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Inter-university exchange for young academics in the field of life sciences

Hamburg student conference at TUHH

Turn three into 200: Normally, Bachelor's and Master's graduates only present their theses to a handful of people. However, the 52 speakers at the 19th Hamburg Student Conference, which recently took place in Audimax II at Hamburg University of Technology, faced a completely different challenge. They presented their work to an audience of almost 200 participants from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), the University of Hamburg (UHH), the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) and the Hamburg University of Technology. "I think it's admirable to take this extra step and also to network with other institutions," says Gerd Huber, a senior engineer from the Institute of Biomechanics, who was responsible for the organization at the TU. All of the presentations dealt with innovative medicine and biotechnology. The event was financially supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research, Equality and Districts and the companies Philips, Olympus and Waldemar Link.

In the three rounds of presentations for the long papers, the young academics spoke on topics including "Decontamination of medical aids in biological procedural situations", "The development of a prototype of the paranasal sinus system for endoscopic training purposes and the electromagnetic compatibility of power electronics in medical imaging" and "The relationship between arteriosclerotic changes and the vascular network in cortical bone". The presenting students had to apply for the conference in advance with an abstract, which was reviewed in advance at the respective universities. Up to three students per university were able to participate with nine-minute long presentations. There was also the option for short presentations of no more than three minutes and 17 poster presentations, all of which then had to be defended in front of a panel of experts consisting of academic staff and professors from all the universities represented.

The best entries in all three categories were awarded a total of 2,200 euros in prize money and various donations in kind by a panel of experts. The patron of the event was the Ministry of Science, Research, Equality and Districts (BWFGB), represented at the event by State Council Dr. Eva Gümbel.

In the further program, those present were able to exchange ideas with TU Hamburg alumna and former winner of the student conference Laura Kathrin Rieger, who has been working as a development engineer at Volkswagen for four years on the subject of crash tests. She motivated the students to always remain curious in their careers. An offer from the university sports department provided the necessary exercise during the break.

After the official program, the music duo "Hey Julis" created an exuberant closing atmosphere with a mix of acoustic guitar, electric piano, ukulele, saxophone and synchronized polyphony.

The award winners at a glance

Category "Posters"

  1. Evelyn Düsterhöft & Laura Heilmann (HAW): Optimized immunofluorescence staining protocol for labeling the Golgi apparatus in HeLa cells with GM130 (D6B1) XP® Rabbit mAb
  2. Melina Salimi (UKE): Establishment of a Workflow for Injection and Imaging of Circulating Tumor Cells in Zebrafish Embryos - Elucidating the Metastatic Cascade
  3. Nicole Buci & Lina Kühn (HAW): Characterization of upcyte® dedifferentiated adipocyte cell lines regarding their differentiability and functionality in 3D spheroid format

Category "short presentations"

  1. Moritz Tizian Wallrodt (HAW): Merging Minds and Machines: Generative AI for Endoscopy Skills Enhancement
  2. Magdalena Willsch (TU Hamburg): Einfluss des Kragens primärer zementfreier Hüftschäfte auf das periprothetische Frakturverhalten des humanen Femurs- Eine numerische Analyse
  3. Fathi Sarwat Ali (TU Hamburg): Recherche und Bewertung bestehender cerebraler Gefäßmodelle für den Einsatz in physischen, endovaskulären Trainingsmodellen

Category "long presentations"

  1. Nico Fischer (UKE/TU Hamburg): 3D Zebrafish Tracking and Computation of Locomotion Parameters
  2. Leona Schild (TU Hamburg): Detektion von Gaumenverformungen auf endoskopischen Bildern mit Deep Learning
  3. Lara Borsdorf (HAW): Design and Implementation of a 3D Printed Arm Prosthetic with a Rotational Wrist Joint

More information

Please find more information on the conference website

lecture hall
Photo: C. Bittcher/TU Hamburg
The conference brought together almost 200 participants from five universities at the TU Hamburg.