Bacteria are survival artists: When they get nutrition, they multiply rapidly, albeit they can also survive periods of hunger. But, when they grow too quickly, their ability to survive is hampered, as studies by a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on E. coli bacteria show. The results could help increase the effectiveness of antibiotics.
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The Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has confirmed four Senior Vice Presidents in office: Prof. Gerhard Müller for Academic & Student Affairs, Prof. Claudia Peus for Talent Management and Diversity, Prof. Juliane Winkelmann for International Alliances and Alumni and Dr. Hans Pongratz as Chief Information Officer. The new term of office begins on October 1.
Sherry H. Suyu, Professor of Observational Cosmology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), will receive the 2021 Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Award for meritorious work in astronomy. In the past few years, she and her team have developed a new and completely independent method for determining the Hubble constant that sets the expansion rate of the universe.
Soils play a major role when it comes to the long-term storage of CO2 and the resulting reduction of this gas in the atmosphere – therefore they can contribute to slowing down climate change. In order to gain a better understanding of these mechanisms, it can be helpful to look at the microscopic level of soil microorganisms. An international and interdisciplinary group of researchers has examined how microorganisms interact with each other to contribute to the decomposition and storage of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems.
Meteorites give us insight into the early development of the solar system. Using the SAPHiR instrument at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), a scientific team has for the first time simulated the formation of a class of stony-iron meteorites, so-called pallasites, on a purely experimental basis.
The Heilbronn campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is taking on a leading role in shaping the digital transformation: The Dieter Schwarz Stiftung is endowing 11 informatics professorships at TUM. Together with the professorships in economics funded since 2018, the new professors will engage in research and teaching at the interface of management and technology. The focus will be in information engineering – a key component in the digital transformation of companies.
German researchers decoded the European maize genome. In comparison to North American maize lines, they discovered differences. For cultivation of maize in areas with low yields and for challenges imposed by the climate change these observations of the research team led by Klaus F.X. Mayer, head of the research group “Plant Genome and Systems Biology” at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Chris-Carolin Schön, professor of Plant Breeding at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) might be of particular interest.
The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is exploring new directions with automatica, the leading international trade show for automation and robotics. At the 2020 edition of automatica, from December 8–11 2020, the MSRM will present a unique platform, entitled munich-i, to promote the exchange of ideas on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The goal is to bring together the world's leading experts and responsibly drive the development of these technologies.
The German federal government and the states want to make research data more readily accessible. The goal: to build a national research data infrastructure. Nine consortia have now been chosen to develop such structures for various research areas. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will be contributing its expertise in data science through its involvement in three of the consortia. These are concerned with research in the engineering sciences, catalysis and genomics.
The presidents and rectors of Germany's major Technical Universities (TU9) have called for a national digital pact for higher education. An initial draft released collectively by the German state ministers of science includes 500 million euros in funding, a demand echoed by the TU9 alliance.