TUM Ambassadors with the President on stage.
TUM Ambassadors with the President on stage.

The Research Alumni Network of TUM

TUM Research Alumni: This refers to all the scientists who have been guests at TUM over the past decades and have enriched the university with their expertise and international experience.

The TUM Ambassadors 2020-2022 were honored by TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann at the Vivat TUM Summer Concert in the Isarphilharmonie (Photo: Astrid Eckert/TUM).

TUM Research Alumni in Action

Scientists Only

Mentoring for Scientists connects (international) Research Alumni and guest scientists to doctoral students and postdocs. The focus here is on the personal exchange between researchers at different career levels.

TUM Ambassador Amaresh Chakrabarti is involved in the TUM Mentoring for Scientists: He invited his mentee Paul Bockelmann for a research stay in India (Picture: Astrid Eckert/TUM).

Ambassador Weekend 2022


On the weekend of July 16-17, 2022, eleven TUM Ambassadors were guests at TUM. On Sunday, they were honored by TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann on the stage of the Isarphilharmonie in front of almost 2,000 visitors of the “Vivat TUM” summer concert.

TUM Ambassadors 2022

Picture: Astrid Eckert/TUM.

The eleven TUM Ambassadors for the years 2020 to 2022 with Prof. Gerhard Kramer, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation (on the right), and Dr. Harald Olk, Head of the TUM Global & Alumni Office (on the left).

The Ambassadors from left to right:

1st row: Prof. Jane McKeating, Prof. Hany Helal, Dr. Heike E. Riel, Prof. Markos Papageorgiou, Prof. Kaan Erkorkmaz.

2nd row: Prof. J. Tinsley Oden, Prof. Piet Naudé, Prof. Gerhard Schenk, Prof. Matteo Maestri

3rd row: Prof. Jason Thatcher, Prof. A. Lee Swindlehurst

TUM Ambassadors

Many international researchers have contributed their expertise and experience to our university over the past decades. Since 2013, selected international top researchers have annually been awarded with the honorary title “TUM Ambassador“.
For TUM Employees

You would like to recommend someone as a TUM Ambassador?

All you need to do is fill in the form and send it to alumniundcareer(at)tum.de. Perhaps your guests will be awarded next year. More information about the relevant criteria can be found in the document.

Research Alumni in Portrait

TUM Ambassador David Lapola

Uncovering the Secrets of the Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is the workplace of TUM Ambassador David Lapola. As a cooperation partner in Brazil, the professor is conducting research together with a team from TUM on a unique experiment and wants to find out what influence climate change has on the rainforest.

TUM Ambassador Muriel Médard

“I am a pathological optimist”

TUM Ambassador Muriel Médard is a world-renowned network coding pioneer. By applying original algorithms, the Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT has solved a fundamental problem in established decoding practice. The developed a chip capable of decoding any code.

TUM Ambassador Matteo Maestri

"My multicultural network is one of the greatest blessings of my profession"

In his laboratory at the Politecnico di Milano, TUM Ambassador Matteo Maestri is doing research on chemical processes. He is equally dedicated to helping the next generation of scientists to network.

TUM Ambassador Gerhard Schenk

"I want to bring about a global impact"

TUM Ambassador Gerhard Schenk is an avid researcher and networker. Together with his colleagues at TUM, the enzyme expert is looking to advance the production of bio-based chemicals, a key industry for the future.

TUM Ambassador Kai-feng Pan

“Our collaboration is extremely successful”

TUM Ambassador Kai-feng Pan researches at Peking University on how stomach cancer can be prevented. In a joint research laboratory, the two universities can now leverage their expertise in the fight against cancer even more effectively.

TUM Ambassador Maya Schuldiner

„Science must be family-friendly“

In her lab in Israel, TUM Ambassador Maya Schuldiner believes that true gender equality is of great importance. The successful molecular geneticist together with her husband and their three children moved to Munich for a one year research stay at TUM.

TUM Research Alumni Yana Bromberg

“I want to use Bioinformatics to cure diseases”

It would be possible to make a movie about her: born in Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, Yana Bromberg worked her way up and today she is a globally successful professor. She also has strong ties to TUM.

In the brochure, TUM presents various research alumni (Image: Humboldt Foundation / Robert Schlesinger).

Brochure of Research Alumni

Thanks to an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, TUM has been able to invite research alumni to the TUM Network in a targeted way since 2013. To this date several hundreds have taken up the invitation. This initiative to expand the TUM Network was presented in the brochure “Once a Guest, Forever a Friend”.

Group picture of the participants in front of the building of TUM Asia in Singapore

TUM Research Alumni Conference 2017 in Singapore (Picture: TUM Asia, Alumni & Career / TUM).

TUM Research Alumni Conference

Living and Mobility in Smart Cities

In August 2017, the first TUM Researcher-Alumni Conference on “Living and Mobility in Smart Cities” took place at TUMCREATE in Singapore. The interdisciplinary conference for TUM Research Alumni in Southeast Asia was made possible and sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Cover Proceedings 1st TUM Research Alumni Conference - Living and Mobility in Smart cities, Singapur 2017 (Bild: TUM.University Press).

Cover Proceedings 1st TUM Research Alumni Conference - Living and Mobility in Smart cities, Singapur 2017 (Bild: TUM.University Press).

1st TUM Research Alumni Conference

Proceedings: Living and Mobility in Smart Cities

The participants of the conference were TUM Research Alumni (former guest researchers) who live and work in Asia, scientists from TUM and TUMCREATE, as well as experts from Singapore. The presentations of the three sessions are published online and available through TUM.University Press.

Picture: Andreas Heddergott /TUM

Welcome Services for International Researchers

With its Welcome Services, the TUM Global & Alumni Office supports international postdocs, visiting professors and TUM hosts in all formalities related to relocating to Munich.

Institute for Advanced Studies at TUM Campus Garching by night (Picture: Andreas Heddergott/TUM).

TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS)

True to the motto “risking creativity,” the IAS serves as a flagship institute for top-level international research at TUM, and has helped to drive the university’s development into one of Germany’s top academic institutions. The IAS Fellowship Programme offers excellent guest scientists from academia and industry the chance to conduct top-level, interdisciplinary research at TUM.

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