OUR commUNIty

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Get to know the faces of the campaign and learn more about why TU Dresden is “their university”.
They are exemplary for the diverse people who study and work at TUD; who make their individual contribution to preserving, updating, and expanding knowledge and transferring it into society.

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OUR jUNIperus

TU Dresden is my Uni because we are already working together today to make our environment of tomorrow liveable for everyone. Sustainability has already been the principle of forestry science for centuries.

I am scientific director and custodian of theForest Park Tharandt. Here, we are currently cultivating over 3,200 different winter-hardy trees and shrubs from almost all continents. This makes the Forest Park the most extensive collection of winter-hardy woody plants in Germany, and at the same time one of the oldest in the world.

As a central unit of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences,the Forest Garden serves the students of forestry science, geography, landscape architecture and architecture as an application-oriented teaching facility.

Here, I am holding a juniper plant (Juniperus seravschanica). Juniper grows very slowly: you would not expect it from the size of this plant, but it is already 7 years old.

These and other plants in the Forest Park, most of which originate from the natural habitat in the actual floral regions, are used in research to observe and document their properties under Central European conditions. This, in turn, forms the basis for assessing their suitability for cultivation in forests, but of course also for use in landscaping, as green spaces in streets and cities, or in various horticultural disciplines.

The focus of our collection is on the genera of oaks, mountain ashes and conifers, and, as regards geography, on North America and the Russian Far East.

We currently maintain particularly close partnerships with the Faculty of Forestry of the Primorsky Krai Academy of Agriculture in Ussuriysk (Russia), the Faculty of Landscape Architecture of the Tongji University in Shanghai (China), and the Faculty of Biology of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).


OUR commUNIty

TU Dresden is my Uni because what counts here is performance, regardless of your origin. As a Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship holder, I see myself as a bridge-builder between cultures.

I am a doctoral candidate at the Collaborative Research Centre “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement”. In the context of the umbrella term “Invectivity”, this project explores various forms of disparagement and humiliation from the perspective of thirteen disciplines. Subjects from the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies as well as from theFaculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Scienceare involved.

My dissertation is part of the subproject“Invective Codes of Interculturalism”. I conduct participatory ethnographic observations in integration and orientation courses, sometimes accompanied by interviews with teaching or administrative staff.

I have also been a Marwa El-Sherbini Scholarship holder since October 2017. This is a scholarship committed to the values of open-mindedness and tolerance. It is dedicated to Marwa El-Sherbini, who was murdered in Dresden in 2009. Marwa came to Dresden with her family in 2008. Her husband was a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics,one of the partners in theDRESDEN-concept research alliance. After the tragic incident, the DRESDEN-concept partnersfounded the Marwa-El-Sherbini-Fördernetzwerk (Marwa El-Sherbini Funding Network), from which the scholarship later came into being, and which has been awarded by the state capital Dresden and the Free State of Saxony since 2011.

As scholarship holder, I am involved in a variety of social and societal activities. I give lectures on Arab culture and the role of women in Islam for different target groups, e.g. for the Saxon police, for schoolchildren or as part of the Dresden “Intercultural Days”. At the “Volkshochschule Dresden”, I contributed to a workshop on German culture for refugees and migrants. For me, it is particularly important to facilitate encounters between refugees, migrants and locals in order to enter into a dialogue and to break down prejudices on both sides.

Fouad, M.A.


TU Dresden is my Uni because the chemistry is right here. From teaching to research to application, we drive innovation forward together and also work on introducing new ideas into the world via spin-offs and start-ups.

I am a born and bred Dresdener, I studied chemistry at TUD and did my doctorate here. Now I am group leader at theChair of Molecular Functional Materialsand co-founder of the spin-off company Sixonia Tech.

Of course, we chemists often work with lovely colourful liquids, but the material of my daily work is actually black. But for me it is all the more beautiful because it has many great properties. The material is called graphene and is a special form of carbon – only one atom thin, but incredibly stable and conductive. As a project partner in the EU ”Graphene Flagship” initiative, we have developed a procedure which allows us to produce high-quality graphene in such a way that it can be processed much more easily and “tailor-made” for various applications. With our spin-off Sixonia Tech, we are now translating this basic research from the laboratory into applications.

