Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program (Image: Fotolia/TUM-GS)

ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program

Since 2017 the Graduate Schools at Imperial College London (ICL) and TUM are collaborating to deliver the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future.

The 5 days program focuses on professional skills training and collaboration activities under the academic theme of "Cities of the Future". Designed for 50 doctoral candidates from all disciplines, 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.

ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program 2018

From 11-15 June 2018 the second ICL-TUM Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future will be hosted by Imperial College London at the Velodrome, Olympic Park in London, UK.

The focus for 2018 will be “Innovation and Design for Health and Wellbeing” covering all aspects of health care, transport, housing and sustainability for all generations and all communities. Technological innovations and solutions which assist in improving quality of life in cities will also be explored.

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.

Academic theme

This year's Cities of the Future is focussesd on “Innovation and Design for Health and Wellbeing” covering all aspects of health care, transport, housing and sustainability for all generations and all communities.

Over half the world’s population now live in cities and it is estimated to increase to 66% by 2050[1]. Imagining cities of the future involves considering a wide range of issues and concepts from promoting healthy living to providing healthcare, from ultra-connected homes and businesses to integrated driverless transport and from resource allocation to sustainable living.

The future is urban[2] and this exciting programme will bring together participants from TUM, Imperial College 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.

[1] World Urbanisation Prospects
[2] Future of cities: an overview of the evidence

Course description

50 doctoral candidates from TUM, ICL as well as other GlobalTech partner universities will work in small groups, assisted by a coach from one of the participating institutions. The program provides doctoral candidates with a chance to develop their professional and research skills in an international environment.

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Creating new networks and learning about other research institutions
  • Effective international team working
  • Creativity and the development of collaborative research ideas
  • Effective communication with impact
  • Current research into Cities of the Future

At the end of this programme attendees will have developed:

  • Their appreciation of research in different institutions (posters and networking)
  • Their ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams (team activities)
  • Their intercultural and international competency (networking and team activities)
  • Their ability to work collaboratively on research ideas (project)
  • Their awareness of Cities of the Future research (academic content)

An overview of the course program can be found here

Who can apply?

Application is open to doctoral candidates from all disciplines and TUM departments/schools. 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 applicants must: 

  • Be a current doctoral candidate at TUM (no guest doctorates)
  • Be a full member of the TUM Graduate School
  • Have already participated in the TUM-GS Kick-off seminar
  • 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 (from Sunday evening, 10 June- Friday evening, 15 June)  
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the TUM campus community upon their return

Course fee

The TUM Graduate School offers 20 fully funded spots which include:

  • Up to 200 EUR allowance for a return flight ticket: Munich-London*
  • Travelcard allowing local travel within London during the course week  
  • Accommodation in London during the course week
  • Breakfast and lunch during the course week
  • Dinner on Monday, 11 June and Wednesday, 13 June

*Please note that the flight ticket will be reiumbursed after the course.  

Research stay at Imperial College London

Before or following the Global Fellows Program in June 2018 in London, participating TUM doctoral candidates have the opportunity to do a 3 weeks research stay at Imperial College London. To support the accommodation and living expenses in London, the TUM Graduate School offers 5 exclusive research@ICL grants of 1.000 EUR* for participants of the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program 2018.    

In order to apply for the exclusive research@ICL grant, please: 

1. Discuss this possibility with your doctoral supervisor and contact a potential host at ICL directly.
2. Once you have found a suitable host at ICL, please ask him/her for an invitation letter for your intended research stay.  
3. Submit following documents to the TUM-GS Management Office no later than 6 weeks before the intended start date of the research stay:

*It is possible to combine the Research@ICL Grant with other TUM-GS funding options.

Terms of participation

During the course week, the TUM-GS will take care of breakfast and lunch, local transportation in London as well as one round-trip air ticket from Munich to/from London (up to 200 EUR). Accommodation near the course venue will be provided during the entire course week. All rooms will be shared with another participant of the same gender from another university than TUM. 

Cancellation of participation are free of charge up to 6 weeks before the start of the summer school. For cancellations after 1 May 2018, 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 750 GBP for the summer school. In this case, we also cannot reiumburse any travel expenses. In the event of illness, we will waive the cancellation fees. However, you must inform us of this no later than 6:00 pm on Sunday, 10 June 2018 of the summer school and provide us with a doctor’s letter within 3 days. 

Please note that doctoral candidates are responsible for making their own travel arrangements (e.g. visa application, travel health insurance etc.) in due time.  

Contact

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

Mrs Zizheng Zhang
Tel.: 089.289.10631
Email: zhang@zv.tum.de 

Mrs Kristina Keil
Tel.: 089.289.10603
Email: keil@zv.tum.de  

ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program 2017

The 1st Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program: Cities of the Future took place in July 2017 in Burghausen, near Munich. It was jointly organised between Imperial College London (ICL) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) with a call to Global Tech Alliance partners to send doctoral researchers. At the programme there were 50 participating doctoral researchers of which 20 were from ICL, 20 from TUM and 10 from Global Tech Partner Institutions. The participating universities were University of New South Wales, Georgia Tech, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. 

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.

[1] https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Highlights.pdf
[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/520963/GS-16-6-future-of-cities-an-overview-of-the-evidence.pdf 

Program

Academic keynotes/sessions: 

Prof Liqiu Meng (TUM): "Visuality for Cities of the Future"

Prof Maggie Dallman (ICL): "The role of Universities in the city: Societal Engagement and Outreach"

Prof Thomas Auer (TUM): "Sustainability as Transformational Trigger"

Prof Björn Schuller (ICL): "Affect, Behaviour, and the City"

Prof Mark Michaeli (TUM): "Cities of the future – the Challenges of Transformation"

Frank Eisenmann (TUM): "Kuala Lumpur – ‘Kampungs’ in the Context of a Global City" 

Industry keynotes/sessions: 

Dr Andreas Mehlhorn (Siemens Mobility): "Mobility for Cities of the Future" 

Alexander Lang (City of Munich, Department of Urban Plannung): "The City of Munich's Digital Transformation"

The program of the 1st ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program 2017 can be downloaded here

Overview of Feedback

The feedback of the participants was enthusiastic about the many opportunities for teamwork and interdisciplinary exchange. Also the international and intercultural experience were said to be outstanding:

“… the programme was very useful in the terms of international and inter cultural connection and co-working”

“The course was a great chance to meet other researchers and understand current and future issues with cities of the future. I also learnt a lot about different leadership styles and thought it was good to develop my own leadership skills.”

“…the course was very well organised and enjoyable. I felt very well looked after by the organising team and the setting was very comfortable. The order of activities was well planned and enjoyable. The work and care that has gone into this is clear, so thank you very much.”

Some useful suggestions for improvement were given in particular with respect to the density of the programme asking for less formal talks and opportunities for more networking opportunities especially in the evenings.

Impressions of the 1st ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program