Vienna young Scientists Symposium
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Fundamental Research

Modern technology has greatly affected our world - from new materials, high-speed transportation or genetically engineered plants, to powerful computers. All these applications are firmly based on fundamental research in the basic sciences, which revealed the underlying chemical, mathematical or physical principles governing our world. For example, the revolutionary impact of the internet on culture, commerce, and technology, including the rise of near-instant communication, is based on algorithms and basic protocols that seemed of little practical use at their time.

The same is true today: many active current developments in fundamental research will form the scaffold for new technologies in the coming decades. We will need these technologies to meet the rising global challenges in sociology, environmental research, and renewable energies.

There is a plethora of examples for fundamental research and its envisioned applications in different fields: An entire class of novel low-dimensional materials, spearheaded by the discovery of graphene a few years ago, promises new approaches for battery design, spray- on solar cells or flexible nanoelectronics. Conceptual characterizations based on first principles and behavioural modelling of complex systems are found in applications from smart cities and modelling of electrical grids to telecommunication and information science. New approaches in designing hybrid materials and biomaterials promise highly efficient catalysis, artificial noses or renewable biofuels. Methods from the field of dynamic systems and partial differential equations enable the characterisation, simulation and analysis of technical and socioeconomic systems.

This symposium covers all fundamental research performed at TU Wien. Beyond the natural sciences its scope also extends to application of mathematical, physical and chemical methods in electrical, mechanical or civil engineering as well as in architecture and spatial planning. Its highly interdisciplinary nature implies a crossover of all focal areas: Computational Science, Quantum Technologies, Materials and Matter, Information and Communication Technologies, as well as Energy and Environment. As such, we welcome and invite contributions from diverse research fields and all Faculties at TU Wien involved in fundamental research.