Climate and environmental research as a societal responsibility

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Researchers at ship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture are develop

Researchers at ship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture are developing architectural concepts in which plants play a central role. Image: Cira Moro

Climate change with its causes and consequences is one of the greatest challenges in human history. Each and every one of us is called upon to contribute our own expertise in research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities to the solution of this existential problem, as well as to critically question and adapt our own lifestyles and behaviors.

At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the complex of environment - climate - energy - resources has been a research domain for years, which encompasses all areas in an interdisciplinary division: Natural sciences, life sciences and engineering, humanities, social sciences and economics, medicine as well as the TUM locations’ own real estate management. About half of TUM’s professors are involved in research, teaching and international cooperation in the the university’s largest interdisciplinary research focus.
TUM has been contributing all over the world with its expertise and experience for decades, since the 1990s for example with Prof. Holger Magel on land readjustment and land use in Africa, Prof. Peter Wilderer on sustainable water management in Africa and Arabia. At the moment, more than 30 long-term research and infrastructure projects with a financial volume of more than 80 million euros are underway.

"We at TUM have made the major challenges facing all societies around the globe a priority topic that can only be tackled with interdisciplinary approaches and structures," says President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann on the recently sharpened climate awareness of the German population. "The political decision-makers are on the right track here, particularly Bavaria with Minister President Dr. Söder at the forefront. Environmental and climate protection as well as energy and resource efficiency determine the fate of mankind. Demonstrations do attract public attention," said the TUM president, " however, it is the constant daily work that we and others are doing on this complex topic that matters".

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