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 career-building support. The YMR network is open to all interested master students and PhD candidates from all chairs and groups represented in the Materials Research Department.

Activities in 2019:

The MRD supports Young Materials Researchers by organizing distinct scientific events, workshops on communicating science or career planning as well as networking events.

  • 11.10.2019: Young Materials Researchers Day Preparation Meeting in 04/410 at 16 o’clock.
  • 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.)


2nd Young Materials Researchers Day

The second Young Materials Researchers Day will take place on December 2nd, 2019. Young Materials Researchers from the MRD will meet and share their current research, improve their network and discuss new scientific approaches.
The meeting will take place on December 2nd, 2019 in the RUB’s convention centre (Veranstaltungszentrum der RUB).

To have a successful meeting that fits most of the young materials researchers needs we would like to involve you into the organizing of the day. Therefore we would like to meet you at October 11th, 2019 at 16 o’clock in room IC 04/410.

If you like to attend to the Young Materials Researchers Day on December 2nd, 2019 please let us know via .

In case you would like to contribute to the concrete outlook of one of our events, please feel free to contact the YMR team to talk about your ideas or join one of our “open office” meetings, the YMR’ss First Mondays.

Especially the YMR Days will be shaped by the contributions and participations of the young materials researchers! If you want to help organizing the next event or contribute a major part like a workshop – please feel free to contact us. The YMR-Day-Organization-Team is looking forward to meeting you.

YMR’s First Monday

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.

Next first Monday talk will be on August 5, 2019.

Most recent YMR’s 1st Monday Meet-up talks:

  • (07/01/2019) “High-Throughput XRD Characterization and Data Analysis by Machine Learning” by Lars Banko
  • (06/03/2019) “Development and application of tight-binding: bridging different scales” by Malte Schröder
  • (05/06/2019) “Nanoindentation: a high throughput tool for evaluating the mechanical properties of materials on micro and nano scales” by Yordan Kalchev.
  • (04/01/2019) “Differential Scanning Calorimetry in a Nutshell” by David Piorunek.

YMR 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 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.

Pictures from YMR Day 2018