5th Young Researchers Symposium 2020

Talk and poster pitch for doctoral students

Information on the current situation:

Dear young researchers, dear interested parties of the Young Researchers Symposium

 as no major events are allowed to take place until the end of August and it is also unclear what the situation will be in autumn, we have decided to postpone the Young Researchers Symposium until 2021.  The decision was not an easy one, especially since some of you have already put work into their abstracts. 

We thank you for your interest and hope that you will attend next year. As soon as the new date is fixed, we will announce it here.

 Thank you for your understanding

Your YRS-Orgateam


As soon as there are any news, we will communicate them here.


We will contact all already registered participants as soon as possible with further information!

5th Young Researchers Symposium 2020

Talk and poster pitch for doctoral students

July 2nd, 2020 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 Kaiserslauternto 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 talk and poster pitch?


Your admission ticket is a scientific abstract that will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. A positive review will qualify you for the YRS 2020. 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 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 Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) and the Institut für Oberflächen- und Schichtanalytik (ifos).


Start call for abstracts: March 16th, 2020

Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 20th, 2020

Authors will be notified of the reviewers’ feedback as from May 26th, 2020.


All accepted abstracts will be 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.

Please note: Register as participant before submitting your abstract.


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 of the TU Kaiserslautern as well as the institutes, 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)

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. The official conference language is English.

For the assessment and selection of the YRS 2020 prizes for the best contributions, the review of the submitted abstracts (35%), the vote of the audience (30%), and that of the scientific committee (35%) will be taken into consideration.

The interdisciplinary jury is awarding prizes with a total value of up to 6.000 € for the most exciting presentations and best posters.

Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, Vice President for Research and Technology, TU Kaiserslautern

Dr. Matthias Jung, Deputy Managing Director, High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation

Reviewer of abstracts


Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino (Department Embedded Software Engineering, Fraunhofer IESE)

Dr.-Ing. Aneta Daxinger (Landesforschungszentrum OPTIMAS, TUK)

Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann (Department Materials Characterization and Testing, Fraunhofer ITWM)

Dr. Dietmar Hietel (Department Transport Processes, Fraunhofer ITWM)

Dr. Matthias Jung (Department Embedded Software Engineering, Fraunhofer IESE)

Andreas Lange (Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, TUK)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Volker Ludwig (Department of Social Sciences, TUK)

Dr. Joachim Linn (Department Mathematics for the Digital Factory, Fraunhofer ITWM)

Alexandra Pokhlestova (Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, TUK)

Jun.-Prof. Christopher Robeller (Department of Architecture, TUK)

Annika Steiner (Department of Chemistry, TUK)

Anja Tusch (Department of Civil Engineering, TUK)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Felix Willmund (Department of Biology, TUK)

Jury (preliminary list)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Becker (Department of Chemistry, TUK)

Florian Fuchs (Department of Business Studies and Economics)

Michael Hohenstein (Department of Computer Science)

Dr. Matthias Jung (Department Embedded Software Engineering, Fraunhofer IESE)

Dr. Kirsten Mangels (Department of Spatial and Environmental Planning)

Maximilian Wolkersdorfer (Department of Social Sciences, TUK)

To be completed….


Depending on the availability of the members the organizers reserve the right to change the composition of the scientific committee.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Becker (Department of Chemistry, TUK)

Sylvia Gerwalin (Public Relations, Fraunhofer ITWM)

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

Annika Steiner (Department of Chemistry, TUK) 

Fraunhofer-Center, Fraunhofer-Platz 1, Kaiserslautern

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

Organizing team

Dr. Inga Nissen
Phone: +49-631-205-5223
email: inga.nissen(at)

Sylvia Gerwalin
Phone: +49-631-31600-4424
email: sylvia.gerwalin(at) 

YRS postponed to 2021!

Please do not submit abstracts at the moment. Further information will be available shortly.

Workshops to prepare for YRS 2020

To help you prepare for the YRS in the best possible way, we offer various workshops on the topics of poster presentation and design, giving talks and self-presentation.


You want to vote for the best contributions?

The registration period for the audience opens March 16th and ends on June 18th 2020.

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