The President of Technical University of Darmstadt

The president is responsible for the university’s strategy and structure, the appointment of new professors, quality management and international relations as well as for representing the university externally vis-à-vis policy-makers, society and other interested parties.

It is my declared goal to lead TU Darmstadt into the future as an autonomous and yet connected university with a strong profile.

Internally, this means continuing to expand interdisciplinary research and teaching. Externally, I want to strengthen the joint alliance of the Rhine-Main universities (RMU) in the region with the Universities of Mainz and Frankfurt and promote further cooperation with business, including through strategic partnerships. We can only systematically deepen relationships, however, if we as TU Darmstadt retain our strong roots as the first German autonomous university. Roots which enable – but also require – us to make decisions about our structure and way of working both independently and responsibly at all times.

Professor Dr. Tanja Brühl
Professor Dr. Tanja Brühl

This connected autonomy fits with the academic and digital city of Darmstadt, as well as with collaborations involving science policy on a regional, federal German, European and international level. With strong roots and excellent connections, we are able to work on important themes affecting the future of society. With strong disciplines in the engineering and natural sciences that are closely engaged with the prominent humanities, we have a very strong foundation from which to advance innovative research. Both individually and together. Because an interdisciplinary approach also requires individual disciplines to be strong.

At the same time we want to make an impact beyond the borders of Germany, too. A central element of this is already in place: TU Darmstadt leads UNITE!, one of the few networks that form a European university. In conjunction with six other technical universities we are encouraging real-life exchange as well as building a virtual European campus to facilitate shared, future-oriented learning. This is not just for us but also for the citizens who increasingly expect universities to come up with ideas on how to responsibly shape our common future.

Approaching these tasks requires in-depth and honest communication, good cooperation and meaningful forms of collaboration. Together with the Executive Board I look forward to intensive times of networking, to working together to develop and implement new ideas – and to expanding our shared identity on a local to global level.

Born 1969
1995-2001 Research Associate at the Universities of Duisburg and Essen, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Duisburg) and the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
2002 Doctorate in Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt
2002-2007 Junior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Goethe University Frankfurt
2007-2019 Professor of Political Science focusing on international institutions and peace processes, Goethe University Frankfurt; turned down appointments at the University of Augsburg (2007) and the Justus Liebig University Giessen (2012)
10/2020 – 09/2022 Head of the Alliance of Leading Universities of Technology in Germany (TU9), together with Professor Dr Angela Ittel, President of TU Braunschweig
from 11/2019 UNITE! President
10/2020 – 09/2022 Spokesperson of Konferenz Hessischer Universitätspräsidien (KHU)
10/2019 – 06/2020 CLUSTER President
2012 – 2018 Vice President responsible for academic affairs, Goethe University Frankfurt
2023 – 2029 Senate member of the Max Planck Society
Long-time member of the Executive Board of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
Member of the Lehren teaching network (Alliance for Higher Education) of the Toepfer Foundation
Senator acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering