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1 July 2003

37th Rhine-Neckar Physics Brains Trust: A Long-Standing Tradition

Invitation to the media: on 10 July 2003, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg hosts the brains trust on "Physics Research in Industry and at the University"

On 10 July 2003, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy hosts the 37th Rhine-Neckar brains trust on "Physics Research in Industry and at the University". The idea behind this regular meeting was proposed by its initiator and long-time chair, the Heidelberg physicist Prof. Dr. Gisbert Freiherr zu Putlitz. In the course of its long life it has lost none of its refreshing topicality.

The brains trust is hosted alternately by an industrial company in the region and the physics institutes of the University. Traditionally, the summer meeting takes place at the University. On this occasion, the Heidelberg physicists will take pride in presenting their new quarters at Neuenheimer Feld campus to their colleagues from industry.

Alongside a visit to the research laboratory of the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, the organisers have once again thought up an intriguing mixture of university and industrial research for the talks to be given.

The industrial companies of the Rhine-Neckar area are represented by two big names and a start-up company from Mannheim. J. Günther of the Freudenberg company will be demonstrating ultra-thin chip modules that are doubly significant for the mass production of electronic devices. Dr. Ebenau from BASF's Future Business GmbH reports on nano-technology in the chemical industry. A former Heidelberg physics graduate draws on the technology of modern particle physics experimentation to build super-computers for genome research. Dr. Singpiel of the Aconovis company (Mannheim) will be discussing this topic.

A further start-up enterprise will be presented by Dr. Klein of the Institute of Physics in Heidelberg. Both basic research and material study using neutrons require high-resolution imaging detectors of the kind the Institute has been working on for years.

Finally. Prof. Hunklinger and Dr. K. Rippe of the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, the host of the meeting, will be talking on the physics of ultra-low temperatures. Dr. Rippe will be reporting on the activities of a young research group funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and undertaking biophysical studies of genetic material.

As always, there will be beer and sausages galore to round off the presentations and to facilitate the most important purpose of the meeting, the dialogue between researchers from the University and from industry.

Those wishing to attend the event are asked to notify the organisers.


Please address any inquiries to
Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier
Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
D-69120 Heidelberg

Dr. Manfred von Schickfus
Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
phone: 06221/549170, fax: 549839

General inquiries from journalists can also be addressed to
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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