Awards, prizes, contests
Best degree, outstanding research work, innovation competition - at the TUM School of Life Sciences we live the proud tradition of promoting young talent.
This includes honoring our young talents - the pioneers for a sustainable and liveable future, the TUM junior scientists and researchers. A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors and partners, to the participating foundations and associations for their commitment and cooperation in the field of promoting young talent!
Prize of the mayor of the city of freising
Best master theses in the academic year 2020/2021
Looking back to the year 2021, Freising's Lord Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher honored the winners of the best master's theses in the academic year 2020/2021 in a video message.
The best theses from each of the six fields of study were honored, all of which received a grade of 1.0. The winners each received €250 in prize money from the city of Freising.
The winners in the 2020/21 academic year are Carolin Betz (Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences), Clara Igisch (Biosciences), Lukas Viebahn (Brewing and Food Technology), Ana Ivić (Nutritional Science and Food Chemistry) Leonie Wagner (Forestry Science and Resource Management) and Tiia Haberstok (Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning).
They were awarded for the following work:
- Carolin Betz: Climate Emergency: Nothing but a Symbol or Driver of More Ambitious Local
Climate Policies in Germany?
Tiia Haberstok: Soil structural development in a rehabilitated open-cast mine site in south-east Australia
- Clara Igisch: Functional and molecular characterization of the CRIB domain-containing barley proteins HvRIC163 and HvRIC194.
- Ana Ivić: Characterization of natural compounds from Xeroderris stuhlmannii
- Lukas Viebahn: Comprehensive study of the supercritical CO2 extraction of volatiles from hop pellets: experiments and modelling
- Leonie Wagner:Tree species identification with high-resolution, multi-temporal multispectral data.
A knowledge-based and object-oriented approach
Best master theses in the academic year 2019/2020
At the 2021 digital New Year's reception, Freising's mayor Tobias Eschenbacher honored the winners of the best master's theses in the 2019/2020 academic year in a video message.
The best theses from each of the six fields of study were honored, all of which received a grade of 1.0. The winners each receive €250 in prize money from the city of Freising.
The winners in the 2019/20 academic year are Clara Wagner (Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences), Marie-Louise Kowollik (Biosciences), Deborah Kracheletz (Brewing and Food Technology), Franziska Baumann (Nutritional Sciences), Benjamin Franklin Meyer (Forest Sciences and Resource Management) and Fabian Sauter (Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning).
They were awarded for the following work:
- Clara Wagner: The Role of Mindsets in Succession Processes in Agri- and Horticultural Family Businesses
- Deborah Kracheletz: Simulation of molecular diffusion in a single particle and a packed bed on the example of espresso extraction and chocolate conching – A comparison of different approaches
- Marie-Luise Kowollik: Characterization of a new species of the genus Ruminiclostridium isolated from a biogas digester.
- Franziska Baumann: Purification of human TIMP-4 protein and initial investigation of its non-canonical functions.
- Benjamin Franklin Meyer: Higher vulnerability of beech to drought: a multimethod dendroecological analysis.
- Fabian Sauter: Competition along productivity gradients – A case study with the rare arable plant Arnoseris minima (L.) Schweigg. & Körte
Best master theses in the academic year 2018/2019
At the New Year's Reception 2020, Freisings Lord Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher once again awarded prizes for the best final theses of the students. Six master's theses, all of which received the dream grade of 1.0, were awarded prize money of 250 €. The winners in the academic year 2018/2019 are Samira Dietze (Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences), Kim Wagner (Biosciences), Lena Dworschak (Brewing and Food Technology), Josef Ranner (Nutritional Sciences), Kristina Witzgall (Forestry and Resource Management) and Markus Bauer (Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning). Learn more
Prizewinners in the field of biosciences
iGEM - international Genetically Engineered Machine
The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of open community and collaboration.
The main program of iGEM is the iGEM Competition, an annual worldwide event in the field of synthetic biology, which is aimed at undergraduate students as well as high school and university graduates. The iGEM competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by addressing everyday problems facing the world. Multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test and measure a self-designed system using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques.
Competition winners in the field of brewing and food technology
Innovation competition for beverages and food (IGL)
Since 2012, the Innovation Competition for Beverages & Food (IGL) has been a project carried out at TUM in Weihenstephan in which students can carry out product development independently.
Innovation competition 2019
The sixth round of the innovation competition ended with the award ceremony at BrauBeviale 2019. After an exciting preliminary round in June, the finals of both categories of the IGL took place at the end of October.
