TU Ilmenau: Voluntary Science Year - out of school, into science

TU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel

For the first time, TU Ilmenau is offering young people up to the age of 26 the opportunity to do a Voluntary Year in science, technology and sustainability. For an entire year, the young men and women can actively engage with science and technology, develop their personalities and thus become clear about which career path they would like to take. Practice instead of theory, working together with researchers and having access to places they would otherwise never be able to go - this is what the Voluntary Year at TU Ilmenau offers. Information: www.tu-ilmenau.de/studium/vor-dem-studium/quicklinks/freiwilliges-jahr

The Voluntary Year in Science, Technology and Sustainability (FJN) is a new variant of voluntary service in Germany, in which high school graduates gain experience in research before beginning their studies. The volunteers up to 26 years of age are active for one year in universities, research institutions or municipalities and get involved, for example, in the environment, climate protection and nature. The offers of the TU Ilmenau are primarily intended for young people who have a good knowledge of physics and mathematics and are handy. But anyone who is interested in physical-technical issues and has always wanted to know what goes on in a laboratory can also join in. In parallel with the insights into research, volunteers are free to attend university events such as lectures and seminars. And if they decide to study at TU Ilmenau at the end, they can have the Voluntary Science Year recognized as their first academic achievement.

Currently, the TU Ilmenau offers three projects for a Voluntary Year: one in mechanical engineering and two in physics. Further offers will follow step by step and will be constantly updated on the project page www.tu-ilmenau.de/studium/vor-dem-studium/quicklinks/freiwilliges-jahr

Schülerinnen im LaborTU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel

In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, volunteers have the opportunity to look over the shoulder of Prof. Gunther Notni, head of the Group of Quality Assurance and Industrial Image Processing, as he researches uses for multispectral camera systems for environmental monitoring, making it possible to conduct forest condition analyses.

In the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Prof. Stefan Krischok is researching new materials for innovative sensors. Smart modern sensors need to become smaller and more sensitive to detect electromagnetic, mechanical, optical, chemical and biological measurands. This can be achieved, among other things, with new materials that change the sensor properties - for example, materials made in Ilmenau.

In the Group of Experimental Physics 1, Prof. Jörg Kröger heads the project "Quantum Physics in Nano-Laboratories". Completely new properties and effects are achieved through the production and use of the tiniest structures. Since the properties of such tiny structures can only be truly understood with the help of quantum physics, applied quantum physics will enter many areas of everyday life in the future. The volunteers who will accompany Prof. Kröger will thus gain insights into one of the most innovative research areas of all.



Dr. Katja Tonisch
Equal Opportunities Officer
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