We work closely with industrial and research partners from Dresden, Germany, Europe and around the world, combining expertise across disciplines to test our graphene in new applications.

The Chair of Molecular Functional Materials was created in 2014 as part of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden and belongs to the Faculty of Chemistry. Its focus is on the development of new 2D materials for the next generation of electronics as well as for the storage, generation and conversion of energy.

Martin R.

OUR commUNIcation

TU Dresden is my Uni because we redefine the collaboration between human beings and machines. At CeTI, we want to research these new possibilities and make them available to everyone, everywhere in the world.

I hold theDeutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networksat TU Dresden. The focus of my professorship, which employs more than 50 people, is on the further development of communication networks and access systems for the 5th generation of mobile communication, or 5G for short.

At the core of this new wireless mobile standard is the so-called “Internet of Things”. Here, it is all about the question of how machines interact together with human beings and what advantages can arise from this interaction.

The applications that emerge from 5G and the “Internet of Things” are extremely diverse, ranging from driverless cars through interactions in virtual worlds to energy-saving energy networks, or this “magic glove” that I am wearing here. The sensors integrated in the glove record the movements of my hand and can convey them to a robot that can then reproduce my movements exactly. In this way, people would be able to “slip into the role of a robot” in the future and let the machine work for them at any desired location in the world, for example in a laboratory or in industrial production.

Technologies that make it possible to transmit data in real time are a prerequisite for the feasibility of such applications:the Internet must therefore become “tactile”. TUD’s new Cluster of Excellence, the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop” (CeTI)is dedicated to this field of research. How can humans and machines work together efficiently? To get to the bottom of this question, not only do we need new communication technologies to support real time, we also need to understand the human body and its ability to respond.



TU Dresden is my Uni because it supports international projects. This enables us to be creative across borders and to master the challenges of the future in the interest of all.

I work at theEuropean Project Center (EPC)of TU Dresden. Here, I help scientists to apply for European funding so that cross-border and interdisciplinary ideas can be successfully realised in projects. As group leader for “International Cooperation”, I see – along with the administrative effort involved – exciting projects every day. And this is precisely what drives me, true to the motto “Designing projects – making the most of international potential”.

At the European Project Center, the flag of the European Union accompanies me daily. The golden stars stand for the values of unity, solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe – and it is exactly these values that are also essential for successful research projects.

The European Project Center is part of TU Dresden’s Central University Administration and contact point for all Schools and Central Units of TU Dresden when it comes to realising international projects. We have been advising on all EU funding instruments since the EPC was founded in 2005.


OUR UNIon of wood

TUD is my Uni, because together we are forging sustainable paths. Using modern wood technology, we provide new spaces for natural materials.

I am a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Wood and Fibre Material Technology. The wood technology of the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineeringat TUD is one of the best research facilities worldwide in this field, which is why I am writing my doctoral thesis here, and am currently contributing to the “AidBoards” project.

This project involves finding a way to produce camp beds for humanitarian operations almost entirely from paper materials. The bed frame is transported to the operation site as a flat pack, similar to a parcel pack set. There, the frame is set up by means of folding and connecting, and a hammock-like covering is attached. This is modelled on bed underlays for patients and can be changed quickly for each new patient. The camp beds are specially designed for one-off transport and can be completely recycled, composted or incinerated at the place of use. This project thus has great advantages for logistics, use and disposal in humanitarian aid, for example in the event of epidemics.

The photo shows a 1:10 model of the camp bed. We use the stool to examine constructive aspects of the frame on the original scale.

We are implementing “AidBoards” together with several partners:

The company Profümed Karlheinz Lohr e.K.manufactures bed underlays for patients which they modify on their machines to produce coverings for the disposable camp beds. THIMM Packaging Systems GmbH + Co. KGhas both extensive experience in the use of heavy-duty corrugated cardboard and the processing machines required for such large folding sheets. Markus Lampe Consulting contributes its 20 years of experience in humanitarian logistics.

