The Graphene Week stand at BWM Welt Munich.

A Best Case

Graphene Week 2022 brings three Nobel Prize winners to Munich

From 5 to 9 September, leading scientists, including three Nobel laureates, came together at Graphene Week 2022 to share the latest insights in graphene research.

500 delegates, from leading researchers to industry representatives from all over Europe, met in Munich from 5 to 9 September 2022 for the "Graphene Week 2022". Their common interest: Graphene and other 2D materials. As a two-dimensional material made of carbon atoms, the researchers believe graphene will play a leading role in the current technology revolution - whether in semiconductor production, sensor technology, photonics, medical technology, surface chemistry, energy generation and storage or telecommunications. Resource conservation and greater sustainability are just two of the keywords that make graphene an attractive material for the future.

Top-class knowledge exchange

The Graphene Flagship is the largest collaborative research project with more than 170 partners in the EU. The scientific leaders of the event were Professor Georg Düsberg from the University of the Bundeswehr München (University of the Federal Armed Forces) and Elmar Bonaccurso from Airbus Group. The conference was the perfect opportunity to exchange ideas, promote new technologies and applications, establish contacts and foster collaboration between scientists worldwide.

Andre Geim from the University of Manchester and Konstantin Novoselov from the National University of Singapore, both not only pioneers in graphene research but also 2010 Nobel Prize winners in physics, presented their latest findings to their colleagues from academia and industry. Klaus von Klitzing, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics back in 1985 and whose research laid important foundations in the fields to be discussed here, was also present at the conference as a discussion partner.

Lectures, sessions and forums

The opening lecture of the conference was given by Andre Geim on "Empty 2D space and its exotic properties". Among the many other high-profile speakers were Acelya Yilmazer from the University of Ankara, who spoke about graphene and 2D materials in antiviral research, and Paulo Lage from Airbus in the Netherlands, who spoke about graphene for lightning protection in CFRP aircraft. However, the innovations presented also included the treatment of drinking water and the fight against viral infections in view of new impending pandemics.

Due to its outstanding properties, graphene can not only form new forward-looking compounds with other materials, but also interact with the nerve cells of the human body. What was just presented as a finding from biomedical research in a lecture could one day make new medications and therapies possible. Basically, graphene research is currently in transition from the laboratory to the application areas. This was also signalled by Graphene Week 2022, which heralded the 10th project year of the Graphene Flagship. This year, the people, organisations and achievements of the Graphene Flagship will enter a new phase of visibility - and the Munich conference marked the beginning.

BMW Welt offers spaces for events of all kinds

For Munich, the conference was an exceptionally good opportunity to once again show itself as a representative congress location. And indeed, in addition to the top-class conference, Munich as a MICE destination was also well received by the participants. After all, the venue, BMW Welt, with its impressive and futuristic architecture, is already a real eye-catcher - and an innovative building.

The roof of BMW Welt, for example, is its own little power plant: it is covered with 16,000 solar cells, is completely flat and was designed to resemble a cloud. The open architecture and glass façade bring a lot of light into the rooms and open the building up to its surroundings. The auditorium served as a perfect lecture hall for the Graphene Congress. During the breaks, participants used the outdoor terrace on the upper floor to get some fresh air and enjoy the view.

Experience Munich

Since the organisers of the Graphene Flagship are based at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, they had to look for partners in Munich. They found them not only at the University of the Bundeswehr and at Airbus, but also at BMW Welt and at the TimeChange agency, which helped with the run-up and organisation of the conference. The City of Munich also supported the event and warmly welcomed its international guests: In the city centre at the Stachus as well as in Neuhauser Straße, flags with the inscription "Munich welcomes Graphene Week" had been specially put up for the congress.

The opening evening of Graphene Week 2022 took place at the Munich Künstlerhaus on Lenbachplatz, where the Munich organising committee with the scientific directors Georg Düsberg and Elmar Bonaccurso welcomed the guests. Another highlight for the visitors from Germany and abroad was the Bavarian dinner on 8 September in the traditional Augustinerkeller. With live music by the Bavarian band "The Happy Bavarians", contacts were made or intensified with the best graphene researchers in the world and, of course, one or two litres of beer were drunk.

