Student Council

Students’ Award

Since 2013, the Students’ Award has honored employees of our department who show special commitment to students. We want to shine a light on people who go above and beyond every day and bring out the best for us, rather than focus only on good teaching. Innovative internships, fairness in discussions with students, an open ear for our concerns and a hearty approach to solving all kinds of problems in everyday student life: this is what we want to highlight and honour with our award.

Any member of the faculty can make suggestions anonymously. For this purpose, an urn is placed in our office from around May each year. The student representatives discuss the candidates in a selection meeting open to the public and then vote by secret ballot. The prize is usually awarded at the end of July during the Graduation Day.

To see the Award Winners, please switch to German.

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About Us

Who, or what, is the “Fachschaft”?

We all are. This means all students at the department of chemistry, across all courses of study.

However, as far as the definition is concerned, in everyday use at the university, “Fachschaft” usually refers to a group of active students who are involved in the structure and everyday life of the university. In concrete terms, this includes participation in university committees, the organization of university life or organizational activities within the student council.

The Chemistry Student Council unites all students of chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry and chemical engineering in order to represent our common interests and to organise our everyday student life in the best possible way.

An important instrument for this are the annual university elections, because the university is also a democratic system. There you choose your student representatives for a university year (Oct to Sep) from various suggestion lists. They are then entitled to represent all students of the chemistry department in university committees such as the faculty council or the student council.

In the daily work of the student council there are different units. Each units consists of several active members of the student council who take on certain projects, for example the freshmen introduction or this website! For organisational purposes and to discuss current topics, all members of the student council meet regularly.

In order to provide our services, an extra association stands behind the student council: “Fachschaft Chemie der TU München e.V.”. This enables us to keep a bank account and organize events.

The active work of the student representatives is therefore based on three pillars: association, meetings and elected representatives. Accordingly, we have a tripartite management structure:

Departmental Student Council Spokesperson

Miriam Jänchen

Head of the elected Student Representatives

Plenary Chair

Jennifer Knauer

Conduct all Student Council meetings, Coordinate day-to-day work of all Units

Association Board

Julia Klüpfel – President
Joachim Ottinger – Vice President
Lukas Huber
– Treasurer

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Student Representatives

The representation of students’ interests is also anchored in our democracy at all universities. There are different levels of representation in so-called university policy, analogous to the policy “out there”.

At our faculty the highest body is the faculaty council. It is there that professors are appointed, doctorates and habilitations are awarded and your study regulations are approved. The students of a department are represented there by the two departmental council representatives – those who received the most votes in the university election.
Besides these two, there are other student representatives at our faculty, whose number depends on the total number of students at the faculty. All together form the so-called student representatives (currently 17 representatives). For example, it awards the students’ prizes and sends delegates to the Student Council meetings.

  • Patricia König, CH, Member of the Board of the Department
  • Tobias Unrath, CH, Member of the Board of the Department
  • Miriam Jänchen, CH, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Till Gundlach, BC, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Alexander Imminger, CH
  • Alexander Spears, CH
  • Laura Grünwald, CIW, Delegate to the Council of Student Representatives
  • Leon Robert Mayr, LC
  • Lukas Huber, CH
  • Hannes Ehlert, BC
  • Franziska Schwimmer, CIW
  • Sandra Paßreiter, CH
  • Julia Draeger, CH
  • Maria Weyh, BC
  • Joachim Ottinger, CIW
    CH = chemistry, BC = biochemistry, LC = food chemistry, CIW = chemical engineering

Of course, each of the departments of the TUM has its own student council. Together they form the Student Representation of TUM to represent all students to the university management. All delegates discuss current topics in the student council, the highest student body at TUM. Projects and initiatives there included the introduction of the semester ticket and the construction of the StudiTUM houses.

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Committees of the Chemistry Department

This is a list of committees within our Department where we can actively participate in its daily affairs. Most of them are permament institions for the Department’s administration, others are convened as needed (like appointment committees for new professorships). There are elected student representatives in all of the listed committees to act in the student’s interests.

