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Information for Ukrainian Students

We from the Student Council of the Faculty of Chemistry express our solidarity to all people affected by the military attack on Ukraine. In particular, we want to support the Ukrainian students at TUM and refugee students from Ukraine in this regard. We support and endorse the statements and demands of the Technical University of Munich, the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutschen Studentenwerks), the Conference of Bavarian Student Representations in Bavaria (LAK Bayern) and the Student Council of TUM. We are in close contact with administrative offices and the Dean of Students Office at the faculty level. You can contact us at info_fsch@lists.lrz.de or on our social media channels.

This page answers the most frequently asked questions:

How can I support Ukrainian students at TUM or refugee students from Ukraine?

A latest collection of the aid and support organisations, which you can help with financial or material contributions, but also with volunteering, can be found on the website of the Student Council. In addition, we would like to point out the donation and solidarity program at TUM.

I am deeply concerned by the situation, where can I find psychological counseling and conversation services?

The Diversity Board of the Chemistry Department has a standing offer for online consultation hours and are ready to provide advisory support for various worries, needs or problems. In addition, you can contact the central student counseling and information center of TUM or the counseling network of the Munich Student Union (Studentenwerk München).

How can I get in touch with Ukrainian students in Munich?

You can contact Ukrainian students from the two largest universities in Munich via the Instagram profiles @tum_ukraine and @studentsforukraine_muc. A central TUM mentoring program for refugee students is planned. In addition, the Bund ukrainischer Studenten in Deutschland e.V. offers Germany-wide networking.

What can I do if I cannot keep up with my studies in the current situation, if I am not able to meet the set deadlines?

In case of deadlines for theses, internship and research reports, as well as other submissions, it is recommended to contact the respective supervisors directly and explain the situation. However, if this procedure should lead to problems in individual cases, you can contact the Dean of Studies Office of the Department directly at studiendekan@ch.tum.de.

In general, the student advisory service of TUM and the departmental student advisory service at the study program level are also available.

Who can I consult if I was not able to participate in my examinations?

Only the fundamental examination (Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung) in the Bachelor’s program, as well as the conditional examinations (Auflageprüfungen) in the Master’s program are limited in time or by a certain number of attempts. Passing all other exams is only important for meeting the so-called “ECTS barrier”, which has already been waived due to the pandemic situation. Participation in the GOP exams is not mandatory this semester as well for the same reason. Nevertheless, if problems regarding the examination situation have arisen, you can contact the examination board of the respective study program.

How can I get support with my application to TUM?

TUM Student Advising and Information Center helps with all questions regarding studying and applying to TUM and serves in particular as a contact office for refugee students who want to continue their studies at TUM.

In addition, changes are currently being worked out at the legislative level that would allow so-called “module studies” (Modulstudium) in the coming summer semester. Thus, refugee Ukrainian students will be able to continue their studies directly without being fully enrolled and will be given time to complete the application process at TUM within a half year. Other problems associated with the change of study location, such as the lack of some documents or verifications, will also be taken into considered by the legislation.

How can I get financial support for my studies?

Scholarships, funds and programs are being established to provide financial assistance to affected students. For information and advisory assistance, you can contact the central TUM Student Advising and Information Center directly. The existing support options include scholarships for students at TUM and financing from the Munich Student Union (Studentenwerk München).

In addition, measures are being taken to reduce the financial burden for Ukrainian students in individual sectors. For example, local transportation is available free of charge with a valid identification document. The Munich Student Union offers financial support in the amount of up to 100 euros for the cafeteria card. Ukrainian students who live in a dormitory of the Munich Student Union can now arrange rent deferrals. To do so, they can contact the advisory and counselling network of the Munich Student Union.

Where can I find language courses at TUM?

TUM Language Center offers German courses, among others. The number of courses offered should be increased in the coming semester.

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FVV

We want to hear your opinion about face-to-face teaching!

On November 3, 2021 from 10-12 a.m. there will be a student council general assembly (Fachschaftsvollversammlung, FVV) where we want to hear your opinion about face-to-face teaching. In a Zoom meeting, we will inform you not only about face-to-face teaching possibilities, capacities for research internships, but also about the upcoming NAT School formation.

In addition to the survey on face-to-face teaching in the moodle course, you will find, as in the previous year, a digital chair contact fair, in which different chairs will present topics for theses or research internships to you. Feel free to check them out right now!

You will receive the link for the Zoom Meeting via the moodle course or your semester’s group chat.

We are looking forward to your digital attendance!

Your Student Council of Chemistry

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Freshmen Days 2021

Dear freshmen,

We warmly welcome you to the Faculty of Chemistry! In order to provide you with the necessary information, to ensure that you find your way around the campus, and of course to get to know your fellow students, we have organised many introductory events for you again this year. The aim of these events is to have you well-equipped to start your studies with familiar colleagues. We hope that we will achieve this, even in times of the Corona pandemic. We can only recommend everyone to take part in the programme, you will see that many things will be easier for you afterwards…

You can find more information here. We wish you a lot of fun at the Freshman Days and hope that many of your questions will be answered!

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#LecturesForFuture – How to achieve sustainable mobility

According to the motto #LecturesForFuture, scientists around the world have given lectures offering insights into scientific work on climate crisis and further relevant societal challenges. These lectures aim to open up a critical public discourse on climate-, environmental- and sustainability-related topics.

Prof. Hubert Gasteiger, a TUM chemistry professor, has now also dedicated one of his lectures to the #LecturesForFuture project. In his talk he addresses the question of sustainable mobility and gives interesting insights into the current research and remaining challenges regarding battery electric cars and fuel cell electric vehicles.

The transformation of our mobility is the subject of numerous heated debates in living rooms and talk shows and is intensely discussed by politicians, business, society and the media. Often, you might be asked about your opinion because you study “something with chemistry…”. This is why we strongly recommend you to watch this lecture and gain a basic understanding of the technology, chances and challenges. It should be the responsibility of us all (as ongoing scientists, engineers, managers, decision-makers and voters) to bring some objective arguments into this discussion.

Here is the link to the lecture (accessible for everyone with a TUM account): 

https://tum.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=09c5f363-1f84-4dd7-955a-ad2c00773e2e

Best,

Franziska, Philip, Matthias

PhD students

Chair of Technical Electrochemistry

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New seminar: Automation and Visualization

In summer term 2021, the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Water Chemistry offers a new seminar for master students of all programs: “Automation and visualization of laboratory processes and data”. You can find the module under course number 0000005477 in TUMonline. The language of instruction is mainly English.

The module of 5 ECTS is a practical introduction to Python and LEGO EV3. The fun doesn’t fall by the wayside either: The new knowledge is applied to LEGO robots! You will also learn how to program automatic tools for data analysis.

More info can be found in this article (german) or on Youtube (english).

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Green University, Green Life

What is actually happening at our university in terms of sustainability and the environment? Here we would like to give you an overview of some activities for the winter semester 2020/21:

Every semester, the environmental department of the Student Council offers a series of lectures on environmental topics. Each semester there is a overarching topic, under which experts are invited to give lectures and participate in discussions. Within the framework of the so-called “Überfachliche Grundlagen” (interdisciplinary basics), which are part of most curricula, credits can even be recognized for this. You can find out exactly how this works on the homepage of the Environmental Department. The lectures are digital this semester.

This semester, the overarching topic is:

“Is environmental degradation making us sick?
Why environmental protection equals health protection”

Medicine has made enormous progress in the last centuries: We are able to cure more and more diseases, we understand more and more how we can enhance our health and thereby improve our quality of living. But thanks to our way of life we are negatively impacting our environment and thus our health more and more every day: Microplastics in our food und drinking water, air pollution, increasingly frequent heat waves that are enhanced by climate change and much more. At the same time the environment has a lot of positive effects on our health – nature increases our physical and psychological wellbeing and offers us a lush diversity of foods and plant based active ingredients. 

However, a lot of those things that our environment is providing us, we are jeopardizing with our behavior. If we want to maintain a healthy world that’s worth living in, for us and future generations, we have to find a way to live in harmony with our environment! Scientific insights have to be combined with effective actions. 

We are inviting you to learn from experts about the relationship between environment and health and to find out how to improve it – informative, critical and interdisciplinary.

Another “big player” for student commitment in the environmental field are the Students for Future. Since the winter semester 2019/20, for example, they have been organizing the so-called Public Climate School, a week full of public environmental lectures for the transfer of knowledge from science to society. It takes place in mid-November in the winter semester and mid-May in the summer semester.

Public Climate School 16th-20th November 2020

But how do you now, as a private person, put into practice in real life all that you learn in these lectures? Don’t worry – both groups will take care of that together. In the environmental lifeguide you can learn how to live more sustainably. Powered by Students for Future, the environmental departments of TUM and LMU and others. Because it concerns us all 😉

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Lab Coat Sales

Due to the current situation, the student council office is currently closed. For current internships there are arrangements with the internship supervisors, so that you still have a protective gown in the internship.
If there are regular dates again in the future, you will find them here. Unfortunately, with all the uncertainty, we can’t say when that will be. Stay healthy!

– no current dates available

Please register via https://registration.fs.tum.de/fsch/l/59ddec8a-5917-43f9-8612-939d5a7a33ca/

Of course we have to adhere to the following hygiene regulations:

  • Only one student at a time is allowed in the student council office. Please form a queue for waiting, observing the floor markings and the safety distance.
  • It is obligatory to wear a face mask.
  • It is possible to try on the gowns to determine the desired size.
  • Please bring your own pen.
  • When entering the office, presence must be confirmed on the displayed list, giving contact details and a signature.