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Transcending Boundaries

At Bielefeld University, research means transcending boundaries - between disciplines, between people and between science and society. Our guiding principle of Transcending Boundaries is the impulse for top-level basic research at an international level.

Four thematic strategic research areas define the University’s profile. These focus on the major questions of our time and have their applications in society and the economy.

The research performance of Bielefeld University is essentially shaped by its young researchers at all career levels. The university regards the promotion of young researchers as a strategically important and long-term task.

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    Strategic Research Areas

    Four strategic research areas focus on the big questions of our time: The Socio-Technical World, The Material World, The Mathematical World, The Globalising World.

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    Research projects

    A variety of high-calibre research projects at Bielefeld University are funded by the German Research Foundation or the EU at national and international level, for example.

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    Central Academic Institutes

    The central academic institutes pursue their research topics across faculties in an interdisciplinary manner and embrace innovative approaches to research.

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    Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

    As an Institute for Advanced Study, the ZiF fosters outstanding interdisciplinary and innovative research projects and is open to scholars from all countries and disciplines.

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    International Networks and Partnerships

    The University maintains international collaborations and partnerships with universities on all continents and participates in an impressive number of international research projects.

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    Awards and Honours

    Numerous national and international awards attest to the excellence of our researchers. We will shortly be featuring the award winners here (page under construction).

Further topics at a glance.


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