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Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ronny Sorge

Portrait Prof. Dr. Ronny Sorge

On the occasion of his appointment as Professor of Planning and Construction of Traffic Routes at the Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. Dr. Ronny Sorge holds his inaugural lecture entitled "The Future of Road Construction".

Road construction is the subject of controversial political and social debate. Roads open up and connect places, but also people; they form the basis for the distribution and supply of goods – without roads, there is no provision of services of general interest for society. In addition to these complex tasks, road construction also faces numerous challenges. These include increasing traffic congestion, climate change and insufficient budgets for road construction and maintenance as well as the declining acceptance of road construction in politics and society.
In his inaugural lecture, Prof. Dr. Ronny Sorge will present numerous innovations, potentials and sustainable approaches that can contribute to making road construction and roads fit for the future.

About the person
Ronny Sorge (born 1981) trained as a reinforced concrete worker in civil engineering. He worked as a journeyman at the company Wächterbau GmbH and at the same time underwent further training to become a foreman in civil engineering. During this time, he gained his first experience in the management of construction projects.
In 2007, he obtained his general qualification for university entrance and studied civil engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt (FHE) from 2007 to 2011. During his studies, he worked as a student trainee at Bauer Bauunternehmen and as a tutor for the Chair of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in the Civil Engineering specialisation at the FHE. He completed his further studies in civil engineering at the FHE from 2011 to 2012 with a Master of Engineering degree. From 2010 to 2015, he also worked as a court expert for the office of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Riedl, a sworn and appointed court expert, and for the Gütegemeinschaft für Asphalt-Kaltbauweisen zur Erhaltung von Straßen.
Since 2013, he has been a research assistant at the Chair of Road Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurtand has worked as a consultant for various companies in the field of asphalt innovations, sustainability and recycling of road construction materials. His activities also included consulting in research and transfer in road construction and road maintenance as a freelancer.
In 2019, Ronny Sorge received his doctorate from the Technical University of Dresden on the topic of "Influence of multiple modifications on the stiffness and fatigue behaviour of bitumen and asphalt mixes".
He worked as a lecturer in road construction and building materials science at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and at the further education academy of the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Hessen-Thüringen educational organisation. From 2016, he worked as an expert and expert witness in road construction, including for the Regional Court of Heidelberg and the Regional Court of Erfurt.
Since 2018, he has held the position of laboratory manager in the road construction laboratory at the University of Applied SciencesErfurt. In this role, he managed and conducted research and development projects, acquired third-party funding and organised knowledge transfer with various European research institutions and companies.
Since 2023, he has been Professor of Planning and Construction of Transport Routes at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and is currently leading two research projects.

Inaugural lecture
When: 22nd of January 2024, 6.00 pm
Where: House D / 011
Meeting ID: 666 7213 5880
Identification code: 60405897

The inaugural lecture is open to the public, will take place on site in presence and will be broadcast live in parallel. Interested parties are welcome. Following the lecture, there will be a small reception in the foyer of House D.


Prof. Dr. Ronny Sorge
Professor for Construction and Planning of Transport Routes
Study Programme Advisor Infrastructure Systems (B. Eng.), Infrastructure Systems Dual (B. Eng.)