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Joint research unites scientists in the East and the West even despite politically difficult times. An example is the collaboration between TU Dortmund University and other scientific institutions in Germany with Russian partners, which received an award in September during the German-Russian Year of Higher Education Cooperation and Science.
It was born out of an idea that Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Foreign Minister at that time and acting Federal President, had five years ago. The German-Russian Summer School (GRSS) initiative was launched. The project aims to foster academic exchange between Germany and Russia. GRSS has been held alternately in the two countries on various current energy topics with great success – the last time was in Dortmund in 2019 on the topic of “Smart Electricity and Engineering” under the leadership of Professor Christian Rehtanz. A date is already planned for August 2021 in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. TU Dortmund University is working together with the university there.
In mid-September, the German-Russian Summer School was awarded a prize in the competition “Bridges for German-Russian Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation” – as was the German-Russian Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 160, which is one the two countries’ seven “flagship projects”. The award ceremony took place in the framework of the closing event of the German-Russian Year of Higher Education Cooperation and Science 2018-2020 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin.
Long tradition of cooperation in science
Transregio 160 is the first German-Russian Collaborative Research Centre, which has been funded since 2015 by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the German Research Foundation and is planned to last 12 years. Spokesperson for the consortium is Professor Manfred Bayer from TU Dortmund University. Taking part are over 100 researchers from the Ioffe Institute and Saint Petersburg State University as well as TU Dortmund University, who are working together very successfully on coherent spin electronics for an efficient information processing of the future. The latest results of their research work have now been published in the renowned journal Nature Communications. The aim is to utilize heat normally lost in the microprocessors of electronic devices.
Since the Crimean crisis, political relations between Germany and Russia have been strained. Germany’s Foreign Office therefore considers room for dialogue and exchange, which collaborative projects create, to be all the more important. In this context, the two countries can look back on a long tradition of scientific collaboration that has shaped their relationship for 300 years: For example, the first president of the Russian Academy of Sciences founded in 1724 was physician Laurentius Blumentrost – a German. In its founding years, several dozen other countrymen and women shaped the work undertaken by the Academy, which also led the Great Northern Expedition for the exploration of Siberia and the Kamchatka Peninsula from 1733 to 1743.
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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".
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 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.