’Ilmenau School of Green Electronics’: Interdisciplinary Doctorate Research Fellowships for a sustainable IT

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A poster pitch at the Ernst-Abbe-Zentrum showed the complexity and interdiscipli
A poster pitch at the Ernst-Abbe-Zentrum showed the complexity and interdisciplinarity of research at TU Ilmenau, but also the challenges with regard to green electronics
From research into physical principles to innovative new applicationsof bio-inspired microelectronics, functional materials, components and technologies for energy generation and storage and energy-efficient computing: On 12 March, 34 research groups from the university presented their proposals for interdisciplinary doctoral projects as part of the new "Ilmenau School of Green Electronics" (ISGE) at a poster exhibition in the Ernst-Abbe-Zentrum at TU Ilmenau. Twelve of these will subsequently be selected for an international call for proposals and funding as Doctorate Research Fellowships of up to four years.

Current projections predict that around a fifth of global electrical energy production will be required for the information technology (IT) sector by 2030. The aim of the ISGE, which is being funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with around 5 million euros and will start in the summer, is therefore to develop sustainable IT for the future that is largely climate-neutral along the entire value chain - i.e. during operation, production, repair and recycling.

"The fellowships offer excellent opportunities to launch and shape scientific careers in the pioneering field of sustainable information technology," says Prof. Stefan Sinzinger, Vice President for Research and Young Scientists, who coordinates the project at TU Ilmenau: "In this way, we not only want to promote and bundle top interdisciplinary research in the field of green electronics at TU Ilmenau, but also train a new class of interdisciplinary scientists in order to open up new fields of research for the realization of climate-neutral IT."