BINDER casts a spell with ice-cold delights

August 2015 Employees at KIT watch the BINDER ice show

Dr. Ute Schwotzer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology wins BINDER's big prize


Winner of BINDER's latest contest, Dr. Ute Schwotzer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was the guest of honor at a truly special event.


In June, BINDER gave its customers the chance to take part in a very special contest. BINDER advertised a prize of a day spent tasting ice-cold delights for the winner and their colleagues in LaborPraxis, a highly respected magazine for those working in the field of laboratory research and analytics. The response to this tasty event was overwhelming and numerous entries were received. The lucky winner was Frau Diplom-Geoökologin Dr. Ute Schwotzer, head of the analytics service at the Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Dr. Schwotzer's responsibilities at the KIT include testing the waste water in the on-site sewage works for compliance with applicable legislation and examining other water samples as part of operational monitoring on campus.  The analysis laboratory managed by Dr. Schwotzer also provides an extensive range of analytics services to support and assist the wide variety of research activities and process developments the KIT is involved in.


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT for short – was created on October 1, 2009 when the Karlsruhe Research Center merged with the University of Karlsruhe. The KIT delivers the services of a university in the German state of Baden-Württemberg whilst also functioning as a research institute for research, teaching, and innovation as part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.


The big day finally arrived on July 30, when ice king Sven Kluge from Potsdam and the BINDER team (sales representative Achim Schwörer and Dorothea Fichter-Fechner, marketing and PR manager) visited the lucky winner in Karlsruhe. Dr. Schwotzer and her team were eagerly awaiting their arrival in rooms that had been set up specially for the occasion. A group of around 60 guests from Dr. Schwotzer;s department, neighboring institutes, and the maintenance team from the sewage works were mesmerized by Sven Kluge's clever quips and unusual ice-cold creations. Appropriately enough for the winner, the ice counter was set up like a miniature laboratory.  The spectators looked on in amazement as liquid fruit essence was transformed from cucumber juice in salt water into tiny “pearls of caviar”. The many unusual tasty treats on offer included flambéed marshmallows with redcurrant caviar on caramel cream, accompanied by vanilla ice cream and “fairy dust”. Enthralled, the guests couldn't wait to tuck in – some of them even devoured the delicious creations without leaving the counter. Between tasting sessions, Sven Kluge kept his audience entertained with one clever magic trick after another. All in all the event was a resounding success and full of surprises. “I've never won anything so nice,” an overjoyed Dr. Schwotzer told us. “We'll certainly look back on this day fondly for a very long time to come.


I've never won anything so nice. We'll certainly look back on this day fondly for a very long time to come.

Dr. Ute Schwotzer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology