Field Trip to Bayer AG

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February 10, 2015  -  all day

At Bayer AG

Field trip to Bayer AG

The field trips of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM are remarkable highlights of our local activities contributing to the mission of SIAM to build cooperations between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology. For our recent trip we were glad to become acquainted with Bayer, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. The field trip was mainly focusing on the work of the »Complex Systems Modeling« group that uses mathematical tools to support research and development at Bayer AG.
On February 10 at 7:30 in the morning we started the excursion in Heidelberg. Thanks to the support of our sponsors SIAM and HGS we could organize a bus for the day trip to Leverkusen.
The commissioned bus travel company BBK sent us their possibly most entertaining driver, so the 3,5 h journey could be enjoyed by every participant. After security check we entered the factory premises (the Werksgelände ;) and got a first impression of the huge chemical plants. Our destination was a conference room where most of the program was scheduled. After the opening and a short welcome round three experts from Bayer presented their respective departments and projects in the range from environmental modeling through optimal study design to medical drug research.

Beyond the expert talks we were introduced to career opportunities by a presentation from the human resources department.
After the delicious lunch buffet the head of the Technology Development division of Bayer Technology Services, Dr. Bachlechner, gave an outstanding presentation about the importance of research in advanced mathematics, how simulation and optimization change the traditional development cycle of a product.
In the following we got to know more about Bayer technologies in the visitor center BayKomm.
Back in the conference room three of our members got the opportunity to contribute to the university-industry exchange with talks about mathematical modeling of a complex biological process, globalization methods in mathematical optimization and efficient parameter estimation of a chemical process.
In the end we had lively discussions in groups before taking the bus back.
At 9:30 pm we arrived in Heidelberg full of impressions being glad for the successful field trip.
We thank the Bayer AG, especially Dr. Gaida and Dr. Grüning for hosting an exciting and rewarding field trip.

 

Our group together with Dr. Bachlechner

Announcement

Field Trip

Dear Members and Friends of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM,

we would like to invite you to our Field Trip in 2015:

Bayer AG Leverkusen, Complex Systems Modeling
Feb 10th, 2015, all day

Please give us a short notice if you want to participate, the sooner the better as the number number of parparticipants is limited.

We will have the opportunity to become acquainted with one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. The field trip will mainly be focussing on the work of the »Complex Systems Modeling« group that uses mathematical tools to support research and development at Bayer but will not be restricted to it. Together with Dr. Linus Görlitz and Dr. Clara Grüning we have assembled an exciting and rewarding program for this field trip.

We are looking forward to see you.

Best regards,
   The Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM Officers