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Lecture Series


As part of the "Initial Spark" series, renowned scientists from all over the world who have been awarded a Nobel Prize or Leibniz Prize, for example, are invited to TU Dortmund University.

In addition to the opportunity to hear the lecture of a distinguished scientist, the subsequent reception offers the opportunity to talk to the top researchers.

This was last possible on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, when Professor Dr. Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Director Emeritus at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, gave the lecture "Ion Channels: Their Discovery and Role in Biomedicine and Pharmacology" in the Auditorium Maximum as the second lecture in the „Initial Spark“ series. Afterwards, he was available for the numerous questions from the audience as well as for requests for autographs and selfies among the students present.

On February 02, 2023, Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Benjamin List, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr, will come to TU Dortmund as part of the Initial Spark series.


The Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prize, experimented with explosives in the mining industry in the 1860s, including at the Dorstfeld mine in Dortmund-Dorstfeld. In order to be able to blast nitroglycerine with greater certainty, he developed the so-called initial ignition in 1863. The series is entitled "Initial Ignition" in reference to Nobel's experimental phase in Dortmund.


"Ion Channels: Their Discovery and Role in Biomedicine and Pharmacology".

Second lecture of the series „Initial Spark“ on April 26, 2022 with Prof. Erwin Neher

After a long Corona break, the „Initial Spark“ lecture series could finally continue on April 26, 2022. The second lecture in this series was given by Professor Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Director Emeritus at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen. The report on this event can be found here (German).

"Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Protein Universe."

Kick-off of the „Initial Spark“ lecture series on May 24, 2019 with Prof. Frances Arnold as part of the "Jubilee Lectures."

The first lecture of the „Initial Spark“ lecture series at TU Dortmund University was given on May 24, 2019 by Professor Frances Arnold, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. More than 950 interested listeners followed her presentation. For more information, please see the follow-up report (German).

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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).