We are TUM – The Podcast

Our German-language podcast series "We are TUM" features regularly occurring conversations with the people who make our university what it is. We meet everyone: leading researchers, students and teachers and even the "Hidden Champions" who work behind the scenes to keep TUM going, day after day.

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Episode 20: How do we remain excellent?

TUM has been a "University of Excellence" since the start of the funding competition in 2006. On the occasion of the first preliminary decision for the next funding round from 2026, this episode of "We are TUM" focuses on the question: How do we remain excellent? Our guest is President Thomas F. Hofmann, who emphasises how important it is to keep trying new things - and to take risks in doing so.

One existing Cluster of Excellence that is applying for a new round of funding is the ORIGINS Cluster. There, physicist Elisa Resconi is researching questions about the origin of the universe and the origin of all life. Science manager Björn Jahnke, who is in charge of the funding applications for the Clusters of Excellence with his department, provides insights into research funding. At TUM, excellent teaching is just as important as excellent research. The Future Learning Initiative is therefore calling on students to contribute their ideas for future-orientated teaching. In the podcast, one of the winners of the 2023 competition, Laura Palomino, presents her team's ideas.

Our guests, in chronological order: President Thomas F. Hofmann; Elisa Resconi from the ORIGINS cluster; Science Manager Björn Jahnke; Laura Palomino, one of the winners of the team Edventure („TUM Navigator“) of the TUM Future Learning Award 2023.

published on 2/1/2024

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An overview listing all podcast episodes

Did you miss an episode or would you like to browse some more? You'll find all the previous episodes of the podcast series "We are TUM" here.

published on 12.14.2023

Episode 19: The hidden chamber in the pyramid of Cheops

Professor of Non-destructive Testing Laboratory Christian Große talks about the discovery of a previously unknown chamber in the Pyramid of Cheops and the technology behind it. Also guests: system administrator Wolfgang Nowarre, student and part of TUfast Eco Jonas Bauer, who set a new Guinness World Record with his team, and Christa Jansen from the Studierendenwerk with tips for successfully finding accommodation in Munich.

published on 10.25.2023

Episode 18: Indoor Farming, Family Service at TUM and strategies to reduce test anxiety

Indoor farms promise to save resources and avoid pesticides – Senthold Asseng, Professor of Digital Agriculture, is in the final of the "project of the century" ideas competition with his research on this topic. Other guests: hidden champions Marion Friederich and Ana Dzhigovechki from the TUM Family Service and Leonie Popken from the university group visiTUM. Finally, psychotherapist Annika Hughes shows strategies to manage fears during studies.

published on 09.13.2023

Episode 17: Space research, German-Asian relations and tips on starting university

Prof. Chiara Manfletti in an interview on innovations and economic efficiency in space travel, students Merle Neumann and Simon Gruber introduce the university group Asian-European Society Munich, and Hidden Champions Henrik Eickhoff and Luis Schnürer share their experiences at this year's dragon boat race. In addition, student Emma Jung gives tips on starting university.

published on 07.19.2023

Episode 16: Sustainable energy use, AI in academia and tips for solving writer’s block

Nam Truong, CEO of the start-up "STABL Energy", demonstrates how sustainable battery storage works, Hidden Champion Daniela Seidl shows her work in the TUM Legal Office - and Andreas Fleischmann, Director of ProLehre, talks about the use of ChatGPT in the scientific community. In addition, writing coach Alexandra Peischer gives tips against writer's block. English transcript of this episode

published on 06.06.2023

Episode 15: Evidence practices, studying brewing and tips for a semester abroad

Researchers Stefan Esselborn and Sascha Dickel discuss the issue of trust in science. Nina Schaller and Anika Berling-Ernst provide an insight into their “TUM Gesunde Hochschule” project, which encourages employees to make small lifestyle changes to improve health, and Stephan Geifes from the DAAD provides tips for a semester abroad. Plus, brewer and maltster Jakob Schwarz introduces the Brewing and Beverage Technology degree program. English transcript of this episode

published on 04.17.2023

Episode 14: Responsible AI, professorial appointments and coding workshops for girls

Ruth Müller shares insights into the research at the Center for Responsible AI Technologies, which investigates AI from ethical and social science points of view; spokesperson Ulrich Meyer presents the TUM professorial appointment process; and Clara Buchholz explains how the student group she.codes raises interest for STEM subjects among women. Student Sarah Ziegler shares her tips for life in the student housing facility. English transcript of this episode

published on 03.06.2023

Episode 13: Electro-mobility in Singapore, vaccine education and entrepreneurship at TUM

How will megacities transition to electro-mobility? David Eckhoff and Tobias Massier of TUMCREATE in Singapore are tackling exactly this question. They use simulators to test an electric transportation system in this million-strong metropolis. Also with us in this episode: Start-up advisor Alina Friedrichs, Katharina Tartler of the student group VACCtion and writing coach Dzifa Vode. English transcript of this episode

published on 01.09.2023

Episode 12: Researchers from Ukraine come to TUM

Many researchers have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the war. TUM has created a special Fellowship program at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) to accommodate ten researchers. This special episode spotlights three of them: Dr. Olya Popovych from Ivano-Frankivsk as well as Prof. Julia Yamnenko and Oksana Chernova, Ph.D., both from Kyiv. English transcript of this episode

published on 10.25.2022

Episode 11: On the road to more sustainability

Prof. Thomas Auer and Prof. Florian Nagler show us how their research project "Einfach Bauen" (Simple Building) enables a minimalistic building method; Hidden Champion Tobias Michl tells us how the university can become even more sustainable and Amelie Binder presents her start-up CargoKite. The episode concludes with recycling tips from Helga Seitz. English transcript of this episode

published on 09.12.2022

Episode 10: Virtual lecture halls, safety at the FRM II and brewing your own beer

Prof. David Wuttke shows us how he uses virtual reality when teaching, Hidden Champion Axel Pichlmaier gives us some insights into safety at the FRM II research reactor and Dominik Gruber presents the start-up BrauFässchen, which sells home-brew beer kits. We conclude with Christina Holzapfel's nutrition tips for a productive everyday routine. English transcript of this episode

published on 07.06.2022

Episode 9: Dietary supplements, fashion in the pandemic and tax tips

Nutritional medicine specialist Hans Hauner puts dietary supplements to the test, Hidden Champion Daniel Koll talks about his assignment as team leader of the student counseling service and we speak with student Stine Kindervater about fashion phenomena during the pandemic. In addition there are five tips from tax expert Raymond Kudraß. English transcript of this episode

published on 05.24.2022

Episode 8: Cyber-attacks, e-car batteries and tips for a good night's sleep

Prof. Christian Djeffal talks about dealing with cyber-attacks and trolls, Michael Baumann presents the start-up TWAICE and his software for battery analytics; in addition, Ursula Wandl and Christine Maurer report on their career activities as patient advocates. We close with tips from Alfred Wiater on optimum quality of sleep. English transcript of this episode

published on 04.13.2022

Episode 7: Perspectives on the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian students share their impressions on the outbreak of war and Prof. Sebastian Goerg analyzes the impacts of an energy embargo. In addition, occupational psychologist Andrea Hufnagel shares five techniques which help out in case of psychological stress, and Anja Schmidt reports on the ongoing digitalization of the TUM architectural museum archive. English transcript of this episode

published on 03.03.22

Episode 6: Empathy in medicine, patent applications and job application tips

Pascal O. Berberat discusses teaching methods for training future physicians to be more empathetic, Hidden Champion Philipp Merkl of TUM ForTe offers us advice on patent applications and Fabian Richter, head of the TUM student council, shares his experiences from two years of the pandemic. The episode concludes with Maximilian Mendius from BMW who gives us his five tips on successful job applications. English transcript of this episode

published on 01.21.2022

Episode 5: The campus fire department, 3D printing in measurement technologies and TUM Asia turns 20

Markus Wächter looks back on 20 years of TUM Asia, Jürgen Wettlaufer presents the university fire department and we speak with Katharina Kreitz about her start-up Vectoflow, which makes flow probes in 3D printers. The episode finishes with five tips from Frédéric Margue on how to reconcile sports with a full appointment calendar. English transcript of this episode

published on 12.08.21

Episode 4: How computer games can help understand human perception

Gudrun Klinker talks about the intersections between games engineering, augmented reality and psychology, we get to know Hidden Champion Anja Bräunig from the professorial appointment team and we visit with founder Florian Grigoleit, whose product "modelwise" exposes technical safety gaps. We finish with Peter Rösler, who give us five tips on speed reading. English transcript of this episode

published on 10.28.21

Episode 3: From the lecture hall to the successful start-up

BMW Board of Management member Frank Weber talks about how the university and industry benefit from one another thanks to quantum computing; Fabian Schlang presents his start-up's aroma-based drinking system and and Lisa Marie Ullrich, program director of the Munich Security Conference gives us tips on good networking. We also take a look at the hidden art treasures of TUM. English transcript of this episode

published on 09.16.21

Episode 2: On Artificial Intelligence, Room Allocation and Urban Gardening on Campus

We delve into the field of AI with Daniel Cremers, winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, we meet space planner Gudrun Obst and speak with student Veronica Becker about "Plant a Seed". Werner Lang explains sustainable construction and Bernd Sibler tells us about the ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum – And there are five useful tips: This episode's topic is mobile working. English transcript of this episode

published on 09.09.21

Episode 1: Between the lockdown and university routine

Virologist Ulrike Protzer analyzes the current corona situation, two students talk about their digital university life and economics expert Gunther Friedl tells us what he's learned from the crisis. This episode's "Hidden Champion" is Adjunct Teaching Professor Roland Wüchner – and Christoph Müller-Höcker shares tips for more concentrated work. English transcript of this episode


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