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Public activities and outreach

The annual IKZ summer school on crystal growth

I am organizing the annual IKZ summer school on crystal growth. Within one week there are 4-5 lectures held by a renowned expert on crystal growth or related fields. The seminar is open to the public. In 2012 the lectures were given by Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. h.c. Georg Müller (retired from University Erlangen-Nuremberg) about "Fundamentals of Crystal Growth from the Melt". In 2013, Prof. Dr. Jörg Weber of the Technical University of Dresden skillfully introduced us to the world of "(Point) Defects in Crystals". In 2015, Prof. Dr. Peter Rudolph gave the lectures on "Extended Defects in Crystal Growth". Prof. Elias Vlieg from Radboud University Nijmagen (The Netherlands) gave the 2016 lecture on "Towards understanding crystal growth at the atomic scale"". More information about the IKZ summer school is available at http://www1.ikz-berlin.de/course.

Public talks

The transfer of science to the public is an important task - and who knows exactly, how crystals are grown and what they can be used for? I give talks and presentations for the open public about crystal growth and applications of crystalline materials, e.g. at the "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften" in Berlin or at science forums (see my list of talks). An overview about the research topics at the IKZ is also presented in the annual main lecture for the graduate students of chemistry at the TU Berlin. If you want me to talk at your meeting or event, please contact me.

Conferences and workshops

The IKZ engages in the organisation of conferences, symposia, workshops, and other scientific meetings. Several coworkers are active in the respective program, steering, or advisory committees (see my activities at conference organisation). Smaller events are organized to take place at the IKZ, such as the annual workshop of the DGKK on "Bulk Semiconductor Crystals" in 2015 and on "Laser and Oxide Crystals" in 2016, as well as the German-Japanese Meeting on Gallium Oxide Technology 2016. A highlight of these activities and a bigger event such as the International Workshop on Crystal Growth Technology (IWCGT) with more than 120 attendees are organized by the IKZ, and I am the main organizer of this conference series. this workshop took place in Berlin in 2014 and will be held in Potsdam again in 2017.

The PhD students' seminar at the IKZ

The PhD seminar at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) Berlin is under my guidance. We meet every second wednesday in the month, and two PhD students give lectures. The gathering is also used to discuss general points interesting to the PhD students at the IKZ, including formal issues on PhD supervision and filing the theses. Sometimes we invite an expert for a lecture, make an excursion to a nerby research institute, or have fun at a barbecue.