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5000 euros for ex­cel­lent re­search-based learn­ing: HNU team re­ceives Friedrich Braun Prize 2021

16.07.2021, Press Release :

On Wednesday afternoon, the Friedrich Braun Foundation at the Sparkasse Neu-Ulm - Illertissen awarded its Science Prize, endowed with 5000 euros, which recognises outstanding achievements in the field of research-based learning. The award went to the CLIDE project, which six students developed under the supervision of Prof. Patricia Franzreb. In addition, six other HNU teams each received 500 euros in funding for their innovative projects.


The science prize, which is based on the legacy of the vocational school teacher Friedrich Braun from Ulm, was offered for the first time this year at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU). In the spirit of the foundation's father, who dedicated himself to promoting education and lifelong learning, the Friedrich Braun Prize recognises outstanding teaching formats and the independent research achievements of students that result from them. The prize money is intended to give teams of students and teachers the freedom to develop new ideas and explore new areas of interest.

"For Sparkasse Neu-Ulm - Illertissen, the promotion of science and research and the cooperation with Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences is an important building block," said Dr. Armin Brugger, Chairman of the Board of the Sparkasse, in his welcoming speech on Wednesday afternoon in the hall of the Sparkasse in Neu-Ulm. "Education and science are invaluable, not least these days. The region needs motivated students and committed teachers, bright minds with a desire and curiosity for research."

Award-winning project CLIDE: Innovative teaching methods and outstanding research performance by students

The prize was awarded to six students of the Information Management and Corporate Communication (IMUK) programme who, under the supervision of Prof. Patricia Franzreb, designed a tool for refrigerated medicines as part of a user experience project and implemented it in a prototype: CLIDE - a word combination of "cooling" and "slide" - enables the safe transport of temperature-sensitive medicines. In the award ceremony, the jury honoured the well thought-out teaching concept and the students' independent research process. "CLIDE is an outstanding example of how innovations are created through research-based learning," said HNU Vice President Prof. Dr. Julia Kormann in her laudation.

Above average many good projects: Friedrich Braun Foundation awarded special honours

The Friedrich Braun Foundation was impressed by the thematic diversity and the quality of all the submitted contributions, explained Carmen Partsch and Hans Rauth as managing directors of the Foundation. The jury therefore decided to increase the funding pot and award six more teams from HNU. Funding of 500 euros each was awarded to projects on innovative living in the Wiley area of Neu-Ulm, an augmented reality app for teaching in the field of e-mobility, a self-help app for cancer patients and their relatives, a transfer concept for research into healthy nutrition, an archetype card game for use in the new teaching format Konzeptionssprint and a digital strategy for companies.

About the Friedrich Braun Foundation

Friedrich Braun (* 09 July 1927, 07.04.2012), a vocational school teacher in Ulm, was concerned in many ways with the fields of science, research and teaching and founded the "universal principle of multidimensional logic". He made his findings available to the general public for the promotion of science and research and established the Friedrich Braun Foundation for this purpose.

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Awarding of the Friedrich Braun Prize to the CLIDE project team in the hall of the Sparkasse Neu-Ulm - Illertissen. (from left to right): Sparkasse board member Dr. Armin Brugger, HNU vice president Prof. Dr. Julia Kormann, Prof. Patricia Franzreb, HNU student Ines Maly, board of trustees member Dr. Harald Bratke, HNU student Peer Kieweg, HNU student Dominik Flach, HNU student Katharina Rupp, foundation managing director Hans Rauth, HNU student Sabine Daßler, foundation managing director Carmen Partsch.