Junge Interessierte unterhalten sich am Stand der Uni Stuttgart auf der Messe.

September 24, 2019

University of Stuttgart to appear at “Einstieg” education fair on September 27-28 in Karlsruhe

Around 100 universities, companies and associations showcase what they have to offer at the “Einstieg” fair for study programs, training courses and gap years. The University of Stuttgart will also be using this year’s fair, held at the Gartenhalle in Karlsruhe, to inform the public about its wide range of study programs in engineering, natural sciences, languages and cultural studies as well as economics and social sciences. With its exhibit, the internationally award-winning, student-built bioreactor, it will also take part in the guided tour “Berufe Challenge” (Careers Challenge).
[Picture: Einstieg GmbH]

Advice on the wide range of study courses

Representatives of the Student Counseling Center will be at the fair on both days to answer questions from visitors about the 70+ bachelor’s study programs offered by the University of Stuttgart. They will also offer guidance for those who know where their interests lie but who still haven’t found the right study program for them. For more in-depth questions about engineering, interested parties can also get in touch with representatives from the specialist departments, who will be happy to answer questions on both days of the fair and contribute a scientific perspective to the advice they give.

Artificial substances from the bioreactor

The bioreactor at the University of Stuttgart’s stand was developed and built by the iGEM team of students, and has been awarded with a prize for its performance as the most innovative bioreactor. iGEM stands for international genetically engineered machine, which is more broadly understood as synthetic biology. Synthetic biology combines biology and engineering, for example to modify organisms and create new substances.

The iGEM competition is the biggest and most internationally renowned competition of its kind. It has been held every year since 2004 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Bioreactors used for industrial purposes are very expensive, though they make it possible to carry out reactions in a controlled (e.g. pH neutral) environment and create new substances in the process. The major achievement of the reactor created by the team of students was that it only cost 99 euros – and it is also particularly efficient.  It can quickly cultivate special bacteria which are needed for medicines or the production of bioplastics. Another example of how bioreactors are used at the University of Stuttgart is for cultivating algae for the production of biodiesel.

Visitors to the University of Stuttgart’s stand can see the self-made bioreactor with its different components, and experience for themselves how its specific construction is interlinked with the quality and quantity of the product to be manufactured.

University of Stuttgart at the school-leavers’ fair Einstieg in Karlsruhe
  • Location: Gartenhalle, Festplatz 9, Karlsruhe; stand no. S1
  • Date: Friday September 27, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm, and Saturday September 28, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Our main exhibit at the stand is the award-winning, student-made bioreactor
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