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Welcome to the Young Investigator Network (YIN)


The Young Investigator Network (YIN) is the platform and democratic representation of interests for junior research group leaders and junior professors at the Karlsruhe Institut of Technology.


Spiral galaxy Messier 77 containing a supermassive black hole (NASA/ESA & A. van der Hoeven)
Oct 10 - YIN Lecture No 6: Supermassive Black Holes

Black holes of more than a million solar masses form the centers of many galaxies. In the 6th YIN Lecture, Prof. Guinevere Kauffmann will talk about the observable evidence for their existence. At those sites of extreme gravity, in falling matter is efficiently converted into radiation visible across the electromagnetic spectrum. Large surveys of galaxies across the Universe suggest that black holes not only swallow large quantities of matter but also dump energy into their host galaxies and regulate their growth. The lecture starts at 17:45 in Fritz-Haller-Hall, bldg. 30.10.

YIN Lecture Series
Receives a Starting Grant of the European Research Council: Dr. Cornelia Lee-Thedieck. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
ERC Starting Grant for Cornelia Lee-Thedieck

YIN member Cornelia Lee-Thedieck develops models of the human bone marrow to study the regeneration of blood and bone by stem cells and how this regeneration is disturbed in diseases like leukemia or bone metastases. The  European Research Council now funds her research project “Blood and Bone – Conjoined Twins in Health and Disease: Bone Marrow Analogs for Hematological and Musculoskeletal Diseases” with EUR 1.5 million for five years. Understanding the mutual interactions of blood and bone might be the key to restore their regenerative potential.

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Self-healing gold particle (Christian Brandl, KIT)
Advanced Science: self- healing gold particles

Self-healing materials can counter mechanical damages by readopting their former shape. Scientists now found this capacity in pure gold particles. Gold has, thus, become the first known metal where, upon heating, the atoms start to slowly fill in sustained dents or scratches. “Our results may lead to more robust components for structures smaller than one thousandth of a millimeter,” says Christian Brand. His young investigator group together with scientists from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has published a report in Advanced Science.

Advanced Science
IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Frank Schroeder
YIN member gets IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

For his outstanding contributions, Frank Schröder received the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics. In particular, he experimentally determined the sensitivity of the radio signal to air showers: When colliding with earth's atmosphere, cosmic rays set free cascades of smaller particles and, thereby, produce light as well as radio waves. While light observations are limited to clear, dark nights, radio emissions can always be measured. Representing 60 member states, IUPAP is one of the largest international physics organizations.

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First Associate Fellow at the KIT Faculty CIW/VT

The KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering announced Emin Azad to be the first KIT junior research group leader to become Associate Fellow. Besides establishing the official award procedure, the KIT department has also changed its PhD regulations: Since June 2017, KIT Associate Fellows have the right to be involved in supervising and reviewing PhD theses. The future will show what this de facto entails. In any case, it is an important step towards further independence of junior research group leaders.

PhD regulations
Fakultätslehrpreis Maschinenbau
Faculty Teaching Award for YIN alumnus

For the lecture on material process technology, YIN alumnus Kay Weidenmann, together with Joachim Binder, receives the Faculty Teaching Award in mechanical engineering. Therewith, KIT honors the excellent achievements of both lecturers: They especially attached importance to the close interconnection of theory and application. Thus, their lecture was complemented by practical courses in small groups at three laboratories. The prize, endowed with 10 000 Euro, is annually announced within each of the 11 KIT-faculties.

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