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We are shaping a sustainable future through responsible research, trustworthy innovations and farsighted concepts for teaching and continuing education. Learn more about the latest developments with current videos, speeches and publications from TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann.

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Invitation to discussion event on 25.05.2023

ChatGPT founder Sam Altman at TUM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting topics of the present and future. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Digital Life Design (DLD), Hubert Burda Media's international conference and innovation platform, and TUM Speaker Series are bringing the brain behind ChatGPT, OpenAI founder and CEO Sam Altman, to our Audimax in Munich for a public discussion event. It is his only appearance in Germany.

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TUM celebrates next milestone for research reactor

Political support for conversion to Low Enriched Uranium

An important step in the future of the major research facility FRM II: The political sector has announced its support for conversion of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) research neutron source reactor to fuel elements based on Low Enriched Uranium (LEU). The responsible Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has announced its support for the plan. The decision was preceded by successful research at TUM on theoretical possibilities for conversion. Preparations for the new fuel's approval procedure have now been initiated.

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Finals of the Werner Siemens Foundation "project of the century" competition

TUM agricultural research in the race for CHF 100 million

An agricultural research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has made it to the finals in the "project of the century" ("Jahrhundertprojekt") competition for 100 million Swiss Francs, hosted by the Werner Siemens Foundation (WSS). A research team led by Prof. Senthold Asseng hopes to win out over five other current competitor groups with its project "Revolution in Food Production". By reaching the final round, Prof. Asseng earned a WSS research prize endowed with 1 million Swiss Franc.

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Top Bavarian government officials encourage TUM students

Summer semester officially starts

The new summer semester began on Monday for over 50,000 students at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The official kick-off featured a lecture attended by Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann and Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts Markus Blume.

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President Emeritus passes away

TUM mourns loss of Wolfgang Wild

Physicist Wolfgang Wild, TUM President from 1980 until 1986, has passed away at the age of 92. His period in office saw ground-breaking decisions such as the campaign to found the Walter Schottky Institute for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials. Wild was later named Bavaria's first Minister of Science.

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Student tunnel boring team takes the title in Texas

TUM Boring wins for the second time in a row

Another victory for TUM Boring in the "Not-A-Boring Competition" in the USA. Last weekend international student teams competed against one another for the second time with the tunnel boring machines they build themselves. In addition to the high speed at which the Munich students were able to bore their tunnel in the competition, the new choice of starting point for the hole played a decisive role in the team's win.

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Sustainable spin-off skills from TUM

Bavarian University Sustainability Center founded

Six Bavarian universities want to collaborate more closely in the future on the topic of sustainability and have founded the Bavarian University Sustainability Center (BayZeN). The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will participate in the venture, specifically contributing its expertise on "Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship".

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President Thomas F. Hofmann to speak at PresseClub München

The Tech Metropolis Munich is booming – Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all located here and are constantly expanding their presence. Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will explain what that has to do with the city's unique scientific ecosystem at an upcoming PresseClub München (International Press Club of Munich) event.

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Heinz Nixdorf Foundation supports organoid research at TUM

3.8 million euros for endowed professorship and laboratory

The Heinz Nixdorf Foundation is presenting over 3.8 million euros to the Technical University of Munich (TUM) for research on organoid model systems. Organoids can help in understanding the molecular fundamentals of illness and health and bringing these findings to clinical application, in particular for individualized cancer therapies. The funding will be used for an endowed TUM professorship for AI-supported organoid development and the highly specialized Heinz Nixdorf Laboratory for Organoid System Analytics.

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Cutting-edge research on the "Industrial Metaverse"

Siemens supports fellowships at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study

Siemens is once again endowing six Hans Fischer Fellowships with over 2.4 million euros at the Technical University of Munich's Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS). The move will make it possible in the coming years for international experts to work together with leading TUM scientists on the development of the "Industrial Metaverse". The focus will be on the areas Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics as well as Computer Simulation.

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