TUM – Latest news https://www.tum.de Latest news of TUM en TUM Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:20:26 +0200 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:20:26 +0200 Quality control in immune communication https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35700/ The body's defenses systems have to react quickly whenever pathogens enter the organism. Intruders are identified by white blood cells which pass on the information to other immune cells. Information is transmitted via secreted signaling proteins, the interleukins, which dock onto the matching receptors on the recipient cells and for example make the target cells divide and release antibodies.

Research news news-35693 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0200
Open House Day at the Research Neutron Source https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35702/ Every year about 1000 scientists use the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) for experiments and investigations. They perform a wide range of measurements on around 30 different instruments.

On October 3, 2019, you too can take a look at Germany's most important neutron research facility. Guided tours start in the special exhibition in the Physics Department (James-Franck-Straße 1, 85748 Garching), which is open to the public from 9:00 to 18:00.

Event battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35702 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:23 +0200
Climate and environmental research as a societal responsibility https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35694/ At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the complex of environment - climate - energy - resources has been a research domain for years, which encompasses all areas in an interdisciplinary division: Natural sciences, life sciences and engineering, humanities, social sciences and economics, medicine as well as the TUM locations' own real estate management. About half of TUM's professors are involved in research, teaching and international cooperation in the the university's largest interdisciplinary research focus.
TUM has been contributing all over the world with its expertise and experience for decades, since the 1990s for example with Prof. Holger Magel on land readjustment and land use in Africa, Prof. Peter Wilderer on sustainable water management in Africa and Arabia. At the moment, more than 30 long-term research and infrastructure projects with a financial volume of more than 80 million euros are underway.

"We at TUM have made the major challenges facing all societies around the globe a priority topic that can only be tackled with interdisciplinary approaches and structures," says President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann on the recently sharpened climate awareness of the German population. "The political decision-makers are on the right track here, particularly Bavaria with Minister President Dr. Söder at the forefront. Environmental and climate protection as well as energy and resource efficiency determine the fate of mankind. Demonstrations do attract public attention," said the TUM president, " however, it is the constant daily work that we and others are doing on this complex topic that matters".

Campus news news-35694 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:02:00 +0200
“Genetic variants associated with educational attainment” can also have positive implications for lifestyle https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35665/ It has long been known that individuals with higher educational attainment are less likely to suffer heart attacks in later life. Prof. Heribert Schunkert and his team have now examined this link in a major study that has focused on the genetic dimension for the first time. Schunkert is Director of the Cardiology Department and Medical Director of the German Heart Center Munich and a professor at TUM as well as scientist at the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research.

Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35664 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0200
Interactions between bacteria and parasites https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35660/ Around 240 million people worldwide are afflicted with schistosomiasis, an illness caused by flatworms of the genus schistosoma, commonly known as blood flukes. These parasites generally enter the human body with water from lakes, ponds or rivers. Worms, larvae and eggs are transported to various organs in the body through the bloodstream. The species Schistosoma mansoni is especially damaging to the liver, where it causes cirrhosis.

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that colonizes the human stomach. One in three people in Germany carry it and the worldwide rate is actually around 50%. Infections are associated with stomach ulcers and cancer. In places where schistosomes are widespread, as in some African countries south of the Sahara, co-infections with Helicobacter pylori are frequent. A team headed by Prof. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa and Prof. Markus Gerhard of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at TUM used mice to study what happens in a co-infection with Helicobacter pylori and Schistosoma mansoni.

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35659 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:15:00 +0200
New center for the Garching research campus https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35689/ With “GALILEO”, the Garching research campus will finally receive its long awaited “new center”, for which TUM President Herrmann has been fighting for years. The 200 m long, tripartite building designed by Nickl & Partner Architects runs in North-South direction parallel to the underground train station.

Alongside a new main auditorium and further rooms for the Technical University of Munich, it also provides space for offices, shops, restaurants, a fitness center, a hotel with guest house and a congress center. The joint use by the Technical University of Munich and the Science Congress Center Munich (SCCM) is innovative and so far unique.

Campus news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35689 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0200
TUM recognizes outstanding individuals https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35688/ TUM presented the medals and prizes at a ceremony held over the weekend in Berchtesgaden.

Campus news news-35688 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:48:18 +0200
German Environmental Award for soil scientist https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35685/ Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner has won Europe's most richly endowed environmental award. Alexander Bonde, the Secretary General of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), noted the TUM scientist's "excellent research" and her success in highlighting "the enormous importance of soil as a storehouse for water and food, a source of life, a filter for contaminants and a guarantor for the world's food supply". She has raised awareness of the pivotal role of soil as an environmental medium – a role often underestimated in comparison to air and water. Bonde praised Kögel-Knabner as a "pacesetter in environmental protection" who has delivered pioneering solutions for the enormous ecological challenges of the present. On October 27, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner will be presented with the German Environmental Award by the German President Franz-Walter Steinmeier in Mannheim.

Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35685 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 07:03:00 +0200
Bavaria boosts the Hyperloop vision https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35683/ TUM students have already shown that they can build the fastest passenger "pod" for the Hyperloop four times since Elon Musk announced the "Hyperloop Pod Competition" in 2015. Student groups from around the world have been called on to bring the prototypes of their pods to Los Angeles to compete against one another. And the TUM Hyperloop team has left the others in the dust at every competition held so far.

But the students are interested in more than just speed: The team is also investigating the question of how the Hyperloop can become a safe, affordable and sustainable means of transport for the future. Thus among other things they've developed a levitation system for the pod as well as a testing tube segment made of ultra-high-strength concrete which they presented to the Minister President for the first time.

Bavarian State government provides financial support to the Hyperloop team

Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder commented: "Science fiction is becoming reality! I have enormous respect for the TU Munich Hyperloop team. Their continued success in the worldwide competition to reach the highest speed is impressive. The dreams of California are turning into reality in Bavaria." During his visit Söder announced further support for the Hyperloop team by the Bavarian State government: A sum of 80,000 euros is available for research projects on pod and tube design. Söder: "Bavaria is giving science an additional boost. Research and innovation are the key to competitive strength and prosperity in the future."

TUM is also supporting the project: "We're giving the students the chance to put their expertise into practice in this project," says TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann. "We are thus promoting new ways of thinking and are applying youthful fascination to the most difficult challenges – and at the same time we are strengthening the worldwide brand 'German Engineering'."

The Hyperloop project is part of the concept of the new TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy (LRG). The department is at the center of the Bavarian aviation and astronautics strategy presented by the Minister President in his government policy statement on April 18, 2018.

Herrmann: "Only those who understand the world as a whole can change the world as a whole. Our new department consolidates expertise in aviation, space flight and geodesy and can thus strengthen synergies. These mutually convergent technologies will bring a fundamental change to mobility both on and above our planet."

New department on 2000 square meters

The LRG will open this winter semester with 19 professorships and 700 students in Bachelor's and Master's programs. Large halls and offices await the newly appointed professors on 2000 square meters at the department's headquarters in Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn near Munich. The TUM Hyperloop team will also have its new field of operation here, where it can concentrate on the production of large concrete pipes and the design of an innovative new levitation system.

The new professorship for "Future Air and Ground Mobility" will working together with the students to investigate the scientific and technological side of the Hyperloop, as well as researching system and operational aspects. The professorship will also do research on innovative mobility concepts and will drive networking activities in the Munich metropolitan region.

"In our new department we intend to realize what many dismiss as mere fantasy," says Herrmann. "Here we plan to build a 400-meter test track to be able to accelerate the prototypes at high speeds. We will isolate these activities on the premises in Taufkirchen and Ottobrunn, but also at the special airport in Oberpfaffenhofen. The Hyperloop is a vision for rapid transportation in everyday life. We want to give that vision a chance."

Campus news stefanie.reiffert@tum.de news-35683 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:29:01 +0200
TUM among Europe's best technical universities https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35682/ Compared to the previous year, TUM has moved up one spot in the world ranking to 43rd place. At the same time TUM has continued to assert its ranking among the four best European technical universities, following its partner university Imperial College London (ranked 10th), ETH Zurich (ranked 13th) and EPF Lausanne (ranked 38th), a partner in the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

Compared to all universities, TUM has for years placed in the top three in Germany together with LMU Munich (ranked 32) and Heidelberg University (ranked 44). As before, the ranking is led by universities from the United Kingdom and the USA.

TUM in Rankings klaus.becker@tum.de news-35682 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:59:18 +0200
TUM and Voith agree on research alliance for innovative topics https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35681/ TUM and Voith work together in a large number of research projects, for example on innovative manufacturing processes, production technologies and hydropower. Yesterday they concluded a frame agreement in Munich to simplify the process for future collaborations.  

Campus news news-35681 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200
First-class food for cutting-edge science https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35678/ A new building fulfilling the most modern standards was built over the last three years, located to the north of the old student cafeteria, which after 40 years had long exceeded its planned service life. The construction costs amounted to approximately 45 million euros.

The new building not only provides more space, it will also consume significantly less energy. New dishwashing machines have made it possible to replace the traditional cafeteria trays with china plates. The newly designed food counters allow a greatly increased variety of food: salad bars, a vegetable bar, soup station, grill counter, pizza window, pasta and wok counters and many vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Designed by the Munich architectural firm Meck Architekten GmbH, the two-story, square building features a large interior courtyard and approximately 5300 square meters of utilizable floor space; it houses 1750 seats in the student cafeteria in addition to a smaller cafeteria. Entrances and the smaller cafeteria are on the ground floor, with the 2740 square meter dining hall and kitchen located upstairs.

Campus news news-35678 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:59:00 +0200
Celonis nominated for German President's Award https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35677/ The Celonis founders, Bastian Nominacher, Martin Klenk and Alexander Rinke, developed software for process mining while studying at TUM. It investigates the everyday processes in companies, generates analysis in the form of understandable graphics and suggests improvements. This automatic consulting can be applied to all kinds of processes that leave digital traces, whether they are part of a pharmaceutical company's manufacturing process or the logistics of a trading company.

Founded in 2011, Celonis was quick to achieve success: In 2015 it was ranked as Germany's fastest-growing technology company. The New York office was established a year later. In its second round of financing in 2018, the company was valued at 1 billion US dollars, thus taking its place among the small number of German "unicorns". Global players and mid-sized companies in 20 different industries are using the software, including one third of all companies listed in the German DAX index. That makes Celonis the global market leader in process mining.

Entrepreneurship klaus.becker@tum.de news-35677 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:13:00 +0200
Honors for young start-up founders https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35676/ The competition for young talents was launched in the US by the Technology Review of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The award is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors for young start-up founders and has been presented by the German edition of the Technology Review since 2013. Last Friday ten innovators were honored, four of whom studied at TUM and created their start-ups with the support of TUM and UnternehmerTUM:

Entrepreneurship a.schmidt@tum.de news-35675 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 15:48:19 +0200
Closing in on elusive particles https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35673/ While the Standard Model of Particle Physics has remained mostly unchanged since its initial conception, experimental observations for neutrinos have forced the neutrino part of the theory to be reconsidered in its entirety.

Neutrino oscillation was the first observation inconsistent with the predictions and proves that neutrinos have non-zero masses, a property that contradicts the Standard Model. In 2015, this discovery was rewarded with the Nobel Prize.

Research news battenberg@zv.tum.de news-35672 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:51:17 +0200
EU funding for top-level research at TUM https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35671/ Every year, the European Research Council awards its acclaimed ERC Grants to fund cutting-edge research projects in a variety of categories. Starting Grants are reserved for scientists who are in the early years of their careers. The value of each grant can be as high as EUR 1.5 million.

In addition to the seven Starting Grants, three TUM projects have been singled out for Proof-of-Concept Grants. This form of funding is awarded to scientists who want to see if their ERC research projects can be turned into marketable innovations. As an entrepreneurial university, TUM places a strong emphasis on this aspect of research and provides targeted support for researchers’ and students’ start-up projects. These latest Starting Grants and Proof-of-Concept Grants bring the number of ERC Grants awarded to TUM scientists to 117.

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35669 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 12:32:00 +0200
Who benefits from a defibrillator? https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35667/ In heart patients with potentially life-threatening arrhythmias, a strong electrical shock applied to the cardiac muscle can reset the heart to its regular rhythm. This is precisely the task of defibrillators, which are inserted into the chest like pacemakers. Under current guidelines, physicians implant these devices as a preventive measure in patients with certain heart conditions. The procedure is performed more than 100,000 times per year in the EU. Apart from the high costs for the health care system, the devices also pose a risk: According to estimates, one in four implanted defibrillators will lead to significant complications within ten years – from infections to spontaneous electric shocks.

The EU-CERT-ICD study therefore examined the benefits of prophylactically implanted defibrillators throughout Europe. In a sub-study of the EU-CERT-ICD project, the scientists led by first author Prof. Axel Bauer (formerly LMU and currently Medical University of Innsbruck) and the two co-senior authors Prof. Georg Schmidt (TUM) and Prof. Markus Zabel (University Medical Center Göttingen) wanted to identify the patients who benefit most from the operation.

Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-35667 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0200
TU Munich: An international beacon https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35662/ Before departing on his trip to Brazil, where TUM maintains its own liaison office in São Paulo, TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann commented on the TUM international network policy. In the current 2020 QS World University Ranking, TUM is nationally in 1st place for the indicator "International Students", followed by the Technical Universities in Berlin, Aachen, Darmstadt and Karlsruhe.

"The 2020 QS Ranking shows that in terms of engineering and physical scientific disciplines, Germany is especially attractive in foreign countries," said TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, adding that it is now important that the values embodied by "German Engineering" are vigorously applied to the issues facing society as a new challenge. "This makes 'Human-Centered Engineering' the ultimate priority for the future. Anyone who fails to actively tie in Engineering Sciences recursively with the Humanities, Social Sciences and Management Sciences will not be a modern Technical University tomorrow. This approach to thought and action therefore enjoys a central position in our university's Excellence Strategy 2019." He went on to say that it would be wise to follow the examples of Stanford and MIT, since the German Engineering curriculum is regrettably lagging behind in this respect.

Campus news news-35662 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:15:18 +0200
Sustainable residences on the Garching campus https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35656/ "Einfach Bauen" is an interdisciplinary research network at TUM with research projects at three chairs of the TUM Department of Architecture. The scientists involved aim to provide a counter impulse to the ever-increasing complexity of modern buildings. Their strategies for simple and at the same time energy-efficient and resource-saving construction include the reduction of building technology, a monolithic construction method and reduced layers.

Campus news a.schmidt@tum.de news-35656 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:19:55 +0200
Temperatures of 800 billion degrees in the cosmic kitchen https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35655/ When two neutron stars collide, the matter at their core enters extreme states. An international research team has now studied the properties of matter compressed in such collisions. The HADES long-term experiment, involving more than 110 scientists, has been investigating forms of cosmic matter since 1994. With the investigation of electromagnetic radiation arising when stars collide, the team has now focused attention on the hot, dense interaction zone between two merging neutron stars.

Research news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35653 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:11:00 +0200
Stardust in the Antarctic snow https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35654/ The quantity of cosmic dust that trickles down to Earth each year ranges between several thousand and ten thousand tons. Most of the tiny particles come from asteroids or comets within our solar system. However, a small percentage comes from distant stars. There are no natural terrestrial sources for the iron-60 isotope contained therein; it originates exclusively as a result of supernova explosions or through the reactions of cosmic radiation with cosmic dust.

Research news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-35652 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:18:00 +0200
Vote now for the TUM image film https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35649/ The image film of TUM is nominated in category 2 "Company / Institution". All participants of the public voting can win a short holiday for two persons in Erding.

Campus news a.schmidt@tum.de news-35648 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:15:18 +0200
TUM achieves top positions https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35650/ Officially known as the “Academic Ranking of World Universities”, this ranking developed by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University assesses the research performances of universities. It particularly emphasizes the value of work published in important academic publications like Nature and Science, the citation rates of academics, as well as the number of scientists and alumni who have received Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, one of the top awards in mathematics.

TUM in Rankings news-35650 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:06:57 +0200
Employees less upset at being replaced by robots than by other people https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35645/ Over the coming decades, millions of jobs will be threatened by robotics and artificial intelligence. Despite intensive academic debate on these developments, there has been little study on how workers react to being replaced through technology.

To find out, business researchers at TUM and Erasmus University Rotterdam conducted 11 scenarios studies and surveys with over 2,000 persons from several countries in Europe and North America. Their findings have now been published in the renowned journal Nature Human Behaviour.

Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-35645 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0200
Direct toxic action of beta-amyloid identified https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35644/ The brains of Alzheimer's patients who have already developed clinical symptoms contain large clumps of the protein beta-amyloid, known as plaques. Many therapeutic approaches focus on removing plaques, but such attempts have met with only limited success to date.

“It’s crucial that we detect and treat the disease much earlier. We therefore focused on hyperactive neurons, which occur at a very early stage – long before patients develop memory loss,” explains Professor Arthur Konnerth, Hertie Senior Professor of Neuroscience at the TUM. As a consequence of hyperactivation, connected neurons in the circuits constantly receive false signals, leading to impairments in signal processing.

Together with his doctoral student Benedikt Zott and the entire research team, Konnerth succeeded in identifying the cause and trigger of this early disturbance in the brain. The discovery may open the way to new therapeutic approaches. The study appeared in the journal Science.

Research news vera.siegler@tum.de news-35643 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:55:00 +0200