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Welcome to the 2021 Academic Anniversary Celebration!

We would like to welcome you to the website of the Academic Anniversary Celebration and are happy to have you join us in celebrating the award winners in a different way this year!

The Rector, Professor Manfred Bayer, the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor Wiebke Möhring, the Vice-Rector for Research, Professor Nele McElvany, and the Chairman of the Society of Friends of TU Dortmund University, Guido Baranowski, will honor the award winners and invite you to discover the exciting contributions of our award winners. 

In the form of slides, you will learn more about the topics that the award winners dealt with in their master's theses and dissertations. Experience the diversity of the research topics that our year's best and our dissertation awardees have worked on and explored.

Let the laudations of this year's teaching award winners put you in a festive mood and learn more about their special commitment.

Enjoy reading, listening and experiencing!

Address by the Rector

Professor Manfred Bayer

Dear award winners,
dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear friends of the TU Dortmund,

I would have liked to avoid that this greeting reaches you once again away from the Auditorium Maximum. This year, we had long hoped that we would be able to hold the Academic Anniversary Celebration at least in a limited and test-proofed framework, but the high incidences during these weeks speak a different language.

"I am delighted you are here, also to honor our university's awardees, who have done outstanding work despite a challenging year."

It is fortunate that, after three digital semesters, the winter semester was able to start on campus again in parts - and yet there was nowhere near as much presence as we would have liked and would have liked to have made possible. The rectorate is also aware that digital exchange is no substitute for on-site contact, even if it is safer in individual cases. And a written greeting is no substitute for an award ceremony or a joint toast. For today, I would nevertheless like to welcome you warmly to this virtual space for the Academic Anniversary Celebration: I am delighted you are here, also in honor of our university's awardees, who have achieved outstanding things despite a challenging year.

You know the difficulties of the pandemic situation of the past semesters, so I would like to keep this brief: Despite all the limitations, something made a lasting impression on me again this year, and that was the commitment of all TU members to the benefit of our university operations and the university as a place of exchange.

This is addressed to you, dear students, who have accepted the restricted teaching in large parts with understanding and enriched it with your own ideas.

It is addressed to you, dear colleagues, who have been able to achieve great successes in both teaching and research - to which I also count the master's theses of various excellent young scientists that have now been awarded.

And it is addressed to you, dear employees of the TU Dortmund University administration: Both for the benefit of digital teaching and research as well as with regard to the containment of the virus on campus, you have been tirelessly committed and have made many projects possible in the first place. These include the vaccination campaigns on campus, which complement the free PCR service offered by the Chair of Medical Physics at TU Dortmund University and the establishment and monitoring of the TU-2G check.

It is only thanks to this effort that we got through the year so that we can now be happy about successes; we recorded few COVID cases on campus and were able to facilitate events on site, many research projects were carried out and many collaborations continued. Despite all the disappointment about what could not (yet) happen: With the year that the TU Dortmund University has become older, research and teaching have developed further. We have educated excellent students - some of them are among the award winners presented on the website - and we have gained excellent scientists. Many of my colleagues have once again impressed us with their creative and popular events, as the teaching awards show. I am very pleased that we can honor these achievements, not least thanks to the generous support of the Society of Friends of TU Dortmund University. Many thanks for that!

I cordially invite you, dear readers, to browse through these pages and take a look at the awards of the year and the greetings and laudations for the occasion. They may - for the time being - be a substitute for our Academic Anniversary Celebration, even though I am already looking forward to toasting you, us and TU Dortmund University on campus.

With best regards
Manfred Bayer

Teaching Award Winners 2021

Best of the Year Award Winners 2021

Dissertation Award Winners 2021

Dr. phil. Cana Bayrak
Fakultät Kulturwissenschaften
“Vom Experiment zum Protokoll. Versuchsprotokolle schreiben lernen und lehren”
Andrea Bommert
Dr. rer. nat. Andrea Martina Bommert
Fakultät Statistik
“Integration of Feature Selection Stability in Model Fitting”
Dr. rer. nat. Felix Hommelsheim
Fakultät für Mathematik
“Complexity of Bulk-Robust Combinatorial Optimization Problems”
Dr. rer. nat. Clara Hormigos Feliu
Fakultät Physik
“Flavorful Models for Asymptotic Safety”
Dr. phil. Judith Milena Kaschowitz
Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften
“Angehörigenpflege als Gesundheitsrisiko? Die Rolle des Haushalts-, Migrations- und Länderkontexts”
Dr. phil. Kai Niclas Klasmeier
Fakultät Erziehungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Bildungsforschung
“Shared Leadership: A Three Study Investigation of the Antecedents, Consequences, and Dynamics of Shared Leadership in Teams ”
Sonja Knobbe
Dr. phil. Sonja Knobbe
Fakultät Humanwissenschaften und Theologie
“Ökonomische Praktiken: Zur theoretischen Fundierung eines alltäglichen Begriffs”
Dr. rer. pol. Gerrit Köchling
Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften
“Essays in Finance: Corporate Hedging, Mutual Fund Managers’ Behavior, and Cryptocurrency Markets”
Dr. phil. Christopher Kreutchen
Fakultät Kunst- und Sportwissenschaften
“HELLBRUNN. Bewegt in Markus Sittikus' Raumfolgen jenseits des Alltags und im Antlitz der Götter ”
Dr. rer. nat. Jie Liu
Fakultät für Chemie und Chemische Biologie
“Novel concepts and methodologies in pseudo natural product chemistry”
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Noll
Fakultät für Informatik
“Resource-Efficient Processing of Large Data Volumes ”
Lukas Schulz
Dr.-Ing. Lukas Schulz
Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
“Numerische Methoden für die Analyse von Quantenbauelementen auf Grundlage der Liouville-von-Neumann-Gleichung ”

Congratulations once again to all 2021 award winners! Cheers to you and enjoy your award.

Thank you to all award recipients, TU family members, and guests for sharing the Academic Anniversary Celebration with us in this way.

All the best to you and we hope that we will finally be able to celebrate the 2022 Academic Anniversary Celebration together again on campus in the Audimax!


Location & approach

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 South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). 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 North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus 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 15 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 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 H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. 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 South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities 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”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).