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Five reasons to choose Technische Universität Berlin: In the video, researchers discuss the opportunities the University offers them and what they value most here.

Fünf Gründe für die Technische Universität Berlin: Im Video verraten Forschende, welche Möglichkeiten ihnen die Universität bietet und was sie an ihr schätzen. © Philipp Arnoldt

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Women in research

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A Wealth of Knowledge for International Research

Dagmar Schäfer wants to fundamentally modernize the West’s image of China – as not all important discoveries and developments from the Middle Kingdom reach the West. The honorary professor at TU Berlin was awarded the 2020 Leibniz Prize for her pioneering contributions to a comprehensive, global and comparative history of technology and science.

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Choosing a Return to University over a World Tour

“Joint Programmes” allows women in industry to come to TU Berlin as visiting professors for one to two semesters. The program aims to support equal opportunities and the advancement of junior scholars at TU Berlin. Katja Ninnemann and Enriqueta Martinez-Rojas share why they prefer to return to university rather than take a sabbatical and how they benefited from the program.

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What Does Science Have to do with Diplomacy?

“Our current knowledge of radiation protection is not only influenced by scientific and technical research. The social, political, economic and not least diplomatic issues addressed by the International Atomic Energy Agency also play a very important role,” says Professor Dr. Maria Rentetzi, who has now joined TU Berlin on an ERC Consolidator Grant.

A closer look at TU Berlin’s labs

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The Fine Art of Packaging

What links the probiotic microorganisms in yogurt and the flavors used in chewing gum? The answer is that they all require a certain type of “packaging”, known as a micro-capsule, which protects the ingredients and releases them precisely where their effects are required. Professor Dr. Stephan Drusch and his team focus on the “packaging materials” required.

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Measuring the Sky

Perched commandingly on the roof of the engineering building at TU Berlin is a unique piece of equipment in the form of a six-meter by four-meter aluminum construction. It houses a sky scanner, pyrheliometer, and a daylight measurement head. Professor Dr.-Ing. Stephan Volker and his team designed this “open air lab” to research the exact characteristics of daylight.

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Who Interacts With Whom and Why?

“They are the most diverse and variable building blocks of life. Nothing happens without proteins – they are key molecules in all living cells,” says Professor Dr. Juri Rappsilber. He and his team aim to understand how proteins fold in their natural environment, what they interact with, and how they arrange themselves into larger structures.

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Open-air lab or UFO landing site?

One of the most remarkable labs TU Berlin researchers can use is the LakeLab at Lake Stechlin. Just getting there is an experience in itself: The directions provided by Professor Dr. Mark Gessner, head of the Chair of Applied Aquatic Ecology at Technische Universität Berlin and the Department of Experimental Limnology at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) go something like this: “Whatever you do, don’t turn on your GPS, otherwise you’ll never find us.”

Introduction to newly appointed professors at TU Berlin

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Professor Dr. Marianne Maertens

“I study visual perception in humans. The aim of the research in my “Computational Psychology” working group is the empirical characterization of human perception performance and an understanding of the processes involved.”

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Professor Dr. Janik Wolters

“I conduct research on fundamental experimental methods and techniques to create and store individual photons. Fortunately, research is at the exciting point where laboratory experiments could soon become usable quantum technology. As a result, I am increasingly looking at new applications.”

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Professor Dr.-Ing. Birgit Milius

“One focus of my research is the topic of railway operations with its rules and regulations and the associated technology combined with issues of risk and safety. Other topics of current relevance are Rail Human Factors and resilience.”