling Seminar – Nanomaterials and Large-scale Research Centers":


Assistant Professor for Solid State Chemistry - Mesostructured Materials
University of Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4355
E-mail: mirijam.zobel@uni-bayreuth.de

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