Upcoming Wednesday Coffee Talks

Professor Ernst Rank and the TUM-IAS team invite the scientists of TUM and their guests for coffee each Wednesday. Just come over to the TUM-IAS after lunch between 1:00–2:00 pm and have a coffee with us, meet other scientists and listen from time to time to a short talk (10-15 mins) on a recent major TUM publication or issue – aimed specifically at a non-expert audience.

Location: TUM-IAS, Atrium, first floor

Would you like to receive regular updates on the Wednesday Coffee Talk? Just send a quick information at events@ias.tum.de!


January 9, 2019

Talk by Prof. Roland Pail (Institute of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy) on the Antarctic ice cap melting faster and faster. (Event Announcement)

January 16, 2019

Talk by Prof. Robert König (Theory of Complex Quantum Systems) on the first proof of quantum computer advantage. (Event Announcement)

January 23, 2019

Talk by Dr. Joachim Reichert (Surface and Interface Physics) on “switching with molecules”. (Event Announcement)

January 30, 2019

Talk by Prof. Job Boekhoven (Supramolecular Chemistry) on a simple mechanism which could have been decisive for the development of life. (Event Announcement)

February 06, 2019

Talk by Dr. Laura Sánchez (German Geodetic Research Institute and Chair Geodetic Geodynamics) on “mountains in motion”. (Event Announcement)

May 2, 2019

Talk by Dr. Markus Hölzel (FRMII) on "Crystal Structures of Fluorine revisited by Neutron Diffraction". (Event Announcement)

May 8, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Majid Zamani (Electrical and Computer Engineering) on "Towards Certifiable Autonomy". (Event Announcement)

May 15, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bach (Organic Chemistry) on "Deracemization – The Vanished Mirror Image". (Event Announcement)

May 22, 2019

Talk by Dr. Kai Zosseder (Hydrogeology) on "Unlock the Shallow Geothermal Potential for the transition to a climate-friendly heating and cooling of buildings". (Event Announcement)

May 29, 2019

Talk by Dr. Thierry Lasserre (Institut de recherche sur les lois fondamentales de l’Univers, France) on "First Direct Measurement of the Neutrino Mass with the KATRIN experiment ". (Event Announcement)

June 5, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugenschmidt (Research Group Positron Physics) on "A Tricky Experiment: Simultaneous Storage of Positrons and Elektrons". (Event Announcement)

June 19, 2019

Talk by PD Dr. Harald Oberhofer (Theoretical Chemistry) on "Molecular Lego: How Theory can aide in the Search for New Organic Semiconductors". (Event Announcement)

June 26, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Anja Rammig (Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions) on "Rainforest at Risk – AmazonFACE Research Project on the Effects of Climate Change on the Rainforest". (Event Announcement)

July 3, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Kai Müller (Walter Schottky Institute) on "Generation of Non-Classical Light – From Fundamental Physics to Quantum Engineering". (Event Announcement)

July 10, 2019

Talk by PD Dr. med. Simon Jacob (Department of Neurosurgery at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar) on "Lost in Translation: The Challenge of Bringing Together Animal and Human Experiments to Explore Cognitive Brain Functions ". (Event Announcement)

July 17, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Frank Pollmann on "Stability of quasiparticles in quantum systems: The cycle of decay and rebirth". (Event Announcement)

Juli 24, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. André Platzer (Carnegie Mellon University) on "Cyber Physical System Safety". (Event Announcement)

October 23, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Kathrin Lang (TUM Department of Chemistry), on "Targeted Labelling of Proteins with Ubiquitin via an Expanded Genetic Code". (Event Announcement)

October 30, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Michael Knap (TUM Department of Collective Quantum Dynamics) on "What is the Perfect Quantum Theory?". (Event Announcement)

November 6, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt (TUM School of Governance) on "Legacies and Innovations in Global Economic Governance: 75th Anniversary of Bretton Woods". (Event Announcement)

November 13, 2019

Talk by Gabriele Semino (TUM Hyperloop) on "Inside the Hyperloop Vision: From a Student Competition to a Full-Scale System". (Event Announcement)

November 20, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Laura Fabbietti (TUM Department of Physics) on "A Temperature of 800 Millions Degrees in the Cosmic Kitchen". (Event Announcement)

November 27, 2019

Talk by Andreas Dunkel (Leibniz-LSB@TUM) on "New High-Throughput Tools for Volatile Metabolite Quantitation in Food Analysis and Nutrition Science". (Event Announcement)

Dezember 4, 2019

Talk by Prof. Dr. Thomas Brück (TUM Department of Chemistry) on "Towards a Climate Effective Bioeconomy: Biotechnology Centred Processes for the Conversion of CO2 and Chemically Complex Biomass to Sustainable Chemical and Material Entities". (Event Announcement)