Tuition Funding

In replacement for tuition fees all Bavarian universities and colleges receive state funding grants to improve conditions for students and teaching staff. The tuition funding committee, which consists of 4 members of the faculty and 4 student representatives, decides the distribution of the funds that are allocated to the department. The focus is on offering tutorials, ensuring efficient lab courses and introducing new state-of-the-art experiments.

Our student representatives are:

  • Hannes Ehlert (biochemistry)
  • Astrid Kraus (food chemistry)
  • Joachim Ottinger (chemical engineering)
  • Miriam Jänchen (chemistry)

All students can suggest ideas or projects to be funded by these grants. For more information contact

Department Council

Chaired by the dean, the elected faculty council advises and decides on matters of fundamental importance to the faculty. Those can be the establishment of new professorships or committees, habilitations and changes to study and exam regulations. There are 2 student representatives of a total of 15 voting members who are elected every year in the context of the university elections.

Our student representatives are:

  • Patricia König
  • Tobias Unrath

Quality Management

The Quality Management Circle (QM Circle) is a body that continuously assesses and improves the quality of studies and teaching. There is a subgroup for each study program that meets regularly to discuss, among other things, the results of the annual evaluations. Subsequently, the committee should make suggestions on how the discovered deficiencies can be remedied and pass them on to the appropriate bodies for implementation.

Our student representatives are:

  • Julia Draeger (chemistry)
  • Simona Hanuliakova (chemistry)
  • Astrid Kraus (food chemistry)
  • Leon Mayr (food chemistry)
  • Maria Weyh (biochemistry)
  • Rahel Piltz (biochemistry)

Teaching Commission

The teaching commissions (one for each degree program) are bodies that prepare proposals for the new and further development of programs at our department. They usually convene when requests for changes to the degree programs arise and are to be specifically worked out. We are involved with two representatives for each degree program, so that we can also bring in student opinions on changes.

Our representatives in current commisions are:

  • Armin Römer (chemistry)
  • Jennifer Keller (chemistry)
  • Maria Weyh (biochemistry)
  • Till Gundlach (biochemistry)
  • Nora Weiner (chemical engineering)
  • Joachim Ottinger (chemical eingineering)

Appointment Committees

If the TUM wants to appoint a new professor or if the time limit of an existing professorship is to be removed, a committee meets which is responsible for the entire procedure. For each commission there is one representative who is entitled to vote and one who is not entitled to vote. Both of them emphasize particular importance to the fact that the candidates’ teaching concepts create real added value for the students.

Diversity Board

Since 2016 the Diversity Board of the Faculty of Chemistry has been taking care of all issues related to equality, work-life balance, gender & diversity. There is one student representative on the board. More about the work of the diversity board here.

Our representative is Sandra Paßreiter

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Departments & Commissioners

Room Department

Head: Merle Zenner

We take care of the rooms and equipment of the student council. At the top of our to-do list is the orderliness in the student council office and the common room, but also in our storage room. We keep the equipment, e.g. the kitchen and seating in the Common Room, in good working order. In addition, we try to procure and prepare new rooms such as the Study Room. We are always open for ideas for the design of the Common Room and other rooms at the university!

Evaluation Department

Head: Ziwei Wang

The Evaluation-Unit is responsible for the evaluations of lectures every semester. We value to pass on praise, critical aspects, suggestions for improvement and further concerns of the students to the lecturers. The Evaluation Unit selects the lectures that should be evaluated, conducts the evaluation and shares the results with the lecturers.

If you want to engage in the evaluations, you can stop by at our office or contact the unit directly via email.

Feedback Department

Head: Alexander Imminger

The Feedback Unit conducts a survey of all bachelor students at the beginning of every semester to determine wich lectures should be evaluated. We want to enable you to give the lecturers an anonymous feedback and to actively help shape the lecture. The feedback is conducted at the beginning of the semester in contrast to the evaluations, which grants you the opportunity to profit from the changes yourself and to directly contribute.

Events Department

Head: Laura Grünwald

The Events Unit’s work consists of a mixture of contributing to other projects and realizing one’s own ideas. We cooperate with the TUM Student Representation and other departmental student councils (i.g. mathematics/physics/informatics or mechanical engineering) to provide voluntary helpers for their events: TUNIX, GARNIX, “Meine erste Uniparty” and many more. Additionally, we organize our own summer and Christmas parties for all students and employees of the Departement of Chemistry.

