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Portrait von Michael Zavrel.
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NewIn: Michael Zavrel

Hands-on expertise for the bioeconomy

Michael Zavrel has worked on the development of industrial bioprocesses that turn waste into high-quality products. Now the Professor of Bioprocess Engineering is passing on his knowledge from industry in the lab and the lecture hall at the TUM Campus Straubing.

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Community Sustainability
Agriculture trainee at the Weihenstephan campus with wheat seeder
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Analysis of subsidies in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

Decoupled direct payments make agriculture more productive

Better alignment with the market is one of the goals pursued by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in recent decades. One of the measures used to achieve this was to decouple direct payments from production. Agricultural economists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now found that this form of direct payments makes farms more productive. Despite higher productivity, the environmental impact remains at a comparable level.

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Sustainability Research
The winners of the TUM IDEAward with representatives of TUM, UnternehmerTUM and Zeidler-Forschungs-Stiftung.
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TUM IDEAward presented to three founder teams

Start-up ideas with a sustainable impact

The TUM IDEAward was presented to three start-up concepts centered around sustainable technologies. The student teams are developing a sensor system for high-precision agriculture, microalgae for fish farming, and magnetic, energy-saving shock absorbers.

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Community Sustainability Entrepreneurship Studies
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Research on the electrification of agricultural machinery

New modular development kit for e-tractors

The special requirements placed on trucks and agricultural machinery often make it difficult for engineers to bring them into the electric age. At the Agritechnica agricultural machinery fair researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now showing what a modular development kit for electric tractors can look like. Their platform features modules for various uses and a power bank which can be used as a replacement battery when necessary.

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Mobility Sustainability Research
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Research on energy and climate change economy honored

First Sustainability Awards supported by the Nobel Sustainability Trust presented

For the first time, the Nobel Sustainability Trust (NST) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are presenting the "Sustainability Award supported by NST" for outstanding research and development work in the fields of sustainable energy and climate change economics. The first two honorees are Prof. Elena Bou of EIT InnoEnergy for her contributions to promoting energy start-ups, and Lord Nicholas Stern, Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, for his achievements relating to the economic aspects of climate change.

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Sustainability President
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Alliance for sustainable chemistry and catalysis

TUM and Clariant renew strategic partnership

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the chemical concern Clariant will continue their successful partnership of ten years in the area of catalysis research. TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann and Clariant Catalysts Head of Research and Development Marvin Estenfelder signed a corresponding agreement in Munich extending the Munich Catalysis Alliance (MuniCat) until 2033. The partners will jointly develop even more efficient and more sustainable catalysts for the chemical industry.

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Sustainability Research President
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New podcast episode of „We are TUM“

Indoor Farming, Family Service at TUM and strategies for test anxiety

Saving resources and avoiding pesticides - that's what indoor farming promises. Senthold Asseng, Professor of Digital Agriculture, is conducting research on this topic and is a finalist in the Werner Siemens Foundation's highly endowed "Jahrhundertprojekt" ideas competition. Also in this episode: Hidden champions Marion Friederich and Ana Dzhigovechki present the services offered by the TUM Family Service, Leonie Popken from the student club visiTUM tells us what she advises future students to do - and psychotherapist Annika Hughes reveals strategies to manage test anxiety.

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Community Sustainability Research Studies
An ice cliff in Greenland
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Climate research: New findings on temperature tipping points

How the Greenland ice sheet can be saved

Climate researchers around the world are sounding the alarm about exceeding critical temperature values on the Earth. If temperatures pass what are called tipping points, the results could be catastrophic. An international team of researchers, including members from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has now demonstrated in simulations that the temperature tipping point for the Greenland ice sheet can be exceeded in certain cases for a short time, as long as extreme countermeasures are taken afterwards. If the ice mass should melt entirely, the result would be a massive rise in the sea level.

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Sustainability Research
Dr. Melanie Müller, Dr. Joachim Pander and Prof. Jürgen Geist in a research boat on a river.
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Examining the environmental impacts of the Großweil shaft power plant

“Making hydropower plants more environmentally friendly”

A research team from the Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has analyzed the harm caused to fish, changes in their behavior and the impact on the aquatic habitat at the shaft power plant in the Loisach, a river in Bavaria. This study was part of a large-scale research project looking into the ecological impact of different types of hydroelectric power plant. It has highlighted a number of factors that should be considered in the construction of future shaft power plants to minimize the environmental impact as far as possible.

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Sustainability Research
Portrait of Prof. Julia Steinhoff-Wagner
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Interview with Prof. Julia Steinhoff-Wagner on antibiotic resistance

“The key starting point is animal health”

Minimizing the use of antibiotics without compromising animal welfare: Julia Steinhoff-Wagner, Professor of Animal Nutrition and Metabolism at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is working on a new research project to ascertain how this can be achieved in the field of poultry farming. In this interview, she explains how antibiotic use relates to animal health and nutrition.

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Sustainability Research


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