Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program "Cities of the Future" (Bild: Andreas Heddergott)

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Ähnlich wie EuroTech dient die GlobalTech-Allianz dazu, Lösungsansätze für gemeinsame wissenschaftlich-technische Fragestellungen zu finden. Dabei stehen der globale Ansatz und der Austausch im Vordergrund.

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TUM-Imperial Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future

From 17-21 July 2017 the first TUM-Imperial College London Global Fellows Programme will be hosted by TUM in Burghausen, Germany. This one week summer school will bring together 50 doctoral candidates from TUM, Imperial College London and other GlobalTech partner universities who share an interest in the academic theme "Cities of the Future" to develop their professional, research and collaborative skills that are needed to find workable solutions to this global challenge. Applications closed. 

Objective and Course Detail

Candidates from all disciplines and departments may apply for the 5 days of professional skills training and collaboration activities under the academic theme of "Cities of the Future". The Summer School will also allow participants to develop their experience of working in intercultural teams and to develop their research and collaborative skills within an international context, as well as benefitting from insights of leading researchers.

In a competitive research environment funding is increasingly drawn to interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The modern researcher requires both excellence in research and developed professional skills. This course is designed to challenge researchers to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research. The course will focus on professional skills essential for researchers and also feature insights from current researchers from Imperial and TUM and beyond.

Participants will work in small groups, assisted by a tutor from one of the participating institutions. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Creativity and development of collaborative research
  • Effective team work
  • Effective communication with impact
  • Networks and networking
  • Current research into Cities of the Future

At the end of this course participants will have:

  • A greater understanding of research in different institutions
  • Generated a new interdisciplinary collaborative research proposal
  • Examined group dynamics and team roles important in working collaboratively
  • Considered how to communicate effectively
  • A greater understanding of current issues in Cities of the Future

An overview of the prorgamme can be found here. Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Academic Theme: Cities of the Future

Over half the world’s population now live in cities, and this is estimated to increase to 66% by 2050[1]. Imagining cities of the future involves considering a wide range of issues and concepts from resource allocation to the integration of migrants, from promoting healthy living to providing healthcare, from ultra-connected homes and businesses to integrated driverless transport. Furthermore, the impact of technologies, climate change and global events on urban living, infrastructure, landscape planning and socio-economic interactions offers exciting possibilities and tremendous challenges for the next generation of global researchers.

The future is urban[2] and this exciting programme will bring together participants from TUM, Imperial College and other Global Tech partner universities to develop their skills in interdisciplinary collaborative research. Applying knowledge and skills to suggest how cities can develop to improve quality of life for the urban populations of the future. Doctoral candidates from any discipline are invited to take part and to share their varied expertise during the programme. The programme will highlight some areas of research that is happening now and ask participants to develop their collaborative research skills by working together to consider the challenges and opportunities of the Cities of the Future. Researchers will be challenged to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research.


Who can apply?

Application is open to doctoral candidates from all disciplines and departments. Applicants should have a keen interest in Cities of the Future and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. However an in-depth background in the area is not required

TUM-GS offers 20 fully funded spots which include the participation fee, transportation to the venue, accommodation, and catering.

TUM applicants must: 

  • Be a current doctoral candidate at TUM (no guest doctorates)
  • Be a full member of the TUM Graduate School
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have an interest and awareness of issues affecting Cities of the Future and a willingness to engage with current topics in responses to developing global citities
  • Have already secured the support for participation from their respective supervisors
  • Be able to participate in the entire one week programm (including 4 overnight stays in Burghausen)  
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the TUM campus community upon their return

How to apply?

To apply for the summer school, please submitt the following documents in English via email to until 2 April 2017:

  • Fully completed TUM-ICL Global Fellows Programme application form 
  • Short CV - max. 2 pages 
  • Motivation letter outlining why you are applying and your interest in the academic theme (including your expectations and goals for the summer school) - max. 1 page
  • Summary of your doctoral research project - max. 2 pages

Terms of participation

The TUM-GS will take care of accommodation in Burghausen, food, and bus transport from TUM’s Downtown Campus (Arcisstr. 21). Unfortunately, costs for individual travel to the facility cannot be reimbursed. Participants will have to share a room with another course participant. 

Cancellation of participation are free of charge up to 6 weeks before the start of the summer school. For cancellations after 4 June 2017, a cancellation fee of 150 euros will apply, in case we cannot find another candidate to fill your spot. If you cancel on the day of the summer school or fail to appear, we will need to charge you the full 650 euros for the summer school. In the event of illness, we will waive the cancellation fees. However, you must inform us of this no later than 8 am on the first day of the summer school and provide us with a doctor’s letter within 3 days.


For any questions regarding the TUM-ICL Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future, please contact: 

Mrs Jamie Gräfe
Tel.: 089.289.10603

Mrs Zizheng Zhang 
Tel.: 089.289.10631