Art meets Science: “From Plastic to Microplastic”

Art meets Science: “From Plastic to Microplastic” 929 552 webgo-admin

Art meets Science: “From Plastic to Microplastic”

After a first successful visit in 2019, South-African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi will be back at the Iwalewahaus this February. A number of public events will give the interested public an opportunity to watch his artistic process live and engage with the artist while he creates art from plastic waste.

The South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi is known for creating impressive pieces of art. Impressive due to their size – some of them span 15 metres – and impressive due to the artist’s medium of choice. Buthelezi’s preferred material is plastic waste, which he cuts down and glues onto canvases thus creating the most extraordinary artwork. By giving garbage a second life as valuable pieces of art Mbongeni Buthelezi wants to convey hope but also create awareness for socioeconomic problems.

Following an invitation of the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich/SFB) “Microplastics” of the University of Bayreuth and supported by Iwalewahaus as well as the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Mbongeni Buthelezi will spend four weeks in Bayreuth. The artist’s stay will be flanked by a number of interesting events to create awareness for both the artist’s and the SFB’s work.

Starting on 10 February 2020, the public is invited to watch the artist’s creative process live at the Iwalewahaus workshop and engage with the artist in person. The artwork that will be created during this time will be displayed in a special exhibition, the opening of which will be celebrated on 27 February 2020. The opening will also mark the beginning of a unique and interesting science rally organized by the SFB 1357 Microplastics of the University of Bayreuth: From 28 February to 4 March 2020 PhD students will be present at Iwalewahaus to give visitors an idea why plastic material is valuable and why an improper disposal of one-way plastic has become such a problem for our environment. Visitors are invited to experiment at different science tables and to find out first-hand about the different properties of common plastic materials. They will have the chance to get insights into today’s challenges of Microplastics research as well as into solutions that the University of Bayreuth is developing. Surrounded by the science rally in the centre of Iwalewahaus Mbongeni Buthelezi will work on his latest project and will be open to inquiries about his creative process.

The series of events will close with a „Bayreuther Stadtgespräch“ titled „Das Kunststoffzeitalter: Unsachliche Berichterstattungen zum Thema Mikroplastik verunsichern Verbraucher. Was Forscher wirklich (nicht) wissen und zukunftsweisende Lösungsansätze“ on 4 March 2020. Established in 2014 by the University of Bayreuth, this monthly format gives scholars a chance to interact with the interested public. In March, Mbongeni Buthelezi und Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch (SFB 1357 Microplastics) will each give a presentation on their respective motivation and the impact they would like to have on society followed by a public discussion. (sg)

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Job Offer Manager of the Junior Research Group Ecotoxicology

Job Offer Manager of the Junior Research Group Ecotoxicology 1087 903 webgo-admin

Job Offer Manager of the Junior Research Group Ecotoxicology

The University of Bayreuth Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics Understanding the mechanisms and processes of biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new solutions, funded by the German Research Foundation, intends to establish a new junior research group in Ecotoxicology to commence on 1 June 2020 and is therefore seeking applicants for the position

Manager of the Junior Research Group Ecotoxicology

for a fixed term of six years (initially limited to three years with an option to an extension for additional three years as a fixed-term academic civil servant A13Z).

Applicants must have received a grade of very good for a doctorate in a subject relevant to ecotoxicology. The doctorate must have been completed at least two and at most six years before the application deadline (date of the oral examination). Persons who hold fixed-term junior or comparable assistant professorships (W1/W2) are invited to apply, provided that their doctorate was completed no more than six years ago.

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LimnoPlast Internal Kick-off Meeting in Bayreuth

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LimnoPlast Internal Kick-Off Meeting in Bayreuth

From the 25th to the 27th of November, the 13 LimnoPlast project partners met for the first time at the University of Bayreuth. With this Europe-wide research project on microplastic in rivers and lakes, coordinator Christian Laforsch and his team certainly make Bayreuth a centre for microplastics research.

Within these three days the international team had the chance to discuss their visions and goals, to think about how to get excellent PhD candidates and to plan the next steps for the project.

The project partners also visited the university’s aquarium and learned more about the research on coral reef. At the end of the second day the team got to experience Bavarian beer culture in the Maisel brewery museum and had time to further grow as a team, including the partner organisations.

Last Chance to apply for LimnoPlast PhD positions

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Use this opportunity to apply for 15 fully funded PhD positions (for early-stage researcher (ESR)) with attractive complementary training activities and generous travel, laboratory and research budgets until the 15th or 31st of January 2020!


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