Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 38/2008

Initial Aid for Young Scientists

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists Celebrates Its Opening - a Presentation Will Focus on a Method to Predict the Result of the US Presidential Elections
Establishing a network of young scientists is one of the objectives of KHYS
(Photo by: Universität Karlsruhe)

Specific promotion of young scientists is a central element of the concept for the future, with which the Universität Karlsruhe was successful in the Excellence Initiative. Following the foundation of the House of Competence in November last year, which is aimed at establishing the key competencies in teaching and studies, another institution funded from grants under the Excellence Initiative will open on July 3: the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) will specifically support PhD and post-doctoral students.

“KHYS wishes to be the central communication and interaction platform for young scientists,” underlines the director of KHYS, Dr. Britta Trautwein. “It is our objective to maintain quality of the education of PhD students and to increase the number of PhD students, in particular of female ones.” In close cooperation with the House of Competence (HoC), KHYS develops advanced training offers by means of which young scientists may further qualify and learn to look beyond disciplines and to integrate in teams. KHYS also is the central contact partner for the awarding of grants and assists PhD and post-doctoral students who wish to do research abroad. “We consider it very important to establish a network of young scientists in the international science community”, says Trautwein.

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) will celebrate its opening on

Thursday, July 3, 15.00 to 17.30 hrs,
at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH),
Tulla-Hörsaal (building No. 11.40), Englerstr. 11.

The opening presentation will focus on an up-to-date research project from the USA: PollyVote is a method to predict the result of the US presidential elections. It aggregates various prognosis methods and nearly perfectly predicted the 2004 US elections already. Andreas Gräfe, PhD student at the KIT, will report about his stay at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. During his stay of five months that was funded by KHYS, he had the unique opportunity to take part in this project.

As a representative of industry, Professor Bharat Balasubramanian, research and pre-development director of the Daimler AG, will talk about “Innovation management and cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Journalists are cordially invited to take part in this event.



Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Maschuw, Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

Welcome Address

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner, Vice-President of the German Research Foundation


Innovation Management and Cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bharat Balasubramanian, Director E/E, IT, and Processes,

Research and Pre-development, Daimler AG

Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists – Approaches and Visions

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Becker, Vice-President for Studies and Teaching

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Löhe, Vice-President for Research

PollyVote – Prognosis of the Result of the US Presidential Elections

Andreas Gräfe, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, PhD student at the KIT, KHYS scholarship holder

From PhD Students to PhD Students - KIT PhD Students Symposium 2009

Stephanie Kißling, Tina Steinbrecher, Institute for Microstructure Technology, Institute for Materials Research, PhD students at the KIT

Music will be provided by a saxophone trio.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

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