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, January 9th, 11:40 – 12:10 in B 545

Redesigning Our Brains: The Power of Making Music

By comprehending, memorizing, practicing and performing musical pieces our brains achieve amazing things. When our brains/hearts own the music, this activity positively affects our body rhythm and emotions to help us integrate with others into a cohesive performing unit in reaching out to the hearts of the audience. Not surprisingly, those engaged in the sciences like at our university are more adept at this than most. In the process of making music we learn to accept new challenges, grow outside our comfort zones and discover ourselves in the process.

Slides and Video

Chrysanthie Emmanouilidou, Musical Director of the Beuth University, lectures in Music History, international concert experience as a pianist and conductor, educator for nearly twenty years


Wednesday, December 5th, 11:40 – 12:10 in B 013

Use and Political Abuse of Mathematics in Public Life


A century ago H. G. Wells asserted:  "Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." How right he was and still is! Being savvy with numbers not only provides citizens with skills for understanding financing, but it also helps them deal with fundamental social issues and politics: How many migrants cross borders within a given period of time? Are the numbers reported true or fabrications? Can we reliably forecast elections? Does consuming sausage cause cancer? In other words, math know-how helps us recognize public abuse of mathematics and figures in calculations, statistics and charts for political, social and economic gain.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike C. Nikutta-Wasmuht, background in Political Science, Mathematical Sociology, Statistics, Quantitative and Qualitative Social Research Methods; Guest-Professor in Dept. I


Tuesday, November 6th    2018, 11:40-12:10 in B 323

Student Work in the Migration Community through SERVICE-LEARNING

This year’s summer debate 2018 reintroduced the benefits of civic engagement amongst young people in Germany. What is Service-Learning and what can it be, for the volunteer and the community? How have the ideas of Learning and Service developed in higher education, and what are some specific examples of successful projects and programs in our region? Come and find out more about innovative initiatives in the work with refugees right here in Berlin and across Europe. 
Discover what's in it for you!

Cynthia Tilden-Machleidt, M.A., lecturer of Service-Learning in the current refugee relief effort and an Intercultural-Communication Trainer, is a migrant herself and Berliner by choice.

Slides and Video


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 2017, 11:40-12:10 in B 545

Can we survive the next Artificial Intelligence wave?

Slides or Video, click to view

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, November 1, 2017, 11:40-12:10, in B 545

The (In)Famous Numerus Clausus – Basic Law: University Capacities and Law Suits

Corinna Schroeder, M.A., Head of the Academic Affairs Unit

 In Germany everyone has the right to freely select their occupation/profession, their place of work/residence and their place of training/education. However, what if the desired place of training/education cannot accept every applicant for lack of capacity? Every year there are about 17,000 applicants for Beuth’s 70 degree programs, making five applicants for each place of study available.

How do we determine how many students can be accepted? What exactly is this Numerus Clausus? What happens when some of the rejected applicants sue the university to obtain a place? We will take a look behind the curtain regarding capacity law.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:40-12:10, in B 545

The Factors that Influence the Academic Success of University Students

Dipl.-Pol. Lena Ziesmann, Acting Head of the Quality Management Unit

 What are the main factors that influence the academic development of students that lead to the successful completion of their studies? Conversely, what factors contribute considerably to some students making the unfortunate decision to abandon their studies? We will focus on the measures that the Beuth University can take to help such students avert abandoning their studies in order that they too can achieve their academic goals.


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)