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.

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Sustainability competition for talented young researchers

New EuroTech Future Award launched

Starting immediately, talented young researchers from all six EuroTech partner universities can enter the competition for a new sustainability prize. The EuroTech Future Award is intended for scientists who have completed their Doctorate no more than five years ago. Their research must focus on one or more of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). The deadline for the first application round is April 9, 2023.

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New awards for research and implementation of sustainability projects

TUM partners with Nobel Sustainability Trust

The Nobel Sustainability Trust (NST) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will jointly recognize international research and initiatives for sustainability with three new Sustainability Awards. The application process, which will close on January 31, 2023, is open to individuals, groups, organizations and companies who have made significant contributions to the field of Sustainability.

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Eine Geothermie-Anlage in Garching bei München.
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TUM researchers present assessment of Geothermal Energy Master Plan

Mathematically speaking, geothermal energy could meet 40 percent of Bavaria's heating needs

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) see major potential for the expansion of deep geothermal energy in Bavaria. In its Geothermal Energy Master Plan analysis the research group Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria looks at possibilities for providing geologically disadvantaged regions in the State of Bavaria with sustainable district heating using long-distance heat transport. This is the first time that the technical potential of the hydrothermal geothermal energy in southern Bavaria has been analyzed. The study was commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, which recently published the report.

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Ecolopes to promote urban bio-diversity

Building with an ecological envelope

Nature in city environs has a positive effect on people's well-being. At the same time biological diversity in urban areas continues to shrink, for example because of increasing building density. In the "Ecolopes" project, researchers led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are searching for specific solutions which will make it possible to create green infrastructure with a higher degree of biological diversity in urban areas.

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TUM Dies Academicus annual academic celebration

Giving the World a Home

The TUM family filled the Audimax main auditorium for the annual Dies Academicus celebration. President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann thanked all the members of the university "for your personal dedication, for your flexibility and your pragmatism in these turbulent and challenging times." We see it again and again, he said: "TUM is not just a university, it's a feeling! And it's worth sharing this feeling with one another and letting it grow as a result!"

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The award winners with representatives of TUM, UnternehmerTUM and the Zeidler Research Foundation.
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Teams from construction, chemistry and pharmaceuticals recognized

TUM IDEAward for sustainable start-up ideas

Building materials made from hops, a pyrolysis system for plastic waste and a patch that helps prevent urinary tract infections: These three start-up ideas were honored yesterday with the tenth TUM IDEAward.

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Huge success for young academic talent

12 ERC Starting Grants awarded to TUM researchers

Twelve talented researchers at TUM have been awarded ERC Starting Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). The European Union provides these research grants to academics early in their careers. These talented individuals submitted their leading-edge research projects to a competition and have now been selected by a high-ranking group of experts.

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New partner project with Imperial College London

An economy without pollution

Imperial College London (Imperial) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) want to work together on a new economy without pollution. The Imperial - TUM Zero Pollution Network will bring together scientists, industry, governments and other partners. The goal is to curb environmental pollution at its source. For example, the life cycle of technologies and products will be taken into account: from the procurement of raw materials to their further processing in industry and their use in society to their disposal and reuse.

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Complete service for old batteries

Start-up LiBCycle takes complete care of used e-car batteries

What began as an idea about a transport container for old batteries has in the meantime grown into a complete recycling service for used batteries. The start-up LiBCycle, founded at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is committed to Circular Economy and is thus contributing to sustainable mobility.

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PhD student Sophie Arzberger is in charge of almost 100 climate stations in Munich.
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Research project “Urban Oases in Times of Climate Change” investigates green spaces in Munich

Sustainable and climate-resilient urban development

Sophie Arzberger is passionate about urban climate and ecology. Since May, the young natural scientist has been doing her doctorate at the Professorship of Forest and Agroforest Systems at TUM in Weihenstephan. In the project "Urban Oases in Times of Climate Change", she is researching the socio-ecological significance of urban green spaces for people's well-being.

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