TUM Brussels

Since 2012, TUM has maintained a Liaison Office in the EU capital. The main objectives of TUM Brussels are related to the European research, education and innovation agenda.

  • Facilitating and consolidating TUM participation in EU funding programs and initiatives, especially as coordinating institution
  • Intelligence and knowledge brokering: on-site cooperation with EU institutions and key stakeholders
  • Raising TUM's profile on EU and European level, including joint initiatives with Alliance partners
  • Strengthening collaboration: with the EuroTech partners and other European stakeholders
  • Facilitating access: local support for visits and meetings in Brussels for TUM researchers and staff

The Liaison Officer in Brussels works closely together with the EU office of TUM ForTe, the team of TUM International Center and, based on the topic, with the different departments and chairs of TUM. TUM Brussels is integrated in the Brussels Office of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, which officially opened in 2012.

TUM is a founding member of this strategic partnership of six leading Universities of Science and Technology in Europe: EPFL, DTU, L'X, Technion, TU Eindhoven and TUM. Their intensive collaborations across research, education & innovation support the EU’s goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Together, the partners position themselves with a strong voice in the discussion regarding the changing research, education and innovation landscape in Europe.

TUM Brussels is one of six liaison offices in addition to Beijing, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco and São Paulo. Already in 2002, TUM established its own offshore campus TUM Asia in Singapore. The expansion of a global presence is part of the initiative TUM Global, a core piece of TUM’s institutional strategy which was a part of TUM's successful application within the German Excellence Initiative.


  • Facilitation and support of EU research proposals with a EuroTech core consortium
  • Consulting of researchers and university administration on EU topics (e.g. H2020 work programme, policies, PPPs etc.)
  • Knowledge brokering and information management
  • Agenda setting
  • Logistical support in Brussels

TUM Brussels Insights

The new EU Commission and universities: a union that strives for more

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen (Germany) started its work on December 1, 2019.  A total of six priorities will serve as the guiding principle for their program.

TUM Brussels Liaison Officer Valerie Schegk explains what this might mean for the future of the European research and university landscape.

Events 2020

February 2020, EuroTech Space Workshop

February 20, Taufkirchen-Ottobrunn

At a first meeting of scientists from the EuroTech partner universities in the field of aerospace and geodesy in September 2019, the group exchanged views on complementary research expertise from the individual partner universities and decided to intensify the ollaboration in the furture. In a follow-up workshop at the new TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy on February 20, 2020 the focus will be on 'Satellite Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change'. Scientists from all EuroTech partner institutions are invited to participate in the two-day workshop, which will be opened by Prof. Gerhard Kramer Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation at TUM.

The focus of the meeting is to intensify further collaboration in the areas of: teaching, research and innovation as well as funding opportunities of the European Union.

For more information contact Marie-Valerie Schegk.

February 2020, EuroTech Universities' Workshop in Additive Manufacturing

February 21, Garching

The EuroTech Universities Alliance regularly holds workshops to explore joint collaborations in various scientific areas and to support and promote the creation of applications for funding in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020) in EuroTech consortia. In the second half of 2019, the presidents of the EuroTech Universities Alliance defined new focus areas for joint collaboration, one of these new areas is Additive Manufacturing.

A first workshop in this new field will take place on February 21. The aim of the workshop is a first exchange of scientists from all six partner universities, the definition of common cooperation goals and the exploration of future joint projects.

For more information, please contact: Maria-Valerie Schegk


March 2020, Exchange of EuroTech Chief Information Officers

March 20, Brussels  

At the suggestion of Dr. Hans Pongratz, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the TUM, an earlier exchange of the CIOs of the EuroTech partners will be resumed in 2020. In the past, Dr. Pongratz and his colleagues shared several times expereinces with the opportunities and challenges of digitization at universities. The topic is still timely and universities nowadays are facing issues such as European Open Cloud, European Student Card or European Digital Credentials.

At a meeting in Brussels in March, the partners want to exchange best practices on these and other topics and develop common strategies for the future.

For more details, please contact Maria-Valerie Schegk




European Venture Programme

The European Venture Programme offers 20 young startups exclusive access to the entrepreneurship expertise and networking resources available at the four EuroTech Universities. The intensive 12-day programme (seven days beginning of summer, and five days end of summer) takes entrepreneurs on a journey to four different ecosystems, where a mix of thematic workshops, company visits and public pitching competitions will enable the startups to grow their business beyond borders. This unique opportunity, offered to five startups from each technical university (DTU, EPFL, TU/e and TUM), is funded by the four partner universities.

More info about the application process and the start of the next round of the Programme can be found on the website of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

EuroTech PostDoc Programme

The EuroTechPostdoc Programme is a postdoctoral fellowship programme for young experienced researchers who have already demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of research. It provides its fellows exceptional international research and career development opportunities to promote their outstanding individual potential into a distinct, innovative and competitive profile of a researcher. The four universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance will grant 80 fellowships divided over two calls for experienced researchers.

Per call, each university grants ten fellowships for a 24-month period to collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects across the Alliance. Applicants may apply within one of the five focus research areas of the EuroTech Universities Alliance: Health & Bioengineering Smart & Urban Mobility Data Science & Engineering High Performance Computing Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Further information about the EuroTech PostDoc Programme and its application process