Technische Universität Berlin
© Felix Noak

TU Berlin’s transdisciplinary strategy

[Translate to English:] Mehrere Personen im Gespräch © Felix Noak

TU Berlin wants to make its knowledge available for society and at the same time make use of non-university knowledge in its own work. To do so, it cooperates on an equal level with non-academic partners to help find solutions to the major challenges facing society.

Citizen science projects and their stories

Mushroom Art © Martin Weinhold

The Mushroom Revolution

We are used to consuming mushrooms: Bread, cheese, wine and beer are all produced using fungi. But can we also imagine sitting on furniture made from mushrooms, living in homes constructed from mushrooms or wearing clothing manufactured from them? The citizen science project “Mind the Fungi!” creates construction material, clothing and packaging from mushroom cultures.

Bike in front of TU Berlin's main building © Oana Popa-Costea

Safety in Bicycle Traffic

Wake up, eat breakfast, and then into the saddle. For many Berliners, hopping onto their bike each morning to head to work is a standard part of their daily routine. Cycling is beneficial for both the climate and our wallets, yet it can also be life-threatening. Laypersons collect data in an app for the research project “Safety in Bicycle Traffic” to prevent future accidents.

© "Schmeck"-Projekt

The Silent Pleasure

The color of the food really makes a difference: the violet blue of the pansy petals, the black-brown of the bitter chocolate and the brown-white mixed shade of dried worms. Yet no one is reaching for a fork. Researchers in the “Schmeck!” citizen science project are working with non-experts to find out what taste is and how to research it.

NO2 collector contains 4 measuring tubes © Dominic Simon

Time for Us to Measure Up

Nitrogen dioxide is regarded as a risk to health, contributes to fine dust particles and damages the environment by causing superacidity and harming plants. In order to obtain much-needed reliable data for levels of nitrogen oxide for the whole of Berlin, citizen scientists are helping researchers measure its levels in the capital.

The importance of transdisciplinarity and citizen science