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  • The way leaders are assessed is determined by stereotypes – and emotions

    Women do not apply to “male-sounding” job postings

    Man and woman during a job interview

    Even the wording of an employment ad can be a crucial factor whether the job goes to a woman or a man – as women tend not to apply in case of doubt. They feel less inclined to respond to ads containing frequently used words like “determined” and “assertive” because such words are linked with male stereotypes. This is one of the findings of a research project in which scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) studied how leaders are selected and assessed. They also gleaned some important knowledge about the role of emotions, debunking the cliché that leaders are more successful if they regularly show anger toward their team.

  • Even young Chinese companies are filing international patents on a massive scale

    Innovation replaces imitation

    Skyline of Shanghai

    Innovation instead of imitation has become the policy of Chinese companies. Economists from Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Munich Innovation Group have analyzed the patent portfolios and internationalization strategies of nearly 80 Chinese companies. The main results: Following in the wake of telecommunications and IT companies, other industries are now heavily investing in their own intellectual property, too. Even young firms are protecting their intellectual property rights on a massive scale in Europe and the US – and yet they are barely known there. The economists have now made profiles of the companies available online.

  • Researchers find receptor for uric acid crystals

    A braking system for immune responses

    Picture of uric acid crystals: Uric acid forms needle-like crystals which activate the immune system.

    For the first time, researchers have identified a receptor on human cells that specifically recognizes crystals. It is found on immune cells and binds uric acid crystals, which trigger gout but also control immune responses. The team, led by researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM)’s Klinikum rechts der Isar hospital have published their findings in the Immunity journal.

  • Ten years of neutrons from FRM II for research, industry and medicine

    Anniversary of most powerful neutron source worldwide

    FRM I (left) and FRM II, research campus Garching - Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

    For exactly ten years the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research neutron source (FRM II) of the Technische Universität München (TUM) has been providing research, industry and medicine with neutrons. Built to the latest safety standards, the facility enjoys such an excellent reputation worldwide that its 27 instruments are overbooked two-fold. Today the TU München celebrates the 10th anniversary with a festive ceremony in the Department of Physics.

  • New training methods for paraplegic skiers

    Paralampics: Perfect momentum for monoskiers

    [Translate to en:] Eine der Top-Favoritinnen in Sotschi: Alpin-Rennläuferin Anna Schaffelhuber trainiert an der TU München.

    The Paralympic Winter Games are just around the corner. After her recent triumph at the World Cup, German sit-skier Anna Schaffelhuber is among the favorites to take gold. A specialist in Slalom and Giant Slalom, Schaffelhuber has been training at Technische Universität München (TUM) since 2008. Sports scientist Dr. Peter Spitzenpfeil and his team have developed a new training program tailored to the physical needs of paraplegic monoskiers.

  • Wacker and TUM extend partnership in silicon chemistry:

    Strengthening basic research in silicon chemistry

    TUM-President Prof. W. A. Herrmann (left) and Dr. R. Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG signing the contract - Photo: Steffen Wirtgen / Wacker Chemie AG

    Wacker Chemie AG and the Technische Universität München (TUM) are extending their existing partnership in silicon chemistry for another six years. Yesterday they signed an agreement to this effect. The Munich-based chemical Group is sponsoring the Institute of Silicon Chemistry, located on the research campus in Garching near Munich, with a total of up to €2.5 million. This will finance doctoral positions and the associated material resources. WACKER and the TUM founded the Institute of Silicon Chemistry in 2006. Over recent years, more than 30 research projects have been conducted, which have resulted in ten patents and 35 scientific publications in international journals.

  • Chaperone binds protein responsible for Alzheimer’s disease

    Dangerous mistaken identity

    NMR/SAXS structural model of the Hsp90-Tau protein complex (light blue:  Hsp90, orange: tau-protein) (image: Tobias Madl / TUM/HMGU)

    Tau proteins, which are responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, bind to the folding protein Hsp90. The molecular recognition mechanisms that play a role here, have been unveiled by an international team of scientists led by the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München. This might open the door for new approaches for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, as the scientists report in the trade journal “Cell”.

  • TUM-BWL degree program obtains EPAS accreditation

    International quality seal for business administration course

    TUM-BWL builds a bridge between management and the natural and technical sciences. (Photo: A. Heddergott /TUM)

    The Technology and Management (TUM-BWL) course has become the first German bachelor degree program to obtain the prestigious EPAS quality seal. The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) awards accreditation to business management degree programs of outstanding quality with international orientation. TUM-BWL combines education in management with a technical or science degree and optimally prepares students for international activities.

  • Researchers discover new way of defense against HBV

    Attack on hepatitis B virus DNA

    Prof. Ulrike Protzer (photo) and Prof. Mathias Heikenwälder destroyed the viral DNA in the liver cells (Photo: TUM)

    Scientists from the Technische Universität München and the Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered how the viral DNA of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be degraded in the cell nucleus of liver cells, consequently allowing the virus to be eliminated. Viruses such as HBV can persist by depositing their genetic information (DNA) in the cell nucleus, where the DNA is normally not degraded. This prevents antiviral drugs from eliminating these viruses. But the newly discovered mechanism could make this possible without damaging the infected cell in the liver. In the current issue of the prestigious journal "Science", the scientists report that now new therapeutic possibilities are consequently opening up.

  • Chemical reactions in artificial cell-scale systems show surprising diversity:

    The thousand-droplets test

    Droplets with a diameter of only a few micrometers act as the reaction vessels for a complex oscillating reaction - Photo: Maximilian Weitz / TUM

    In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investigated for the first time a complex biochemical system. They discovered a surprising diversity.


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D-80333 Munich
Tel. +49 89 289 22778
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