Every year, the TUM Graduate Council elects two of its members as their speakers. The TUM Graduate Council Speakers host the regular TUM GC meetings and are in continuous exchange with the TUM Graduate School Management Office and the TUM Graduate Centers. They are also members of the TUM Senate, of the Management Board of the TUM Graduate School, and of the Research Associates’ Council of the TUM.

Sebastian Straßer

Sebastian Straßer

1st Speaker

TUM School of Engineering and Design

Baraa Altahaa

Baraa Altahaa

2nd Speaker

TUM School of Life Sciences

Doctoral Representatives

The TUM Graduate Council consists of the elected representatives of the doctoral candidates from all TUM Graduate Centers, i.e. the School Graduate Centers and Faculty Graduate Centers as well as the Thematic Graduate Centers. The members of the TUM Graduate Council thus represent more than 7,000 doctoral candidates from the entire TUM.


Michaela Fiedler
Tobias Kutsch

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michaela Brunner
Christoph Frisch


Carolin Schuster
Dmitry Prokhorenkov

Mathematics (ISAM)

Benedikt Graswald
Henrik Sloot
Gabriela Zeller
Cristina Cipriani
Dominik de Witte

TUM Medical Graduate Center

Romina Rösch
Mona Wang
Kathrin Kim Heise
Zhe Xie
Haosu Zhang


Anna Jäkel
Christian Oberleitner

Sport and Health Sciences

Steffen Lang
Jan Kern
Denis Holzer

TUM School of Engineering and Design

Belinda Bock
Thomas Licklederer
Sebastian Lumpp
Sebastian Schrönghamer
Sebastian Straßer
Olaf Wysocki
Marc Xia

TUM School of Life Sciences (GZW)

Baraa Altaha
Miriam Kuhlmann
Thomas Winogrodzki

TUM School of Management

Karina Konieczny
Tobias Kalsbach

TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology

Henrike Sternberg
Svenja Breuer
Benjamin Stöger
Anna Heinle

International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE)

Linda Bandelow
Lisa Hug

Graduate School of Bioengineering

Jakob Lingg
Bojan Sandurkov

Top Math

Chris Dong
Mia Runge

Environmental Health (HELENA)

Sara Bilekova
Juan Henao Sanchez
Anna Kilanowski
Sarah Schulz

Plasma Physics (HEPP)

Annemarie Kärcher
Philipp Sand

Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design

Jörg Bentz
Tina Hermann

TUM Campus Straubing

Lena Riesenegger
Priscila Seveur
Maurice Hädrich

Associate Members

The TUM Graduate Council is joined by its Associate Members who support the Working Groups but are not elected representatives of their faculties. If you are interested in joining one of our Working Groups and becoming an Associate Member, please contact the respective Working Group or our Speakers.

Ronja Berg
Johannes Küchle
Stefan Steinhauser
Lisa Ziernwald
Anastasia Doroganova
Tobias Weiß
Mónica Basilio Hazas

Student Assistants

The TUM Graduate Council and particularly its speakers are supported by two student assistants that take over administrative tasks, actively participate in the regular meetings of the TUM Graduate Council and work together with the doctoral representatives on various strategic and operational topics.

Sarah Elser

Senior Advisors to the TUM Graduate Council

Previous speakers automatically become Senior Advisors to the current speakers of the TUM Graduate Council. They advise them on strategic questions and ensure that previously acquired knowledge is passed on to the newest generation of speakers. They meet once a year to discuss prevailing topics of the  TUM Graduate Council.

Mónica Basilio Hazas

Mónica Basilio Hazas

2nd Speaker (2021)

Jakob Kaiser

Jakob Kaiser

1st Speaker (2019/20)

Albert Schletter

Albert Schletter

2nd Speaker (2019/20)

Sindre Haugland

Sindre Haugland

1st Speaker (2018/19)

Matthias Caro

Matthias Caro

2nd Speaker (2018/19)

Christoph Gschnaidtner

1st Speaker (2017/18)

Franziska Löhrer

2nd Speaker (2017/18)

Jonas Umlauft

Jonas Umlauft

1st Speaker (2016/17)

Hanna Schäfer

Hanna Schäfer

2nd Speaker (2016/17)

Felix Dietrich

1st Speaker (2015/16)

Patrick Gontar

2nd Speaker (2015/16)

Jochen Scholtes

2nd Speaker (2015/16)

Emanuel Schreiner

Emanuel Schreiner

1st Speaker (2012-14)

Viktoria Kindzierski

1st Speaker (2014/15)

Claudia Palumbiny

Claudia Palumbiny

2nd Speaker (2014/15)

Andreas Haslbeck

1st Speaker (2010 - 2012)

Wieland Biedermann

Wieland Biedermann

2nd Speaker (2011/12)

Iris Köhler

Iris Köhler

2nd Speaker (2010/11)