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Scientific Speed Dating ‚Engineering loves Medicine‘


Every good relationship starts with a first chat. At FAU we hold a passion for Medicine and Technology, as well as for interdisciplinarity. So why not bring experts and students from both fields to the same table and exchange ideas over a cold drink? Welcome to our Scientific Speed Dating project!

What is speed dating?

Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process whose purpose is to make a large number of new acquaintances in a short period of time. Participants rotate from table to table to meet each other over a series of „dates“. At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell to signal the participants to move on to the next person. At the end of the event everybody can decide who they would like to stay in touch with.

How does scientific speed dating work?

Scientific Speed Dating “Engineering loves Medicine” is a joint project of the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine and the Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZiMT). With this concept, each table will bring together a group of students and researchers with mixed scientific backgrounds. The event is based on the principles of problem-based learning. Every party gets the chance to briefly present a current challenge in their work or a personal field of interest while the others can ask questions or suggest solutions. At the end of the speed dating process people join their best-matching partners in an interdisciplinary team. At a follow-up meeting final groups – consisting of at least one researcher and several students – are formed, who decide on a project they will tackle for the rest of the semester. The role of the researcher within the team can either be that of a mentor and advisor or of an idea provider looking for input for their own work. Students and experts should inspire each other both ways and communicate on equal terms. From now on the teams are free to get together independently in the FAU FabLab, where all work materials up to 5000 Euro will be provided. A midterm meeting in the middle of the semester will give the groups the opportunity to present the current state of their work and receive feedback from other participants. At the end of the semester all results (posters and/or prototypes) will be shown to an audience of local businesses and industries at a final exhibition.

Here are some comments from participants from the winter semester´s event:

  • “The concept of the event is very remarkable and innovative. The organisation was impeccable and the vibe very cooperative and productive.” (researcher)
  • „Innovative, appealing due to the hands-on approach and actually seeing the results that can be applied. “(student)
  • “I think that the concept of Scientific Speed Dating is very good and will definitely recommend it! For me, it is one of the rare opportunities during your studies to gain experience in collaborating with physicians and professors. In addition to that, I have gained a lot of knowledge in programming by attending this event that may not be conveyed in that extent in the curriculum.” (student)
  • “I think it is a good incentive that students receive ECTS credit points for their work, it makes the event even more appealing for me.” (student)

Final projects from the winter semester´s event:

Who can take part?

  • FAU researchers (professors, postdocs or PhD students) from the Schools of Engineering or Medicine, as well as from the University
  • Students from the field of medicine (including molecular medicine and speech therapy) and engineering (all subject areas). Engineering students from the 5th Bachelor’s or 1st Master’s semester onward can participate. Medical students have to be in their 8th semester or higher. Students from other study programs please consult with us first.
  • Business representatives from the field of Medical Engineering

What should you bring to the event?

  • As a student: a specific field of interest from your study curriculum –bringing a concept of an individual project proposal to the event is possible, but not a must
  • As a researcher: an open research question from your own research area, time and a passion for mentoring students
  • As a business representative: a problem from the area of Research & Development or the willingness to incorporate business knowledge into a project

What are the benefits?

For students:

  • Valuable practical experience in developing and conducting an interdisciplinary project
  • An extra certificate for your professional career
  • ECTS credit points for your studies: depending on the workload of the students participating, the project can be credited with 2.5-5 ECTS credit points for the Master’s course in Medical Engineering as ‘Academic Laboratory/ Hochschulpraktikum’ and for the Bachelor’s course in Medical Engineering in B8. Students from other degree programmes must consult their study advisor.

For researchers:

  • Interdisciplinary exchange and new input for your research field
  • Meeting motivated candidates for possible theses

For business representatives:

  • New ideas for your company
  • Networking with potential interns, working students and future graduates

How can you sign up for the speed dating project?

Registration is possible as of now. Please fill out this online registration form and upload a one-page-description of your current field of research or scientific interest. We will confirm your participation immediately.

What is the time frame?

  • The Speed Dating-Event will take place on April 27th from 6 to 8 pm in the Siemens MedMuseum (Gebbertstraße 1, 91052 Erlangen).
  • The Follow-up Meeting will take place on May 4th from 6 to 8 pm in room 0.68 – Seminarraum Werkstoffwissenschaften (Martensstraße 5/7, 91058 Erlangen).
  • The Midterm Meeting will take place on June 22nd from 6 to 8 pm in room 0.68 – Seminarraum Werkstoffwissenschaften (Martensstraße 5/7, 91058 Erlangen).
  • The Final Presentation will take place on July 27, 6 to 8 pm, at the ZMPT-Hörsaal Medical Valley Center; Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen.

Team meetups have to be organized by the members themselves. The projects have to be finished by July 23rd, 2017.

More information:

  • Presentation Scientific Speed Dating 27.04.17
  • Any questions?


    Bastian Stahl
    Zentralinstitut für Medizintechnik
    Henkestr. 91
    91052 Erlangen
    09131 85 26861
    (Mon – Tue, 13:00 – 17:00)