10th Summer School Solvation Science / 21. - 24. May 2024

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. 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 and/or register every spring. In 2024, we offer lectures in solvation science, a career panel session with professionals from outside academia, a diversity event, and advanced hands-on laboratory practicals.

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. This year's session topics are Solvation in Catalysis, in Green and Sustainable Chemistry and in Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry. The Lecture Series is organized and chaired by members of our Graduate School and RESOLV's Early Career Researchers . Students are encouraged to continue the conversation throughout the week.

Please visit the Hands-On Series 2024  to see a list of laboratory modules available to participants.

The Summer School will start with welcome program with Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, ECR Board and Excursion to Altena Castle, that will take place in the afternoon. You can find the full program below.


Registration is now closed. We look forward to welcoming you in Bochum!




Program 2024

Welcome Events

Hands-On Modules

Summer school Flyer

Program Summer School Solvation Science 2024

Tuesday, May 21st

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title
09:30–09:35 Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt ECR Board, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Welcome
                                                                       Solvation in Catalysis - Chair: Taritra Mukherjee
09:35–10:35 Dr. Maksim Plekhanov, RWTH Aachen University, DE

Uncovering the local structure of liquids and disordered phases with pair distribution function analysis

10:35–11:00   Coffee Break
                                                                      Solvation in Medicinal/Biomolecular Chemistry - Chair: Dila Kurtul
11:00-12:00 Prof. Dr. Amish Patel, University of Pennsylvania, USA Characterizing Protein Interactions to Inform its Interactions
12:00-13:30   Lunch Break
                                                                              Welcome Event: Excursion to Altena Castle with dinner
13:30 Bus transfer to Altena Castle

Bus transfer to the Altena castle, Meeting point:  Parking area near Hochschule BO, Schattbachstrasse (s. plan)

14:50-19:30 Excursion in Altena Castle +  Welcome Dinner

Altena Castle is one of the loveliest hilltop castles in Germany. For centuries, it has sat enthroned up on the Wulfsegge and has been the eponym and symbol of Altena. Guided tour of the permanent exhibition, including an introduction to the history of the Altena castle, a view at the chapel, and an insight into the lifestyle of knights and noblemen.  

At the end of the tour we will visit the “Road Stop Mountains” Restaurant. There, you can collect burgers by yourself and try traditional German beer.


20:00   Preliminary time of Return to RUB

Wednesday, May 22nd

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title

Dr. Ana Vila Verde, ECR Board, Institution

                                                                                     Solvation in Catalysis, Chair: Taritra Mukherjee

Prof. Dr. Cristina Trujillo Del Valle, The University of Manchester, UK

Computational Insights into the Role of Solvent in Catalysis: Methods and Applications

                                                                   Solvation in Green/Sustainable Chemistry, Chair: Sunita Mondal

Assoc. Prof. Ian C. Bourg, Princeton University, US

“Why mud is sticky?“

11:05–11:30   Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 Prof. Dr. Kristina Tschulik, Ruhr University Bochum, DE

“Advanced Electrochemical Methods to Guide the Design of Electrocatalysts“

12:30–14:00   Lunch Break
14:00–15:00 Prof. Dr. Elsa Sanchez Garcia, Technische Universität Dortmund "Computational Approach to Solvation in Drug Design"
15:00–15:30   Coffee Break
                                                                           Solvation in Medicinal/Biomolecular Chemistry, Chair: Dila Kurtul

Prof. Dr. Nick Le Brun, University of East Anglia, UK

“Native mass spectrometry of metallo-proteins: mechanistic insights from desolvated gas phase ions”

Diversity and Inclusion event, Chair: Dilber Tan

16:30–17:00  Ashwini (Ash) Walde

“Inclusive Futures: Advancing Gender Equality in the Workplace”

17:00–17:20 Zhenya Landiak "Burnout Culture: Reaction, Dealing, Prevention"
17:20–17:30 Award Ceremony for winners of "Student Challenge Solvation Science"

Poster session (Required for international students, optionally for all other participants) and parallel Get-together at the ZEMOS Foyer

Scientific Movie Night at RUB


iHUMAN: First we create technology, then it recreates us

An explosive real-life political thriller, iHUMAN gives deep access to the booming Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry. It illuminates how the most powerful and far-reaching technology of our time is changing our lives, our society and our future. iHUMAN asks us all: in an AI age, what does it mean to be human? From information control to deepfakes, iHUMAN gives unprecedented access to the experts on the frontlines of this technology, and unique insight into the minds that are leading the revolution. AI can make our lives easier, but at what cost?

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Thursday, May 23th 

Time Name and Affiliation Talk Title    

Dr. Martin Rabe, Max-Planck-Institut

für Eisenforschung, ECR Board

                                                                                  Solvation in Medicinal/Biomolecular Chemistry    

Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber, Ruhr University Bochum

“Halogen and Chalcogen Bonding in Solution”

10:35-11:00   Coffee Break    
11:00-12:00 PD Dr.-Ing. Christoph Held, Technische Universität Dortmund, DE

“Thermodynamics of Pharmaceutical Formulations”

12:00-13:30   Lunch Break    
                                                                                            Career Part, Moderator: Dr. Ana Vila Verde    
13:30-13:35   Welcome    
13:35-14:05 Annabelle Beyer, Stefan Weber, and Martin Bellof - at Chemstars&Start4Chem      
14:05-14:35 Dr. Desi Dobreva - Entrepreneur at Mechanolution      
14:35-15:05 Dr. Sara Ghaisari - Data Scientist at DISH Digital Solutions GmbH      
15:05-15:35   Coffee Break    
15:35-16:05 Dr. Sneha M. Dixit - Senir Scientist at AbbVie Deutschand GmbH&Co KG
16:05-16:35 Dr. Mathies Evers, Senior Product Development Engineer at thyssenkrupp nucera AG&Co KGaA      
16:35-18:00 Panel Discussion with all Professionals  

                                                                                      Closing: Dr. Ana Vila Verde

                                                                                      BBQ dinner with experts at Beckmanns Hof      

BBQ dinner with experts at Beckmanns Hof

Enjoy a delicious barbecue in the company of our Invited speakers.


Friday, May 24th

 Advanced laboratory hands-on modules on various topics at RESOLV’s participating institutes. Check out Hands-On Series 2024