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DDc Lunch Retreats

DRESDEN-concept (DDc) started in 2021 the new format DDc Lunch Retreat.
Future-oriented topics with a high scientific potential that have been identified and proposed by the Scientific Area Committees (SACs) and/or the DDc Executive Board, will be shortly presented by key scientists to interested DDc members in order to get feedback and to sound out cooperation possibilities.

DDc Lunch Retreat

The DDc Lunch Retreats will continue in 2023 and will be held quarterly.

Upcoming DDc Lunch Retreat

The next DDc Lunch Retreat is coming up on March 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Our 21st DDc Lunch Retreat addresses the topic “Magnetically-driven microrobots for biomedical applications“. We are looking forward to an interesting retreat with DRESDEN-concept Research Group Leader

  • Dr. Mariana Medina-Sánchez (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden [IFW] and B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden)

and the Moderator Dr. Azaam Aziz (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden [IFW]).

The meeting will be held in English as a videoconference (Zoom). All DDc-scientists are cordially invited to join.


Please register by following the link below. You will receive the link to the videoconference with the registration

The previous DDc Lunch Retreats addressed the following research areas:

  • 20th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Metabolic flexibility of the nervous system“
    Key Speaker: Prof. Stefanie Schirmeier (TU Dresden)
  • 19th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Bio-Inspired AI from Edge to Cloud: SpiNNaker 2 and Beyond“
    Key Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Mayr (TU Dresden)
  • 18th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Far-right parties against climate protection? Nationalist opposition in a transnational policy area“
    Key Speaker: Prof. Dr. Uwe Backes (HAIT) and Dr. Manès Weisskircher (University of Oslo)
  • 17th DDc Lunch Retreat: “RTG proposal – The biological making of materials
    Key speaker: Prof. Dr. Yael Politi (TU Dresden)
  • 16th DDc Lunch Retreat: “Exploiting Deep Learning and Lensless Optics for Paradigm Shifts in Biomedicine
    Key speaker: Prof. Jürgen Czarske (TU Dresden)
  • 15th DDc Lunch Retreat: DCIM – Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials– the DRESDEN-concept talent garden in materials research. A model also for other disciplines? Part of the next EXU proposal?”
    Key speakers: Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti (TU Dresden)
  • 14th DDc Lunch Retreat: „CHANGE! – From resource efficiency towards neutrality“
    Key speakers: Prof. Maik Gude (TU Dresden), Prof. Ulrich Prahl (TUBA Freiberg) and Prof. Lothar Kroll (TU Chemnitz)
  • 13th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Condensate biomedicine: Using the concept of biomolecular condensates to discover new biology and medicine“
    Key speakers: Prof. Simon Alberti (TU Dresden), Prof. Anthony Hyman (MPI-CBG) Prof.in Min Ae Lee-Kirsch (UKD / TU Dresden) and Dr. Jared Sterneckert (TU Dresden)
  • 12th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Cellbots for therapy / Cellular Domestication – the Saxonian cell farming revolution / Vision: Create modular versatile cell systems for biological discovery and therapy“
    Key speakers: Prof. Ezio Bonifacio (TU Dresden), Prof. Martin Bornhäuser (UKD) and Prof. Frank Buchholz (TU Dresden)
  • 11th DDc Lunch Retreat: Key speakers and their topics
    Prof. Frank Ellinger (TU Dresden) – Responsible Radio Frequency Circuits for Wireless Communications for ReC2
    Prof. Gerhard Fettweis (TU Dresden, Barkhausen Institut) – Digitization and Democracy – Bridging Engineering and Human Sciences
    Prof. Frank H.P. Fitzek (TUD Dresden) – CeTI 2.0
  • 10th DDc Lunch Retreat: „NHR, NDFI, ScaDS.AI, CIDS: Important ingredients NOT only for the Emerging field Data-intensive Digital Science but for several other research activities“
    Key speakers: Prof. Wolfgang Nagel (TU Dresden) and Prof. Bjoern Andres (TU Dresden)
  • 9th DDc Lunch Retreat: „Active back-end of line for in-memory computing / Responsible electronics in the climate change era“
    Key speakers: Prof. Thomas Mikolajick (TU Dresden) and Prof. Yana Vaynzof (TU Dresden)
  • 8th DDc Lunch Retreat: “Taming WaterExtremes – Smart water systems in an extreme world“
    Key speakers: Prof. Peter Krebs (TU Dresden), Prof. Stefan Stolte (TU Dresden), Prof. Markus Weitere (TU Dresden/UFZ), Prof. Edeltraud Günther (UNU-FLORES) and Prof. Jochen Schanze (IÖR)
  • 7th DDc Lunch Retreat: “Transitioning mobility into a digital, sustainable world
    Key speakers: Prof. Regine Gerike (TU Dresden), Prof. Hartmut Fricke (TU Dresden), Prof. Marc Timme (TU Dresden) and Prof. Ostap Okhrin (TU Dresden)
  • 6th DDc Lunch Retreat: “Context and Behaviour”
    Key speakers: Prof. Katharina von Kriegstein (TU Dresden), Prof. Tanja Endraß (TU Dresden) and Prof. Stefan Kiebel (TU Dresden)
  • 5th DDc Lunch Retreat: “New insights from the interface between electronics and living nature“
    Key speakers: Prof. Karl Leo (TU Dresden) and Prof. Carsten Werner (IPF)
  • 4th DDc Lunch Retreat: “21st Century Building: Towards a Climate and Resource Neutral Construction“
    Key speakers: Prof. Manfred Curbach (TU Dresden) and Prof. Victor Mechtcherine (TU Dresden)
  • 3rd DDc Lunch Retreat: “Great topics, forbidden names: anti-aging, successful aging and rejuvenation“
    Key speakers: Prof. Henrik Bringmann (TU Dresden), Prof. Lorenz Hofbauer (UKD), Prof. Gerd Kempermann (DZNE) and Dr. Miranka Wirth (DZNE)
  • 2nd DDc Lunch Retreat: “Precision Chemistry for Future Materials“
    Key speakers: Prof.  Xinliang Feng (TU Dresden) and Prof. Thomas Heine (TU Dresden)
  • 1ts DDc Lunch Retreat: “Cellular Metabolism”
    Key speakers: Prof. Triantafyllos Chavakis (UKD), Prof. Ünal Coskun (PLID), Prof. Michele Solimena (PLID) and Prof. Marino Zerial (MPI-CBG)