Experience a conference in a different way
The Bayreuth Polymer Symposium (BPS) is a biennial, internationally renowned conference, which is mainly dedicated to current topics in polymer science, presented by a multitude of renowned researchers. The BPS also offers a dedicated lecture series on a highly topical subject. This year, for example, the BPS included a session on microplastics, an area in which scientists from the University of Bayreuth are also actively performing research in a collaborative research center. Another major task of this conference is also to bring scientists in these fields into a dialogue.
In this context, the Elite Graduate Program „Macromolecular Science" offers the module Future Trends in Polymer Science. This module is designed in a uncommon way, as the students have to deal intensively with the conference and its speakers in advance. This approach allows for a deeper insight into the aims and topics of this multi-day conference. Prof. Hans-Werner Schmidt, speaker of the Elite Study Programme and also one of the organizers of the conference, discusses in his lecture "Behind the scenes of BPS" a multitude of aspects that have to be considered and taken into account during the organization of a conference. Within the framework of the module, the students also present in detail the development and research areas of selected international conference participants in a seminar series.
A highlight of the module is that the students had the opportunity to meet exclusively with the researchers they had previously presented in the seminar in a separate setting. The students were certainly enthusiastic about the concept of the module.
In the aftermath, for example, one could hear: "I found the meeting very good. My speaker had taken the time to talk to me. That was great!" Obviously, the speakers themselves were also pleased with the open-minded willingness of the students of the Elite Study Program to engage in discussion.
Text: Dr. Klaus Kreger, Elite Graduate Program "Macromolecular Science"