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On Friday, 24 April 2020, the Elective Assembly of TU Dortmund University elected a new rector: Professor Manfred Bayer from the Faculty of Physics will take up office on 1 September as Professor Ursula Gather’s successor at the University’s helm. He was previously chairman of the Senate of TU Dortmund University for about twelve years.
The Elective Assembly of TU Dortmund University met in the Main Lecture Hall under unusual circumstances. The Assembly, which comprises the Senate and the University Council, was allowed to convene despite the coronavirus crisis. This is because coming together for rectorate elections is considered an act of self-administration highly important in terms of university policy and therefore does not fall under the ban on events in accordance with North Rhine-Westphalia’s SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance. With 700 seats, the University’s largest lecture hall was big enough for the 60 members to keep a sufficient distance from each other. The election officers wore masks and gloves when they passed the microphone through the rows as points were raised and when counting the ballot papers. The broader public was able to follow the election online via live stream. It was already clear beforehand that nobody would be allowed to shake the elected candidate’s hand.
Congratulations all round
Professor Manfred Bayer achieved an overwhelming majority straight away in both assembly bodies. The University Council voted unanimously for him and 26 of the 27 senate members voted in his favor. “I’m very pleased that with Manfred Bayer we’ve been able to attract a scientist and lecturer of the highest international acclaim for the office of rector,” said Professor Ernst Rank, the University Council’s chairman. “As chairman of the Senate for many years, my colleague Manfred Bayer has earned the respect of all four groups at the University,” said Professor Lorenz Schwachhöfer, the Senate’s acting chairman. It was thanks to Bayer’s ability as a mediator that the Senate had also remained united in the debate on a new university constitution, he added.
Current officeholder Professor Ursula Gather also extended her warmest congratulations to her successor on his election. “I’m very pleased that I can hand over this office to such an experienced colleague,” she said. “I wish him good luck in everything he does.” Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund University, added his own good wishes. “I’ve already worked together extremely well with Manfred Bayer in his role as chairman of the Senate. I look forward to continuing our pleasant and productive cooperation in this new constellation.” Professor Bayer himself gave a glimpse of the direction in which he wants to steer TU Dortmund University in the future: “The goal must be to further optimize the good conditions for students at TU Dortmund University and at the same time strengthen our considerable research potential in order to stay in the race.”
Outstanding research and international networks
Originally from Franconia, Professor Manfred Bayer was appointed as professor for “Experimental Physics with a Focus on Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter” at TU Dortmund University in 2002 at the age of 36. His outstanding research results appear regularly in renowned scientific journals. Professor Bayer has a large network of international contacts and – as spokesperson of the first German-Russian Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation – especially cultivates the partnership with St. Petersburg. He has been honored several times for his excellent research work, among others as Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012) and Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2017).
As a UA Ruhr professor, Manfred Bayer is also in close contact with the neighboring universities in the Ruhr area. As co-initiator of the popular lecture series “Between Breakfast and Borussia”, he also knows how to inspire a broad audience for physics topics. There is one thing he will miss after 1 September and Bayer knows that already: The view from the Faculty of Physics of the most spectacular stadium in the world.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.