Meldungen aus der UDE


DFG Award for UA Ruhr Project

Recruiting Top Researchers with EXMAC

  • von Beate Kostka
  • 11.12.2017

The German Research Foundation awarded a 100,000 euros grant to the concept “EXPLORE Materials Chain (EXMAC)” at University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) in the “International Research Marketing” ideas competition. The researchers are thus able to turn their ideas into realities.

The jury honors exemplary concepts that boost the visibility and draw of German research on an international level and attract highly qualified staff to join collaborations and research projects in Germany.

The Rectors of the three universities strategically affiliated in University Alliance Ruhr, namely Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen, have stressed that the grant constitutes a highly encouraging signal for the science hub Ruhr and for its junior researchers active in a growing field that breaks new ground in the region.

The idea for EXMAC was developed in collaboration with the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), an organization in charge of pooling and coordinating all funding sources and activities for junior researchers at UA Ruhr. Providing a dedicated qualification program and coordination support, RAR will also be involved in the implementation of the current measures.

Establishing international networks in good time

Forging global networks and maintaining a strong international visibility are decisive factors for a successful career in research. EXMAC will attract international expertise to the Ruhr area, thus helping the region become an outstanding science and research hub.

It is now the turn of junior researchers at UA Ruhr in the fields of material science and technology to show initiative: up to 30 junior researchers in the flagship program Materials Chain have the opportunity to recruit international postdocs via EXMAC.

For the period of two weeks, the visiting researchers will be conducting joint research projects or draw up funding applications together with their hosts and network with professionals in the Ruhr knowledge region. Moreover, promising junior researchers will be given the chance to present and discuss their projects with experienced experts at the “Materials Chain International Conference”: Materials Chain unites 240 international research groups under one roof.

University Alliance Ruhr

Since 2007, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and University of Duisburg-Essen have been collaborating strategically under the umbrella of UA Ruhr. By pooling their forces, all three partner universities optimize their performance. “Three universities, one community, endless opportunities” has been the principle applied to more than 100 cooperations in research, academia and administration. With approx. 115,000 students and 1,300 professors, UA Ruhr is one of the largest and most powerful research hubs in Germany.

Additional information:
Dr. Hans Stallmann, UA Ruhr Coordinator, Phone: +49 (0)234/32-27232,

Editor: Beate Kostka, Phone: +49 (0)203/379-2430,


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