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.

Squirrels nesting under the roof
5/8/2024
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Study on the acceptance of animals in urban environments

Where wildlife is welcome

How do city residents feel about animals in their immediate surroundings? A recent study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Jena and the Vienna University of Technology shows how different the acceptance of various wild animals in urban areas is. Important factors are the places where the animals are found and their level of popularity - squirrels and ladybugs come out on top here. The results have important implications for urban planning and nature conservation.

Research Sustainability
View of a meadow, mountains and blue sky in the background
5/3/2024
Reading time: 3 Min.

Global warming leads to decline in humus

Climate change threatens mountain meadows

Mountain meadows are unique ecosystems. A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that climate change reduces the humus content as well as the nitrogen stores in the grassland soils of the Alps and disturbs the soil structure. Organic fertilization, for example with liquid manure, can compensate this loss of soil organic matter to some extent.

Research Sustainability
Portrait of Mariana Rufino
4/23/2024
Reading time: 2 Min.

NewIn: Mariana Rufino

Looking into the future of livestock production

Mariana Rufino has already researched agricultural topics in various regions of the world. She now holds the Chair of Livestock Systems at TUM, where she focuses on alternative future perspectives for livestock farming systems. Her international experience helps her to take a comprehensive view of the complex issues in this field and to find creative solutions.

Sustainability Community
4/18/2024
Reading time: 2 Min.

Expansion of the flagship partnership with Tsinghua University

TUM strengthens strategic scientific cooperation in China

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is strengthening its cooperation with China in climate change, sustainability, and health research areas. During a trip to Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the flagship partner university Tsinghua. The TUM delegation also visited other universities, companies, and start-ups to expand its science-specific local expertise.

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Rapeseed plants photographed from below with a view of the blue sky
4/15/2024
Reading time: 2 Min.

Genetic mechanisms uncovered

Boron deficiency: oilseed rape reacts as with infection and pest infestation

Boron deficiency has a devastating effect on oilseed rape and related plants. However, little is known about the underlying genetic mechanisms. A study shows that the response to persistent or short-term acute boron deficiency is similar to that to pests and infections. The results lay the foundation for breeding plants that can better cope with boron deficiency and for avoiding related yield losses.

Research Sustainability
Flowering strips with oil radish, poppies, cornflowers and phacelia, next to a field
4/11/2024
Reading time: 5 Min.

Pioneering approach to conflicting goals

Hybrid intelligence can reconcile biodiversity and agriculture

Preserving biodiversity without reducing agricultural productivity: So far, these two goals could not be reconciled because the socio-ecological system of agriculture is highly complex, and the interactions between humans and the environment are difficult to capture using conventional methods. Thanks to new technology, a research team at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Hohenheim show a promising way to achieve both goals at the same time. The members of the team focus on further developing artificial intelligence in combination with collective human judgement: the use of hybrid intelligence.

Research Sustainability Artificial Intelligence
People meet in a Munich street that has been greened with plant boxes
3/28/2024

Podcast „We are TUM“

How we do research with the society

Involving the public increases the relevance of research in a variety of ways. We present three projects that thrive on this exchange: The Cluster of Excellence MCube deals with the effects of urban mobility on public space. Our guests are spokesperson Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer and Marco Kellhammer, head of the sub-project "Car-reduced quarters for a more livable city (AQT)". Other projects: Student Hannah Tilsch has developed a mechanism for dealing with hate speech on social media, Franziska Bauer and Immanuel Wolfschläger from the Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology are using an app in their research on blue-green algae.

Research Sustainability Mobility
3/5/2024
Reading time: 3 Min.

EU Action Week at the TUM Campus Straubing

A big celebration for the bioeconomy

Sustainability and climate protection are among the most significant challenges of the 21st century. A sustainable Europe worth living in requires innovation and efficient use of biological resources. The European Commission wants to engage young people, particularly as drivers of this sustainable change. To this end, a bio-economy festival is being held next week. The Straubing Campus for Biotechnology and Sustainability at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of four regions in Germany to have successfully applied to take part in this so-called Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival as one of four regions in Germany.

Sustainability Campus news
Das Titelbild dieser Ausgabe ist eine KI-generierte, abstrakte Darstellung der Kreislaufwirtschaft. Es zeigt fiktive Komponenten aus industriellen Prozessen, die fotorealistisch umgesetzt wurden
3/1/2024

Cover story: Circular economy

New issue of the "Faszination Forschung" magazine

Circular strategies are intended to create sustainable material and product cycles. Multidisciplinary research groups are developing solutions for the automotive industry. Also in this issue: How close is the point of no return? Climatic changes often build up continuously for years, leading to a tipping point that may be irreversible. And: AI systems in medicine must be particularly trustworthy - find out how data can be reliably protected.

Artificial Intelligence Quantum Technologies Sustainability Campus news Research
2/26/2024
Reading time: 2 Min.

Scientific study on river habitats at the TUM

Modern hydropower plants also cause massive damage to ecology

Even modern and supposedly gentler hydropower plants cause considerable damage to river ecosystems. This is shown by a study by Prof. Jürgen Geist from the Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology at the TUM School of Life Sciences published in the "Journal of Applied Ecology". Geist and his team investigated the changes in the complex biocoenoses in rivers at five locations in Bavaria before and after the installation of hydropower plants. They looked not only at fish but also at microorganisms, aquatic plants, and algae growth.

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