Organisation and Structure

The organisational structure of the academy is based on the principle of members taking over responsibility for other members, which – for example – becomes especially apparent in the implementation of own project ideas, Taskforces and committees. The Junge Akademie consists of four clusters:

On the one hand, there are the members of every new academic year group who work on self-selected topics over the course of one year. There is a wide range of ideas – and just about any idea that seems achievable in one year will be supported. Thus, it is expected that the candidates take over the responsibility to not only dream about their ideas, but to also to overcome obstacles in order to actually reach their goals. The academy provides financial and moral support, offers workshops on surveys, project planning or the presentation of results and much more.

In another project-related cluster, the tutors (mostly senior students), supervisors and the active and/or retired professors supervise the work of the groups and provide organisational and substantial support. Due to their many years of professional experience, it is often especially the mentors who are able to give advice or optimize work processes when the groups reach their limits.

The third level focuses on networking between the members. The newly accepted participants should not stay amongst themselves but are to be integrated into the "family" of the TUM: Junge Akademie. For this purpose, the students have established special Taskforces that play a key role in furthering the cohesion among the members.

On a fourth level, it is the Advisory Board's responsibility to decide on the academy's general orientation, the networking activities, the selection of new members and – not least – on questions of representation within the university. The Advisory Board consists of the Director, the current and former professors, and representatives of the students and alumni of the TUM: Junge Akademie.

The Board of Members, in which representatives of all groups meet regularly to exchange views, serves as a bridge between the different levels. In this way, the academy is constantly renewed and able to develop itself as a large family.

These levels – the involvement in specific work projects, the pursuance of tutoring and supervising activities, independent organization within the Taskforces as well as the two boards – are closely connected. Together, these aspects form a structure that allows members of all areas to pursue their ideas.