The departments bundle the research activities according to their methodology: Since the objects of investigation are not separated, for example, all plant and animal scientists working at the molecular level are grouped together in one research department. By strategically addressing fields of innovation, the three departments form an integrative research and teaching coordinate system.
Life Science Engineering
will combine engineering with biological systems and food science, develop additive production processes using innovative biomaterials, and shape the digitalization of value chains.
Life Science Systems
will investigate systems in the fields of forestry and agriculture, including ecological, societal and economic aspects, such as the causes and consequences of climate change.
Molecular Life Sciences
will explore biomolecular foundations from the molecule to the cell to entire organisms such as humans, animals and plants.
This department structure allows internal school synergies to be activated and interaction potentials between disciplines to be exploited. It also enables the low-threshold initiation of system-integrated collaborative networks.
The research departments recruit internationally experienced talents and bundle their disciplinary scientific excellence. They contribute these talents to intra- and inter-school networks (e.g. TUM Innovation Networks, TUM Corporate Research Center, TUM Integrative Research Center) for research on cross-system solutions, new technologies and services with social relevance.