8th Summer School Solvation Science

The integrated Graduate School Solvation Science hosts an annual Summer School at the Ruhr University Bochum. The school always takes place after Whitsuntide and is an integral part of the iGSS students' training during their doctoral studies.

The eighth Summer School Solvation Science will take place from the 7th to the 10th of June, 2022.

The lectures will focused on Interface solvation and solvation under confinement, Catalysis at charged interfaces and biomolecule solvation. As every year, there are also advanced laboratory hands-on modules on various topics. Check out Hands-On Series 2022  to see a list of confirmed laboratory modules.

In addition to the lectures and lab hands-on modules, workshops on important soft skills will be offered. Find here an overview of the Workshops 2022  .

We encourage keen and motivated Master and PhD students with an interest in Solvation Science, both from our local partner institutes and international students, to apply for a place at our Summer School.



We are pleased to welcome internationally renowned speakers in the field of Solvation Science to give keynote talks on their research during the Lecture Series. The session topics for 2022 are Catalysis at Charged InterfacesBiomolecule Solvation, Interface Solvation and Solvation under Confinement and Molecular/Biology Systems under Extreme Conditions .

The Lecture Series is organized and chaired by members of our Graduate School and Early Career Researchers . Students are encouraged to continue the conversation throughout the week.

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Program Summer School Solvation Science 2022

Tuesday, June 7th

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:00–09:15 Dr. Martin Rabe ECR Board, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung Welcome
Catalysis at Charged Interfaces, Chair: Moreno Ascani
09:15–10:15 Dr. Nicolas Hörmann, Fritz-Haber-Institute - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Recent insights from atomistic models of electrochemical solid-liquid interfaces
10:15–10:45   Coffee Break
10:45–11:45 Prof. Dr. Marc Koper, Leiden University Double layer and electrolyte effects in electrocatalysis on Pt and Au electrodes
11:45–12:45 Prof. Dr. Olga Kasian, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Structure-function properties of electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage at atomic scale
12:45–14:15   Lunch Break
Biomolecule Solvation, Chair: Daniel Pabsch
14:15–15:15 Prof. Dr. Sereina Riniker, ETH Zurich Advances in Molecular Dynamics for the Study of Biomolecular Processes (remote)
15:15–16:15 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Thomas, University of Heidelberg Structural and functional engineering of WW domains
16:15–16:45   Coffee Break
16:45–17:45 Prof. Dr. Enrica Bordignon, University of Geneva Coupling between protein dynamics and hydration waters in the activation of a toxin and in liquid-liquid phase separation
18:00-22:00   Welcome dinner at ZEMOS

Wednesday, June 8th

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:00–09:15 Board Member of Early Career Researcher Welcome
Interface Solvation and Solvation under Confinement, Chair: Moreno Ascani
09:15–10:15 Prof. Dr. Douwe Jan Bonthuis, TU Graz Ion solvation in bulk and at interfaces: from macroscopic thermodynamics to molecular models and back
10:15–11:15 Prof. Dr. Satoshi Nihonyanagi, RIKEN Structure and dynamics of water at interfaces
11:15–11:30   Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 Prof. Dr. Jonathan Nitschke, University of Cambridge Chemical purifications using coordination cages
12:30–14:00   Lunch Break
Molecular/Biology Systems under Extreme Conditions, Chair: Abhishek Kalarikkal
14:00–15:00 Prof. Dr. Roland Winter, TU Dortmund Biomolecules under Stress – Life at Extreme Conditions
15:15–16:15 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Thomas, University of Heidelberg Structural and functional engineering of WW domains
15:00–16:00 Prof. Dr. Lorna Dougan, University of Leeds Exploring the structure of water in extreme environments
16:00–16:30   Coffee Break
16:30–17:30 Prof. Oscar Millet, CIC bioGUNE On the mechanism of haloadaptation: Proteins with a pinch of salt
17:30–18:30 RESOLV Team Award Ceremony “StudentChallenge”
18:30–22:00   Get-together at ZEMOS

Thursday, June 9th

Time Workshop
All Workshops are in parallel


“Stress management” – How to achieve more tranquility


“Team work & leadership in academia” – Team player-key player-head coach


“Networking in the academic context” – Building & cultivating contacts by traditional and digital means


“Stage fright” – Reclaiming sovereignty and confidence


“Intercultural competence” – Avoiding misunderstandings – making the most of diversity
Career Part, Moderator: Sandra Romero Molina
14:00-18:00 Invited Professionals from Angewandte Chemie, PROvendis, Evonik, and Bayer AG
18:00–22:00 Get-together BBQ at Beckmannshof

Friday, June 10th

Advanced laboratory hands-on modules on various topics at RESOLV’s participating institutes. Check out Hands-On Series 2022