Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world.

The TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings. Due to its size (48.000 students, 11.000 employees, 600 professors), it is hardly possible to showcase all of the diverse fields that TUM works on concerning sustainability. Within the Green Talents program, a focus is therefore set on two institutions, the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability and the TUM School of Life Sciences.

TUM School of Life Sciences

The TUM School of Life Sciences at the Weihenstephan campus in Freising uniquely combines the necessary key competencies to explore the fundamentals of our lives in its “One Health” strategy. Research in the three departments of Molecular Life Sciences, Life Science Engineering and Life Science Systems spans from molecules to cellular systems to plant and animal organisms, from soil to ecosystems, from food to nutritional medicine, from biogenic raw materials to biotechnology – while making use of the benefits of artificial intelligence. The TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan offers many challenges and exciting research topics for young chemists, biologists, resource managers, landscape planners, physicists and engineers and is one of the international leading authorities in integrated life sciences for the sustainable management of natural, cultural and urban landscapes. Graduates can look forward to very good career prospects – specialists are sought in research and development.

The TUM School of Life Sciences has the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 13, and 15 at the core of its activities:

TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

The development of sustainable technologies on the one hand and their economic implementation on the other – these are the two major topics that the TUM Campus Straubing brings together as the so-called “Integrative Research Institute” of the Technical University of Munich. This requires scientifically and technically trained specialists, chemists, biotechnologists and engineers who also have a broad understanding of the economic and social interrelationships, or economists who understand the language of the technicians. Its focus on renewable raw materials, biotechnology and bioeconomy in research and teaching makes TUM Campus Straubing unique. For this, new interdisciplinary degree programs have been established that nationwide are only offered by TUM in Straubing. Currently, 20 professors work at Campus Straubing, which expands its teaching capacities systematically and belongs to KoNaRo – Centre of Excellence for Renewable Resources. The goal is to expand the campus to more than 30 chairs and professorships and create capacities for 1,000 students.

The TUM Campus Straubing’s activities can be especially aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals 7, 11, and 12: