Research Alumni, Letter from November 2021 (Online Version)

Siegen, November 2021

Alumni Academy – Research abroad online event – Third edition of Future research magazine


We hope that you had a good summer. Things are finally beginning to return to normal in Siegen. The famous university cafeteria (known as the mensa) is once again alive with the sound of chatter, and the lecture halls once again contain students, coming together to broaden their minds and their horizons. However this does not mean that everything is entirely normal, various measures have been put in place to ensure the continued safety of students and staff, including the 3G rules (tested, vaccinated or recovered) as a condition for participation in offline events. We hope that normality is starting to return where you are as well.

Despite these challenging times, the Research Alumni Programme has continued to work in order to inform, support and publicise the work of international research collaborations. One of our recent online initiatives saw us bring research alumni together with PhD students in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with regards to starting a research career abroad. Demand for this event was very high, with the amount of participants having to be limited to 30.

The past two years have shown us the value of digital teaching, but also some of the challenges it brings. In order for us to make best use of these new possibilities, it is necessary for us to rethink the traditional methods of teaching. To facilitate this, we have implemented our latest edition of the Alumni Academy with support from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). This academy brings together teachers from all around the world, all of whom are Siegen alumni. After receiving some guidance on how to make use of new and innovative teaching methods, they were asked to put their new knowledge into practice through implementing these projects with their own students. They will present their results in November.

Finally, we are happy to be able to send you the third edition of the University of Siegen’s bilingual research magazine, Future. This magazine will give you an insight into current research activities ongoing at our university. The focus of this latest edition is youth and age. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Warm regards


Benjamin Wrigley, B.Sc.