A strong alliance between science and industry
Through its close cooperation with industry partners over the years, Technische Universität München (TUM) has played a crucial role in Bavaria’s transition from an agrarian state to one of the leading high-tech hubs in Europe. Today, TUM still maintains close links with industry, signing around 1,000 cooperation agreements every year. It has also forged strong alliances with external research institutes, in particular Max Planck Institutes, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Fraunhofer Society. All of which makes TUM one of the best networked universities in Europe.
Speeding up technology transfer to benefit society – TUM partners with industry players to transfer inventions from academia to society . The research conducted at TUM is invaluable to companies across the world, whom TUM scientists help solve highly complex technological challenges. TUM has cultivated long-standing partnerships with global giants like Siemens, General Electric, BMW and Audi.
Max Planck Institutes, the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Zentrum: Just some of TUM’s external research partners. These institutes specialize in specific fields, interdisciplinary breakthroughs or specific applications. Several external research institutes have established themselves on and around TUM’s Garching campus. Associated Organisations
The Deutsches Museum is the world’s oldest museum of technology, matched in significance only by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
- Research institute: The research institute of the Deutsches Museum is part of the Leibniz Association. Its researchers explore many aspects of the history of science and technology and publish their findings worldwide.
- TUM chairs: In 2009, TUM appointed the museum’s Director General, Prof. Wolfgang M. Heckl, to the newly created Oskar von Miller Chair of Science Communication. The Chair of Museum Education further increases TUM’s engagement with the museum.
- Joint projects: TUM and the Deutsches Museum jointly operate the “TUMLab” teacher/pupil experimental laboratory. The interactive “TUMlive” project brings scientists closer to museum visitors through video conferencing. The scientists describe what goes on in their labs, explain their research topics and answer questions from visitors.
- Founded by TUM alumni: In 1903, TUM alumni Oskar von Miller, Carl von Linde and Walther von Dyck founded the Deutsches Museum. Today, the museum is closely connected to TUM thanks to a long-term cooperation agreement.
Contact us: TUM ForTe – Office for Research and Innovation is the first point of contact and central coordinating office for all enquiries related to research and commercial cooperations.
- Brochure: TUM Research and Commercial Cooperations (PDF 1.6 MB)
- TUM Research Code of Conduct (PDF 1.3 MB)
- Model agreement forms
& List of university wide R&D agreements