Sustainability

The latest developments at TUM for a more sustainable future: Research findings, technical innovations, degree programs – as well as our commitment at home and in our global network.


  • Auf der Dachplattform hoch über dem Campus der TUM School of Life Sciences werden an der Klimastation meteorologische Messungen durchgeführt und Messgeräte für den Feldeinsatz getestet.
    • Sustainability, Event
    • Reading time: 2 MIN

    Effects of climate change on nature

    TUM@Freising returns to the Lindenkeller

    Annette Menzel, Professor of Ecoclimatology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Weihenstephan, will talk about the effects of climate change on nature in a lecture. The lecture, which ist part of the TUM@Freising series will be on May 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the Lindenkeller. For the first time, the event is now taking place again in the Lindenkeller after a two-year break. There will also be a livestream.

    • Sustainability, Campus news, Entrepreneurship, Event

    US officials to discuss sustainable innovations

    United States Trade Representative and US Ambassador speak at TUM

    United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Ambassador Amy Gutmann will speak at TUM and at UnternehmerTUM on sustainable economies. US cabinet member Tai will discuss innovations and German-American trade relations on April 26. And on April 29 Gutmann will take part in a debate on start-ups and Circular Economy. The events, a part of Transatlantic Innovation Week, are open to the public.

  • Raps braucht besonders viel Bor, um gut wachsen zu können.
    • Sustainability, Event
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    TUM@Freising-Lecture: Nutrients or poison?

    Lecture on the importance of boron and other semimetals for agriculture on April 26

    The semimetal boron is an essential microelement for plants. It is responsible for the strength of plant cell walls and a variety of transport processes, for example of water and growth hormones within the plant. How a boron deficiency affects plants and how such a deficiency can be prevented to improve yield will be explained by Gerd Patrick Bienert, Professor of Crop physiology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in an online lecture on Tuesday April 26, 2022.

    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 7 MIN

    "Future scenarios have to be replaced with flexible planning processes"

    Interview on the future of Germany's energy supply

    The impact of climate change is constantly becoming more evident, and the war in Ukraine is making it even more urgent that we find new solutions for our energy supply. In an interview, two experts explain how these solutions might look. At the Research Center for Energy and Information (ZEI) Prof. Thomas Hamacher investigates how the energy revolution ("Energiewende") can be accelerated. This includes improvement and digitalization of energy infrastructure. Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff is an expert in the fields of energy system analysis, power plants, heat storage as well as hydrogen production and Power-to-X.

  • Prof. Senthold Asseng
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    “Vertical farming will play a role in future food production”

    Interview: Prof. Asseng talks about vertical farming

    Alternative production systems to provide the growing global population with healthy, nutritious and sustainably produced foodstuffs are currently gaining considerable attention. In this interview, Senthold Asseng, Professor of Digital Agriculture at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), discusses the concept of vertical farming, which will allow agriculture of the future to take place under fully controlled and automated conditions.

  • A scientist at a whiteboard writing formulas
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    Fuel from waste wood

    Possibility to produce ethanol on a financially competitive and technically efficient basis

    According to the latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions is required to limit the consequences of climate change. Producing fuel from renewable sources such as waste wood and straw or renewable electricity would be one way to reduce carbon emissions from the area of transportation. This is an area which is being addressed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

  • Two male and one female student work together on a model at a table in a workshop.
    • Sustainability, Campus news, Studies
    • Reading time: 2 MIN

    Teaming up against waste of resources

    EuroTeQ Collider: Students take on practical challenges from university and companies

    Working together with partners from higher education, business and society to find creative solutions to conserve resources and avoid waste – that's the challenge students from all over Europe can take on in the first EuroTeQ Collider. Together with trainees and experts, they work in teams to find solutions for real-world problems. Teams that are particularly convincing will be able to present their concept to the EU Commission. Registration is still possible until 6 April.

  • Prof. Dr. Jennifer Rupp, Professorin für Chemie der Festkörperelektrolyte in ihrem Labor im Gebäude der Fakultät für Chemie der Technischen Universität München.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Light makes ions mobile

    Light may increase performance of fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries

    Lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells and many other devices depend on the high mobility of ions in order to work properly. But there a large number of obstacles to such mobility. A research team led by Jennifer L. M. Rupp of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Harry L. Tuller of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now shown for the first time that light can be used to increase the mobility of ions and improve the performance of such devices.

  • Professor Jan Kirschke in his lab.
    • Covid-19, Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    EU funding in medicine and biotechnology

    TUM scientists receive three new ERC Grants

    Deep learning algorithms to diagnose back pain, artificial enzymes for energy conversion facilities and a Covid-19 drug: the European Research Council (ERC) has announced funding for projects at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the form of two Consolidator Grants and one Proof of Concept Grant. The ERC Grants are among the most prestigious research awards in Europe.