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

What factors have to be taken into account in order to convert megacities to electro-mobility? How can the impacts on people and the environment be assessed? These are the questions which scientist David Eckhoff and Tobias Massier are addressing at the TUMCREATE research center in Singapore. They're using their simulators to research the conversion of the million-strong metropolis to a purely electric-driven traffic system. And their work is being applied in Germany as well – We'll show you where in this episode of "We are TUM".

Every year the TUM Office for Research and Innovation accompanies as many as three hundred entrepreneurial projects, about 70 of which reach the market as start-ups. Hidden Champion Alina Friedrichs helps the founders as a consultant. In an interview she shares insights of her own past as a start-up founder.

Using facts to fight prejudices: TUM student Katharina Tartler started the student group VACCtion to help educate the public about vaccinations. She tells us about how she makes complex scientific content transparent and convincing at schools and public institutions.

Proper source citations and quotes are the backbone of good scientific work. We conclude our episode with writing coach Dzifa Vode, who has some tips for us on how to avoid plagiarism in term papers and what plagiarism detection software is capable of today.

Our guests, in chronological order: Principal Scientist und Department Head of EPSG (Energy and Power Systems Group) Dr. Tobias Massier and Principal Scientist and Director of MoVES (Mobility in Virtual Environments at Scale) Dr. David Eckhoff; both research groups are based at TUMCREATE in Singapore; TUM Biochemistry student and founder of the student group VACCtion Katharina Tartler; start-up consultant in the start-up consulting team at TUM ForTe Alina Friedrichs; head of the Writing Center at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology Dzifa Vode.

English transcript of this episode

published on 03.06.2023

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 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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