Past LunchTalks@Beuth

Past LunchTalks@Beuth are listed below. They have been recorded for your viewing convenience. To watch them simply click on the provided links below.

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Wednesday, July 5, 11:40-12:10 in B 545

When Sliderules Ruled the Engineering World

Before the introduction of electronic calculators, sliderules [Rechenschieber] were a common tool in engineering for calculating by employing a system based on logarithmic scales for multiplication and division. More complex functions can be solved with purpose-designed scales. Thus, sliderules were designed for specific applications. Through a few examples of applications, you will come to appreciate how clever this tool really is.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Heimann – Dept. III Civil Engnineer with focus on Structural Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management


Wednesday, June 7st, 2017 at 11:40-12:10 in B 032

Research at Universities of Applied Sciences Quo Vadis

Research at Universities of Applied Sciences Quo Vadis

Prof. Dr. von Klinski


Wednesday, May 3, 11:40-12:10 in B 545

Can we survive the next Artificial Intelligence wave?

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There is a huge race to the top going on between all companies to build and install intelligent systems everywhere. From Siri to Amazon Echo, shops without staff (Amazon Go), self-driving cars and trucks, delivery drones, intelligent military weaponry, and much, much more. What's really going on here? How does AI impact our jobs, security and ethics? Will intelligent machines no longer need us?

Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich – Dept. VI Sofware Engineer and founding member of the Data Science Lab at Beuth University and member of the National Competence Center for Big Data (see:

Business Ethics, an Oxymoron? How Dirty Are Business Ethics?


Business success is more than the creation of economic value. Sustainable companies must also reflect economic and social developments in an ethical manner. Crucial for the long-term success of a contemporary organization is that it exercises corporate social responsibility in particular with precisely this form of values-orientation.

As current management has to meet high standards with strict requirements, good management practices and a sense of entrepreneurship are becoming increasingly essential for achieving success. Good management also requires keen awareness of the social dynamics at play in the multiple contexts it operates within for a contemporary organization to be able to respond effectively to changes in all its environments.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmidt (Professor of Management in Dept. I, Managing Director of the Institute for Value-Based Management (IWU Berlin))


Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 11:40-12:10 in B 032

More Radiation, Less Cancer?


Over the last few decades the incidence of cancer has been on the rise in an ever aging society. However, over the same period of time cancer mortality has remained almost unchanged. The latter fortunate development is mainly due to better diagnostic and treatment regimens, with Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Therapy as two of their main pillars.

This LunchTalk sketches out some of the milestones in Medical Physics which have significantly contributed to the successful diagnosis and treatment of cancer while providing ever better quality of life. The bottom line is … Come find out!

Prof. Dr. Kay-Uwe Kasch (Dean of Dept. II, Laboratory Director of Medical Radiation Physics and Imaging)


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Genesis: What shall we do with the creation story?


The Bible’s astonishing account of how the universe was created is substantially refuted by scientific findings. – How have religious and scientific communities reacted to these discrepancies? Shall we write off the creation story as just a curious old myth? Or is it a depiction based on a conclusive theory of creation - albeit 2500 years old?

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerhard Ackermann (TFH President from 1995 – 2002, Physics and Holography, Dept. II)


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gender matters: Health in the workplace


Gender segregation still exists in the workplace: Women and men continue to choose different occupations, hold different positions, and earn different levels of pay for the same work; moreover, their household/family responsibilities still differ significantly. Research now demonstrates that these differences result in specific negative consequences for the health of each gender: What are they? How can we prevent/correct them?

Prof. Dr. Antje Ducki (Work and Occupational Psychology, Dept I)


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Quantity vs. Quality Dilemma in Education (as exemplified at the Beuth University)


At German universities lectures, seminars and exercises have become chronically overcrowded because more young people want to study than ever before. At the same time the number of university teachers has been greatly reduced. Moreover, the amount of university funding has been made dependent on the number of those students who complete their studies by successfully earning their degrees. – Is there any way to resolve competing demands?

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Willi Hasselmann (Digital Media and Construction Management, Dept. IV)


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Experience of Teaching University Courses in English

For some time there have been compelling reasons for initiating the teaching of content courses in English at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences. Moreover, there are particular challenges for students and teacher alike which must be faced and overcome. These challenges have definite implications regarding the depth of the course content to be taught.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gober (Embedded Systems for Communications Systems, Dept. VII)


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Alternative Gaudí of Building Construction: From Junk Heap to Monument in One Miraculous Lifetime

Although today’s buzzword in construction is sustainability, astonishingly it has long been put into practice in a building still under construction since the 1960’s: This visionary edifice has become an expression of the enormous will power of one man.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Heider (Building Construction, Technical Design, Building Physics und Solid Construction, Dept. III)


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency: Formulas for Success or simply Vogue Terms?

For more than a decade Germany has been investing intensively in renewable energies and energy efficiencies. This has led to a remarkable increase in the contribution of renewables to Germany’s energy production. Energy efficiency too has gained public attention. Despite evident opportunities, this development also poses threats to our economy: Are our grids stable enough to avoid blackouts? Can we afford the turnaround in energy policy "Energiewende"? Can this sabotage the economy?

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Bungert (Chemcal Engineering, Dept. VIII)


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Accreditation of Degree Programs vs. System Accreditation

Accreditation of Degree Programs vs. System Accreditation


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Monika Gross (President of Beuth University of Applied Sciences)


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Powerful First Impressions: Path to Successful Job Applications


An old joke about weddings goes: Why are weddings always so sad? ... The bride never marries the best man. – As sad as that may be, it is certainly the case that the best-qualified applicant sadly does not always land the job because many well-qualified applicants have no clear understanding how to promote their qualifications in a powerful, effective manner in their application documents and interviews. Come find out the formula for your success!

Prof. Dr. Jackie Pocklington (Business and Technical English, Dept. I)