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It takes a balancing act to combine career and family. This holds true especially for students and researchers, but of course also for other members of the university community. The University therefore plans to expand its care menu for children from the ages of 5 months to 6 years and in so doing promote better work-life balance for parents. A special feature is how the day care center seizes on the University’s technoscientific potential and integrates it into the care concept. It means that the little ones and even the littlest will have a lot of early fun with phenomena drawn from mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. It goes without saying that movement, music and nature adventures will be part of the mix at the same time.
With additional funding by the state and federal government, the University therefore renovated the Math/Physics Area Library at the Vaihingen campus library. Result: since later 2014, no less than 160 modern equipped individual and group study spaces have come into use. Among other features, they come with moveable partitions that let student configure their reading or writing cubicles to suit their individual preferences. As the favorable comments and rising demand testify, the study spaces have paid big dividends for the students. The plan is to keep adding more spaces.
The Student Center, slated for completion in July 2017, will bundle all the functions that belong in one place, be it the Examination Office, Admissions Office, Student Counseling, or constituent student body, or be it terminals for online applications, personal data entry, and student learning areas. The new building will also stay open longer hours, so that anyone drawn to burning the midnight oil can get individual chip card access to a computer workstation inside.
Today already, Stuttgart natural sciences are not just known and in demand internationally, but the regional public knows about them, too, thanks to varied event formats and offerings such as the “Fehling Lab,” “Mathematics Day,” and “Play of the Forces.” This will soon also be manifested by a new building. The planned “Natural Sciences Forum” (working name) will benefit anyone – children or teens, teachers, or the public at large – who wants to explore the natural sciences and expand his or her knowledge of them whether in a playful or purposeful fashion. The building, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, conference rooms, and exhibit spaces will be built on the Vaihingen campus. That sets the scene for even more experimentation workshops for school classes, open houses, and other hands-on activities. Continuing professional development for teachers at the Forum is also on the drawing boards.
The High Performance Computing Center (HLRS) at the University of Stuttgart has for years been one of Europe‘s leading high performance computing training centers. This is also evident from the international makeup of trainees from science, business, and industry domains. Quite a few come from other countries in Europe, and some even from other continents. The demand for experts in simulation and modelling as well as programming and performance optimization of high performance computing systems (HPC systems) will continue to grow in the years ahead. In anticipation, HLRS is currently building a new, modern training center, that will provide some 150 training seats, half of them equipped with computers, in a 250 m2 facility. The new building is scheduled to open its doors in February 2017.
To fund scholarships for the best students and so to invest in these individuals’ futures and the country’s at the same time is what donors to Germany Scholarships at the University of Stuttgart accomplish. The special feature is that the Federal Government will match every “private” euro donated. To satisfy the varied interests of donors, the University of Stuttgart offers different donation packages. For more details, please see our web page dealing with the Germany Scholarship.
High-performance computers, secure data transmission, highly sensitive measuring techniques: many technology sectors are already controlled by the laws of quantum physics, the physics of miraculous (wave) particles. This is also the main focus of the Research Center for Applied Quantum Technology at the University of Stuttgart, also known as ZAQuant. This center carries out cross-faculty and interdisciplinary research into all areas of quantum sensor technology, concentrating on three areas relevant to practical applications: active sensor elements, peripheries and the activation of quantum sensors, as well as the integration of quantum sensors in component parts. It is not only the breadth of this spectrum that is unique, but also the fact that potential operators are able to experiment with prototypic components. This is of major interest to our industrial partners. A new building is being constructed for the ZAQuant, at an estimated cost of 40 million euros, with completion expected in 2020. Thanks to its close proximity to the new physics building, also currently in the planning phase, and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, a unique complex is being developed where cutting-edge research and excellent teaching will be able to benefit from each other.
With a significant donation, the Friedrich and Elisabeth Boysen Foundation, in existence since 1996, recently stepped up once again for science and research. The object of the funds provided by the foundation is to bring to the university or retain, as it were, highly qualified professor by offering extra pay. Supplemental donations made with the aim of supporting this important function are always welcome.
Past important projects/large donations
In operation on the University of Stuttgart campus since 2011, RZBW is a unique forum for technology transfer and knowledge transfer between research and industry. In addition, it is a place where the public can get close to the fascinating subject of space travel through many exhibitions and presentations. RZBW accepts donations and sponsorship support. For more information, please visit the RZBW website. This link will open our video clip on YouTuve of the 2011 dedication ceremony.
Among the decisive considerations for (young) researchers in choosing a future place to work is the matter of child care. The University of Stuttgart is therefore very pleased by the success of the “Kinderland” advancement project: Since June 2010, to the delight of University parents and their children, we have operated an infant playgroup with a staff of ten exclusively for children on campus. It was made possible, among others, by a considerable gift from the Booster Club of the University of Stuttgart/VFUS. For more on our plans to open another playgroup in the medium term, please see our Kinderland press release [de].
The wind energy endowed chair at the University of Stuttgart exemplifies the impact that installing an endowed chair can make – the wind energy chair is today the sole chair for wind energy in Germany. It was endowed in 2004 – thanks to a donation by Dipl.-Ing. Karl Schlecht, the founder of Putzmeister AG, Aichtal. At the end of the 10-year endowment period in 2014, the University took over follow-on financing of the chair.