The oldest rule: "New is always better" - Impact of new materials on our lives

General description

We'll take you on a trip to the world of material science and current research areas. You'll learn about the importance of new materials and how they affect our lives.
We'll start with basics of different materials, present applications and give you an insight into the research approaches of our institutes.
The academic program will be rounded off with a weekend trip, an excursion in the historic city of Aachen, a German culture shock and a fun social part.

For further information see description below!

Academic information

Fields of activity:
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering , Applied Sciences , Biological/Biotechnical/Gene Engineering , Biology , Biomedical Engineering , Chemical Engineering , Chemistry/Chemical Technology , Computational Sciences , Computer Science/Automatic Control/Informatics , Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering , Electronic/Electrotechnical Engineering , Geology , Industrial Engineering , Machine & Instrument engineering/Design , Materials Engineering , Mathematics , Mechanical Engineering , Mechatronics , Mining/Mineral Resources Engineering , Optics/Optometry , Physics/Physics Engineering
Content and topics:

SpC 2015

This spring BEST Aachen is organising its first course and wants you to be a part of it! No doubt, you are a successful student at your university, who wants to find out more about the new developments in material sciences and their impact on our lives and the engineering world.

Your wish to participate in a course on material sciences clearly underlines your foresight and receptive intellect. In fact, it means you understand (better than others) that the key to recent achievements in almost all scientific fields lies in the properties of the used materials, which represent the skeleton of every new product. Moreover, since every engineer or scientist relies on materials, you already know that better performance usually means a better material.

The truth is, advanced materials have already changed the world we live in so much! Thanks to the progress in machining new prodigious materials, the people who once suffered terrible injuries now have the possibility to become Olympic athletes! Also, the recent results in electronics and technology have been made possible simply by improving the properties of already known materials. Taking a peek into the future, in a few years, transparent supersonic commercial airplanes will be up in the sky, which will allow us to travel from Berlin to Tokyo in just 2 hours! There are no limits to what we can achieve using new, powerful materials!

And why come to Aachen? Because:
  • Germany is the cradle of new Technologies
  • RWTH Aachen is one of Germany’s top engineering schools
  • Aachen is full of rich history – the coronation city of Kaisers for centuries, and such a popular bathing resort, that Casanova and Peter the Great from Russia visited it
  • Companies you’ll meet during the course are looking for international(ly minded) students just like yourself!
  • Here’s where engineers work relentlessly fuelled by the best beer in the world

We're looking forward to your application! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime-experience in May 2015 in Aachen!
Learning goals and objectives:

  • The students are supposed to get an insight into the hot topics of materials science from different points of fields as well as where this materials can be implemented into exsiting or future technologies.
  • The students will learn to work in a diverse team of different nationalities and will as well improve their soft skills.
  • The students will learn about the German culture and the history of Aachen.

Examination type:
Written, oral or project work.
ECTS credits issued:
Not known yet

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
We select our participants based on their motivational letters and answers to the questions.
Show your knowledge and your creativity there! Furthermore, we want you to be interested in the field, getting to know the German culture and of course being a legandary person we want to meet!

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

You will sleep for several days at a cute house next to a breathtaking lake and afterwards move to a cozy cottage.
3 meals per day of which at least one will be hot - insights into the German cuisine are guaranteed! We are famous for our German beer brewed under the purest laws in Europe and you will definitely want to try the world famous Schnitzel! Not to mention Curry-Wurst au huur!
Public transport and rented buses - possibility of travelling in spaceships is not ruled out!