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New laboratory building signals fresh start

Milestone for TUM Campus Straubing

Illustration of the new laboratory building in Straubing
The new laboratory building in Straubing will be constructed using renewable resources in keeping with the theme of the campus. (Illustration: Schuster Pechtold Schmidt Architekten GmbH)

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The transition of the Center of Science into the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is taking shape: In attendance for today's groundbreaking ceremony for the new laboratory and lecture hall building on the banks of the Danube were the Bavarian Minister of Science Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, and Straubing's mayor Markus Pannermayr.

The Bavarian state law to formalize the full integration of the Center of Science into the Technical University of Munich (TUM) as the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability will be passed in the fall of this year. TUM will establish around 30 new professorships and 10 new degree programs at its fourth location in the medium term. The new facility is intended for four new professorships in microbiology, organic chemistry and microreaction technology, composite materials and process engineering.  

These experiment-driven fields of study will have around 1,200 square meters of state-of-the-art laboratory space at their disposal along with 940 square meters of office space. For the students, the new building will feature a 300-seat divisible lecture hall, seminar rooms for a total of 200 participants, and working facilities to accommodate up to 100 internships. Total construction costs will amount to 40.5 million euros.

Regenerative construction materials

In keeping with the theme of the campus, the energy-efficient building will be constructed using environmentally friendly, low-emission and regenerative resources. This will include the extensive use of wood in the facade cladding and the lecture hall, and the placement of photovoltaic elements on the roof. Because it is situated in the Danube flood plain, the new building will be constructed on stilts.

Three new degree programs in time for the winter semester

The construction project is a milestone in the transformation of the Center of Science into a university campus dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of biotechnology and bioeconomy. Three new degree programs will be launched in the 2017/18 winter semester: Chemical Biotechnology (Bachelor), Management & Technology with specialization in Renewable Resources (English-language Bachelor), and Biomass Technology (Master), to be offered jointly with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna). In the 2018/19 winter semester, this will be followed by the launch of Germany's first bachelor degree program in bioeconomy.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new laboratory and lecture hall building
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new laboratory and lecture hall building, a milestone for the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. (Image: WZS)