TUM School of Life Sciences

  • “Every tree counts”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Gerd Wegener

    “Every tree counts”

  • “This is meaningful living at its best!”

    Mentor Karl Fordemann

    “This is meaningful living at its best!”

    After more than twenty years as its Managing Director, TUM Alumni Karl Fordemann decided to leave the family brewery. Today, he is managing an academy for self-development. A decision that has not been easy for him. What he has learned from this experience, he is now passing on to his mentees.

  • “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

    Executive Claudia Häpp

    “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

    TUM Alumna Claudia Häpp is actively shaping the energy supply of the future. At a major power supplier, she is rolling out smart energy solutions such as smart meters and flexible electricity tariffs.

  • “Money is not an end in itself”

    Financial planner Tatjana Rosendorfer

    “Money is not an end in itself”

    She solves precarious debt situations and plans efficient asset growth. TUM alumna Tatjana Rosendorfer's life revolves around money. She encourages women to break out of old role patterns and take charge of securing their own future.

  • “I didn’t want a secret curiosity shop“

    Microbiologist Karl-Otto Stetter

    “I didn’t want a secret curiosity shop“

    Karl-Otto Stetter is recognized as a pioneer in the study of primeval life. His unabated desire to explore led him to the most remote regions in the world. Whether it is about rare and novel microbes or exotic orchids, the TUM Alumni is always sharing his findings with the world.

  • “I want to understand how our brains work”

    TUM Professor Ilona C. Grunwald Kadow

    “I want to understand how our brains work”

    In her role as TUM Professor of Neurobiology, Ilona Grunwald Kadow researches the brains of fruit flies. Her interest is not limited to the evolution of neural circuits. She also wants to change the conditions for women in higher education.

  • “At TUM I was able to learn and grow”

    Coach Valentina Luspai

    “At TUM I was able to learn and grow”

    TUM Alumna Valentina Luspai is inquisitive - about herself, about life and about people. As a coach she fully lives out her passion and her strengths. And she wants to encourage other people to do the same.

  • “Protecting the Environment Should be Fun”

    Environmental Foundation Director Lutz Spandau

    “Protecting the Environment Should be Fun”

    For TUM Alumni Lutz Spandau his job is his calling. His success as Director of the Allianz Umweltstiftung is based on his deep belief in the cause and the expertise and management skills TUM has provided him with.

  • “My motivation was to help people”

    Ministerialdirigent ret. Wolfram Ruhenstroth-Bauer

    “My motivation was to help people”

    For almost forty years, TUM Alumni Wolfram Ruhenstroth-Bauer advocated for refugee and development aid. His commitment far exceeded any official duties and was highly decorated. For him, it was simply humanity at work.

  • „We each hold the future in our hands“

    Alumni Donors Evelyn Albrecht-Goepfert and Arnd Albrecht

    „We each hold the future in our hands“

  • “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    Manager Karin Thelen

    “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    TUM Alumni Karin Thelen is uniting the best of both worlds. With her scientific expertise she is driving development and innovation and she decisively contributes to the economic success of her company.

  • “Get out of your disciplinary comfort zone!”

    Marine biologist and Human geographer María José Barragán-Paladines

    “Get out of your disciplinary comfort zone!”

    María José learned the importance of interdisciplinary research while studying at TUM. She is now the Science Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands where she works on finding ways of reconciling human interest with nature conservation.

  • “I am letting my questions guide me”

    Climate Resilience Manager Katharina Schätz

    “I am letting my questions guide me”

    How can quality of life in cities be maintained despite increasingly extreme climatic events? This question is what drives Katharina Schätz since her studies in Landscaping at TUM. As Regensburg's Climate Resilience Manager she is set on finding answers.

  • “The time we spent together at TUM made us strong”

    Researchers Yasmine and Heba Aguib

    “The time we spent together at TUM made us strong”

    There are many stories one can tell about the sisters Yasmine and Heba Aguib, for example, how interdisciplinary works, but also how to live out cultural exchange and bring it into international research projects in a beneficial manner.

  • “You need to have courage to dream – and the courage to commit yourself”

    Sustainability and participation expert Marianne Pfaffinger

    “You need to have courage to dream – and the courage to commit yourself”

  • “I do the impossible for my children”

    Landscape architect Aude Zingraff-Hamed

    “I do the impossible for my children”

    It’s not possible to have both a career and children? Not true. Scientist Aude Zingraff-Hamed had three children while completing her doctorate at TUM. She says that her children gave her the strength to carry out her research.

  • “I remain true to my convictions”

    Environmentalist Freia Jung-Klein

    “I remain true to my convictions”

    Instead of doing research in academia or for large corporations, the agricultural scientist with a doctorate and TUM Alumna Freia Jung-Klein enters politics. Her faith and meditation provide her with the necessary strength to unwaveringly fight for the environment.

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