INTERVIEW: Dr. Flavio Soldera
“I support the activities of the Regional Group since I consider very important to create links between the industry and academia”


When you decided to come from Argentina to Germany to study, which were the academic aspects that you felt attracted to?

I was attracted to come to Germany because it is recognized as one of the countries with the most advanced technology in the world. It is famous for the high precision and quality of its products as well as for its way of working. But actually, when I decided to come to Germany I did not know too much about the academic aspects. For instance, I knew about the excellence of Max Plank Institutes, but I did not have more information of other kind of research centers, like Fraunhofer or Leibnitz. Nor about the characteristics of the German Universities, or the existence of Universities of Applied Science (Fachhochschule).

How did you get interested on becoming part of the Regional forum Saarbrucken and the education committee (Ausbildungsauschuss)? Which are your tasks in both groups?

I work in the international study programs and of the international exchange of students and researchers. Therefore, I consider it is very interesting to participate in the Education Committee, since with this activities we can help a lot students in their future career perspectives. I also think that my experience with the students can be helpful for the development of the activities of the Education Committee, especially to bring also some internationalization aspects.

I support the activities of the Regional Group since I consider very important to create links between the industry and academia. Not only for helping students in finding good jobs after their studies, but also for knowing which are the necessities of industry regarding research and regarding education of future employers.

You took part in the Nachwuchs forum during the MSE 2014. Which modules did you prepare on the framework of the Ausbildungsauschuss and which were on your perspective the most successful?

I participated mainly in the Student Session and in the speed dating event. It was very interesting to listen to the lectures of young students, as well as to discuss with them about the research presented on their Poster. This opportunity of presenting their own results at such an early stage of their careers was really appreciated by them.

The Speed Dating was also very successful. Even though the amount of students was lower than expected, the possibilities of getting in contact with experts from universities or industry was really acknowledged by the students. These activities are rarely organized at university and students many times do not know exactly how to approach people from the industry or they feel too shy for doing it. To bring young people in contact with experienced professionals is not trivial and it helps the young students a lot.

From your experience, which are the main challenges that Material scientists face and how can they be supported by the Industry or the Academia?

An important issue for the future is attracting enough young people to study this field. MSE is unfortunately not as well known in school as it is for instance physics or mechanical engineering and therefore many students do not follow this study. Industry should try to show to the open public in which case MSE is being applied in the society.

Last but not least, you took part on the Football final Germany Brazil was it a tough match?

It was a really tough and intense match. The Brazilian players were really fit. In any case, we had a lot of fun and the tie was fair! Next time, a match between Germany and Argentina should take place.