TUM – Latest news https://www.tum.de Latest news of TUM en TUM Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:12:53 +0200 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:12:53 +0200 Immortal quantum particles https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35492/ As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever. The laws of physics confirm this: on our planet, all processes increase entropy, thus molecular disorder. For example, a broken glass would never put itself back together again.

Theoretical physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems have discovered that things which seem inconceivable in the everyday world are possible on a microscopic level.

“Until now, the assumption was that quasiparticles in interacting quantum systems decay after a certain time. We now know that the opposite is the case: strong interactions can even stop decay entirely,” explains Frank Pollmann, Professor for Theoretical Solid-State Physics at the TUM. Collective lattice vibrations in crystals, so-called phonons, are one example of such quasiparticles.

The concept of quasiparticles was coined by the physicist and Nobel prize winner Lev Davidovich Landau. He used it to describe collective states of lots of particles or rather their interactions due to electrical or magnetic forces. Due to this interaction, several particles act like one single one.

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Research news news-35491 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:19:00 +0200
Reducing soft drink consumption effectively https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35496/ The negative effects of sugary drinks have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to call on politicians, business leaders and society as a whole to design and implement effective ways to wean consumers off their predilection for soft drinks and to support healthier beverage choices.

But what measures are most likely to reduce soft-drink consumption? In collaboration with the Cochrane Network, researchers based at TUM and LMU set out to answer this question. They have combed through the published research literature with the aim of identifying those measures that have been empirically shown to be effective in reducing consumption of soft drinks. In doing so, the team focused on measures that target the physical and social environment in which people make beverage choices.

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Research news news-35496 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:20:42 +0200
Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35499/ Although Bitcoin is a virtual currency, the energy consumption associated with its use is very real. For a Bitcoin transfer to be executed and validated, a mathematical puzzle must be solved by an arbitrary computer in the global Bitcoin network. The network, which anyone can join, rewards the puzzle solvers in Bitcoin. The computing capacity used in this process – known as Bitcoin mining – has increased rapidly in recent years. Statistics show that it quadrupled in 2018 alone.

Consequently, the Bitcoin boom raises the question of whether the cryptocurrency is imposing an additional burden on the climate. Several studies have attempted to quantify the CO2 emissions caused by Bitcoin mining. "These studies are based on a number of approximations, however," says Christian Stoll, who conducts research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35498 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:18:00 +0200
“Interdisciplinary research takes time” https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35482/ It seems that new scientific institutions and research projects are all about “interdisciplinarity”. Is it all hype?

It is not all hype, not at all. We are increasingly encountering issues that cannot be resolved using the methods of any one discipline. As a matter of fact, interdisciplinarity was already enabling major leaps forward even before it was intentionally promoted: After the Second World War, several physicists transferred to biology in the wake of the atomic bomb shock. This influx significantly contributed to the birth of molecular biology, as they applied their physics-based perspectives to biological research questions.

You studied an interdisciplinary research center in Sweden and used interviews to identify which obstacles researchers face when conducting interdisciplinary work. Has something gone fundamentally wrong at this center?

Not at all. It’s a great research center with dedicated colleagues who do superb interdisciplinary work. But the study clearly demonstrates the complexity of interdisciplinary research and the specific challenges arising from it.

What exactly did you observe?

Well, for instance, after a while the institute’s management came to the conclusion that – despite the institute’s important contributions to addressing global challenges – its influence within the scientific community was not significant enough. The most important benchmark of successful research to date is often the number of publications in reputable journals. So this resulted in pressure to publish more articles in such journals. Since the most prestigious journals are often geared towards a traditionally disciplinary audience, this forced researchers to “discipline” their work to a certain extent in order to get published – not least because the number of such high-profile publications significantly influences researchers’ success in attaining funding for new projects. Such pressures to become more disciplinary significantly affected the social and intellectual dynamics between the researchers at the center.

