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livMatS celebrates inauguration of its Shared Laboratories

Jan 15, 2021

Groundbreaking ideas are often the result of successful teamwork. And as is well known, this teamwork thrives on the diversity of the people and the knowledge they bring with them. With its Shared Laboratories, livMatS has created an environment that promotes this diversity in everyday research: Scientists from different disciplines share the laboratories and can thus look beyond the boundaries of their own research every day – to find creative answers to research questions together. At a Lab Warming Party, the Cluster has inaugurated the laboratories together with the Rector of the University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein.

In her opening speech, Krieglstein stressed the importance of such an environment: "In recent years, the campus at the airport has increasingly developed into a strategic location for the interdisciplinary networking and cooperation of our university," said Krieglstein. "The Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies is an impressive example of this, now also with the shared laboratories of the livMatS cluster. From now on, they will form the infrastructural basis that is crucial for the success of its cutting-edge research".

At the Lab Warming Party, Krieglstein took a look behind the doors of the shared labs, where she got her own impression of livMatS research. In a lecture, spokesperson Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe also presented the equipment of the laboratories, in which the cluster has invested more than one million euros. The event was designed as a hybrid format, so that all researchers of the cluster could follow the inauguration from home.

The shared labs are part of the IDEASFactory@FIT cluster concept. "With the labs, we want to create an inspiring environment that encourages all livMatS scientists to jointly pursue creative paths in our research," says Rühe. In addition to the Shared Labs, event formats of the IDEASFactory@FIT also contribute to this. Such as the livMatS Colloquium, where international researchers discuss current developments in their field with all livMatS members. Another component is the Writer's Studio, which the cluster is currently setting up. It trains young researchers in scientific writing and supports them in the individual steps of the publication process of scientific journals. "All of these elements link the individual disciplines involved in livMatS, thus preparing an ideal breeding ground for innovation."