Dezember 11, 2019

Talk by Dr. Gunther Korschinek (Physics) on "Stardust in the Antarctic Snow – Iron-60 Discovery in the Antarctic Provides Information on the Environment of the Solar System". (Event Announcement)


January 8, 2020

Talb by Prof. Dr. Susanne Kossatz (TUM Department of Nuclear Medicine) on "DNA Repair Response as Cancer Biomarker – Opportunities for Diagnosis and Treatment". (Event Announcement)

January 15, 2020

Talk by Prof. Dr. Roland Fischer (TUM Department of Chemistry) on "Activity of Fuel Cell Catalysts Doubled – Modelling Leads to the Optimum Size for Platinum Fuel Cell Catalysts". (Event Announcement)

January 22, 2020

Talk by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gerland (TUM Department of Physics) on "The Physiology of Survival". (Event Announcement)

Januar 29, 2020

Talk by Prof. Dr. Hanno Schaefer (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan) on "Evolution of Color in Flowers, Fruits, and Mushrooms". (Event Announcement)

February 5, 2020

Talk by Prof. Dr. David Egger (TUM Department of Physics) on "Balance of Order and Disorder in Halide Perovskite Solar Cells". (Event Announcement)

Archive of previous talks


January 10, 2018

Talk by Prof. Michael Bader (Scientific Computing) on new insights into the 2004 Sumatra megathrust earthquake. more

January 17, 2018

Talk by Prof. Ulrich Schreiber (Geodetic Observatory Wettzell) on measuring the earth's rotational movement from the Bavarian countryside. more
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January 24, 2018

Talk by Prof. Gil Westmeyer (Molecular Imaging) on the new NeuBtracker open-source microscope. more

January 31, 2018

Talk by Dr. Hans-Gregor Hübl (Technical Physics) on a new spin on electronics. more

February 7, 2018

Talk by Prof. Tom Nilges (Syntheses and Characterization of Innovative Materials) on electrode materials from the microwave oven. more

April 11, 2018

Talk by Prof. Ernst Rank (Director of TUM-IAS; Chair for Computation in Engineering) on entitled “Computational Structural Analysis directly from photographs!”. more

April 18, 2018

Talk by Prof. Franz Pfeiffer (Biomedical Physics) on a new staining method which allows specialists to investigate three-dimensional tissue samples with Nano-CT. more

April 25, 2018

Talk by Dr. Jan Christian Habel (Chair for Terrestrial Ecology) on insect die-off: even common species are becoming rare. more

May 2, 2018

Talk by Prof. Horst Kessler (Faculty of Chemistry – TUM Institute for Advanced Study) on a breakthrough for peptide medication. more

May 16, 2018

Talk by Prof. Ulrich Gerland (Physics of Complex Biosystems) on how bacteria adapt to different environments. more
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May 23, 2018

Talk by Prof. Camilla Hollanti (TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Fellow; Aalto University) on private information retrieval. more
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May 30, 2018

Talk by Dr. Ralph Gilles (Research Neutron Source FRM II) on the faster filling of lithium-ion cells. more

June 13, 2018

Talk by Prof. Thomas Brück (Werner Siemens-Chair of Synthetic Biotechnology) on biotechnologically produced building blocks for chemistry and biodegradable synthetics. more

June 20, 2018

Talk by Dr. Klaudius Henke (Chair of Timber Structures and Building Construction) on 3D printing in concrete. more

June 27, 2018

Talk by Dipl.-Ing. Moritz Mungenast (Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Building Envelope) on custom building envelopes straight from the printer. more

July 4, 2018

Talk by Prof. Reinhard Kienberger (Chair for Laser and X-ray Physics) on observing and controlling ultrafast processes with attosecond resolution. more

July 11, 2018

Talk by Prof. Bernhard Seeber (Associate Professorship of Audio Information Processing) on virtual sound spaces. more

October 24, 2018

Talk by Prof. Laura Fabbietti (Dense and Strange Hadronic Matter group) on a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy. more

October 31, 2018

Talk by Prof. Ville Kaila (Computational Biocatalysis) on how enzymes work and how they can be engineered: Molecular mechanism of the virtuosic enzyme AsqJ. more

November 7, 2018

Talk by Prof. Friedrich Simmel (Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems) on piecework at the nano assembly line. more

November 14, 2018

Talk by Prof. Michael Hensel (Technical University of Vienna) on “Embedded Architectures – Rethinking Architecture and Environment Relations”. more

November 28, 2018

Talk by Dr. Yiqi Zhang (Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces) on “complex tessellations, extraordinary materials”. more

December 5, 2018

Talk by Prof. Andreas Bausch (Cellular Biophysics) on how the patterning of active systems provides new insights into biophysical processes. more

December 12, 2018

Talk by Prof. Arne Skerra (Biological Chemistry) on a breakthrough in industrial CO2 usage. more

December 19, 2018

Talk by Prof. Bernhard Wolfrum (Assistant Professorship of Neuroelectronics) on producing sensors with an inkjet printer. more