„Evaluation systems are often based on a single criterion – high profile publications. ”— Prof. Ruth Müller

Are these fundamental problems that interdisciplinary research centers face?

There is little research into these issues so far. However, some studies indicate that researchers perceive the cost of working interdisciplinarily to be potentially very high – that it poses challenges to their career development, for instance. I have observed this, too: At the Swedish institute, I was told several times about an interdisciplinary PhD researcher whose research was highly valuable in terms of its contribution to addressing global challenges, but who found that at his thesis defense, his research was being assessed by an external examiner based on narrow “disciplinary” perspectives. For him and his supervisors, this raised the question as to how young interdisciplinary researchers can be prepared for an academic world that often still works along highly discipline-specific lines.

What do you think needs to change?

To date, evaluation systems are often based on a single criterion – and this is the number of high-profile publications. However, particularly when it comes to evaluating interdisciplinary research, it would be important to consider a range of evaluation criteria. Alongside publications, these might include research findings that lead to successful applications in society, or that result in actionable knowledge that empowers communities or society at large to tackle social and environmental challenges. To this end, we need well-trained reviewers, who are able to see the big picture and look beyond disciplinary confines. They should have a clear idea which mission an interdisciplinary project aims to accomplish and be able to evaluate its success using a variety of indicators. More reflective engagement with evaluation processes and specific trainings for the reviewers would be key to achieving these goals.

Apart from review processes, what else could be done to promote interdisciplinary research?

Pace is a very important factor: Interdisciplinary research takes time. If you want to develop something together, you first have to find a common language; immerse yourself in each other’s way of thinking. In practical terms, one approach would be to allow more time for interdisciplinary theses from the start, for instance by funding interdisciplinary doctoral positions for four years instead of the usual three.

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Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35481 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0200
Checkmate for hepatitis B viruses in the liver https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35488/ Infections with HBV are a global health problem. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 260 million people worldwide are chronically infected with the virus. Vaccination prevents new HBV infections, but for people who are chronic carriers of the virus, a cure has not yet been found. Available drugs only prevent the virus from continuing to replicate in liver cells, but they cannot eliminate it. In the long term, this can lead to complications such as liver cancer or liver cirrhosis, whereby functional liver tissue is replaced by fibrous connective tissue.

“We have now been able to show that T-cell-therapy exploiting new technologies presents an encouraging solution for the treatment of chronic HBV infection and liver cancer that is triggered by the virus. That is because these ‘living drugs’ are the most potent therapy we have at our disposal at present,” explains Prof. Ulrike Protzer. She is Director of the Institute of Virology at TUM and the Helmholtz Zentrum München, both members of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). Also the University Hospital Heidelberg was partner of the study.

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Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35486 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0200
DAX executives earning less https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35487/ Management board members with the 30 companies listed on the DAX exchange earned an average of 3.508 million euros in 2018, or 3.5 percent less than in 2017. The study compares the 2018 figures of DAX-listed companies with the previous year including companies that were not yet listed on Germany's top exchange in 2017. There were two changes in the DAX in 2018.

The decrease runs counter to the prevailing trend over the past decade, in which executive compensation increased every year except in 2012 and 2015. Although gross wages in Germany were up by 3.1 percent in 2018, top executives still earned an average of over 52 times as much as their employees.

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Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35487 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0200
TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professorship for Joachim Frank https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35484/ Joachim Frank, Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 for their groundbreaking work on the development of cryo-electron microscopy. This method, in which samples are cooled with liquid nitrogen, makes it possible to determine the three-dimensional shape of proteins under the electron microscope.

Joachim Frank completed his doctorate at TUM in 1970. In continuation of the work of his doctoral supervisor Prof. Walter Hoppe, he succeeded in developing a strategy that can calculate a three-dimensional image of the structure from many high-resolution, two-dimensional images of an electron microscope. Today, Joachim Frank is researching at the Columbia University in New York.

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a.schmidt@tum.de news-35483 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:20:07 +0200
Students honor outstanding employers https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35480/ The "IKOM Award for Employers of the Future" is Germany's first student-initiated award for employers. The members of IKOM noticed how difficult it is during the job search to find medium-sized companies that place a priority on ethical and sustainable actions. This was not because these companies didn't exist, but because, in contrast to major corporations, they don't have the same opportunities to showcase this attitude. As a result in 2018 IKOM joined with TUM and vbw to create the award, which has the honorary sponsorship of the Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger.

The criteria are: Focus on values and sustainability, commitment to Germany as a business location, entrepreneurial continuity as well as good entry-level opportunities and development possibilities for those just starting their careers. The jury, composed of representatives from the student body, science, business and media decided to present the second year of IKOM Awards to the following companies:

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Campus news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35480 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0200
Cooling for quantum electronics https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35478/ The start-up kiutra is the first company in the world to have succeeded in developing a permanent magnetic cooling system to reach temperatures close to absolute zero. Such temperatures are, for example, required for the operation of quantum computers. The system was set up by a team of researchers from the Physics Department at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Low temperatures are essential for basic research in the field of quantum physics. More and more technologies based on quantum mechanics are now also making the leap from the laboratory to commercial applications.

High-sensitivity detectors and quantum computers are two well-known examples. However, very low temperatures close to absolute zero (around -273°C) are generally required for the operation of sensitive quantum technology. Demand for effective cooling solutions is therefore rapidly growing.

TUM researchers Alexander Regnat, Jan Spallek, Tomek Schulz and Prof. Christian Pfleiderer are seeking to meet that demand. All four are currently working on their prototype at the TUM Physics Department. According to Alexander Regnat, there is already the prospect of taking on more staff and setting up separate headquarters.

The team of scientist came up with the idea during their work at the TUM. Again and again, they were faced with the limits of conventional methods for reaching such low temperatures. The group therefore developed its own technology to ensure permanent cooling and founded kiutra GmbH in the summer of 2018.

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Entrepreneurship battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35478 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:26:41 +0200
Virus infection: Most effective killer cells selectively propagated https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35474/ More than half of the global population is infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV), which remains in the body for life. Normally, these infections do not produce any symptoms. Together with T cells, natural killer cells (NKs) effectively keep the virus in check, although it can cause serious illnesses in people with a weakened immune system. NKs possess surface molecules that identify CMV-infected cells, such as the receptor Ly49H in mice. It is known that NKs equipped with this receptor (Ly49H-NKs) are particularly effective at destroying CMV-infected cells.

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Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35473 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:26:00 +0200
TUM convenes advisory board of the Institute for Ethics in AI https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35476/ With the convocation of the advisory board, the new TUM institute is now ready to launch its activities. It calls on scientists to submit their multidisciplinary research projects for consideration. All projects are to be structured as tandem ventures incorporating both engineering and social sciences. "At TUM we have the perfect prerequisites, with cutting-edge research not only in the field Artificial Intelligence, but also in the social sciences. Our Institute is one of the places where this extremely valuable combination can be appropriately leveraged," says Institute head Prof. Christoph Lütge. At least one of the two candidates applying has to be a TUM scientist. The new advisory board will apply strict rules in assessing and prioritizing all requests. The first research projects will be presented to the public at a symposium on October 7 of this year.

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Campus news news-35476 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:06:00 +0200
Artificial intelligence boosts proteome research https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35470/ The genome of any organism contains the blueprints for thousands of proteins which control almost all the functions of life. Defective proteins lead to serious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or dementia. Therefore, proteins are also the most important targets for drugs.

To better understand life processes and diseases and develop more appropriate therapies, it is necessary for as many proteins as possible to be analyzed simultaneously. At present, mass spectrometry is used in order to determine the type and quantity of proteins in a biological system. However, the current methods of data analysis continue to produce many mistakes.

A team at the Technical University of Munich led by bioinformatics scientist Mathias Wilhelm and biochemist Bernhard Küster, Professor of Proteomics and Bioanalytics at the Technical University of Munich, has now succeeded in using proteomic data to train a neural network in such a way that it is able to recognize proteins much more quickly and with almost no errors.

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Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35470 Wed, 29 May 2019 08:36:00 +0200
Intelligent algorithms for genome research https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35471/ Although the importance of machine learning methods in genome research has grown steadily in recent years, researchers have often had to resort to using obsolete software. Scientists in clinical research often did not have access to the most recent models. This will change with the new free open access repository: Kipoi enables an easy exchange of machine learning models in the field of genome research. The repository was created by Julien Gagneur, Assistant Professor of Computational Biology at the TUM, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

„Kipoi provides very exciting opportunities to understand individual genomes.”— Julien Gagneur, Assistant Professor of Computational Biology

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Research news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35471 Tue, 28 May 2019 12:44:58 +0200
Pollen allergies occur more frequently in anxiety sufferers https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35464/ The team interviewed over 1,700 people from the Augsburg area of Germany about their allergies. Led by Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Director of the University Center for Health Sciences at University Hospital Augsburg (UNIKA-T) and Professor of Environmental Medicine at TUM, the team differentiated between perennial or non-seasonal allergies – such as those triggered by house dust mites or animal hair, seasonal allergies caused by grass pollen for instance, and allergies to other substances such as food.

The study participants also answered questions about their psychological health. The focus here was on depression, generalized anxiety disorders – which affect all aspects of daily life – and acute mental stress. “There are studies that focus on the psychological components of skin diseases or allergic asthma. For the first time, we are now able to show a connection with seasonal allergies,” explains Katharina Harter, the publication’s lead author. Around a quarter of those surveyed (27.4%) stated that they suffered from allergies, with 7.7 percent reporting perennial, 6.1 percent seasonal, and 13.6 percent other forms of allergic reactions.

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Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35463 Tue, 28 May 2019 11:31:00 +0200
Spot on female engineers https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35461/
The six video portraits with scientists and students can be watched at TUM’s YouTube channel.
 

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TUM in the media a.schmidt@tum.de news-35453 Fri, 17 May 2019 12:54:00 +0200
A visit to the home of intelligent robots https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35467/ Barely a year after the state-owned site in Munich's Maxvorstadt was handed over to the MSRM, Dr. Angela Merkel and Dr. Markus Söder paid a visit to learn about the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). They looked at numerous demonstrations featuring high-tech projects at TUM and learned about synergies with science-based start-ups and research-driven companies in the Munich metropolitan area.

Since it was established in 2017, the MSRM has brought together more than 50 TUM professors from such fields as informatics, engineering, physics and medicine in cooperation with the humanities and social sciences. The presentation in the 750 square meter main hall of the MSRM was centered around the MSRM's three key areas of interest: the future of work, health and mobility. Among the highlights seen by the honored guests at the various stations were autonomous flying robots generating detailed maps of inaccessible areas of the hall. They also saw demonstrations showing how robots can be used as intelligent tools in small companies or to help with the medical treatment of elderly people in their own homes.

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Campus news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35467 Fri, 24 May 2019 17:19:46 +0200
The German Research Foundation funds research into molecular regulation in the cardiovascular system https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35465/ Ribonucleic acid, or RNA for short, has long been known to be an intermediate step in the transmission of genetic information for protein synthesis. It has now also been established that every cell in the body contains thousands of different RNA molecules that do not code for proteins but instead regulate cellular processes. Non-coding RNAs are causatively related to cardiovascular diseases – still the leading cause of death worldwide.

