University Teaching Award 2017: Communication & Comprehension

Prize: Awards of the University of Luebeck

General Description

Professor Dr. Christian Hoffmann receives the University Teaching Award 2017 for his course concept: "Ethics of Innovative Technologies", which was offered as part of the Medical Electrical Engineering program.

In the winter semester 2016/2017, the course "Ethics of Innovative Technologies" was a seminar in the compulsory elective area of the new degree course "Robotics and Autonomous Systems". In future semesters, however, this seminar will be available to all degree courses as part of the interdisciplinary compulsory elective catalogue and thus also reflect the interdisciplinary character of the participating students.

The nine-member jury assessed the concept as follows:
Overall, the concept can be assessed as didactically innovative and conceptually convincing. It follows a sophisticated, methodically versatile approach and combines a variety of measures for knowledge transfer, activation and support into a coherent teaching-learning concept.

Second place went to Prof. Nicole Jochems with her concept for the EMI Award

Excerpt from the application:

"The EMI Award is an innovative teaching concept that was conceived as part of the new Bachelor's degree program in Media Informatics at the University of Lübeck (start winter semester2014/2015) and was firmly established in the curriculum or course of study in the following semesters. The award describes both a project work as part of the first semester lecture Introduction to Media Informatics (EMI, module CS1600), as well as a cross-semester course concept. In addition to the project work of the first semester students, the project results of the Bachelor Project UI and Media Design course (module CS3210) are examined and presented and the best Master thesis and, in future, the best Bachelor thesis are awarded prizes.

The project work as part of the award offers students the opportunity to reflect on their own attitude to social issues in media informatics, to think through questions together with fellow students and to develop their own skills in a creative environment."

Third place went to the concept for the BioMedTec Science Campus student conference (

Teaching team
Prof. Dr. Thorsten M. Buzug, Institute of Medical Technology
Prof. Dr. Heinz Handels, Institute of Medical Informatics
Dr. Jan-Hinrich Wrage, Institute of Medical Informatics
Christina Debbeler, Institute of Medical Technology
Christian Kaethner, Institute of Medical Technology

Excerpt from the application:
"At the student conference of the BioMedTec Science Campus, Master's students of technical-informatics courses at the University of Lübeck and the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck present their research results from projects, practical semesters or final theses in the form of a scientific conference. The papers submitted are based on work carried out at the Lübeck universities, in clinics, in international research institutions or in industrial companies. The didactic aim of the conference is to promote understanding of scientific working methods and the resulting findings by means of practical processes. A further aspect of communication is taken up by the conference language, which, as is usual at international conferences, is English."
Degree of recognitionRegional
Granting OrganisationsUniversity of Luebeck

Awarded at event

Event titleUniversity Awards 2017
LocationRathaus der Hansestadt Lübeck, Lübeck, GermanyShow on map