How can a university gain access to outstanding scientific expertise and excellence? One solution is joint appointments with non-university research institutions. Technische Universität Berlin successfully cooperates with more than 26 institutes, in particular the Leibniz Association, Helmholtz Association, and the Fraunhofer Society to offer such appointments.
When professors are jointly appointed by the University and a non-university research institution, the connection between university and non-university research strengthens the position of both institutions. Bilateral access to special research infrastructure, joint external funding proposals, and the positive effects on the advancement of doctoral candidates/junior scholars give rise to synergistic effects. The special research orientation of such professorships additionally enriches the University's teaching.