125 members, alumni and friends of Faculty 8 accepted the invitation to the first digital summer event. After the summer event in 2020 had to be cancelled, the faculty did not want to miss the opportunity to revive the traditional summer event existing already for more than ten years. A good decision, considering the general advice that no presence events, not estimated as absolutely necessary, are allowed at the University of Stuttgart.
The event was opened with a presentation by Helmut Linde on the current challenges in the development of artificial intelligence and the approaches his group has reached in this research field at Merck KGaA / Data Science. Linde is a graduate of the faculty, so he also included his personal vita in the interview with the two students, thus bridging the gap between studies and professional life for the students.
The two student representatives of the faculty also awarded prizes for the best lecturers in various categories based on the lecture surveys.
Kyra Fischer, one of the physics student representatives, awarded the prize for the best compulsory lecture in the BSc Physics to Prof. Eric Lutz for his course "Mathematical Methods of Physics" in the winter semester 20/21. Prof. Harald Giessen was awarded with the prize for the best compulsory lecture in the master program for his lecture "Advanced Molecular and Solid State Physics" as well as Dr. Nicolai Lang, who received the prize for the best elective lecture. Mr. Lang gave the excellent lecture "Quantum Field Theory" in the summer semester 2020.
The student representative for mathematics presented the prize for the best basic lecture to the team of Prof. Michael Eisermann, Dr. Friederike Stoll and Arne Geyer for their lecture "Linear Algebra 1"; Mr Eisermann and Mrs Stoll have already been nominated this year by the University of Stuttgart for the State Teaching Award. The prize for the best advanced lecture was awarded to Prof. Bernadette Hahn-Rigaud for the lecture "Regularization of Inverse Problems", and as the best advanced lecture the students honored the master lecture "Neural Networks" of Priv.-Doz. Dr. Anda Degeratu.
Contrary to the usual tradition, the prizes for the best degrees in physics were also awarded at the summer event. With a 1.0 in the master thesis and the best combination of M.Sc. grade x total number of semesters + B.Sc. grade, Jann van der Meer, Valentin Zimmermann and Yannick Schellander received the physics degree awards. In the period October 1st, 2020 up to March 31st, 2021, a total number of 32 students successfully completed their Master of Science studies in Physics. Surprising and thus all the more gratifying, the Artur Fischer Foundation selected Samuel Tovey's master's thesis on "Machine Learned Potentials for Molecular Dynamics Simulation" for an award in the category "Topics from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry". The Artur Fischer Foundation has been supporting students at the University of Stuttgart with these awards for many years. The faculty 8 and the prize winner would like to thank the foundation very much.
For the social part with a quiz, some guests met in a virtual room at wonder.me after the award ceremonies. For most of the participants, this was probably unfamiliar territory, but since the faculty is made up of many curious researchers and science supporters, this task was also accomplished in the best possible way. Nevertheless, for the next year, everyone would prefer having grilled food, drinks, and real beer benches.