International Summer School on Fluidic MEMS

25th August to 14th September 2019 at Jade University

Organised by Jade University - Department of Engineering Sciences and International Office


The Department of Engineering Sciences and the International Office of Jade University offer a three-week summer school on Fluidic MEMS. This course focuses on microfluidic systems, which are a subtopic of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) concentrating on handling small amounts of fluids.

Microfluidic systems have the potential to change analytic devices in the same way microelectronics did in the past to electronic devices. Possible applications are portable analytical devices like Lab-on-a-chip and point-of-care devices. To use this potential the knowledge about the technology and its usage needs to be spread out. This is the aim of this course; it will give an introduction to the fabrication and usage of microfluidic devices.

The first part of the course covers basics from a physical and technological point of view. The second part continues with the design, calculation and simulation of microfluidic chips. Recent research in biomedical applications is also presented.

The focus of the course is on the engineering point of view for micro fluidic applications especially. The course content is explained using examples and will be directly applied in a project. During this project an analytical standard procedure is transferred to the micro scale and realised as a microfluidic chip. This project includes designing, producing and testing the chip.

The course language is English. The presence of students as well as teachers from foreign countries requires the use of a shared language as the basis of everyday communication and interaction, and gives better motivation than a language course at a home university ever could. 

This summer course is addressed to graduate students and requires a Bachelor’s degree for participation. It is a regular part of the Master of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering program at Jade University and is accepted for Master studies by our partner universities.


Fluidic-MEMS Summer School in Wilhelmshaven 2019:

Microfluidic Applications in Biomedical Engineering and Sensor Technology

(Graduate students)
26.08.MonWelcome - Workshop "German Language and Culture" - Introduction to courses (afternoon session)

Basics of Microfluidics

Lecture room / ICT (PC-Lab) / Lab

SatExcursions:    Sat: Mudflat Hiking (Baltrum), Sun: Meyer Shipyard (Papenburg)

Microfluidics Engineering
(Luque / Gaßmann)

Lecture room / ICT (PC-Lab) / Lab

FriExcursion to Hamburg:    Fri: Löwenstein Medical, Sat: Airbus, Miniaturwonderland, Sun: Free time till noon

Biomicrofluidics Applications
(Lima / Gaßmann)

Lecture room / ICT (PC-Lab) / Lab

13.09.FriPresentations of project results (all courses together) - Student evaluation
Final Award Presentation

Normal timetable

9:00 amStart morning session
12:00 noonLunch
1:00 pmStart afternoon session
4:00 pmEnd

Course Abstracts

Basics of Microfluidics

Michael Schlüter                                                                                                                                                  

Course content:

  • Microfluidics
  • Polymer micromachining
  • Glass micromachining
  • Characterization of microstructures
  • Applications of microfluidics

Project work:

  • Training on basic production techniques


Microfluidic Engineering

Antonio Luque, Stefan Gaßmann                                                                                                                        

Course content:

  • Introduction to Glucose measurement

Project work:

  • Definition of the project goal
  • Design of the system
  • Fabrication
  • Characterisation of the system
  • Presentation of the results


Biomicrofluidics Application

Rui Lima, Stefan Gaßmann                                                                                                                             

Course content:

  • Basics of microfluidics (calculations / scaling laws)
  • Basics of CFD
  • Biomicrofluidics
  • Advanced applications
  • Recent research in microfluidics

Project work:

  • CFD training
  • Flow analysis for biomicrofluidics

Costs and Facts

Target groupGraduate students of engineering
Course creditsup to 6 ECTS credits
LocationJade University in Wilhelmshaven, northern part of Germany
Time25th August until 14th September 2019
OrganizerJade University 
Department of Engineering Sciences
Registration deadline15th May 2019
Please use Online Application Form 
Application, course fee & funding

General course fee: 500 Euro

International students:
All international students have to submit the following documents by e-mail to Iris Wilters:
Statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, passport copy, most recent grades and a letter of recommendation from a professor.
We will inform you by 10th June 2019 whether you are accepted or not.

Students from partner universities (see list below):
Ask your local coordinator to sign up. She/he will tell you about the special costs which your group of students will have to pay and what further information we need.

Students from Jade University:
Students from Jade University have to be registered for autumn semester 2019/20.  
Ask the organisation team in Wilhelmshaven for further information and course fees.

Students from abroad may be eligible for a scholarship and will be informed about the possibilities after having handed in their complete application documents.

If you have any questions please contact our International OfficeIris Wilters.

Board & lodging

We will book a shared room on a houseboat for you, costs 420 Euro per 3 weeks (including breakfast). If you wish to stay in a single room, we recommend to look for a hotel room.

Please note that there are no cooking facilities on the houseboat. You can obtain a low-cost lunch in the university canteen. For dinner you will have to go to restaurants or buy snacks.

Partner institutions

Westphalian University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Michael Schlüter
University of Seville (Spain)
Antonio Luque
University of Minho (Portugal)
Rui Lima


Thank you for your interest in our Fluidic MEMS Summer School. The application period for the next summer school starts in March 2020.

Participating Partners

Jade University of Applied Sciences

Department of Engineering Sciences
Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Gaßmann
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Gaßmann
Dipl.-Ing. Robert Buse
Dipl.-Ing. Robert Buse
Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Schütte
Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Schütte

Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Department of Electrical Engineering and Applied Natural Sciences
Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schlüter
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schlüter

University of Seville

Department of Electronics Engineering
Seville, Spain

Ass. Prof. Dr. Antonio Luque
Ass. Prof. Dr. Antonio Luque

University of Minho

Mechanical Engineering Department
Guimarães, Portugal

Ass. Prof. Dr. Rui Lima
Ass. Prof. Dr. Rui Lima

Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service 
with funding from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany