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 German EU presidency 2020

On July 1, Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union started under the motto ‘together for Europe’s recovery’.  It is the beginning of a trio presidency: Germany is followed by Portugal and then Slovenia. TUM Brussels Liaison Officer Valerie Schegk introduces the focus topics of the countries' joint agenda for the upcoming 18 months.

A union that strives for more

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen 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

September 2020, EuroTech Webinar on Cybersecurity EU Opportunities

September 10, 10.00-11.30 via Zoom 

Digital technologies are profoundly changing daily private and professional life in Europe. Digital communication, social media interaction, e-commerce and digital enterprises are steadily transforming our world and generating an ever-increasing amount of data. The more interconnected we are, however, the more we are vulnerable to malicious cyber activity. Securing network and information systems in the European Union is therefore essential to keep the online economy running and to ensure prosperity. This is why Cybersecurity topics will form a serious part of Horizon Europe’s funding scheme (next framework programme for Research & Innovation starting in 2021).

In short, the workprogrammes of Horizon Europe are taking shape which provides the EuroTech community with opportunities for research collaboration and prepare well in advance.

We would like to invite you to a 1.5-hours webinar, that will:

•    Provide an overview of EU-level Cyber Security developments
•    Introduce funding opportunities and draft calls for Cyber Security initiatives
•    Provide information on the EuroTech tools for cooperation, and 
•    Explore the possibility of joint projects and initiatives. 

Please find the preliminary program here
Plesse register by August 31 by using the following link 

For more information, please contact Maria-Valerie Schegk

September 2020, Webinar European Green Deal 2020 Pilot Call

September 14, 10.00-11.30, via Zoom 

The European Green Deal is one of the six priorities of the new European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen. The European Green Deal provides a roadmap with actions to achieve the overall goal of Europe being climate neutral by 2050. One of the first actions actively implemented is a pilot call for research & innovation projects under H2020. This webinar is organised by the TUM Brussels branch to inform about the H2020 Pilot Call 'Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Deal call'. The call will be officially published on September 19 2020. This 1,5 hour webinar will give an overview on the different topics and singularities of the call.  After a general introduction of the funding opportunities within the call, there is a Q&A session planned, which gives the participants the chance to ask specific questions. This is an event open to the staff from TUM. 

Please register by 10 September 2020 via de following link

For more information contact Marie-Valerie Schegk.

October 2020, TUM Brussels Webinar on EU-Africa Cooperation

October 26 2020, 10.00-11.30, via Zoom 

With its new EU-Africa strategy, the European Commission paved the way for a stronger and more ambitious partnership with the African continent in March 2020. But what does the strategy actually include in detail? And what does this mean for research collaborations with African partners? These and other questions will be discussed in this 1.5 hour webinar. In addition, there will be also a focus on rules and regulations of international cooperation within H2020 and in the future European Framework Prrogramme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe. This webinar wants to provide information regarding the integration of African partners in European research projects and the support by European research funding.

Please register by 22 October 2020 via de following link

For more details and if your are interested to participate, please contact Maria-Valerie Schegk



November 2020, EuroTech Universities High Level Event

November 10 2020, 15.00-17.00, Brussels /online

2020 is an extraordinary year that shakes up priorities and turns traditional patterns upside down. But being flexible is also a prerequisite for innovation. Change is the only constant, and as universities of science and technology, embracing change is in our DNA.

We cordially invite you to explore with us ways to turn the current challenges into an opportunity to gain momentum. A chance to innovate together, learn from each other, and jointly design a resilient Europe that emerges stronger from the crisis.

With the tilel 'Universities of Science and Technology: Designing a resilient Europe' we want to shed light on three different aspects during the discussions: systemic change, green recovery and technological souvereignity. Next to high-level respresentatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, TUM will be represented by Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt and Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer on the panel. 

For more infomration about the event, please click here

To register for the event follow the link

If you have questions, 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