TUM – Latest news https://www.tum.de Latest news of TUM en TUM Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:10:55 +0200 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:10:55 +0200 Contaminated groundwater will be pumped out via wells https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36828/ Last week, a company had been commissioned by the State Construction Office to renew a pumping station that pumps kerosene on demand from an underground tank into a laboratory building located next to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which is also used by the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy. The fuel is needed there in propulsion research. Last Monday, a TUM employee discovered that kerosene was leaking from the system. The company was immediately informed and stopped the leak.

Investigations by a commissioned expert revealed that the kerosene spread in a localized area in the soil. It can be assumed that this area has a maximum extension of 25 to 30 meters. The soil will be monitored in order to advise on the need for treatment if necessary.

No one was injured. TUM is working with all involved parties and relevant authorities to investigate the causes of the incident.

The original article from July 20, 21, and 22, 2021 has been updated.

Campus news news-36827 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +0200
Cancer development is influenced by tissue type https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36818/ There have been no major improvements in the treatment of pancreatic and biliary tract cancer in the last decades and no effective targeted therapies are available to date. “The situation for patients with pancreatic and extrahepatic bile duct cancer is still very depressing with approximately only 10% of patients surviving five years,” says Dieter Saur, Professor for Translational Cancer Research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Saur is one of the researchers at the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) partner site at TUM’s university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar. Joining forces with other researchers at TUM, DKTK, and the University Medical Center Göttingen, Saur has looked into how these forms of cancer develop.

“To discover novel therapeutic strategies that improve prognosis of these patients, it is essential to understand the fundamental genetic networks and interactions that drive these tumors in a tissue-specific fashion. This will allow highly precise molecular interventions in future.”

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-36816 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:30:00 +0200
In the Pinakothek der Moderne: KI.ROBOTIK.DESIGN https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36817/ Artificial Intelligence Event news-36803 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:33:00 +0200 High-tech ecosystem around TUM continues to grow https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36815/ As TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann commented: “With this joint research building we are not only strengthening the high-caliber partnership between TUM and SAP. We are also setting a new milestone in the continuing development of Munich as a high-tech location that is rapidly becoming the European center of innovation in the global pursuit of future technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.” This joint venture is part of TUM’s “Industry on Campus” strategy which aims to translate cutting-edge science into innovations delivering practical benefits for the economy.

SAP Executive Board member Thomas Saueressig emphasized: “This unique location directly on the TUM campus and in immediate proximity to its leading scientists opens up new opportunities for interaction and collaboration. We anticipate that this will add further innovative momentum to our joint applied research projects.” Key topics include sustainability, mobility, industry 4.0 and commerce.

The Free State of Bavaria provided the over 20,000 square meter site for the building. Science Minister Bernd Sibler stated: “This close and long-standing cooperation with SAP promises to deliver valuable synergy effects for all parties concerned and represents a huge gain for Bavaria as a science hub. On the part of the Free State, with our multi-billion euro future-oriented High-Tech Agenda for Bavaria, we are putting the ideal conditions in place to support high-tech development in Bavaria and underpin Munich as Europe’s Silicon Valley.”

Campus news President news-36812 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:50:58 +0200
The virus trap https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36810/ There are antibiotics against dangerous bacteria, but few antidotes to treat acute viral infections. Some infections can be prevented by vaccination but developing new vaccines is a long and laborious process.

Now an interdisciplinary research team from the Technical University of Munich, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Brandeis University (USA) is proposing a novel strategy for the treatment of acute viral infections: The team has developed nanostructures made of DNA, the substance that makes up our genetic material, that can trap viruses and render them harmless.

Covid-19 Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-36809 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:00:00 +0200
Minister President Söder: "The largest aerospace faculty in Europe" https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36814/ During the inaugural ceremonies, Bavaria's Minister President Dr. Markus Söder emphasized the significance of future-oriented aerospace and aviation topics for industry in Bavaria: "Bavaria is to become Germany's Space Valley." In the future as many as 4000 students will study at the TUM campus, which is spread between the two neighboring municipalities of Ottobrunn and Taufkirchen. There will be a total of 55 professorships by 2030, 23 of which have already been filled.

Minister President Söder was highly enthusiastic about the "largest aerospace faculty in Europe," referring to a true "Mission of the future." The expansion is part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria and will receive a total of approximately 3.5 billion euros in funding from the Bavarian government. Participants at the inaugural ceremonies included Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts Bernd Sibler and Bavarian State Minister for Housing, Construction and Transport Kerstin Schreyer, among others.

TUM President Hofmann said: "By founding a new department three years ago, TUM embarked on the journey to make the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen campus, with its focus on aerospace, aeronautics and geodesy, a reference point for all of Europe. For newly appointed professors from around the world, the departmental building we are opening today will become a home base where their scientific activities can flourish freely."

Campus news President news-36811 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:32:07 +0200
How climate change and fires are shaping the forests of the future https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36808/ Forest fires are already a global threat. “But considering how climate change is progressing, we are probably only at the beginning of a future that will see more and bigger forest fires,” explains Rupert Seidl, Professor of Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes at TUM.

In many places, fire is part of the natural environment, and many tree species have become naturally adapted to recurrent fires. These adaptations range from particularly thick bark, which protects the sensitive cambium in the trunk from the fire, to the cones of certain types of pine, which open only due to the heat of fire, allowing a quick regeneration and recovery of affected woodland.

Artificial Intelligence Sustainability Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-36804 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:16:00 +0200
Order of Merit for TUM members https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36813/ Campus news news-36805 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:29:08 +0200 DAX executives earning less https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36807/ Top executives with the 30 companies listed on the DAX exchange earned an average of 3.4 million euros in 2020, or 3.3% less than in 2019. As a result, executive compensation has decreased for the third consecutive year, following a steady upward trend over the preceding decade.

Gross wages also decreased in Germany during the first year of the pandemic, but at a lower rate of 0.1 percent. Consequently, the earnings gap between regular employees and executives again narrowed somewhat. The latter now earn 48 times as much as rank-and-file staff, as compared to a factor of 52 two years ago.

Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-36801 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0200
Digital construction, #nachzukunft and paper palaces https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36806/ TUM is quite at home among museums in the midst of Munich's Kunstareal  museum district. The various institutions in the district are now inviting guests to the fifth Kunstareal-Fest art festival. TUM will participate with the following program items:

Event stefanie.reiffert@tum.de news-36794 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:01:00 +0200
Mechanical stimuli influence organ growth https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36796/ Organoids are three-dimensional systems modeling various human organs. Grown in the laboratory, they exhibit properties similar to those of actual body tissue. Organoids offer science new opportunities to simulate and investigate the processes of organ growth. These processes could not be observed in the simplified two-dimensional model systems used in the past.

Using mammary gland organoids to analyze the complex interactions of cells with surrounding tissue, scientists at the Technical University of Munich, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have shown, that the growth of the gland tissue in the human breast is explicitly influenced by the mechanical properties of the surrounding collagen network.

Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-36795 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:46:00 +0200
“Capital markets have swarm intelligence” https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36800/ People were surprized when share prices bounced back within just a few weeks after the crash at the beginning of the pandemic.

The capital markets are often accused of taking short-term thinking to the extreme. But during the crisis it became evident that they actually have a long-term outlook. The assessment was: the pandemic is a natural disaster that can be overcome. And this is how it differs from the 2008 financial crisis, when it was uncertain for months what the long-term consequences would be for the economic system. As a result, share prices were slow to recover.

But eight weeks into the pandemic, many economists were unsure whether the economy would emerge relatively intact.

The capital markets are a good example of swarm intelligence. It’s not just individual actors involved. There are in fact millions. Their expectations for economic trends yield an overall picture that proved much more accurate last year than many individual forecasts. Of course there are differences from sector to sector and naturally this assessment could have been overturned by unforeseen events such as an especially virulent mutation of the virus. On balance, however, investors’ expectations were confirmed.

You show that we were not only able to observe the crisis with the stock market, but also to learn something about the market through the crisis.

An example of this is the discussion about the increasingly popular ETFs. These are funds that track a stock market index without the involvement of fund managers. The fund industry always argued that ETFs were subject to more uncertainty than managed funds, where managers can respond quickly in a crisis to minimize losses. It was not easy to investigate the truth of that statement because we fortunately do not have a big crisis every year. Now the events in the six to eight weeks from February to April 2020 showed: managed funds did much worse than ETFs.

Covid-19 Event klaus.becker@tum.de news-36799 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 20:50:38 +0200
TUM and ArianeGroup join forces https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36797/ TUM and the ArianeGroup will strategically consolidate their power in the future-oriented space flight sector with a partnership in research and teaching driven by innovation at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site. Specific plans include projects in the areas of launch vehicles and Industry 4.0.

"ArianeGroup, as the general contractor for the European launch vehicle Ariane, is today proud to join TU Munich in taking another important step to further intensify and expand expertise in the development of launch vehicle systems and rockets here at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site," said Pierre Godart, CEO of ArianeGroup GmbH, at the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann stated: "TUM has a great vision for the campus here in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen. We want to establish Europe's most important university location for aviation, space flight and geodesy. In addition to top-level professorial appointments as part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, we are also building on trust-based partnerships with industrial associates in the field of aeronautics. As the lead contractor for the manufacture of the European launch vehicles Ariane 5 and 6, the ArianeGroup is one of the global heavyweights in space flight. I am very pleased that this new agreement will take our Industry-on-Campus strategy to a new level of development at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site."

Campus news President news-36793 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 17:53:01 +0200
CO2 storage through dead plant material https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36790/ Soils are a key player in the global carbon cycle, storing more than twice as much carbon as the atmosphere. Researchers have now studied the role of plant carbon inputs in increased soil carbon storage in more detail.

"Small pieces of dead plants are often seen as just fast food for bacteria and fungi in the soil. We have shown that plant residues actually play a greater role in the formation and storage of carbon in the soil than previously thought," says Kristina Witzgall, a scientist at the Chair of Soil Science at TUM.

Sustainability Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-36789 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 07:03:00 +0200
“Learning − the path to future opportunity” https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36787/ Professor Peus, how should we envision lifelong learning?

What we learn today is often outdated tomorrow. This is partly due to the rapid advances in natural sciences and technology: Especially through digitalization, so many new things, new technologies and new possibilities have been created. As a result, the things a person learned at university 10, 20 or 30 years ago might no longer be entirely valid. Or they are no longer adequate. Consequently, we all need to keep learning throughout our lives. As a university, we see it as our responsibility to be a place to go to for lifelong learning. We don’t just want to provide one-time educational input with our bachelor’s and master’s programs. We want to give people the opportunity to return to TUM after graduating to update their knowledge. At our TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, skilled specialists and leaders from different areas of society will find many continuing education options – reflecting state-of-the-art research, but also geared to real-world applications. 

Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-36776 Tue, 06 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0200
Neuro- and Post-Covid Syndrome: The Nervous System suffers as well https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36785/ Which neurological symptoms are particularly common in acute corona infection?
Prof. Lingor: When a corona infection progresses with symptoms, patients especially complain often of headache, fatigue, exhaustion, but also of the now well-known smell and taste disorders. About one third of corona patients suffer from such neurological complaints. In significantly less severe cases, strokes or inflammation of the brain may also occur.

Why do some still have such complaints even after months?
Prof. Lingor: We now know that the Sars-CoV-2 virus can also enter the central nervous system through various ports of entry and cause damage there. In rare cases, this leads to inflammation of the brain tissue - a so-called encephalitis - or damage to peripheral nerves. Our nervous system recovers from such damage only over the course of many months. However, there are also numerous patients who have undergone a corona infection without such severe involvement of the nervous system and still report ongoing symptoms. These include persistent fatigue, exhaustion, impaired concentration, cognitive impairment, but sometimes also palpitations or dizziness. The cause of these complaints is still largely unknown.

What consequences do you expect in the future?
Prof. Winkler: In the majority of patients, corona disease will probably not lead to neurological deficits. However, we already know that some of the patients who have recovered have suffered long-lasting damage. Such events are either neurological symptoms that occurred during acute covid-19 disease and persist beyond (currently called "long-covid"), or ones that re-emerge after a symptom-free period, also called "post-covid." Whether there are different mechanisms of disease development and what the ultimate causes are is not clear at the moment. However, it is certain that these patients will continue to keep us busy in the future. Whether corona disease increases the risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease such as dementia or Parkinson's disease later in life, we can' t say with certainty on the basis of the data we have today - the course is still too short for this to be the case.

