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Women of TUM

The international Women´s Network of the Technical University of Munich


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The Women of TUM are an inclusive and lively network that is growing rapidly and connects women* worldwide and across disciplines. 18,325 female students, 120 female professors, and with each year more and more alumnae.

Our events are open to all members of the TUM Community.


Upcoming Women of TUM Events

Women of TUM Meetup: Christmas market

Leisure Event

Cosy Christmas market gathering – all are welcome!

Speak up! Kommunizieren mit Wohlfühlfaktor


Exklusiv für TUM Mentoring - Wie du unangenehme Kommunikationssituationen meisterst und deine Zurückhaltung in Gruppen und Meetings überwindest.

Online Meetup for Self-Employed Women of TUM

Leisure Event,Online

This meetup brings together freelancers and solopreneurs to exchange experiences, ideas and to network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Reinvent your career!


Empower yourself and find the confidence to realize your most important needs and talents.

Women of TUM: Dreams Defying Gravity


"I've been dreaming of a trip to the moon." Get to know Dr. Amelie Schoenenwald, a reserve astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA). The TUM alumna could become Germany's first female astronaut in space.

Breaking Barriers & Building Bridges: Celebrating 15 Years of Women of TUM


We are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of "Women of TUM"!

TUM Women stories

Sustainability expert Nikita Jayswal

"I am a problem solver"

There’s no climate demonstration and no Earth Day taking place without TUM alumna Nikita Jayswal. With admirable power, the young engineer is avidly campaigning for greater sustainability. Which not rarely meets with resistance – and spurs her on all the more.

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.

Past talks
The annual Women of TUM Talks inspire and encourage. They offer TUM women a stage and thus make role models visible. And they encourage them to pursue their own goals.

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.

Watch the recording

Review Women of TUM Talks 2020

„Topic: Motivation”

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?

Watch the video on YouTube now!

Speakers of the Women of TUM Talks 2020 (Sabrina von Nessen, Prof. Ilona C. Grunwald Kadow, Dr. Vanessa Wergin) - Topic: Motivation (Image: Astrid Eckert/TUM)

In need of motivation? The Women of TUM Talks 2020 on the topic of motivation – now on Youtube!

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Patroness Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus

Claudia Peus is Professor of Research and Science Management and Executive Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity at TUM. Since 2019 she is the patroness of the Women of TUM Network.

Women of TUM Talks 2019 - "Codes, Big Data and AI - The Digitalised World Says Hi" - Speaker Laura-Luisa Velikonja (Picture: Astrid Eckert / TUM).


Female Experts Wanted!

You are working in an exciting professional field and would like to share your experience with the other Women of TUM?

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Alumni & Career Referentin Anke Graf

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Anke Graf

Women of TUM Network

+49 89 289 22605

Rebecca Körner

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Rebecca Körner

Women of TUM Network

+49 89 289 29071

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