In the Food category, which was only held for the second time, the Team Mir Schmeckt das won second place with their Bratling made from spent grains, the Treberling. The winner was Team Bürze (Ulrike Schweiger, Theresa Jesch, Kristina Oltrogge and Johanna Fellermeier) with a gluten-free, low-salt buckwheat-based seasoning sauce.
Three teams competed against each other in the Beverages category: Team Braubagasch took third place with a "Radler" beer with black tea bergamot flavor. Second place went to Team Neomyces and their non-alcoholic beer. The Team Keferment of Sebastian Sirbu and Sabine Winkler was the winner of the IGL Beverage with their non-alcoholic drink based on water kefir.
Prizes for the best graduates
Every year, the best graduates in the field of Brewing and Food Technology are awarded.
In 2020, the otherwise usual graduation ceremony and award ceremony unfortunately had to be cancelled due to corona restrictions. Nevertheless, an award ceremony was organised - via online meeting with almost 50 participants.
"Special times require special measures. And special achievements require awards. Even a pandemic should not change that. We are happy to be able to at least award the best students online," says Heiko Briesen, head of the Chair of Process Systems Engineering at the TUM School of Life Sciences and organizer of the online awards ceremony.
The best graduates are in the year 2020:
- Desch, Felix: Bioprocess Engineering, B.Sc.
- Seitz, Johanna: Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering M.Sc
- Limmer, Maike: Food Technology and Biotechnology B.Sc
- Susianto, Chrisanty: Food Technology and Biotechnology B.Sc.
- Hiller, Katharina: Food Technology and Biotechnology M.Sc
- Bader, Magdalena: Brewing and beverage technology B.Sc
- Nottebohm, Antonia Maria: Diplom Braumeister
- Kunz, Oliver: Brewing and beverage technology M.Sc
Paula Goderbauer (Food and Bioprocess Engineering, M.Sc) was awarded for the best thesis in the field of packaging technology for her work entitled: Development of water-soluble milk capsules for use in coffee and tea.
The prize money of €500 to €1.000 was donated by the industrial companies Rentschler Biopharma, Sartorius, Krones, GEA Brewery Systems, Multivac as well as the Association of Former Weihenstephaners and the Association of Dairy Farmers.
Award winners in the field of forest science and resource management
The Audi Foundation for Environment has created the SRM Award to promote outstanding achievements in the field of sustainable resource management. The prize is awarded to graduates of the Master's program in Sustainable Resource Management who, with their final thesis, contribute to a sustainable interaction between mankind, nature and technology. The SRM Award is endowed with EUR 1,500 and was presented for the first time in 2011.
In 2021, the two researchers, Astrid Manciu and Tiffany Yu, received the award for their master's theses in the Sustainable Research Management (SRM) program at the TUM School of Life Sciences Freising-Weihenstephan. In her work, Astrid Manciu focused on the role of vegetation in the climate system and Tiffany Yu investigated the effects of proximity to nature on human health. Learn more
In 2020, the "Sustainable Resource Management Award" (SRM) went to Dayana Ramirez Gutierrez, a young researcher at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In her master's thesis, the researcher deepened her knowledge of "Stakeholder Knowledge Mapping" (SKM) and developed a concept for initial operationalization. Learn more
Award winners in the field of landscape architecture and landscape planning
bdla Bavaria Young Talent Award
Every year, the bdla Bayern awards prizes for outstanding final theses in landscape architecture in Bavaria. The prize is awarded for work that describes new fields of activity for landscape architects, shows trend-setting design solutions or scientific methods or has a special practical relevance.
Winners of the bdla Young Talent Award from the Chair of Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape:
2020: Xiaozhen Li, for her master's thesis: „ BREAKING THE ISLAND. Application of structuralism on the example of the former oil port in Karlskrona, Sweden“. Learn more
2019: Bernadette Brandl, for her master's thesis: BEYOND ALPINE IMAGE – Landscape-aesthetic conception between image and identity in the post-industrial Alpine region using the example of the refractory plant in Leoben, Styria. Learn more
Engagement price of the Alumni-Club Landschaft der TU München
Since 2012, the Alumni Club Landschaft der TU München (ACL) annually awards its Engagement price for the appreciation of students in landscape architecture and Landscape planning, which in addition to the normal study activities is in outstanding for the university community and in this way contribute to the good reputation and success of of our landscape studies at the TUM.
In 2020 Katharina Dropmann, B.Sc. Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning received the 9th ACL Engagement Award.
Katharina Dropmann is distinguished for its commitment in the student body landscape and its co-operation in the federal student body landscape (BUFALA). She takes over many honorary tasks such as the organization of the graduation celebration and sat down last with large expenditure for the development and conversion of a hygiene concept for the coming winter semester.