Women of TUM
The international Women´s Network of the Technical University of Munich
Our events are open to all members of the TUM Community.
TUM Women stories
Set Designer Waleska Defne Leifeld
"My protagonist is the space"
Professor Waleska Defne Leifeld is not only an experienced professor, but has also won an Academy Award. The TUM Alumna always knew that she would not be a conventional architect. And has found her way nonetheless.
Silke Maurer is a manager with heart and soul
"I’ve learned a great deal from my international teams"
She encourages people to consciously take on challenges in order to broaden their own horizons. Her own career shows that this approach can lead to a fulfilling and exciting professional life.
Environmental protection expert Lilian Busse
“Since my studies, I’ve been fascinated with the topic of water”
Dr. Lilian Busse wants to protect the largest ecosystem on earth: water. The biologist already laid down the groundwork for this during her studies at the TUM. After many years working on water conservation in the US, she now holds a leading position at the German Federal Environment Agency.
ESA reserve astronaut Amelie Schoenenwald
“Dreams are attainable”
TUM alumna Dr. Amelie Schoenenwald could become the first female German astronaut in space. In November 2022, she was admitted to the European Space Association (ESA) reserve pool – the waiting list for a journey into space – which once included fellow German astronaut Matthias Maurer. Schoenenwald won through against over 22,500 other applicants to secure her place on the list.
Expert for Development Cooperation Carina van Weelden
"I want to make the world a little bit better"
Since graduating, TUM Alumna Carina van Weelden has been working overseas in conservation projects. In addition to her love of adventure, what drives her most is her desire for a sustainable and socially just world.
Mentoring Tandem Tsvetana Marinova and Samiddha Mukherjee
"Ours is an extraordinary friendship"
It's a match on all counts: Mentor Tsvetana Marinova and mentee Samiddha Mukherjee are indeed a perfect team. The two TUM Alumnae have developed a friendship that goes far beyond a conventional mentorship. Together, they are now launching an event series at TUM.
Review Women of TUM Talks 2021
„Topic: Power, Strength & Energy“
This year, three female speakers gave impulses on the topic of Power, Strength & Energy and discuss personal as well as professional insights.
Review Women of TUM Talks 2020
This year’s female speakers from the sciences, business and sports shared and discussed personal and professional insights and gave advice on the topic: Why are people motivated differently? Can motivation be learnt? How do I motivate my team?