Where Science Meets Business

Graphene currently covers a broad spectrum of interest and was accordingly covered by the conference - from basic and applied research to innovation and industry. The most important topics in this field of science include growth, processing and transfer of graphene, electronics, energy generation and storage, spintronics, sensors, nanomedicine, composite materials and health and safety.

Katrin Habenschaden, Deputy Mayor of Munich, and Prof. Merith Niehuss, President of the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, were impressed by Graphene Week. "This year, the scientists, organisations and achievements of the Graphene Flagship will enter a new phase of visibility - and this conference marks the beginning of it," Niehuss said in her welcome address.

 

September 2022

 

Photos: Juliane Haerendel / Graphene Week
Convention bureau
Rooftop view of Munich with the skyline of the Alps in the background.

MICE Destination Munich

Located on the Isar river, this is a dream city in an ideal location for event planners. Please find here general information about the MICE-Destination of Munich.

Located on the Isar river, this is a dream city in an ideal location for event planners. Please find here general information about the MICE-Destination of Munich.

Two women and a man working at at table with a laptop in a hotel in Munich.

Conventions & Conferences

The Bavarian “meeting metropolis” is synonymous with successful conventions and welcomes event planners with open arms.

The Bavarian “meeting metropolis” is synonymous with successful conventions and welcomes event planners with open arms.

Two women and a man are standing on the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich.

Incentives & events

Wheater a teambuiding event, a culinary experience or an adrenalin filled activity – Munich offers a unique variety of Incentive possibilities.

Wheater a teambuiding event, a culinary experience or an adrenalin filled activity – Munich offers a unique variety of Incentive possibilities.

Convention Bureau staff sit on steps.

About us

Here you can find an overview of the Munich CVB, our services, the team as well as an overview of our memberships and network in the MICE- industry.

Here you can find an overview of the Munich CVB, our services, the team as well as an overview of our memberships and network in the MICE- industry.

Overview: Conference Hotels
Discover Munich
The Friedensengel - Angle of Peace - in Munich.

Sights you can't miss in Munich

In a nutshell: the most important sights at a glance.

In a nutshell: the most important sights at a glance. Our top 20 highlights that you really should see during your stay in Munich.

A young man and a boy are sitting on the ground in front of paintings in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

Pure cultural pleasure

World-class museums, legendary stages, impressive galleries: Munich offers pure cultural pleasure!

World-class museums, legendary stages, impressive galleries: Munich offers pure cultural pleasure!

The Siegestor at Ludwigstraße in Munich in autumn

Every district has its own unique beauty

Schwabing, Glockenbach, Haidhausen, Nymphenburg: an overview.

Bohemian in Schwabing, colourful diversity in Glockenbach, village idyll in Haidhausen, noble residences in Bogenhausen: Each of Munich's districts has its own unique beauty. An overview.

A man with curly hair is sitting in a beer garden in Munich and is smiling.

Traditionally enjoyed

Traditional, modern or exquisite: everything you need to know about Munich's culinary diversity.

Traditional, modern or exquisite: everything you need to know about Munich's culinary diversity.

A couple is sitting on stones and is looking to the water of the Isar River in Munich.

Munich stories

Welcome to Munich! Learn more about Munich's most beautiful spots and its residents.

Welcome to Munich! Learn more about Munich's most beautiful spots and its residents.

"Sphere" by Olafur Eliasson in the Fünf Höfe in Munich.

Elegant and exclusive

Luxury shopping and elegant design go hand in hand in Munich. An overview.

Luxury shopping and elegant design go hand in hand in Munich. An overview.

A chairoplane at the Auer Dult in Munich.

Markets, fairs and festivals

Weekly markets, fairs, Spring Festival, Oktoberfest, Christmas markets: the most important dates.

Weekly markets, fairs, Spring Festival, Oktoberfest, Christmas markets: the most important dates.

People swimming and sun bathing at the Isar river in München with the church St Maximilian in the background.

Relaxation and fun

There is no better place to relax and have fun than in Munich's green oases.

There is no better place to relax and have fun than in Munich's green oases.

Eibsee nearby Garmisch in the surrounding region of Munich taken from the air with a drone.

Munich and its mountains

Hiking, mountaineering, kiting, skiing: the local mountains are a recreational paradise. 

Hiking, mountaineering, kiting, skiing: the local mountains are a recreational paradise. 

Overview: Trade Fair Hotels