TUM’s Research Centers

Technische Universität München (TUM) has set up interdisciplinary research centers to bundle expertise across faculties and synergize these insights with the know-how of external cooperation partners. Working at the touch points between the natural sciences, engineering and medicine, researchers are discovering new ways of tackling the major challenges facing society as we move forward. The opportunity to work at these interfaces is attracting scientists from around the globe to TUM.

How can technology meet society’s needs? MCTS is exploring this question. Graphic: Christine Sturz
How can technology meet society’s needs? MCTS is exploring this question.Graphic: Christine Sturz

TUM academics are exploring new fields of research in Integrative Research Centers (IRCs). Each center concentrates on a specific research topic and flanks this with excellence in teaching. Academics from various TUM faculties join forces with top international researchers in these IRCs.

Nanoparticles and the vastness of space: The Universe Cluster of Excellence. Photos: CERN, CERN, Giovanni Benintende.
Nanoparticles and the vastness of space: The Universe Cluster of Excellence.Photos: CERN, CERN, Giovanni Benintende

Corporate Research Centers

TUM has set up a number of Corporate Research Centers to carry out cutting-edge work in highly specialist areas, from neutron physics to the life sciences. These centers answer directly to the Board of Management. This means that they are free to carry out their basic research independently of the faculties. They also enter into industry cooperations for application-driven research.

  

  

  

  


Research Centers Run with Partners

New findings on the use of renewable raw materials are emerging from the labs of Straubing Center of Science. Photo: Kurt Fuchs
New findings on the use of renewable raw materials are emerging from the labs of Straubing Center of Science.Photo: Kurt Fuchs

No university can solve the major challenges of the 21st century on its own. That is why TUM has teamed up with partners from science and industry in various research centers.

  • Straubing Center of Science:
    Research and teaching at the Straubing Center of Science focus on the potential applications of renewable raw materials, including as an energy source. Its strength lies in a multidisciplinary approach encompassing the natural sciences and engineering as well as ecology and business. Five Bavarian universities are represented at this science center. Three chairs from TUM are involved.
  • Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA):
    The doctoral students at HELENA are shedding light on the causes of complex diseases like diabetes mellitus and chronic lung disease. The research focuses on the interactions between environmental factors, lifestyle and genetic disposition. TUM, Helmholtz Zentrum München and Ludwig Maximilian University jointly undertake the doctoral teaching at HELENA.
  • Munich Aerospace:
    The working groups at Munich Aerospace are developing solutions for the key challenges facing the aerospace industry: e.g. autonomous flight systems, safety in orbit, geodetic earth observation, communication and navigation and aviation management. As part of this alliance, TUM is cooperating with the main research organizations in this field in the Munich region: Universität der Bundeswehr, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Bauhaus Luftfahrt.
  • TUM CREATE:
    The TUM CREATE research campus in Singapore is developing new mobility concepts for tropical megacities. The research is focused on electric cars and the enabling technologies. TUM CREATE is a joint project between TUM and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).