early career matters

Networked Matter offers a diverse, inspiring and empowering environment for early career researchers with its two columns of Kiel University and the University of Rostock. Both provide cross-faculty support for tailored career developmen with their PostDoc and Graduate Centers (Kiel) and the Graduate Academy (Rostock).


Strengthening interdisciplinary, innovative ideas of early career researchers from the thematic area of “Networked Matter” was the goal of the “Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge”, launched in spring 2022. An interdiscipinary team of Kiel University and partners , including at least one early career researcher, could apply for up to 10,000 euros to start an innovative project idea, carry out preliminary work for one’s own funding proposals or get into contact with other working groups.


Results of the first round


Those who even achieved an accepted paper or a filed patent after only one year could also look forward to a “fine wine” – privately sponsored, of course. At the end of the funding period, five projects with successfully published results received a certificate and a prize. Rainer Adelung, Networked Matter, and Kai Rossnagel from the KiNSIS Board, handed over the awards at the KiNSIS general meeting on 16 June 2023.


  • Unravelling the role of topology and symmetry in emerging topological photonics functionalities
    Dr. Masoud Taleb, Prof. Dr. Nahid Talebi (both Physics), Prof. Dr. Steffen Börm (Scientific Computing), Prof. Dr. Ralf Köhl (Mathematics) 
  • Minimum Stress Charging Strategy for Silicon Microwire Anode Based Batteries
    Dr. Hamzeh Beiranvand (Power Electronics), Prof. Dr. Stephan Wulfinghoff (Computional Materials Science), Dr. Sandra Hansen (Material Sciences) 
  • Dynamically REconFIgurable NEtwork based on Smart Transformer (REFINE)
    Dr.-Ing. Marius Langwasser, Dr.-Ing. Hrishikesan Vadakkedath Madhavan (both Power Electronics), Prof. Dr. Ralf Köhl, Prof. Dr. Anand Srivastav (both Mathematics) 
  • Imaging dynamic networks in stimuli responsive hydrogels
    Dr. Berit Zeller Plumhoff (Applied Mathematics), Dr. Fabian Schütt (Material Sciences) 
  • Stochastic modeling for estimation of particle size distributions in spray drying processes
    Dr. Alexander Schaum (Automation and Control), Prof. Dr. Regina Scherließ (Pharmacy)
Rainer Adelung (v.l.), Kai Rossnagel und Nahid Talebi © CAU
Rainer Adelung (v.l.), Regina Scherließ, Kai Rossnagel und Alexander Schaum © CAU
Stephan Wulfinghoff (v.l.), Rainer Adelung, Regina Scherließ, Kai Rossnagel and Hamzeh Beiranvand © CAU
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