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At the beginning of July, the Joint Science Conference accepted ten new consortia for funding within the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). TU Dortmund University is participating in three projects and will receive around € 500,000 from the German Research Foundation.
Professor Kevin Kröninger is a particle physicist at TU Dortmund University. Together with scientists from throughout the world, he is conducting research at CERN in Geneva, one of the world’s largest research centers. The collisions produced by the particle accelerators there generate huge amounts of data from which the researchers hope to gain insights into the functional building blocks of matter. “Particle physics is a good example of how important a well-functioning data infrastructure is for research,” says Kröninger. “We have to secure the data throughout their entire life cycle and make them accessible to all researchers. The NFDI funding is a push by Germany to achieve further improvements in this area.”
The interdisciplinary consortium named “PUNCH4NFDI” will commence its work in the autumn. PUNCH stands for “Particles, Universe, NuClei & Hadrons”. Accordingly, the consortium represents the four research fields of particle physics, astroparticle physics, hadron and nuclear physics, and astronomy. It is headed by the DESY research center – short for “Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron” (“German Electron Synchrotron”). On the part of TU Dortmund University, physics professors Johannes Albrecht, Kevin Kröninger and Bernhard Spaan are involved. The aim is for both TU Dortmund University as well as all scientific institutions in Germany to benefit from the consortium’s findings and new developments.
As part of the project funded by the NFDI, the physicists from Dortmund will be getting to grips, among others, with the development of real-time data processing. In large-scale particle physics experiments, such an enormous volume of data is generated that not all of it can be stored. Algorithms must therefore decide what is potentially interesting and therefore stored and what must be deleted without further ado. New methods such as machine learning should help to improve these decision-making algorithms in the future. In addition, the consortium has set itself the goal of sensitizing the next generation of scientists towards the topic of research data infrastructure. “Proper handling of research data is an important element of good scientific practice,” explains Professor Johannes Albrecht. The consortium will therefore develop teaching materials to raise awareness, starting already with students and teaching them the technical know-how they need to save their data and make them available to others.
TU Dortmund University involved in consortia from other specialist fields
In the second round of funding, the NFDI4Earth consortium was also approved, in which Professor Nguyen Xuan Thinh from the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University is involved. Researchers from the university’s Department of Physics are part of the new “FAIRmat” consortium within Collaborative Research Centers/Transregios 160 and 142.
The consortia from the first round of funding have already been working for a year on improving research data infrastructure: On behalf of TU Dortmund University, Professor Norbert Kockmann, Alexander Behr, Professor Gabriele Sadowski and Dr. Katrin Rosenthal from the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering are participating in “NFDI4Cat”, Dr. Frauke Maevus from the Department of Mechanical Engineering is participating in “NFDI4Ing” in the framework of Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 188, and Professor Stefan Kast, Nicolas Tielker and Professor Paul Czodrowski from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are involved in “NFDI4Chem”.
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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.