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STRENGTHENING THE THIRD PILLAR

Representatives From All 17 Departments Form New Research Transfer Advisory Board

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From now on, the new Research Transfer Advisory Board will initiate interdisciplinary partnerships within the university, with the aim of boosting transfer and fostering cooperation with external partners.

As the third pillar alongside research and teaching, the transfer and utilization of scientific findings are among TU Dortmund University’s core tasks. From now on, a newly established Research Transfer Advisory Board will initiate interdisciplinary partnerships within the university, with the aim of boosting transfer and fostering cooperation with external partners. Representatives from all 17 departments are actively involved in the new advisory board, which the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) launched at the end of 2022.

The Research Transfer Advisory Board forms a new interface between the departments and the CET, which already began bundling all start-up and transfer activities at TU Dortmund University five years ago. By working together, science and administration can enhance and expand a transfer-oriented and entrepreneurial culture at the university. To dovetail cooperation even more closely, Professor Mike Gralla was elected from among the departments’ representatives as the third member of the CET’s management board. As a mentor within the EXIST research transfer program, Gralla, Professor of Construction Management at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, is responsible for supervising the successful start-up Building Information Cloud (BIC). He thus knows from his own experience what challenges there are for transfer and innovation.

Third Mission at TU Dortmund University

Bundled under the term “Third Mission”, transfer at TU Dortmund University is understood in a broad way: It includes both the transfer of knowledge from the university to business, society and politics as well as society’s participation in science. According to this understanding, transfer means, on the one hand, an external utilization of research results – know-how, patents, methods, data or software. The intention is to generate innovative products, processes and services that can also be made commercially available. On the other hand, transfer is also possible in the other direction: Ideas from business, society and politics are picked up in the university’s research work.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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