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Since thirty years the Kekulé cycle has offered a biannual series of lectures on visionary topics in science and technology. Therefore the organizers invite internationally renowned speakers from academia and business. The Kekulé cycle promotes insight, reflection and dialogue and creates a platform where students, academics and professionals from research, education and industry meet.

In Kekulé cycle XVII we explore domains in science and technology in which important breakthroughs are to be expected.

Nobel laureate professor Ben Feringa opens the cycle with a lecture on the development of molecules with unprecedented mechanical properties. That evening we also highlight sustainable chemical synthesis and the growing potential of biotechnology for chemical industry.

Then a promising substance with applications from health care to quantum computing is put into the spotlights: what about diamond? Its properties are exceptional and amazing thanks to the control of defects and impurities.

Let us surprise you by topics such as: gravitational waves, brain computer interfaces and artificial intelligence. A related topic is “Big Data”, a technology that expands fast in many fields, for example smart cities.

Will “renewable” products from biomass or a simple CO2  molecule deliver on expectations? 
We indicate the current status  of industrial and academic research with special attention for upscaling and open innovation as a possible catalyst.

Finally, we cover new therapies such as camel antibodies, immunotherapy and spinal cord regeneration that will play an important role in the future.

With these actual topics the Kekulé cycle wants to create an image of the contribution of science and technology to the future.
We kindly invite you to discover  these inspiring examples and are looking forward to numerous contacts between students and professionals from education, research and industry.


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