Stefan Engelhardt is Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the TUM and spokesperson for the new transregional SFB TRR 267 – “Non-coding RNA in der Cardiovascular System”. Together with colleagues from Munich, Frankfurt, Bad Nauheim and Hanover, he plans to investigate the relationship between non-coding RNAs and cardiovascular diseases over the next four years. The research will focus primarily on how non-coding RNAs are synthesized and transported, how they influence cellular processes and what role they play in the development and healing of cardiovascular diseases. A long-term goal is to identify target molecules for new treatments.

The co-spokesperson is Professor Stefanie Dimmeler of the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim and Hanover Medical School are also partners in the new SFB.

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Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35465 Thu, 23 May 2019 09:47:36 +0200
Chaperones keep the tumor suppressor protein p53 in check https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35454/ A cancer therapy without side-effects, that specifically attacks only tumor cells: still a dream for doctors and patients alike. But nature has long since developed exactly this kind of focused anti-tumor program. Each of our cells is equipped with it: When serious damage to the genome is detected, the cell destroys itself, thus preventing the growth of the tumor. A research team in Munich has now decoded the complex regulatory mechanism, which involves a number of different proteins.

"We've known for some time that such a regulatory mechanism exists, and that the tumor suppressor protein p53 plays a key role. What was not known before was the role played by molecular chaperones in regulating the cellular machinery," explains Prof. Johannes Buchner, who holds the TUM Professorship for Biotechnology.

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Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35454 Tue, 21 May 2019 07:00:00 +0200
New degree programs at TUM https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35455/ Campus news a.schmidt@tum.de news-35455 Mon, 20 May 2019 13:23:30 +0200 "Music is usually based on mathematics" https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35452/ The "La La Lab" exhibition, which opened on Thursday at the Mathematics Informatics Station (MAINS) in Heidelberg, presents fascinating links between music and mathematics – from tools that composers have used for centuries to the latest insights from the world of research. How might artificial intelligence be used in the world of music, for example? Through touchscreen exhibits, 3D printing and projections, visitors can engage in hands-on explorations of musical theory and current trends. Jürgen Richter-Gebert designed five of the 15 interactive computer stations.

„We want people to have fun and be amazed. We want them to have smiles on their faces.”— Jürgen Richter-Gebert, Professor for Geometry and Visualization

Prof. Richter-Gebert, what do you hope visitors will take home with them?

We want people to have fun and be amazed. We want them to have smiles on their faces. We hope that they will stand in front of our exhibits, move the sliders back and forth to see and hear what happens, try out various scenarios, see worlds of sound with their eyes and hear mathematics with their ears. And, in doing so, we hope that they will gain a deeper insight into our theme: the fact that beautiful music is mostly based on mathematics.

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Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35452 Fri, 17 May 2019 10:36:17 +0200
Efficient catalyst for water splitting https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35448/ An international team led by TUM chemist Tom Nilges and engineer Karthik Shankar from the University of Alberta have now found a stable yet flexible semiconductor structure that splits water much more efficiently than was previously possible.

An inorganic double-helix compound comprising the elements tin, iodine and phosphorus (SnIP) forms the core of the structure. It is synthesized in a simple process at temperatures around 400 degrees Celsius. The SnIP fibers are flexible and, at the same time, robust as steel.

"The material combines the mechanical properties of a polymer with the potential of a semiconductor," says Tom Nilges, Professor of Synthesis and Characterization of Innovative Materials at the Technical University of Munich. "From this, we can manufacture flexible semiconductor components in a further technical step."

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Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35446 Thu, 16 May 2019 07:42:00 +0200
Robot therapists need rules https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35442/ Robot dolls that teach autistic children to communicate better, computer-generated avatars that help patients cope with hallucinations, and virtual chats offering support with depression: Numerous initiatives using embodied AI for improving mental health already exist. These applications are referred to as embodied because they involve interactions between individuals and an artificial agent, resulting in entirely new dynamics.

