At the beginning of the second funding period, we organized the first Summer School at the PZH of Leibniz Universität Hannover on September 26 and 27 to familiarize ourselves with the new projects and research work of our team members and to share our research topics with each other.

With a short introduction of the SPP 2100 coordinators, Mr. Wiese, Mr. Bartholdt, and Ms. Bertholdt introduced and presented their project SMART Toolbox.  

Afterwards, we took our participants for a Lab Visit at the iPeG, where they were introduced to various types of smart materials and new 3D printing technologies. On the same day, another project "Materials Science for Soft Robotics" was presented to our participants, during which various materials were explained and discussed which ones could be used for different aspects of soft material robotics research. Different fabrication methods of dielectric elastomer actuators were introduced, followed by an overview about magnetic incs and stretchable electronics.

On the next day, we had a full-day workshop on machine learning by Niklas Terei. The aim of the workshop was to give the participants the chance to learn basic level machine learning skills by hands-on demo sessions. We then went on to different lab visits, where our participants got to know about various new methods for material recycling, material testing machines, and many more new types of equipment.  The Lab visits included the IMPT, IKK, and IDS of Leibniz University Hannover.

We would like to thank all the participants and involved institutes who made this event a successful exchange of knowledge and look forward to our next summer school in 2023!

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