TU Forums 2017

23rd TU Forum: How complex is reality? What election rigging, epidemics and the financial markets have in common (October 24)

Nowadays, people are quick to speak of the fact that the issues of our time are becoming increasingly "complex". But what does that mean anyway? Do we even understand the data that is already being collected in many places? Do we already have the right instruments and models to represent existing problems - let alone future ones? Is it really possible to detect election manipulation with a model or to predict the spread of epidemics? What do terms like Big Data, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things have to do with all this? And how can the young discipline of complexity science help us with these questions?

Discuss these and many other questions with our experts at the 23rd TU Forum and find out how data, models and mathematics can help us better understand our complex reality.

The topics find their home at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and that is why TU Forum is there this time.

The experts on the podium: Radu Grosu (Institute of Computer Engineering, TU Wien), Peter Klimek (Complexity Science Hub Vienna), Niki Popper (Institute of Analysis and Scientific Computing, TU Wien) and Olga Saukh (Complexity Science Hub Vienna)

22nd TU Forum: Everything is also chemistry (May 4)

And do we have to worry about that?

Chemistry apparently has a bad reputation, is seen as something bad, even toxic. But one forgets that basically the healthiest things are also based on chemical compounds: The unmistakable color of ripe fruit, the delicious taste of fresh vegetables - we can enjoy all this thanks to the chemical compounds it contains. But why do we automatically think of toxins and hazardous substances?  Why do we denounce many products because "there is too much chemistry in them"? And where is the future potential for "greener" chemistry, especially with regard to energy production?

The experts on the podium: Anton Friedl (Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering, TU Wien), Marko Mihovilovic (Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, TU Wien), Barbara Oberhauser (OMV AG) and Miriam Unterlass (Institute of Materials Chemistry, TU Wien).

21st TU Forum: Graphene - the new wonder substance in science (March 16)

How complex is a single-layer material?

Graphene is one of the materials that is being researched particularly intensively - not least in an EU-funded Horizon2020 Flagship Project, which is worth one billion euros. But what is so special about this new "wonder material"? And why do the EU and industry assume that graphene will revolutionize many areas of application such as microelectronics or photovoltaics? And finally: Will graphene really be able to meet the high expectations of science? Experts from the TU Wien will discuss these and many other questions on the topic at the 21st TU Forum.

The experts on the podium: Elisabeth Gruber (Instituto of Applied Physics, TU Wien), Florian Libisch (Institute of Theoretical Physics , TU Wien) and Thomas Müller (Institute of Photonics, TU Wien).

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