Young Materials Researchers

The Materials Research Department (MRD) supports young materials researchers (YMRs) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum by offering them access to a platform for scientific exchange and by organizing distinct scientific events, workshops on communicating science or career planning as well as networking events. The YMR network is open to all interested master students and PhD candidates from all chairs and groups represented in the Materials Research Department.

Four representatives from different fields of the MRD were chosen to coordinate the YMR activities in collaboration with the MRD science management:

  • Lars Banko (Engineering/Micro-and Nanosystems)
  • Yordan Kalchev (Engineering/Mechanics)
  • Lukas Mai (Chemistry)
  • Malte Schröder (Physics/ICAMS)

Activities in 2020

Due to the restrictions and regulations necessary to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, YMR activities will take place digitally this year.

The 2020 YMR Day will take place via Zoom on November 30, 2020. Please contact to register for the YMR Day with a poster or talk. Further information on the programme for YMR Day 2020 will follow soon!

Plan B: Riot chat rooms

As the coronavirus pandemic calls for creative solutions to continue interactions, three chat rooms were created via RUB’s Riot-Chat, which are permanently open for all YMR researchers at RUB. Feel free to join the YMR community using this link:

The chat rooms within the community can be used for general discussions, exchange of ideas or just to stay informed and meet up with colleagues. A manual for installation of the Riot software can be found here

YMR’s First Monday

Usually, On every first Monday of the month, the MRD invites all young materials researchers to meet up for coffee or other drinks during our casual “open office hours” starting at 6 p.m. in room IC 04/349. At these gatherings, the YMRs get the opportunity to casually network and to chat with MRD’s Science Managers about how the MRD can further support the young materials scientists at RUB.

During the pandemic, these meetings will be held online via RUB’ Riot-Chat in the YMR community chat room “General Discussion” on every first Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

YMR Graduate Student Mailinglist

You are a young materials scientist at RUB and would like to profit from MRD’s activities? Sign up for our mailinglist to stay up-to-date on everything YMR.

YMR Mattermost Instance

If you like to talk to other scientists and members of the Materials Research Department join the MRD Mattermost Instance.

There will be announcements (in addition to announcements through the mailing list) for upcomming events, but there will also be a channel devoted to talking science, communicating your research to other young scientists as well as a channel for networking / chatting on day-to-day topics.

The service is accessible using your browser as well as a desktop app or your cellphone.

Please use only and mailing addresses for registration.

YMR Events Throwback

Events 2019:

  • Every first Monday of the month: YMR’s First Monday
  • 27.05.2019: Materials Day 2019: YMR-Postersession & Snacks
  • 16.09.2019: Materials Chain Early Career Researchers’ Forum (UA Ruhr-wide meeting)
  • 02.12.2019: 2nd YMR Day (approx. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

YMR Day 2019

The second Young Materials Researchers Day took place on December 2nd, 2019. Young Materials Researchers from the MRD met and shared their current research, improved their network and discussed new scientific approaches.

The participants presented their research in 11 short talks and a poster session. The event was organised and executed by the young researchers themselves.

YMR Day 2018

The last decade has shown that the various areas of materials research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum can mutually benefit from each other when interdisciplinary exchange takes place. Therefore, the MRD annually organizes the Materials Day, where materials scientists from RUB present their research to each other in talks and posters.

In 2018 a second annual Materials Day, tailored especially to the needs of younger sicentists, was established. On December 3rd, the first YMR Day took place at ZTS (Zentrum für IT-Sicherheit). After Prof. Ralf Drautz, Vice Speaker of the Materials Research Department, opened the event with some warm words of welcome, the 70 young materials researchers, phD candidates and master students from the 12 faculties involved in the Materials Research Department, were among themselves.

Young Materials Researchers from various disciplines meeting for the first YMR Day in 2018.

The young scientists presented their current research to the group in 12 short talks and deepened their insights into the research of their neigbouring disciplines in a productive postersession. In a subsequent workshop, the participants had the opportunity to discuss how the MRD could further support the young materials scientists at RUB. This assessment of needs proved highly valuable for planning further activities for the YMRs within the Materials Research Department as it now shapes the MRD’s program for young materials scientists in 2019 and the further years.

YMR Day Pictures