TUM São Paulo

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has operated its Liaison Office for Latin America at the German Center for Research and Innovation - São Paulo (DWIH-SP) since February 2012. The regional focus of its activities are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico - hereby building on many years of successful cooperation with Latin American institutions.

The University of São Paulo (USP), for example, the largest university in Brazil, has counted as one of TUM's partners since 1998. And between 2008 and 2011, TUM coordinated with EUBRANEX an ERASMUS MUNDUS program funded by the European Commission involving nine European and eleven Brazilian universities. In the long term, the cooperation has resulted in sustainable partnerships among the partners that last until today. 

Scientific cooperation between TUM and Brazil comprises research institutes, the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF) and the National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro as well as the private business school FGV-EAESP in São Paulo.


  • Academic and Research Cooperation
    • Support TUM faculties and departments
    • Funding opportunities
    • Analyze potential and focus areas
    • Direct contact to scientific and industry partners in Latin America

  • Recruiting 
    • High potential researchers for TUM (PhD and Postdoc Workshops in the region)
    • Student Fairs / Conferences / Workshops in Latin America
    • Excellent BSc and MSc Students (information sessions at German and international schools in Latin America)

  • Network & Information
    • Identify new potential in relevant areas for TUM
    • Organize delegations / scientific events / workshops / technical visits
    • Local support
    • Raise visibility of TUM in the region
    • Connect alumni in Latin America with TUM
    • Member of the German Centre for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH-SP)

TUM São Paulo Insights

Brazil's vaccine research – a Latin American success story

Brazil struggles with a large number of (tropical) diseases due to its tropical climate, among other factors, which necessitate local vaccine development and production. Liaison Officer Sören Metz shows how well positioned Latin America's largest country is in terms of vaccine research.

The Latin American Unicorn club grows and grows

In the third part of the TUM São Paulo Insights series, Liaison Officer Sören Metz gives an insight into the Unicorn club in Latin America. The financing opportunities for start-ups in the region have improved noticeably in recent years. This is also reflected in the number of Unicorns.


PhD Workshops in Latin America

Together with the FU Berlin, TUM São Paulo has developed a new format for consultation and information on doctoral paths available at TUM, specifically designed for potential doctoral candidates in Latin America. 

In 2017, this format was extended to Mexico and in 2018 to Buenos Aires, thus resulting in the successful implementation of ten PhD workshops reaching and advising 300 potential candidates up until today.

The workshops in Brazil were financially supported by the German Center for Research and Innovation - São Paulo.

PostDoc Workshops in Latin America

In 2015, as a logical complement to the PhD workshops, TUM São Paulo and FU Berlin started to offer a new format for informing potential PostDoc researchers from the Latin American region about career possibilities at TUM. 

In 2017 the format was exported to Mexico and in 2018 a postdoc Event in Argentina was implemented. By the beginning of 2019, the office had conducted seven PostDoc workshops (three in São Paulo, two in Rio de Janeiro, one in Mexico City and Buenos Aires) and had advised some 400 potential candidates.

The workshops in Brazil were also financially supported by the DWIH-SP.