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.

Street scene in the evening sun.
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Impulse lectures, mindful breaks, exchange

Mental Health Day on October 10

Mental health is becoming increasingly important in our world of work, not at least as a result of the Corona pandemic. For this reason, the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning is offering a broad program for the University's employees on World Mental Health Day on October 10, to which the public is also invited for selected lectures. Registrations are now open.

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[Translate to English:] Prof. Rupert Seidl
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Lecture by Prof. Rupert Seidl in the TUM@Freising lecture series

Forest Dieback 2.0

Forest ecosystems are central to life on Earth. However, forest ecosystems worldwide are undergoing rapid transformation. Prof. Rupert Seidl, Professor of Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), conducts research on the effects of global change on tree mortality and regeneration. As part of the TUM@Freising lecture series Prof. Seidl will highlight the development of tree mortality in Europe since the beginning of the “forest dieback” in the 1980s. On October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the “Lindenkeller” in Freising he will present the causes and effects of the current excess mortality in the forests and give insight into possible future developments.

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Sustainability Event
Diverse roadside vegetation can benefit insect diversity.
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Weihenstephan Forum: Contributions to an Urban Green Infrastructure

Green fingers and colorful flowering strips

The loss of landscape structures and the associated decline of insects and other wildlife contribute to the biodiversity crisis. However, current environmental changes are not only leading to species declines but are also having negative impacts on ecosystem services, including those in cities. The upgrade of urban “green infrastructure” in many countries is considered to be able to contribute significantly to solutions. City landscape designs for plants, animals, and people will be discussed at the 15th Weihenstephan Forum on October 21. This hybrid event is being organized by the Department of Restoration Ecology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

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Farmer woman with eggs in her hand
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Combating malnutrition

Egg powder suitable as a food supplement?

Malnutrition is a key challenge not only in African countries. As an international study now shows, egg powder is a food with great potential to improve the nutritional situation of children in deprived areas. Compared to pasteurized whole egg, the powder contains lower amounts of essential fatty acids, but still provides many vitamins, indispensable amino acids and important trace elements. In addition, it has a long shelf life without additional preservatives, is easy to transport over long distances and is simple to prepare.

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Sustainability Research

New findings for TUM study on the 9 Euro Ticket

A little over 50 euros acceptable for 9 Euro Ticket successor

The experimental "9 Euro Ticket" general transit pass has run its course and the calls for a successor pass are growing. A study conducted by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) accompanied more than 2000 people during the 9 Euro Ticket trial period, interviewing them on a regular basis. In addition to questions on mobility behavior, information on the price which the participants were willing to pay for a follow-up pass also played an important role.

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Mobility Sustainability Research
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Study: Forests in central and western Europe face high climate risk

First global climate risk map for forests

Climate change is putting increasing pressure on forests. In recent years substantial forest areas have died off in Central Europe as a result of climate extremes. With the participation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), researchers have now generated the first climate risk map for the earth's forests. The map clearly shows that, in addition to Central Europe, forests in western North America as well as the southern portion of the boreal forest and the eastern Amazon are particularly at risk.

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Sustainability Research
Forschende der TUM identifizieren in internationalen Wissenschaftsteams in Experimenten die ungenutzten genetischen Ressourcen zur Steigerung der Weizenerträge in der ganzen Welt.
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Utilizing substantial genetic potential for higher yields

More wheat for global food security

The disruptions in global trading markets resulting from the war in Ukraine, among other causes, have focused public attention on the issue of securing a sufficient supply of high-quality foods for the global population. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are searching for modern methods to boost global harvests and thus to ensure global food security. Wheat plays a special role in these efforts.

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Sustainability Research
Prof. Sonja Berensmeier
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Research for sustainable chemistry

TUM and WACKER found Institute for Industrial Biotechnology

Wacker Chemie AG and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have deepened their partnership with the founding of the TUM WACKER Institute for Industrial Biotechnology. The goal of the new institute is to further develop research in the field of industrial biotechnology in Germany at the highest international level. The two partners will bring their combined forces to bear on researching new approaches for the production of specialty chemicals and active ingredients from renewable resources as a basis for a sustainable economic system.

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Sustainability Research President
Metro station in Munich
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Digital data on mobility patterns in the Munich region

More people opt for bus and rail travel

The introduction of the nine-euro ticket led to changes in the mobility behavior of many people in the Munich region. A study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows that more than 20 percent of participants had not previously used public transportation and now take buses and trains. Around one third of the participants were making greater use of public transportation than before. The study is the only research project on the nine-euro ticket to use digital data documenting actual journeys.

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Mobility Sustainability Research
The TUM Chair of Restoration Ecology studies the effects of wild plant areas along traffic axes in Munich, such as here at Luise Kiesselbach-Platz.

Professor Johannes Kollmann delivers a lecture within the series TUM@Freising

Ecological restoration: Why, what, and how?

Intensive land use, nutrient inputs, invasive species, and climate change are accelerating the losses of native species and essential ecosystem services. In a lecture within the TUM@Freising series, Johannes Kollmann, Professor of Restoration Ecology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will present the goals, suitable methods, and critical questions about possible limits of ecosystem renaturation on Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. at Lindenkeller in Freising.

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