The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is the leading teaching and research university in Germany, ranking 1st in Germany in the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking. With the neighbouring Max-Planck, Helmholtz, and Technical University institutions, it can be regarded as a major European science hub. LMU is a large beneficiary of the German excellence initiative, and has hosted more than 70 ERC grants. In total, under the Seventh EU Framework Programme the LMU was recipient of 225 projects, in 22 of which it is/was the coordinating institution. In the first calls in Horizon2020 the LMU received more than 100 grants, 17 of them in the Societal Challenge 1.
Within the Institute for Legal Medicine, the Biomechanics and Accident Analysis Group has built research activities focusing on accident and trauma analysis as well as injury mechanics. The primary field of application is the safety of road users, but this is extending to all neighbouring scenarios such as falls and violence. 11 scientists from Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Physics, Ergonomics and Biology contribute to human body modelling for crash simulation, volunteer testing, anthropometric analysis, the reconstruction of accidents, and the
development of safety measures.