CRC1181 sets Sail
The ship: Thor Heyerdahl
The three-masted topsail schooner sailing ship is named after the Norwegian researcher and explorer famous for leading the ‘Kon-Tiki’ expedition in 1947. Thor Heyerdahl showed that it was possible for ancient Polynesians to travel large distances using only materials and technologies available at that time. Following this inspiration, FAU research teams – matched by peers from the Baltic region and beyond – will participate from nine FAU entities during three consecutive legs of the voyage:
Leg 1: Kiel – Malmö – Riga (Saturday 15 July to Tuesday 25 July)
- Chair of Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS)
- Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN)
- GeoZentrum Nordbayern (GZN)
Leg 2: Riga – Helsinki – Tallinn (Tuesday 25 July to Wednesday 2 August)
- Graduate School of Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT)
- Erlangen Nürnberg Excellence Track – Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (ENETLZE)
- Chair of Economics – Discrete Optimization – Mathematics (EDOM
Leg 3: Tallinn – Danzig – Rostock (Wednesday 2 August to Friday 11 August)
- Cluster of Excellence – Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM)
- Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
- Faculty of Medicine and Collaborative Research Centre 1181 “Switching points for resolving inflammation”
Open Ship Days
At each scheduled port, the Science Sets Sail teams look forward to sharing some of their experience locally via a mobile science fair referred to as Open Ship Days. These and other events at the ports of call will broaden the initiative’s audience and appeal by inviting the participation of local municipalities and chambers of commerce, higher education institutions, researchers at different stages of their career, highly talented students and members of the general public.
- Malmö, Sweden: Tuesday 18 July
- Riga, Latvia: Monday 24 July
- Helsinki, Finland: Saturday 29 July
- Tallinn, Estonia: Tuesday 1 August
- Danzig, Poland: Monday 7 August
The accompanying Science Sets Sail website shares information and stories from the ship and ports of call, including a growing list of events, and a ship’s log book which will be updated in the run up to and during the voyage. For more information, please see: www.science-sets-sail.fau.eu
Where’s the Thor Heyerdahl now?
After being welcomed aboard on Saturday evening by Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) President, Professor Joachim Hornegger, the new teams were – quite literally – shown the ropes!
Picture download: www.fau.de/files/2017/06/KUS-Projekt_Thor-Heyerdahl.jpg
For more pictures visit www.science-sets-sail.fau.eu
With over 40,000 students, about 650 professorships and 14,000 employees, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), founded in 1743, is one of the largest universities in Germany. In addition to the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ (EAM) and the Graduate School of Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), which was founded as part of the Excellence Initiative, FAU currently has more than 30 co-ordinated programmes with DFG funding.
The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg offers around 260 degree programmes, among them 7 Bavarian Elite Master’s degree programmes and around 50 programmes with a distinct international focus. No other German university offers such a broad and interdisciplinary range of subjects on all qualification levels. FAU students enjoy global mobility through over 500 partnerships with higher education institutions in more than 70 countries.