Located in Magdeburg's Port of Science, the research campus STIMULATE, whose central partner is Otto von Guericke University (OVGU), has already generated significant scientific as well as economic effects together with its partners. The results and potentials achieved are now to be transferred and rolled out to the region and society in the project "transPORT". The goal is to develop an eco-center with science, high-tech economy, but especially with living and well-being. The scientific and economic focus is to be on medical technology.
Within the framework of the announcement "T!Raum - TransferRäume für die Zukunft von Regionen" (T!Space - Transfer Spaces for the Future of Regions), the structurally and interdisciplinarily broad-based consortium initiated and led by the research campus STIMULATE submitted an innovative project outline to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This was selected by a review panel as one of the 15 best and the consortium was invited to a presentation to the BMBF and the advisory board. At the end of March, the team consisting of PD Dr. N. Pleßke (OVGU), Dr. S. Röll (Neoscan Solutions GmbH), Prof. Dr. G. Rose (OVGU), S.Y. Stieger (City of Magdeburg) as well as Dr. S. Schünemann (IGZ Barleben) convincingly presented the ambitious project, so that finally in August the positive selection decision was announced by the BMBF. In the main application, which still has to be prepared, all measures and investments of the project have to be exactly defined and specified for the first years (of up to 9 years in total) in order to be able to receive the funding of up to 2 million euros per year.
At the beginning of September, the BMBF organized a kick-off of the T!Raum funding program at the ddb forum in Berlin, where all 12 selected projects presented themselves to each other in 3-minute pitches. The transPORT project was presented by PD Dr. P. Berg from the OVGU.
As already mentioned, in addition to the technological and economic effects, social and cultural innovations in particular are to be carried into the region and society by means of new transfer formats. Among other things, the focus will be on sustainable (frugal) medical technology, digitalization, a MRI platform, science communication, promotion of young scientists and smart specialized transfer. To extend the strongly local approach of transPORT, a digital twin of the neighborhood will be developed and implemented, which, in addition to innovative marketing for the place, will in particular also grant virtual highly-immersive access and participation in the eco-center. In this way, a (de-)localized campus with a global reach and footprint will be created.
For more information, visit the transPORT website: trans-port.net