The Research task force works on further sharpening the department's research profile, identifying (interdisciplinary) cooperation opportunities and supporting the acquisition of third-party funding. To this end, a Research Officer records and communicates relevant calls for proposals and also acts as a link to the TU Dortmund University's Office of Research Support Services.
Prof. Dr. Philip Jung (chairperson, Macroeconomics)
Prof. Dr. Manuel Wiesche (Digital Transformation)
Dr. Lars Metzger (Research Officer, Methods)
Ulrike Tonscheidt (Finance Officer)
Publications can be found on the websites of the teaching and research areas and (in excerpts) under the current research news.
Prof. Dr. Jung presents the task force's background and goals:
Question 1: Professor Jung, research is one of the department's central tasks. Why is it necessary to set up a task force on the subject?
One of the reasons for the existence of a university is the exploitation of "increasing returns to scale", i.e. the research but also teaching results of all department members as a whole should be greater than the sum of the results that each member would achieve if left to his or her own devices. If this were not so, all researchers could retire to a desert island and we would no longer need a local university. In order to achieve this goal, however, coordination is needed, since everyone does not always have the knowledge of what all his or her colleagues are currently researching. The task force tries to fill this coordination role and to explore possibilities for cooperation - i.e. collaborative projects - between the individual research and teaching areas.
Question 2: Why is the acquisition of third-party funding a central concern of the department?
Third-party funding allows us to increase the quality of research. This has strong feedback on the quality of teaching, as it allows the faculty to offer both smaller courses and, in particular, a greater depth of courses through a higher staffing ratio. The specialized knowledge generated can thus be fed back into the course, allowing students to find more appropriate offerings that reflect their own interests.
Question 3: How can the task force specifically support the department's researchers?
The task force sees itself as a coordination mechanism between the research and teaching areas. On the one hand, it would like to offer colleagues targeted information about call opportunities. But more important than the mere dissemination of information is the development of an infrastructure that enables applicants for third-party funding to draw on the expertise of the department in a targeted manner. The knowledge of which questions can be answered with which methods at which research areas is distributed decentrally and not accessible to all. The task force specifically tries to explore cooperation possibilities for applicants who may need specific skills for their projects that they themselves do not have at their research area, but which are available in the department.
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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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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 H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
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 departments 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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