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23. June 2022 – Katina Krell

Smartest night of the year – Night of Science & Business

In hot summer temperatures, more than 5,000 visitors of all generations attended the Night of Science and Business on June 18, 2022. More than 150 program points at three locations delighted the young and old guests.

At the Schlossplatz, our scientific staff from the IEC showed how exciting the research topics are in the context of the energy and raw materials turnaround with presentations and hands-on experiments. Numerous children’s experiments for our young guests already showed the researchers of tomorrow. Another highlight were the Segway rides, where visitors could prove their skills in an obstacle course. Curious visitors tasted our home-brewed campus beer “Reicher Zecher” and spoke highly of it. All in all, all participants were able to show how many ideas & technologies there are for a more sustainable world – and above all, that science is fun!

For more information and photos, please visit the website of the Night of Science & Business.

Did you enjoy the event? Then we’ll see you in 2024 – at the next Night of Science & Business!


21. June 2022 – Katina Krell

Eventful week for the IEC

The last week was very eventful for our institute with two events!

On June 16, Dr. Roh Pin Lee was invited to the Earth Day of the Vitzhum Dresden. In the lecture “The plastic problem” the students got answers to important questions like “What becomes of our plastic waste?” and “How can we use plastic without destroying our environment?”.

Just one day later, on June 17, a group of students from the BSZ Freiberg visited us for the project day “Knowledge Journey Carbon”. Together with our scientific staff members Michaela Scheithauer and Dr. Peter Seifert, the students got an insight into our exciting research topics around the carbon cycle during a guided tour through our large-scale facilities.

You are also interested in a project day or similar activities? Then just contact us!


16. June 2022 – Katina Krell

Youth Climate Conference 2022

After 2019 and 2020, the 3rd Youth Climate Conference in Saxony took place this year on June 11 at the TU Chemnitz.  The Saxon state government has set itself the task of carefully examining efforts in climate protection, energy transition, mobility of the future and sustainability at regular intervals together with the young generation, to be in exchange and to realign goals. Students not only had the opportunity to talk to Minister President Michael Kretschmer, but were also able to inform themselves, discuss and gather new ideas on the topics of mobility of the future, energy transition and sustainability.

Our institute was also represented here by Prof. Martin Gräbner, who discussed in an info session on the topic of “E-Fuels – On the way to greenhouse gas-free mobility” the question of whether and how the production of synthetic fuel from CO2 and H2O with the help of electrical energy can help to achieve the CO2 emission targets, make electricity storable and continue to use existing cars, trucks, ships, aircraft.
In another lecture by our scientific assistant Ludwig Georg Seidl around the topic of “Chemical recycling of plastic waste”, the big questions for a sustainable society were discussed: What actually becomes of our plastic waste? How recyclable is plastic? How can high-quality plastic be produced from plastic waste?

Youth Climate Conference – 11.06.2022

16. June 2022 – Katina Krell

June 18 – Night of Science & Business

On June 18, the time has finally come again – Freiberg invites you to discover & experience the Night of Science and Business. Between 6 pm and midnight you can experience the world of science at numerous locations in Freiberg.

We from the IEC will be there again this year, informing about the latest research topics and offering numerous exciting opportunities to experiment and participate. You will find us at the Schlossplatz and at the Center for Efficient High Temperature Conversion (ZeHS).
What can you expect? – Here are some program highlights:

  • Short lecture “Carbon and sustainability – how do they fit together?”
    At the Schlossplatz, we will give you an introduction to highly topical research topics of the IEC in the context of the energy and raw material turnaround at 7 pm.
  • Carbon cycles – from waste to raw material – green molecules for chemistry.
    Do you know what is behind a carbon cycle? You are a part of it!
  • Segways
    You want to experience electric mobility up close and simply try it out for yourself? An obstacle course invites you to test your skills.
  • All the fuss about particles
    What is a fluidized bed? Can you manage to keep the fluidized bed stable on the test stand?
  • Ore Mountain Project
    At our Ore Mountains booth we will inform about the cross-border project ERZ2022 with the planned educational offers on climate, environment, energy and sustainability.
  • Power through the energy quiz!
    Where does our energy come from? Test your knowledge about energy and power generation.
  • Children’s experiments
    Young visitors can estimate the energy content of fuels and foods, conjure up color in a bottle with the “Blue Bottle” and make a memory. Exclusively for the researchers of tomorrow!
  • Reicher Zecher: The campus beer of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    Try a sip of the TUBAF campus beer Reicher Zecher! The silver ale brewed at the Reiche Zeche impresses with fruity hop aromas, where craft beer fans get their money’s worth.
  • E-Fuels
    Researchers at CAC and University have developed a market-ready technology for producing synthetic gasoline – without fossil fuels. Kevin Günther from Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC) will inform 22:45 in a lecture around the topic of synthetic fuels.

…and many other exciting program items.
All further information and the complete program for the Night of Science can be found here.

Are you ready to discover and try something new?
Then we look forward to seeing you on June 18 – for the smartest night of the year!