21.02.2012 – On February 14th the Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle inaugurated the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH - Deutsches Wissenschafts- und Innovationshaus) in Sao Paulo. The University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR) will also have an office there. Westerwelle emphasized the importance of Brazil as a location for science and technology because the Sao Paulo region has the most German research companies outside of Germany.
12.01.2012 – The EU initial training network PEPMIP or »Robust Affinity Materials for Applications in Proteomics and Diagnostics« will focus on the development of robust “antibodies” made of plastic and other tailor-made materials, for applications in bioanalysis. It is supported with roughly three million Euro and will be coordinated by PD Dr. Börje Sellergren from the Faculty of Chemistry at TU Dortmund University.
01.12.2011 – Prof. Sonja Herres-Pawlis obtains the NRW-Innovation Prize in the category young scientist which includes prize money of 50,000 Euro. With this prize the head of a junior research group at the Faculty of Chemistry of TU Dortmund University and professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich was awarded for her outstanding research. She succeeded in finding a chemical key for the development of compostable plastic – her vision is a world without plastic waste. The prize was awarded in Düsseldorf in the presence of the Minister-President Hannelore Kraft on November, 14th.