“AidBoards” is being sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the “New Products for the Bioeconomy” ideas competition.

Oktaee, M. Sc.

OUR UNIversity

TU Dresden is my Uni because it is lively, courageous and innovative. Because everyone here works towards the common goal of understanding the world more clearly and making it a better place.

Even after eight years as Rector, I continue to be inspired by our TU Dresden. Its dynamism and willingness to change, its creativity and pursuit of innovation mean something very special to me. Here, I experience a team spirit and a commitment that I have rarely encountered in my working life so far. No matter whether new scientific challenges arise, whether we revolutionise our structures and processes or bring our technical services up to date, this university meets every challenge with great verve and, in doing so, shows astonishing courage when it comes to engaging in processes of change. And this is true, of course, not only within the University but also in its dialogues with politics, business and society.


Accelerating into
OUR UNIverse

TU Dresden is my Uni because space travel opens up fascinating horizons to us. We are developing new technologies for the journey into space and for our arrival in the future.

The work at TU Dresden enables me to make a childhood dream come true: to participate in developing and researching new technologies for space travel. This is what I am working on as a doctoral candidate at theChair of Space Systems.

The Chair, which is located at theInstitute of Aerospace Engineering ofTU Dresden, researches novel propulsion concepts, energy and sensor systems, as well as new technologies for spacecraft and satellites. The transfer of technology into terrestrial applications is of great importance here.

Together with the Saxon company Cortex Biophysik GmbH, the Chair of Space Systems has developed a smart system for monitoring physical fitness before, during and after a stay in space.The system was tested by the German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been part of a long-term mission at the International Space Station ISS since June 2018. The test made Gerst break out into a proper sweat: while working out on the ergometer, he wore a special chest strap with integrated sensors that measured the respiratory gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, respiratory flow, heartbeat and also the body core temperature in the head and chest areas. The electronics in the chest strap transmitted the measurement data via wireless transfer to the Columbus space laboratory on the ISS and on to ground control.

The aim of this project, called “MetabolicSpace”, is to develop a small system that can be attached to the body for monitoring the physical condition of astronauts and future space tourists.


OUR immUNIty

TU Dresden is my Uni because here we protect body and soul. Only those who understand how stress works can combat it effectively.

I am Professor of Biopsychologyand Chairman of the School of Science. I work at TU Dresden because here I find the optimal fit of excellent working conditions and a high quality of life.

TheFaculty of Psychologywith its 17 Chairs has been one of Germany’s leading psychological departments for years. My own professorship has around 30 employees. They contribute significantly to me being one of the most cited researchers at TU Dresden, according to Google Scholar.

The research of my professorship focusses on the subject of stress, which is looked at in a number of different projects, e.g. in theDresden Burnout Study. We investigate how the psyche and especially the body react to stress. In this context, the effects of stress on our brain play a central role.

The brain I am holding here was created by the Spanish-American artistPablo Garcia Lopez.It consists of dyed silk strands. Garcia Lopez is also a neuroscientist and wrote his doctoral thesis about the life and work of the Spanish neuroanatomist and Nobel Laureate Ramon y Cajal. The Baltimore-based artist exhibited his silk brain and other works in 2011 as part of the exhibition ”Images of the Mind” at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum.


OUR UNIversal talents


TU Dresden is my Uni because we discover and develop materials for the future. In solid-state physics, we research the fundamentals of quantum materials and provide building blocks for the advanced technologies of the next generation.

I am a professor at theInstitute of Theoretical Physics and work at TU because Dresden is one of the best locations for research in my field – solid-state physics.

Here, I am holding a model of a pyrochlore lattice in my hands. It consists of tetrahedrons that are connected at their corners. This atomic lattice structure, which occurs in many magnetic materials, leads to “frustration”: the interactions of magnetic atoms are not compatible. This results in a multitude of new states of matter that are fundamentally different from those of ordinary magnets. Such materials and states are the subject of research in theDFG Collaborative Research Centre 1143 “Correlated Magnetism: from Frustration to Topology”and also constitute one of the pillars of thenew Cluster of Excellence “Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter” (ct.qmat).

