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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.


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April 18: YIN Lecture with Nobel Laureate Prof. Lehn

Jean-Marie Lehn is particularly known for his pioneering work leading up to the emergence of supra-molecular chemistry. Focusing on the interaction of molecules, he managed to engineer three-dimensional molecular cage or cryptands. For the “development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity”, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1987. He will also talk about adaptive and evolutive chemistry, pointing to a chemistry of complex matter and linking to the origin of life. Start 17:45, Tulla Lecture Hall.

YIN Lecture Series
5 years KIT Associate Fellow
YIN Insight: Five Years of KIT Associate Fellow

2016 marked the 5th anniversary since the KIT Associate Fellow status was introduced in the official announcement 53/2011. As KIT Associate Fellows, independent, not yet habilitated group leaders can supervise their PhD students and may be examiners and first or additional third theses reviewers. Some KIT Departments also allow them to supervise and examine their Bachelor and Master students. YIN Insight gives a review. The journal also addresses the KIT 2025 Strategy and reports on faces, facts and figures of YIN.

YIN Insight 2015/16
Picture: Physik Journal
YIN goes Physics Journal: Permanently on fixed term

Opinionated and knowledgeable, YIN outlines the situation of junior scientists in the Physics Journal published by the German Physical Society (DPG). Based on numbers from the Federal Statistics Office, YIN takes a closer look at dwindling chances to obtain a permanent academic position and a decreasing demand for PhD holders from industry. High-skilled academics without clear career perspectives are not seldom too old, one legged, or over educated to switch sides – women are hit harder.

Physics Journal
Nobel Laureate Hell
YIN Lecture No. 4 with Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell

Optical microscopy has overcome the resolution-limiting diffraction barrier of light. For developing Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) Microscopy, Stefan W. Hell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. After a couple of years spent abroad, in 1997, he got the chance to prove his theories as a group leader at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen where he still works as director today. Thus, he connected to the YIN members not only as a scientific role model but also through a similar career paths.

YIN Lecture Series
(Picture: Jacobs University / Khaleel Assaf)
Fass-Form für gezielten Transport von Steroiden

Eingebettet In Hohlräume gelangen Wirkstoffe über synthetische Träger in den Körper. Fassförmige Moleküle erhöhen dabei die notwendige Wasserlöslichkeit, um steroid-basierte Medikamente gezielt freizusetzen. In Magensäure und Blutserum bleiben sie hingegen relativ stabil und wirken als Wirkstoffspeicher. Verglichen mit ringförmigen Trägern verringern sich dadurch die erforderliche Dosis und die Nebenwirkungen, wie Forscher in ACS berichten - darunter Emmy-Noether-Gruppenleiter Dr. Frank Biedermann.

YIN Certificate "Academic Leadership"
Exceptional leadership: two YIN Certificates awarded

Leading and managing at academic top level requires professional, methodical, social and personnel skills. Within the YIN advanced qualification program, YIN member Christian Greiner and YIN alumnus Martin Nöllenburg have reflected, improved and demonstrated their respective qualities. After many seminars, workshops and coachings – mounting up to 200 academic units – they have proven themselves as exceptional leadership personalities worthy of the YIN Certificate “Academic Leadership”.


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