In this project with a rich tradition organised by three TU Departments, 19 UNITE! students from 12 disciplines and seven different countries from three UNITE! partners set themselves a common mission: to develop a bioreactor that could supply a six to eight person team with at least ten therapeutics and/or nutritional supplements as an “Interstellar Farmacy”. The participants competed against one another in three teams and presented their designs at the end of the three-week summer school to members of the jury – professors from TU Darmstadt, Universidade de Lisboa and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The result: Mission accomplished – both the team results and also the project itself were a real success.
"This project offers a different challenge from what we are used to, which is very interesting and tests our knowledge to the limit." - Xavier Lomba Viana
"Without interdisciplinary work no astronaut would ever fly to Mars." - Melina Kumpf
Alongside TU Darmstadt as the coordinator, UNITE! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) also includes Aalto University (Finland), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain) and Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal).
The seven partner universities aim to use the European University to create a trans-European campus for students and researchers with the involvement of regions and companies. The partners have a total of 167,000 students, already cooperate closely in more than 80 EU projects and have exchanged more than 2,000 students in the past five years. The alliance has set itself the goal of combining courses for the benefit of students, breaking down existing technical and administrative hurdles, and thus significantly increasing student mobility. Research will also benefit from the conditions created for larger and easier cooperation, which will strengthen the competitiveness of the European Higher Education Area overall.
UNITE! is being funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, while the INSPIRED project within UNITE! is receiving funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).