*** Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the international project week will not take place in 2022. But stay tuned, we will provide more information regarding INSPIRED 2023 in due course. ***


    International Project Week for Interdisciplinary Research-Oriented Digital Learning

    Mission Goals

    Explore your future education and career possibilities

    Take part in an interdisciplinary, 'real life' research project

    Connect to your peers from all over the world

    Expand your professional, international cooperation network

    Master German Systems Thinking

    Enjoy an immersive experience in a unique interactive virtual environment

    Earn 6 CP ECTS

    Have fun!

    Mission Plan

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, INSPIRED 2021 will be an exclusively virtual event.

    Fall 2020


    INSPIRED topic defined
    Extraterrestrial Greenhouse
    The language of INSPIRED is English.

    Fall 2020



    We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Engineering & Life Sciences and interdisciplinary research in an international environment.

    The recruitment process for INSPIRED 2021 is now complete.
    Thanks for applying with us!

    Spring 2021


    We will provide digital learning materials for your independent interdisciplinary preparation. We will introduce you to the key principles of (synthetic) biology, mechanical engineering, and materials science set in the context of space travel and exploration. Your preparation will be guided by qualified instructors to help you develop the requisite technical and soft skills.

    Starting March 22, weekly packages of tailored e-Learning content will ensure you are prepared for the task ahead.

    Spring 2021

    Summer 2021

    Welcome to the Virtual Team Project

    June 14 – July 2

    Summer 2021


    In course of a three-week 'Do-phase', you will develop your project ideas.

    Put your expertise and creativity to the test as part of an international and interdisciplinary team. Discover a bespoke virtual working environment and experiment with new software applications from the comfort and safety of your home country.

    Summer 2021

    Summer 2021


    You will present the results of your team work.

    Your proposals will be evaluated and the best concept rewarded.

    Summer 2021


    You will have the opportunity to experience the ESA Lab @ TU Darmstadt – a concurrent engineering facility set in an environment inspired by the mission control room of the European Space Operations Centre.

    Join the Merck Virtual Experience with live dialogue offered by Merck KGaA, the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company located in Darmstadt.

    Enjoy an array of cultural activities: virtual guided tours and interactive online games.

    Summer 2021



    Win your well-deserved credits, valuable knowledge, and nice memories.
    Forge new and lasting friendships.

    Mission Control Centers

    Mechanical Engineering

    The word “engineering” comes from


    Biology literally means “study of life”

    Materials Science

    “Engineers make things.

    Staying INSPIRED

    This is how we faced COVID-19 and stayed INSPIRED in 2020.
    Many thanks to all for participation, contribution, and support!