University Politics Department

Head: Igor Koop

We at the Unit of University Politics unite the student members of the Board of the Department, the Council of the Student Representatives and everyone interested. We inform you about important topics of university politics and about the university elections, which take place every summer. We gladly report on current developments every semester at the Departmental Student General Assembly (Fachschaftsvollversammlung, FVV). Our aim is to figure out the opinions and needs of the students in the student council meetings and at FVVs and to advocate them toward the university in the appropriate committees.

The meetings of the Council of the Student Representatives take place every three weeks and include all student councils of the different departments of TUM. There, our representatives discuss various topics such as scholarships, the semester ticket or study grants.

In addition, two student representatives, who are elected annually, attend the monthly meetings of the Board of the Department. We discuss various topics such as habilitations, doctorates, new study contents or regulations with professors and other department members.

Chemist Department

Head: Ilias Asimakopoulos

The Chemist is the newspaper of the Departmental Student Council of Chemistry.

What articles or topics would you like to see in this newspaper?

Do you have any suggestions what could be included into the newspaper, except articles?

If you have questions concerning the Chemist or would like to participate, feel free to write to us via email.

PR Department

Head: Franziska Schwimmer

The PR-Unit is responsible for everything concerning advertisement and design. This ranges from designing posters and flyers to organizing photo shootings with all Student Council members. We also crafted the information booklet you received as a freshman. If you want to emerge into designs or want to flourish in your creativity, the PR-Unit is especially looking for your contribution!

Information Department

Head: Vivian Koplin Tubone

If you have questions, suggestions, wishes or notices you want to be displayed, the Information Unit will support you. We convey all relevant information we receive through emails for you via posters, our website and social media.

In other words, if you are have any problems and do not know how to go on, we are familiar with the department’s network and which person to contact to assist you.

IT Department

Head: Joachim Ottinger

We at the IT unit design and operate the homepage and the forum of the student council, which are continuously updated. We also take care of the printers in the CIP pool and are happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Commissioner for Freshmen Introduction
in the ST 22


Commissioner for Freshmen Introduction
in the WT 21/22

Luis Oxenfart

The Freshmen Commissioner and his helpers organizes all welcoming events (like introductory days and a welcoming barbecue). We want to assist incoming students in integrating into university life and hope that some would even like to join the Student Council.

We shape the introductory days, organize tours across the campus or through the faculty, pack welcoming packages, arrange a traditional Bavarian breakfast with Weißwürsten and much more.


Commissioner for the Forum

Jana Bayer

As the commissioner for the student council forum I take care of the structure and order of the contents in the forum. Especially the maintenance of the learning aids provided there and the moderation of the forum are important tasks. If you would like to share your learning aids, summaries, index cards etc. with your fellow students via the forum, please contact me by e-mail.

Commissioner for the Student General Assembly


I organize the student general assembly, which takes place once a semester.

Keeper of Records

Simona Hanuliaková

As secretary you take care of the written protocols for each meeting of the Student Council. Each has to be correct, properly formated, voted on and archived.

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Student Council Meetings

For information about the student council meetings, please look at the German version of this page or contact

The student council work offers many opportunities to get involved at the university, to give something back on a voluntary basis and for personal development. Sounds like an empty phrase? Well, here are a few examples:

  • Through our regular meetings you are always up to date on what’s going on at the university – right in the middle instead of just being there!
  • As a student representative, you learn soft skills such as teamwork, rhetoric, presentation and, depending on how much you tackle, stress management.
  • You get to know a lot of people – from your semester, but also from higher and lower grades and other courses or faculties – for more interdisciplinarity & exchange.
  • Being a volunteer is always good for your CV and for various scholarship programs.
  • The student representatives exchanges ideas and information among each other on a professional level. So if you get stuck with a homework assignment or in the lab, there is definitely someone who can help you.

If that sounds good to you, just drop by our office (CH 26503) – we will be happy to answer any other questions. Or you can plunge right into the turmoil at one of our meetings!