Physical Sciences & Technology
New discoveries in the natural sciences, through the concomitant technological progress, play a major part in the rapid changes our world is experiencing. On the one hand, scientific and technological progress causes some of the greatest crises, on the other hand it also has the potential to overcome, or at least contain, some of them. Physical-technological progress is expected to play a particularly important role in securing a reliable supply of the world population with energy from renewable sources, in the reduction of the global per capita energy demand through more efficient device technology, or in the provision of clean drinking water from sustainable sources. For other challenges, where a solution must be transdisciplinary, physical-technological progress may still contribute its part. This is expected to be the case e.g. for securing food supply for the world population, for the fight against diseases, or for the dissemination of educational resources, where improved communication technologies, novel quantum technologies or materials, or artificial intelligence and data science may contribute. Technological progress in all these areas is based on advances in mathematical and scientific basic research, which therefore also plays its part in addressing impending challenges in the medium and long term.
Under the name ENERGY, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg subsumes a wide range of topics from mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and the technical disciplines. On the applied side, projects are funded that contribute to improving the living conditions on our planet through technological progress, to averting or remedying environmental damage, or to meeting the most pressing challenges in another way. In the past, this included projects on materials research for batteries or solar cells, on turbulence in the vicinity of wind power plants, or on the stability of the energy supply network. In addition, the research area ENERGY at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg is open to exciting and innovative basic research from the entire spectrum of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, from A as in atomic physics to Z as in Zeta-Function.
As a thematically broad Institute for Advanced Study, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg offers excellent conditions for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that goes beyond the field of ENERGY. This includes projects that analyze political science issues in the field of energy research and thus extend into the area of SOCIETY; or investigations into the potential of saltwater microbes to produce biofuel, which build a bridge to the EARTH area.
Regional Collaboration Partners (Selection):
- University of Bremen
- Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
- Jacobs University Bremen
- University of Osnabrueck
- Fraunhofer Institute IFAM, Bremen
- DLR Institute for Networked Energy Systems, Oldenburg
- OFFIS – Institute for Computer Science, Oldenburg
- ForWind, Center for Wind Energy Research, Oldenburg, Hanover & Bremen
- NEXT ENERGY - EWE Research Center for Energy Technology, Oldenburg