5th Young Researchers Symposium

Talks and poster pitches by doctoral students on July 22, 2022

5th Young Researchers Symposium 2022

Talks and poster pitches by doctoral students of Kaiserslautern and Landau

July 22nd, 2022 at Fraunhofer Center Kaiserslautern


Doctoral students! Present your work to a wide audience in a compelling manner!

Every two years, the  TU-Nachwuchsring and the High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation organize a competition for young researchers with all kinds of scientific background, awarding prices with a total value of up to 6.000 € for the most exciting presentations and best posters.

The goal is not only to provide scientific insights into projects of young researchers in a comprehensible way for non-experts, but also, to make the presentations as entertaining, interesting and exciting as possible. In addition, the coffee breaks as well as the get-together following the event, will also be a chance to network and are the perfect opportunity to obtain scientific input from other areas.

We cordially invite all  doctoral students of Kaiserslautern and Landau to participate in the competition and/or to join the symposium in the audience to vote for the best contributions.

We are looking forward to creative presentations and an enthusiastic audience!


Do you want to participate in the talks and poster pitches?

Your admission ticket is a scientific abstract that will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Therefore, it is of high importance that you describe your research in a commonly understandable way. A positive review will qualify you for the YRS 2022. Don´t forget to indicate your preference for poster or talk (but ultimately the committee decides).  

Who is eligible?

Doctoral students of the TU Kaiserslautern, the Landau Campus of the University of Koblenz · Landau, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, the Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems (MPI -location Kaiserslautern) the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI – location Kaiserslautern), the Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) and the Institut für Oberflächen- und Schichtanalytik (ifos).


Start call for abstracts: April 07th, 2022

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 05th, 2022

Authors will be notified of the reviewers’ feedback as from June 09th, 2022.


All accepted abstracts will be optionally published in the conference proceedings (open online access, Fraunhofer Verlag). Here you can take a look at the abstract book of the YRS 2018.

Submit your abstract here. (Abstract submission opens at 07.04.2022)

Please note: Register as participant before submitting your abstract. Co-authors must also create a user account if they wish to participate in YRS 2022 on July 22, 2022. 


Requirements for the abstracts/ Formal criteria

  • Teamwork is accepted.

  • The Abstract must be written in English.

  • It must not be longer than one page including optional figures and references, etc.!

  • It has to be prepared using the IEEE templates (do not change the given style, format, etc.!)

  • Upload your abstract as one pdf file.


Main review criteria

  • Does the abstract meet the formal criteria (language, citations, length)?

  • Does the abstract illustrate the value of your research?

  • Are the analyses/methods appropriate and comprehensible?

  • Is the overall abstract written in an easily comprehensible way?

Please note: only abstracts that meet the formal criteria will go into the review process!

Please keep in mind that the reviewers are representatives of all scientific disciplines, so it cannot be guaranteed that they are familiar with your special research field. For that reason, please make sure that your abstract is comprehensible and written in a more popular scientific way for persons outside your discipline and not for a review committee of a scientific conference in your field.


The official conference language is English. There are 15 minutes scheduled for each talk, which includes the discussion (12 minutes presentation and 3 minutes discussion)

You may use videos in your presentations, but please make sure in time that they are also playable on our presentation computer.
You can also spice up your presentation with small live experiments and visual objects. Please consult the organizers for security aspects and additional equipment needed if you plan to do so.

Content, structure, organization and performance of the talk (e.g. a clear and comprehensible language, free speech etc.) are judged as well as the following discussion.


Poster presentation


You have 3 minutes in which you can present your research (your ‘pitch’) to encourage people to visit your poster to find out more about it.

Pitches involve:

  • a 3 minute oral presentation

  • one slide only (this slide should be a slide displaying your poster)

  • no questions or discussion

The posters (A0, portrait) will be exhibited during the entire course of the conference for discussion during breaks.

For the assessment and selection of the YRS 2022 prizes for the best contributions, the review of the submitted abstracts , the vote of the audience and that of the scientific committee will be taken into consideration.

The interdisciplinary jury/scientific committee and the audience decide together on the best talks and posters! We are awarding prizes with a total value of up to 6.000 € for the most exciting presentations and best posters.

Prof. Dr. Werner R. Thiel, Vice President for Research and Technology, TU Kaiserslautern

Dr. Konrad Steiner, Managing Director, High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation

Both the reviewers for the abstracts and the jury for evaluating the talks and poster presentations are composed of representatives from all disciplines of Kaiserslautern and Landau.

We will publish the panels here as soon as they are fully staffed.

Sylvia Gerwalin (Central Projects, Fraunhofer ITWM)

Dr. Inga Nissen (Department for Research and the Promotion of Young Scientists, Manager of the TU-Nachwuchsring, TUK)

Robert de Payrebrune (Department for Research and the Promotion of Young Scientists, TU-Nachwuchsring, TUK)

Annika Straßner (Department of Chemistry, TUK) 

Fraunhofer-Center, Fraunhofer-Platz 1, Kaiserslautern

Any questions about the Young Researchers Symposium left? Please contact us.

Organizing team

email: yrs(at)

Robert de Payrebrune (TUK)
Phone: +49-631-205-4171

Inga Nissen (TUK)
Phone: +49-631-205-5223

Sylvia Gerwalin (Fraunhofer ITWM)
Phone: +49-631-31600-4424

Annika Straßner (TUK)

All information on this event is preliminary and changes are possible. 
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