Covid-19 Event news-36784 Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:58:00 +0200
Learning to brew: course for professionals https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36788/ From raw material science to the technology of malting and beer preparation as well as quality control to the bottled product - the "Brewer Cursus Weihenstephan - Introduction to the Science and Technology of Brewing" deals with all steps of the brewing and malting process. It aims to offer people who want to deal scientifically with the subject of brewing an opportunity to gain further training in a structured manner as part of a twelve-week course. The experienced lecturers combine traditional craft with state-of-the-art technology and the latest scientific findings with practical experience. 

"For me, brewing and malting beer is a passionate craft, a scientific discipline, but also a kind of art. Our craft is very creative, which is currently reflected in the ongoing craft beer movement. It is precisely these aspects that we want to convey in the 'Brewer Cursus Weihenstephan'," explains Dr.-Ing. Martina Gastl, head of the Raw Materials Oriented Brewing and Beverage Technology AG in Freising-Weihenstephan, who played a leading role in developing the certificate program. "A successful combination of science and practice is always particularly important to us. We want to impart knowledge, but also enable the participants to apply it. So that they can later be proud of perhaps their first beer brewed in-house - or also tackle professional challenges in brewing with greater strength."

"The goal of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning is to provide the best possible support for interested individuals and professionals at all career stages in their ongoing development. We are particularly pleased to be able to broaden our growing portfolio of continuing education programs thematically with the 'Brewer Cursus Weihenstephan'," says Bernhard Kraus, Managing Director of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. "This program combines state-of-the-art methods and technologies with a long tradition of TUM and the history of the art of brewing in Bavaria. We want to play a part in developing this tradition further." 

Campus news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-36786 Tue, 06 Jul 2021 11:40:23 +0200
At what temperature the weather becomes a problem https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36780/ "We have studied which temperatures are preferable and which are harmful in humans, cattle, pigs, poultry, and agricultural crops and found that they are surprisingly similar," says Senthold Asseng, Professor of Digital Agriculture at TUM. According to the study, preferable temperatures range from 17 to 24 degrees Celsius.

Sustainability Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-36779 Fri, 02 Jul 2021 08:59:01 +0200
Catalyzing the conversion of biomass to biofuel https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36775/ Fuel made from biomass is considered to be climate-neutral, although energy is still needed to produce it: The desired chemical reactions require high levels of temperature and pressure.

"If we are to do without fossil energy sources in the future and make efficient large-scale use of biomass, we will also have to find ways to reduce the energy required for processing the biomass," says Johannes Lercher, professor for Chemical Technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington (USA).

Working together with an international research team, Lercher has taken a closer look at the role of water molecules in reactions inside the zeolite’s pores, which are less than one nanometer in size.

Sustainability Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-36774 Wed, 30 Jun 2021 16:35:54 +0200
Lessons learned from aviation: Making medicine safer https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36773/ The great significance and attention awarded the topic of patient safety has grown enormously in Germany, especially during the Corona crisis. At the same time procedures at medical facilities are becoming more and more complex; expert staff and management is constantly called on to deal with challenging situations. Even small staff or technology errors or minor flaws in processes can have sweeping consequences. As a result, the safety of patients is taking on more and more importance for hospitals and public authorities. The certificate program "Fokus Patientensicherheit" (Focus on Patient Safety) offered at the Technical University of Munich's Institute for LifeLong Learning is intended to train medical specialists in proactive risk management and to increase the safety of patients at German medical facilities. The program follows the example set by what are referred to as high-reliability organizations such as aviation.

"If we want to bring about real change, we have to connect the latest scientific findings with medical practice. At the same time we want to promote out-of-the-box thinking in order to develop new solution strategies for the day-to-day challenges faced by healthcare professionals," says Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, TUM's Senior  Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity as well as Founding Director of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. "We have succeeded for the first time in linking all these aspects in the certificate program. Experienced partners will contribute their strong expertise to create the overall structure represented by the patient-safety certificate 'Fokus Patientensicherheit'."

