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SZ interview with Vice President for Sustainable Transformation Prof. Werner Lang

Students as pioneers of sustainability

Sustainability is one of the most important topics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) - and one that affects almost all areas of research, teaching and operations. Since 2022, there has been the TUM Sustainable Futures Strategy 2030 and, since this year, the office of Vice President for Sustainable Transformation. Prof. Werner Lang, holder of the Chair for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Planning and Building, has taken on this role.

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BR presents bioengineering program

DNA analysis in schools

PCR equipment, genetic engineering, enzyme reactions – it is still extremely rare to see pupils carrying out biotechnology experiments in school classrooms. This is made possible under a program offered by TUM and the Amgen Foundation and by the school network of the Schülerforschungszentrum Berchtesgadener Land, a research center for pupils. The broadcaster BR was on hand as a school class carried out a DNA analysis experiment.

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Prof. Astrid Séville invited to BR Dossier Politik broadcast

Is democracy holding up in the crisis?

How does the German federal government communicate in the current crisis situation? How openly should politicians admit to problems? How can they counteract pessimism and populism? In Dossier Politik, a weekly political program by the broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, Astrid Séville, a professor of political philosophy and theory, explains how democracy can stand its ground in a fundamental crisis.

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Bacteria and bacteria-like unicellular organisms were the first forms of life that evolved on our planet.
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“Exzellent erklärt” podcast about the “ORIGINS” Cluster of Excellence

The beginnings of life

Billions of years ago, life emerged on Earth. Which external circumstances made this possible and what “ingredients” were necessary for it, however, remain important open questions in science. Researchers in the “ORIGINS” Cluster of Excellence at TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München are working with several partners in order to find answers. In the latest podcast in the “Exzellent erklärt" series, two experts from the cluster explain their research into better understanding the beginnings of life.

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Track and field athlete Christina Hering doing performance diagnostics at TUM

Real-time data for optimized training

Just a few meters from the Olympic Stadium, at the new Sports and Health Sciences Campus, research is being conducted into state-of-the-art performance diagnostics. Christina Hering, 13-time German 800-meter champion and TUM alumna, is working with a team from the Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics on her load control and running technique. German TV station ZDF accompanied her.

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Podcast episode of the series “Exzellent erklärt” about the Cluster of Excellence “e-conversion”

Convertible Energy

To use energy from natural sources like sun, wind and water, it must be converted and stored. The Cluster of Excellence “e-conversion” explores the fundamentals of such processes. In the new podcast episode about the cluster, Sina Stegmaier, PhD graduate student in the field of chemistry, explains the problems of energy storage in batteries and which solutions researchers work on. She graduates at the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at TUM, supervised by Prof. Karsten Reuter.

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Professor Gunther Friedl, Dean of the TUM School of Management
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BR interview: Prof. Gunther Friedl on the situation in the automotive industry

How is the war affecting supply chains?

Many German companies produce in Ukraine and Russia. Now factories are at a standstill. How is the war affecting the auto industry's supply chains? Have companies shifted too many production steps abroad? What strategies will help prevent the next crisis after the semiconductor bottlenecks? Prof. Gunther Friedl, Dean of the TUM School of Management, answers these questions in an interview with BR.

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Artistic depiction of a pair of holes caused by the magnetic background of the system.
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Podcast episode of the series “Exzellent erklärt” about the Cluster of Excellence “MCQST”

A trip to quantum world

Entirely new technologies are made possible by the peculiar rules of quantum mechanics – like, for example, the quantum computer. Kai Müller is professor for Quantum Electronics and Computer Engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM). Together with a colleague of the Cluster of Excellence „Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology“ (MCQST) he explains basic quantum phenomena and their applications, such as quantum communications.

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Starting from algae Dr. Mahmoud Masri, scientist at the Werner Siemens Chair for Synthetic Biotechnology at TUM, has developed a process yielding a yeast oil, which absolutely equals palm oil in terms of food technology, but has a significantly better ecological balance.
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A TV documentary on ARTE shows what algae can do for us

Can algae save the world?

Algae have created the basis for our life on earth. Given the current problems, could they help us again? In her documentation, editor Jenny von Sperber visits, among others, Prof. Brück at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He conducts research on algae at the Werner Siemens Chair in Synthetic Biotechnology. The documentary presents some of his ideas.

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Amy Wuttke and Josef Keilhofer from the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management are investigating ways of giving battery materials a micrstructure using an embossing roller.
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TV report in SAT.1 Bavaria about research on batteries with an even greater range

The battery of the future

Over the past 20 years, the energy storage capacity of lithium ion technology has been increasingly exhausted. A new technology could allow a significant leap in the direction of more compact batteries with an even greater range, the solid-state electrolyte battery.

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