The use of AI in psychotherapy is not new as such. Back in the 1960s, the first chatbots created the illusion of a psychotherapy session. In reality, however, this was little more than a gimmick. With today's advanced algorithms and higher computing power, much more is possible. “The algorithms behind these new applications have been trained with enormous data sets and can produce genuine therapeutic statements,” explains Alena Buyx, Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies at TUM. With Dr. Amelia Fiske and Peter Henningsen, Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, she has conducted the first systematic survey of embodied AI applications for mental health and drawn conclusions on the related opportunities and challenges.

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Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35441 Wed, 15 May 2019 09:00:00 +0200
Prof. Nerdinger elected to presidency of Academy https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35447/ Winfried Nerdinger completed his doctorate in art history after studying architecture at the Technical University of Munich. After teaching for a year as a visiting professor at Harvard University, he was appointed Professor for the history of architecture at TUM in 1986. He was instrumental in establishing and developing Germany's most important special and research archives for architecture at the TUM, which he later transformed into TUM's Architekturmuseum. The museum received its own exhibition rooms in the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2002, which meant that Nerdinger became a member of the board of directors of the Pinakothek that year. In addition to numerous other awards, the architectural historian received the Bavarian Architecture Prize and the Bavarian State Prize for Architecture in 2011.  

In 2012, Winfried Nerdinger retired as a professor. At the same time, he assumed a new office as the founding director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. Nerdinger continued to have an affiliation with his alma mater as an Emeritus of Excellence.  

In July 2019, Nerdinger will take up his new post as President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. He has already held the office of the director of the Department of Fine Arts of the Academy since 2004. According to its founding charter, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts is to observe the development of the arts and "promote them in every way that appears expedient". In addition, it should "contribute to the intellectual debate between the arts and between art and society".

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Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35447 Mon, 13 May 2019 12:35:36 +0200
CEU and TUM sign cooperation agreement https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35412/ The agreement covers TUM faculty positions in three transnational dual appointments with CEU in Budapest in the field of politics, technology and society. Academic curricular activities will include joint seminars, workshops, summer schools, as well as course-based programs potentially leading to joint certificates and/or degrees accredited in Germany and the USA. Students, faculty and staff members will have exchange opportunities.  

The parties understand that the offer of the Bavarian government to support TUM’s engagement in Budapest is conditional on the ability of CEU to operate freely as a US degree granting institution in Hungary. In this light both parties call on the Hungarian government to provide CEU with the legal guarantees that would make it possible to inaugurate this new chapter in Hungarian and Bavarian academic and scientific cooperation.

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Campus news news-35412 Tue, 07 May 2019 15:56:40 +0200
TUM ranked in the first league with study quality https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35410/ Every three years, the CHE rates fields of study at more than 300 universities. The main objective is to offer guidance to prospective students. To compile the rankings, the center assesses various performance indicators and conducts student surveys. In around 20 categories, which vary from subject to subject, universities are classified in three groups (top, middle and lower group).

In the latest rankings, TUM placed in the top group dozens of times. Architecture and mechanical engineering students, for example, awarded excellent marks for the study conditions as well as the teaching program – an area that also earned praise from students of the Engineering Science program at the Munich School of Engineering. Students of civil engineering and architecture reported high satisfaction with the IT infrastructure. The electrical engineering and computer engineering programs earned excellent scores for their close contact to the career world, among other criteria. Areas where TUM stands out for appearing in the top group particularly often include the international orientation of degree programs and the support for new students.

Number six worldwide ranking for graduate employability

The CHE Ranking represents the most comprehensive university ranking in the German-speaking countries. In the past, students have also given top marks to TUM in surveys focusing on mathematics / informatics and medicine / natural sciences as well as management.

The fact that graduates of TUM's degree programs are in demand is demonstrated on a regular basis by the “Global University Employability Ranking”, based on a survey of approximately 7,000 companies in around 20 countries. In the most recent survey, TUM was ranked sixth worldwide.

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TUM in Rankings klaus.becker@tum.de news-35410 Tue, 07 May 2019 10:17:27 +0200