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TUM-IAS Fellowships for the cooperative development of high risk new fields in technology and science

Periodic Report Summary 2 - RISKINGCREATIVITY (TUM-IAS Fellowships for the cooperative development of high risk new fields in technology and science)

The essential concept of the Institute for Advanced Study of Technische Universität München (TUM-IAS) is to promote excellent research in fields ranging from natural and applied sciences, life sciences and medicine to all areas of engineering. TUM-IAS implements this idea primarily via its Fellowship program. The institute awards Fellowships to distinguished researchers and gives them the necessary time and financial support to develop novel research areas, especially at the border between classical disciplines. The international Fellowships (incoming mobility) offered by TUM-IAS are subdivided into four categories (Hans Fischer, Hans Fischer Senior and Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowships as well as Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorships) and have a duration of 3-6 years. With these programs, TUM-IAS seeks to attract researchers from industry as well as scholarly talent on senior- and early career-level from around the globe to establish intense international collaborations.
TUM-IAS’ main goal is to bolster its role as a flagship for top-level international research at TUM. It aims at assembling a pool of highly competitive, aspiring early-career researchers, giving outstanding researchers the freedom to develop new areas of research and to have major scientific breakthroughs, becoming an intellectual center for multidisciplinary scientific dialogue at TUM, and enhancing the collaboration with institutes abroad.

Significant Results and Successes
The Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorship program was running fully fledged in this reporting period and has proven to be a valuable tool to attract outstanding, high-potential early-career scientists to TUM. This program offers merit-based academic career options that progress from the appointment as an assistant professor through a permanent position as associate professor and on to full professor. In the two Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorship calls within this reporting period, 316 applications from all over the world were received. As a result, TUM appointed eight Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professors coming from highly ranked universities such as the Stanford University, Harvard University and Technion.
Furthermore, international teams were formed combining TUM competences (TUM Hosts) with external, international expertise (Hans Fischer Fellows), and industry knowledge (Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellows). In the reporting period, 10 international scientists at the senior and six on the junior level (Hans Fischer), as well as one expert from industry (Rudolf Diesel Industry) have been appointed as Fellows.
To ensure scientific excellence, applications for the TUM-IAS Fellowship program and the Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorships were reviewed by at least three international experts from the field of the candidate.
The newly appointed Fellows have not only strengthened the research efforts of already existing research topics at the institute, but also established new fields of research such as environmental sensing and modelling or virology.
The number of scientific publications in high-impact international journals as well as contributions to conferences is often used as a measurement for the performance of an institute. In our Annual Reports for 2014 and 2015 ( we present a comprehensive and impressive list of all the TUM-IAS-related publications of the respective year. A high number of publications (more than 600 for the years 2014 and 2015) has been published in high impact journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., Nature Biotechnology, Advanced Materials, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, IEEE and many others. In addition, TUM-IAS organized exploratory workshops, international conferences, and summer schools, such as the “Munich Battery Discussions” (with BMW Group), the “International Symposium on Thermoacoustic Instabilities in Gas Turbines and Rocket Engines” (with General Electric) or “Big Data and Predictive Computational Modelling” (with the University of Warwick), just to mention a few of the more than 50 events organized by the different TUM-IAS Focus Groups within the reporting period. A complete list of all institute activities and events is available in our Annual Reports. The TUM-IAS building offered a platform for scientific exchange and networking. The building served as the intellectual center for TUM-IAS members organizing top-class scientific events. The TUM-IAS management team also organized regular international and interdisciplinary events such as the weekly Wednesday Coffee Talks, monthly Fellows’ lunches or the yearly General Assembly presenting TUM-IAS’ current research projects. To reach out to a broader audience and to generate a better understanding of science and its importance for society, public lecture series such as a “Science Matinee” on four Sundays per year took place and attracted an audience of all ages and backgrounds. Furthermore, a new program has been introduced in 2015, the Focal Periods. This Program aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between Focus Groups working on different research areas and also to promote collaboration between active and Alumni Fellows. The Annual Report was published once a year, and a newsletter was sent to the TUM-IAS community every three months.

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