January 11, 2017

Talk by Prof. Arne Skerra and Andreas Reichert (Biological Chemistry) on "bio(t)INK", a new concept for the 3D-printing of live cells that won the Grand Prize at the iGEM competition 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. more

January 18, 2017

Talk by Prof. Liqiu Meng (Cartography) on "how much seeing is believing?". more

January 25, 2017

Talk by Prof. Katharina Krischer (Nonequilibrium Chemical Physics) on chimera states in dynamical systems. more

February 1, 2017

Talk by Prof. Florian Seitz (Space Geodesy) on geodetic reference systems enabling highly accurate positioning. more

February 8, 2017

Talk by Dr. Eva Rath (Nutrition and Immunology) on mitochondria controlling stem cell fate. more

April 26, 2017

Talk by Prof. Carlo Bottasso (Wind Energy) on new control methods to optimize wind farm performance. more

May 3, 2017

Talk by Florian Praetorius (TUM Lab for Biomolecular Design, Prof. Hendrik Dietz) on genetically encoded nanostructures that self-assemble from DNA and proteins. more

May 17, 2017

Talk by PD Dr. Christoph Hugenschmidt (Positron Physics) on positrons as a new tool for lithium ion battery research. more

May 24, 2017

Talk by Prof. Anja Rammig (Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions) on self-amplified forest loss in the Amazon region caused by increased periods of drought. more

May 31, 2017

Talk by Dr. Eva-Maria Huber (Biochemistry) on the biological function and medicinal potential of the immunoproteasome in autoimmune diseases. more

June 16, 2017

Talk by Dr. Friedemann Reinhard (Quantum Sensing) on holography with the Wi-Fi-router. more
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June 21, 2017

Talk by Dr. Katharina Aubele (TUM Munich School of Engineering) on powering the energy revolution with heat from the Earth. more

July 5, 2017

Talk by Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Burgkart (Experimental Orthopedics) on unlocking the secrets of the Achilles' heel. more

July 12, 2017

Talk by Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Rauleder (TUM) on realistic training methods for extreme flight conditions. more

October 18, 2017

Talk by Prof. Michael Knap (Collective Quantum Dynamics) on a quantum particle that shows a surprising behavior. more
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October 25, 2017

Talk by Prof. Oliver Lieleg (Biomechanics) on the physical principles that make bacterial biofilms so tough. more

November 8, 2017

Talk by Prof. Matthias Rief (Molecular Biophysics) on the use of “optical tweezers” to unveil the secret behind the cohesion of muscles. more

November 15, 2017

Talk by Dr. Tingying Peng (TUM Department of Informatics & Helmholtz Zentrum München) and Prof. Nassir Navab (Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality) on a clear view on stem cell development by using a new image correction program. more
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November 22, 2017

Talk by Prof. Job Boekhoven (Supramolecular Chemistry) on supramolecular materials with a time switch. more
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November 29, 2017

Talk by Prof. Sherry Suyu (Observational Cosmology) on peeking around cosmic corners. more
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December 6, 2017

Talk by Prof. Christoph Lütge (Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics) on whether programmers should decide who lives and who dies. more
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December 13, 2017

Talk by Prof. Steffen Glaser (Organic Chemistry) and Prof. Dominique Sugny (University of Burgundy) on how classical mechanics helps control quantum computers. more
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December 20, 2017

Talk by Prof. Oliver Fischer (Concrete Structures) on whether old bridges last longer than expected. more


December 21, 2016 Talk by Dr. Markus Heyl (Condensed Matter and Many-Body Theory) on an important quantum physics phenomenon now more readily measurable. [more]
December 14, 2016 Talk by Dr.-Ing. Georg Böcherer (Communications Engineering) on optical fiber transmitting one terabit per second. [more]
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December 7, 2016 No Coffee Talk (Dies Academicus)
November 30, 2016 Talk by Dr. habil. Thomas Clavel (Intestinal Microbiome) on big data enabling worldwide bacterial analysis. [more]
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November 23, 2016 Talk by Prof. Tom Nilges (Synthesis and Characterization of Innovative Materials) on SnIP being a flexible semiconductor for electronics, solar technology and photo catalysis. [more]
November 16, 2016 Talk by Prof. Andreas Bausch (Cellular Biophysics) on kinetically guided colloidal structure formation. [more]
November 9, 2016 Talk by Prof. Willi Auwärter (Molecular Engineering at Functional Interfaces) on linking porphyrin molecules to graphene [more]
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November 2, 2016 Talk by Dr. Eva M. Herzig (Organic Photovoltaics) on X-rays revealing details of plastic solar cell production [more]
October 26, 2016 Talk by Prof. Elisa Resconi (Experimental Physics with Cosmic Particles) on a 100 years old puzzle [more]
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October 19, 2016 Talk by Prof. Thomas A. Wunderlich (Geodesy) on reliable navigation underground [more]
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