Science College 2009
“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” (Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1922)
The overall theme of the third Science College on June 19, 2009 was Simulation and Modelling: Chances and Limitations of Analyses and Prognoses. It offered inspiring examples from different disciplines to learn how to apply simulations and models, how to solve problems of abstractness and uncertainty, how to handle potentials for creativity and virtuality.
Statements of the Workshop-Moderators
"I enjoyed the Science College and especially the workshop no. 8 on "Simulating something that does not (yet) exist" because I learned a lot about the practical application of simulations and scenarios. Especially the job profile of a "future consultant" raised many questions concerning the employed methods and their success rate. The interdisciplinarity and the diversity of this job is highly interesting and mirrored the diversity of the workshop participants."
Kerstin Rosenow, HSS
"It was amazing to see how each scientific discipline is in touch with modelling and simulation. It was a well chosen topic to lively discuss with and get in touch with fellows from all three sections. The evening ceremony was great, too."
Nikolas Knake, NSE
"This years Science College gave a fascinating inside into parts of the world of modelling and simulations. The talks and connected lively discussions within the workshops showed the diversity of realms where modelling and simulations can be applied as well as challenges and limitations of such. It was most interesting to see practical examples of and motivations for models and simulations used or developed by specialists of different fields.
Henrik Böttner, NSE
"Different fields of research share so many basic questions and problems. The Science College 2009 again showed me how diverse researchers from different fields deal with similar problems. This reminds me of the importance of interdisciplinary exchange, which is one of the concepts of both the Research School and the Science College."
Sebastian Rasche, LS
"This years Science College turned out to be a fascinating event. I really enjoyed stimulating discussions during the workshops. And finally we ended up with some good results. We were able to shape a clear statement regarding our topic. Interdisciplinarity at its best!"
Jens Kortmann, LS
"My overall impression of the 2009 Science College was one of congenial scientific exchange. The insights given into the main topic of "Simulations" by the different sections introduced new lines of thought and invoked great interest from the audience. The workshops posed a platform to extensively discuss the material presented beforehand, as well as to interchange ideas and the experiences gathered from the different sections."
Rachel Glaves, NSE
"As theoretical electrical engineer I am using simulation and modelling techniques every day. This year`s science college was a great opportunity to get insight in other disciplines` methods of treating problems theoretically. The invited talks were wide spread, and the thematics of the workshops really appealing."
Martin Lapke, NSE