Our work combines physics and chemistry and takes place in close co-operation with theLeibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, the Max Planck Institutes for thePhysics of Complex Systemsand for Chemical Physics of Solids as well as with theHelmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.


OUR UNIqueness

TU Dresden is my Uni because I am a fully accepted member of the community here. The University has always been a firm supporter in times of difficult personal change.

TU Dresden demonstrates queer acceptance – this is exemplary!

The University in Dresden has always been my professional home. I completed my apprenticeship at TUD as Andreas. I have always been proud to work here!

The path of my transition was a long and very difficult one in many respects. As an employer, however, TU Dresden was always there to help me and enabled me to have a smooth start into a “new” life. After I “came out” as Andrea, I never had to experience feelings of exclusion or discrimination in my working environment. However, a different official e-mail address can still very quickly become a cause for confusion. My colleagues, the Personnel Directorate and the Legal Office provided me with straightforward help. This meant I was able to overcome many obstacles very quickly. Conclusion: one letter less in the e-mail address made me a happy female member of staff at TU! I am grateful for that!

Since 2012, TU Dresden has had a central advisory and co-ordination office in the shape of itsStaff Unit Diversity Management – for people with my background, but also for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. The Student Council of TU Dresden provides advice on a variety of topicsfor students affected by these issues.



TU Dresden is my Uni because our basic research produces the data storage media of the future. In applied physics, we store information at the atomic-size scale in crystal lattices.

I work as a research assistant at theInstitute of Applied Physics, which numbers over 100 employees, making it the largest institute of theFaculty of Physicsat TU Dresden. The Chair of Experimental Physics/Photophysics, which I am affiliated to, researches novel crystal systems using nanoscale microscopy methods.

By applying electric fields in what we call ferro-electric crystals, we can store information in these crystals at the atomic-size scale. However, for a better understanding, the electrically written structures in these crystals must be represented optically.

Usually, scanning probe microscopy techniques are employed for this purpose. These, however, provide only 2D information about electrical states at the surface. In order to obtain complete 3D information, we use a technique known as Cherenkov second-harmonic generation microscopy. Here, the sample is scanned completely in a laser microscope, thus creating a model of the electrical states in the crystal.

In the future, with the help of such high-resolution image data, we will be able to develop completely new materials for use as data stores with enormous information densities or for reconfigurable nano-circuits in artificial neural networks.

The Cherenkov second-harmonic generation microscopy is carried out in co-operation with theCenter for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC)of TU Dresden, and is financially supported by theVolkswagen Foundation.


OUR opportUNIties

TU Dresden is my Uni because we deliver the latest research findings straight to the patient. Here, we combine innovative teaching and international research with the closest possible proximity to patients for the personalised medicine of tomorrow.

TheMedical Facultyof TU Dresden and theDresden University Hospitalbring together nationally and internationally renowned centres of experts, allowing us to provide our patients with the highest level of care. To me, this work is both meaningful and hugely exciting.

From 2010 to 2017, I studied human medicine at TU Dresden. During my studies, I already worked intensively at theInstitute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and I have been working here as head of a working group since 2018.

My working group focusses on researching new drugs to stop or reverse the pathological proliferation of connective tissue in organs, also known as fibrosis. Fibrosis can affect all organs and is to a certain extent a sign of ageing in the body. However, if the processes involved become unbalanced, this will have serious consequences for the patient. For example, chronic heart failure can develop. That is why, in view of an increasingly ageing population, we are devoting ourselves to the development of new and, above all, tailor-made drug therapies.

To this end, we work together, among others, with theDresden Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics,theBTU Cottbus-Senftenberg andKing’s College London, as part of the transCampus. These collaborations enable us to combine know-how from the fields of molecular biology, proteomics, cell physiology and pharmacology.