Campus news news-36771 Mon, 28 Jun 2021 15:22:58 +0200
Joining forces to shape the 6G future https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36772/ The future wireless communication standard 6G will play a central role in the digital transformation. To participate in this transformation at the global level, the BMBF is providing a total of up to 250 million euros in funding for four 6G research hubs. In the 6G-life project, TUM and TUD will work together to shape these future technologies. Around 40 senior researchers at the two Excellence Universities will be involved in the project, which will receive 70 million euros in funding. “With these resources, we will build on the 6G Future Lab Bavaria initiative at TUM, supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, and join forces with TUD,” says TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann. “Together we will help to shape the wireless technology of the future.”

Artificial Intelligence Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-36765 Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:47:00 +0200
Software for powerful battery technology https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36769/ More than 2000 attendees took part virtually in yesterday’s first full-day Entrepreneurship Day hosted by TUM and UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation. After start-up presentations, workshops and discussions with guests from the private sector and the world of research, TUM presented the Presidential Entrepreneurship Award. Key criteria for the jury were business ideas based on the outcome of research, strong growth potential and initial success in obtaining financing. The award comes with a 10,000 euro cash prize, donated by the Bund der Freunde (Friends of TUM)

Artificial Intelligence Sustainability Entrepreneurship klaus.becker@tum.de news-36764 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 09:45:00 +0200
TUM at new Munich Urban Colab research and creative center https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36770/ The TUM Venture Labs support researchers and students in founding start-up companies at the interfaces of engineering and natural sciences as well as life sciences, AI/IT and medicine. The joint initiative by TUM and UnternehmerTUM gives start-up founders a comprehensive ecosystem with the necessary development environments.

Business incubator UnternehmerTUM, which is an an-institute of TUM, and the Bavarian capital city of Munich sponsor the Munich Urban Colab. TUM intends the Munich Urban Colab to foster more intensive interdisciplinary exchange and to generate impulses for establishing more start-ups from the scientific sector. Start-ups, established companies, researchers, creative people and artists will interact with the city administration and the general public in the new building.

The international significance of the Munich Urban Colab is demonstrated among other things by the list of participants at the official inaugural ceremonies, to take place on June 28, starting at 2:15 pm. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will give a speech, and appearances will be made by TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann, Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter and the UnternehmerTUM Supervisory Board Chair Susanne Klatten.

The Munich Urban Colab will feature over 11,000 square meters of space for offices, co-working spaces, event and seminar rooms, the high-tech prototype workshop MakerSpace and a public café. UnternehmerTUM will cover the construction costs, amounting to approximately 30 million euros, as well as the operating costs; the city of Munich is providing the land based on a lease in perpetuity.

Campus news Entrepreneurship ulrich.meyer@tum.de news-36768 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 09:08:36 +0200
Versatile and reliable SARS-CoV-2 antibody assay https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36762/ There are currently more than 20 different test procedures available for determining whether a person has antibodies against the new Corona virus. The waiting times for the results range between ten minutes and two and a half hours.

Matrix effects reduce the sensitivity of many of the methods. The more sensitive assays require numerous steps, making them expensive. In addition, most tests can identify only a single kind of antibody, forcing a choice between testing either for immunity through vaccination or through survived infection.

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich, led by the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Water Chemistry, has now developed a low-cost automated rapid test that is highly sensitive and highly specific in detecting the three most important antibodies. The project, called CoVRapid, was funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation.

Covid-19 Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-36761 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:41:15 +0200
Cornerstone laid for artificial intelligence-based factory KI.FABRIK https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/36763/ Bavarian Deputy Minister-President and Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger and TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann participated in the robot-supported laying of the KI.FABRIK cornerstone in Munich's Deutsches Museum. This Lighthouse Initiative, a part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, has a planned duration of ten years and will be implemented at the TUM Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM), led by Prof. Sami Haddadin, Director of the MSRM.

Artificial Intelligence Campus news President ulrich.meyer@tum.de news-36760 Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:08:00 +0200