Societal impact

As the largest university in Germany and as an international top-level university, LMU is closely intertwined in many ways with society, the economy, as well as its environment. Together with high-ranking cooperation partners from science, business and society, the University makes significant contributions to tackling some of today’s grand challenges and seeks to create spaces for public engagement.

Promotion of innovations

By promoting economic, social and technological innovations, LMU supports the productive translation of basic research in collaboration with partner institutions in business and society.

The Knowledge Transfer Fund provides seed funding for projects aimed at the further development of basic research into technological, social or economic innovations.

LMU has established the ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum together with TUM. The Forum’s aim is to identify and promote joint initiatives on major challenges and research fields of the future. In addition to the two universities, the Forum also includes non-university research institutions as well as partners from business and industry.

  • In the first project, Munich BioFab, novel technologies for the production of artificial biological systems are being developed at the interface of synthetic biology, biophysics, biochemistry, additive manufacturing and data science. The University of Applied Sciences Munich, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and Helmholtz Zentrum München are also involved as partner institutions. Possible fields of application include functional biomaterials, biomimetic systems, biomedical sensors, nano- and microrobotic systems, and synthesis machines for bioproduction.

Spaces for public engagement

LMU promotes active dialogue with the broader public and seeks to create spaces for public engagement. The „LMU im Dialog“ series hosts readings by renowned writers.

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