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  • Three ERC Starting Grants for projects in Biochemistry and Neuroscience

    European success for "MaxPlanck@TUM"

    An ERC grant project is investigating chromosomes. (Image: nobeastsofierce / Fotolia)

    Three researchers from the "MaxPlanck@TUM" program will receive funding from the European Research Council (ERC). Along with three other members of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) they won ERC Starting Grants in this year's round of competition. Unique in Germany, "MaxPlanck@TUM" is a program for young professors run by the Max Planck Society and TUM. 

  • TUM dissertation selected for prestigious Körber Foundation award

    Contributions to future electromobility developments

    Johannes Wandt completed his doctorate at the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry and received the German Dissertation Prize for his work. (Photo: D. Ausserhofer)

    Johannes Wandt, a doctoral candidate at TUM, has been chosen as one of this year's recipients of the German Dissertation Prize. The prize, which includes a 25,000 euro cash award, honors doctoral dissertations with important implications for society. Wandt, who conducted his doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), explored ways of improving lithium batteries, which are used in electric cars.

  • Digital, international, interdisciplinary:

    Agricultural sciences at TU Munich on the rise

    New orientation: The Centre for Agricultural Sciences of the TUM in Weihenstephan now bears the name Hans Eisenmann-Forum - World Agricultural Systems Center. (Pictures: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is setting new trends in agricultural sciences: Under the leitmotif of digitalization, the "World Agricultural Systems Center – Hans Eisenmann-Forum" will capitalize on the opportunities afforded by digital technologies to augment the agricultural science competencies of the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan with the life, engineering, and computer sciences. This cross-faculty approach which extends across multiple locations is feasible at the TUM because, like no other university, it possesses the complete range of subjects necessary in order to do so. Consequently, "Agrar 4.0" became the key idea of the target agreement which Minister of State Prof. Marion Kiechle and President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann are now setting in motion.

  • ERC Starting Grants for projects in Informatics and Electrical Engineering

    EU funding for young engineering researchers

    The ERC's logo

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) receives special recognition for excellent research in the engineering sciences: The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded future funding to three projects from the TUM Department of Informatics and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with ERC Starting Grants. The research projects focus on image processing, data security and cyber-physical systems.

  • “MINT(um) Bachelor Plus” program receives further funding from German Stifterverband

    More freedom for students of STEM subjects

    The members of the project group "MINT(um) Bachelor Plus" Florian Rattei, Dr. Thomas Maul and Claudia Meijering (from left to right) accept the award of the Stifterverband. (Image: Peter Himsel)

    The “MINT(um) Bachelor Plus” program run by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) plans to extend bachelor study timelines for STEM subjects (in German: MINT – mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology) and increase success rates through complementary qualification opportunities. The concept will be trialed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering this winter semester. After the success in the "MINTernational innovative" initiative, the programme will be supported by the Stifterverband until the end of the pilot phase.

  • New 50-tonne test rig for steel bridge components

    Bending The Rules

    The test station allows full-size reinforced bridge components to be stress-tested in two different directions at the same time.

    Steel bridges cost a lot of money to build. It’s been estimated that the new motorway viaduct near Oberthulba in Bavaria will cost around 85 million Euros. Planners know that in order to save on material costs, build components should be designed with as much openwork as possible, whilst maintaining stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have designed a new test rig for the massive parts in order to help the structural engineers gather stress data for their calculations.

  • How food ingredients affect our taste perception

    Pungent tasting substance in ginger reduces bad breath

    The pungent 6-gingerol contained in ginger stimulates a saliva enzyme that breaks down foul-smelling substances. (Image: iStockphoto/ villagemoon)

    The pungent compound 6-gingerol, a constituent of ginger, stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva ¬– an enzyme which breaks down foul-smelling substances.  It thus ensures fresh breath and a better aftertaste. Citric acid, on the other hand, increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty. To find out more about food components, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz- Institute for Food Systems Biology investigated the effects of food components on the molecules dissolved in saliva.

  • Building for the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence officially handed over

    A new hotbed for artificial intelligence and robotics

    left to right: Prof. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of TUM, and Bavaria's Minister of Digitization, Georg Eisenreich.

    The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM, founded in 2017) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) focuses on interdisciplinary research in artificial intelligence and robotics for future advances in health, work and mobility. Bavarian State Minister of Digitization, Media and Europeperformed the official hand-over of the teaching and research building to TUM today. He also kicked off the institute’s first flagship project.

  • Munich's best start-ups: Seven of nine finalists are TUM spin-offs

    Kumovis wins Munich Businessplan competition

    Stefan Leonhardt, Dr. Miriam Haerst, and Alexander Henhammer (from left to right) from the founding team of Kumovis. (Image: Sebastian Widmann)

    Kumovis has won the final round in the 2018 Munich Businessplan competition. The start-up develops 3D printers that are specially tailored to medical technology requirements and can produce for example skull plates and spinal column implants. The founders studied at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and readied their product for the market with the support of TUM and the "UnternehmerTUM" Center for Innovation and Business Creation. A total of seven of the nine finalists are spin-offs from TUM.


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