Elitenetzwerk Bayern Forum 2016


Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB) Forum in Erlangen: Focus on Materials Engineering

Prof. Nicolas Vogel, Beate Lindner, Prof. Erik Bitzek,
Prof. Dierk Raabe, Verena Osgyan, Prof. Wolfgang Peukert
and Prof. Günter Leugering (Photos: FAU/Erich Malter)

On Monday night, May 30th, the 2016 Forum of the Elite Network of Bavaria was hosted by the interdisciplinary master programme Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Under the auspices of Beate Lindner, the managing director of the Elite Network of Bavaria, more than 120 people defied the torrential rain to hear Prof. Dierk Raabe, director of the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf. Beside Beate Lindner, the guests of honor included Verena Osgyan, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament and speaker for higher education, net politics, women and gender equality, Prof. Günter Leugering, vice president for international affairs of the FAU and Prof. Wolfgang Peukert, coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM).

In a fascinating tour through the history of metallurgy and materials design, Prof. Raabe connected the early beginnings of mankind’s mastering of metal technology with cutting edge research of the 21st century. In a revolutionary change comparable to the ability to forge metal tools in the Bronce and Iron Age, modern metallurgy combines quantum-mechanical computing with advanced processing and characterization technologies to design metal alloys with atomic precision, yielding  increasingly stronger, lighter and more resistant materials.

A further highlight was provided by members of the Collaborative Research Center 103 (metal super alloys) around Prof. Carolin Körner who demonstrated the fabrication of high performance metal alloys in their technical laboratory. The participants thus got the chance to get a first-hand experience of how the cutting-edge materials technology presented by Prof. Raabe is fabricated in real life.

The forum underlined the importance of connecting the fields of Materials Sciences and Chemical Engineering; providing an ideal framework to commemorate the 10th birthday of MAP, the only master’s programme in Germany offering this enabling combination of subjects. 

The Elite Network of Bavaria 
With its Elite Network, Bavaria entered the international competition for the greatest talents in the sciences and in the field of research at a very early stage. In 2002/2003 the general concept was developed and quickly implemented. The goal was to give the best support possible to exceptionally talented students and young researchers at Bavarian universities ( five complementary programs: Elite Graduate Programs, International Doctorate Programs, Max Weber-Program of Bavaria, Research Scholarships, International Junior Research Groups.

Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP)
Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) is an international master‘s programme at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and works closely together with EAM Graduate School Advanced Materials and Processes. It has been supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB) since 2005. Its unique combination of chemical and biological engineering and materials science offers an interdisciplinary education for the next generation of successful engineers.


Prof. Dierk Raabe



Beate Lindner

Prof. Dierk Raabe






















MAP students








MAP Chairs: Prof. Erik Bitzek and Prof. Nicolas Vogel



(Photos: FAU/Erich Malter)