OUR nano-tUNIngs

TU Dresden is my Uni because we develop integrated circuits that mimic human neural networks. TU Dresden is also all about the integration of open-minded, daring, and curious people who enjoy their work and are willing to push themselves to the limit.

I decided to come here from my native country India because TUD is a world-class University with a proven record of academic and scientific excellence. In October 2017, I started the TUD master’s degree course “Nanoelectronic Systems”.

Initiated by the Dresden-based research cluster Cool Silicon, it is all about the technology, design and application of nanoelectronics and thus results from the ongoing miniaturization in the microelectronics industry.

The project I am working on involves Inter-Integrated Circuits, which are systems for the transfer of digital data and, thus, communication protocols. We are using these circuits in the so-called SpiNNaker Chip, which has been developed by scientists at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the framework of the flagship initiative “Human Brain Project”. This Europe-wide, 10-year project started in 2013 and aims for a better understanding of the human brain in order to research brain diseases as well as the development of so-called neuromorphic computers. From TUD, the Chair of Highly-Parallel VLSI Systems and Neuro-Microelectronics, where my project is based at, plays a major part in this initiative.


OUR UNIque architecture
…universally accessible

TU Dresden is my Uni because we design architecture for everyone to use. We do research on universal accessibility and implement our findings in our work.

I am an architect and aProfessor of Social and Health Care Buildings and Design. I work at TU Dresden because here we implement the goal of a built environment that can be used by everyone in research, teaching and in the buildings on campus.

In architecture, we build models to allow people to form an impression of the design in its future environment. In this way, it is possible to check whether a building will fit into the surrounding urban space or whether it will dominate it as a solitaire. The right approach must be found, for every building project and location.

As part of my professorship, we develop architectural strategies for dealing with demographic change. We also plan interior spaces. Here, our research focusses particularly on dementia-sensitive architecture in acute care hospitals, as these need to change due to the growing number of elderly people requiring treatment. The aim is to ensure that architecture and care processes are optimally co-ordinated and contribute to the well-being and recovery of patients.


OUR UNIversity sportspeople

TU Dresden is my Uni because we make campus life sporty. Every week, our 500 course instructors get more than 8,000 students and employees at TU Dresden moving – because “thinking needs movement”!

I work as a sports scientist at the University Sports Centre of TU Dresden, which has 800 different sports courses on offer. My area of responsibility covers a number of different sports, such as Budo and other martial arts, as well as cycling. With its own cycling base, TUD is one of the few universities providing mountain bikes, racing bikes and tandems for students and employees.


OUR UNIversality

TU Dresden is my Uni because it co-operates internationally. The “Centrum Frankreich | Frankophonie” promotes intercultural competence through encounters with scientists and authors, and advocates open-mindedness and diversity.

I am a professor at theInstitute of Romance Studiesand founding director of theCentrum Frankreich | Frankophonie (CFF). I work at TU Dresden because it actively promotes internationalisation and because its Priority Area “Culture and Societal Change” encourages research on contemporary topics.

Here, I am holding a novel by the French author Cécile Wajsbrot, currently a DRESDEN Fellowof the lectureship of poetics at the Centrum Frankreich | Francophonie. Literary texts and other cultural storage media can contribute to the diagnosis of our contemporary societies through the knowledge they contain. The CFF, with members from numerous faculties, has a broad interdisciplinary base and sees itself as a place of Franco-German scientific and cultural exchange, as a contact point for international co-operation and as a mediator of competence regarding francophone cultural regions.

The CFF brings together actors from the whole of TU Dresden who are interested in France and francophony. It maintains regional, national and international collaborations, for example, with the DRESDEN-concept partners, the Institut Français d’Allemagne, the Franco-German University, or with the diplomatic representation of the Québec government.

TheFaculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies is strong in research, innovative and international. More than 4,000 students of English Studies, American Studies, German Studies, Classical Philology, Romance Studies and Slavic Studies are provided with attractive conditions for studying through faculty links to current research projects and international collaborations.


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