The three-year funding period has been completed successfully: With a smile in one eye and a tear in the other, the first generation of Beilstein scholars said goodbye at the end of June 2015. The end of the scholarship program is also the beginning of an alumni program.
On 12 May 2015, the mid-term evaluation of the second generation of Beilstein scholars took place in the Beilstein-Institut. At the end of April, the eight scholarship holders had already submitted their interim reports for their PhD projects. During the mid-term evaluation symposium, the young investigators presented their research results of the first 18 months. Each of the 15-minute presentations was followed by a question and answer session and a short discussion.
In a relaxed atmosphere, there was a lively exchange among the scholars and with the attending staff of the Beilstein-Institut. As the evaluation of all projects was positive, board member Dr. Martin G. Hicks handed out the written funding commitment for the next 18 months. At lunch, any last tension and nervousness were shaken off and the day ended with professional exchanges on thoughts and experiences.
Today’s growing demand for energy, materials and chemicals has prompted renewed interest in carbon dioxide chemistry. This new Thematic Series in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry was edited by Prof. Walter Leitner and Dr. Thomas E. Müller.
Mr. Werner Rinnert, spokesman of the Board of Management of the Beilstein-Institut, retires on April 30, 2015. Mr. Rinnert joined the Beilstein-Institut as a controller in August 1995 and was appointed to the Board of Management in February 1996. He played a key role in advancing the development of the foundation. Moreover, he was responsible for the asset management and created a solid financial base for the Beilstein-Institut.
The Board of Management of the Beilstein-Institut comprises Olaf Beckmann Haag, commercial management and Dr. Martin G. Hicks, scientific management. The foundation's activities will continue to concentrate on long-term projects supporting information and communication. The focus is on the Beilstein Open Access journals, the video portal Beilstein TV, the scientific symposia as well as the support of innovative projects.
New Thematic Series in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, edited by Professor R. Jürgen Behm