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 11: On the road to more sustainability

Ever since Earth Overshoot Day on July 28 the world has been using more ecological resources during the current year than natural renewal could replace. This once again illustrates the increasing urgency of sustainability. The question of how we, as a university, can address these issues is the focus of our first Sustainability Day on October 27 and of this special episode of "We are TUM".

The objective of the research project "Einfach Bauen" (Simple Building), winner of the 2021 German Sustainability Award, is to avoid resource consumption in the first place. Thomas Auer and Florian Nagler, professors at the TUM School of Engineering and Design's Department of Architecture, use three model houses to demonstrate minimalist construction. In an interview they tell us what they did without when building the houses and how their concept could mean new living space for students.

Raising awareness of resource-efficient alternatives is a daily routine for Hidden Champion Tobias Michl. The sustainability manager established Sustainability Day at our university. He'll tell us how TUM can become more sustainable one step at a time.

And good ideas are needed in commercial transportation as well. Container ships not only transport a major portion of worldwide commerce, they also emit a considerable amount of CO2. That's where the start-up CargoKite comes in: Co-founder Amelie Binder shows how a specially designed kite sail can support the ship's engine and reduce emissions.

We conclude the episode with Helga Seitz from Munich's waste management corporation "Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb München". She tells us about the new concept "Zero Waste" and shares her tips on recycling.

Guests, listed chronologically: Our guests in chronological order: Initiators of the research project "Einfach Bauen" (Simple Building) Thomas Auer, Professor of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, and Florian Nagler, Professor for Architectural Design and Construction – both are at the TUM School of Engineering and Design's Department of Architecture; Tobias Michl, sustainability manager at the TUM Sustainability Office; Amelie Binder, co-founder of the start-up CargoKite; Helga Seitz, spokesperson of Munich's waste management corporation Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb München and member of the "Zero Waste" project.

English transcript of this episode

published on 10.25.2022

Correction: In the audio version of episode 11 we mention the "2022 German Sustainability Award". In fact, Thomas Auer and Florian Nagler won the Award for the year 2021. We apologize for the error.

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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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