Let’s compete for quality of life!

Whether fitness bracelet, glucose meter or point of care test for the diagnosis of a disease, biosensors have long been an integral part of our society. Especially in the healthcare sector, biosensors offer enormous potential for new treatment options due to their ease of use without the need for costly laboratory equipment and their proximity to the patient. In order to raise awareness of the enormous opportunities offered by biosensor technology, especially in this field, the international, interdisciplinary student competition SensUs, which has been held annually since 2016, was launched.

SensUs is an international and interdisciplinary student competition organised by students of TU Eindhoven. The goal of the competition is the development of innovative biosensors by teams of 8-15 students over a period of 8 months. Each year a new specific task has to be worked on, such as the detection of sepsis using the biomarker interleukin-6 or the early detection of a traumatic brain injury using the GFAP concentration. The current topic, as well as topics from previous years, can be found on the SensUs organization website. This requires teams to independently develop and analyze all components of the biosensor. If successfully implemented, various prizes can then be won in the categories “analytical performance of the biosensor”, “creativity of the solution”, “transfer potential to society” or “inspiration of the public”.

During the competition and at the final SensUs Innovation Days in Eindhoven, various stakeholders such as health care providers, patients, scientists, students, industry representatives and many more will meet to exchange ideas about biosensors. The competition is organised by students of TU Eindhoven for students from all over the world.

In addition to these tasks, the interdisciplinary team of the TU Darmstadt has the task of representing the university in the competition and the associated events. In order to implement these tasks in the best possible way, our team is supported by the departments of Biology (Professor Beatrix Süß), Chemistry (Professor Harald Kolmar and ), Electrical Engineering (Professor Heinz Köppl) and Mechanical Engineering (Professor Andreas Blaeser and ).

Further information:

  • There is a lot more information, pictures and videos about the competition and this year's specific task on the SensUs-Homepage.
  • Click here for the SensUs 2022 Aftermovie to get a glimpse of the event.

Interested? Apply now!

You are interested and want to be part of the TU Darmstadt team?

We are looking for students from the fifth semester onwards (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) from all disciplines, but especially from the science departments biology, chemistry, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering as well as economic disciplines. In addition to team members who are involved in the technical processing of task, we are also looking for students who are interested in marketing, design and digital representation. Send us your CV with a short list of your qualifications (university courses, projects, etc.) and write us a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) why you would like to be part of the team at TU Darmstadt! Please indicate your related department in the email.

You can simply send the documents by e-mail to: . The application deadline is 30.11.2022.The team will be composed of applicants and should be diverse in terms of gender, departmental affiliation, achievement levels, and other criteria.

Are there any questions left unanswered?

Then simply send us an email at: . Contact person for all questions about SensUs at the TU Darmstadt is Tim Weber and .