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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.


YIN fireside chat with Leonie Mueck
PlosONE and ex-nature editor at YIN fireside chat

Data availability, source code sharing and credit taxonomy for authors are essential in open access publishing. These requirements give rise to a whole set of new questionsthat vary for each discipline: What is the minimum data set and where to store it? How can specially programmed software tools be maintained sustainably over time? And which are the right criteria to weigh and describe each author’s input? Leonie Mück gave some answers that sprang a lively discussion with the YIN members. She worked as senior editor for NATURE until August 2017 when she joined the non-profit open access journal PLOS ONE.

Contrary to classical bits, quantum bits can assume two states at the same time: Right and left, yellow and blue, zero and one. (Photo: KIT)
ncomms: one step towards quantum simulators

Physicists at KIT have developed a crucial component for a quantum simulating. They represented the light-matter-interaction of photosynthesis using electromagnetic resonators for the photons and superconducting circuits as quantum bits for the atoms. “We succeeded in getting both the quantum bit and the resonator to assume two opposite states at the same time,” says Martin Weides, co-author and YIN member. Due to this effect, quantum simulators solve a problem much faster than conventional computers which store infor-mation either as zero or one.

article on ncomms
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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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

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