Research Collaborations

The Faculty of Natural Sciences and its departments (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are involved in a large number of research networks. Funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG), the European Union (EU) and private foundations provides the scientists with flexibility, and enables them to gear their research activities to the current needs of society. These research collaborations foster interdisciplinary communication, enabling scientific issues to be investigated from different points of views.

Institutes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences widely cooperate with other faculties and universities within the framework of various alliances and networks. This shows that the boundaries between the different research areas are increasingly disappearing and that scientific work is nurtured by intense cooperation. 

Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST)

This centre combines the various activities undertaken in the Faculty in the area of quantum physics. The partners involved in the centre are the University of Stuttgart, Ulm University and Stuttgart’s Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.

“Functional Nanostructures” Research Network of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg

The aim of the research network is to study the manufacture, properties and functioning of nanostructures, creating the prerequisites for future uses and the systematic further development of existing applications. 

Center for Quantum Devices and Biology (BioQ)

The aim of this interdisciplinary research association, which has been awarded an ERC Synergy Grant, is to explore biological processes using quantum technologies. For the physicists, chemists, biologists and medical scientists involved, the development of peptide therapeutic agents and molecular structural elucidation by means of quantum sensors play a crucial role. To achieve this, a new research building featuring ultra-modern laboratories is being constructed on Ulm University grounds. The building will offer sufficient space for around 115 scientists. 

Boehringer Ingelheim Ulm University Biocenter (BIU) Research Association

The aim of the research association is to identify and characterise new biomarkers; analyse misregulated signalling pathways; and establish innovative preclinical and clinical concepts in translational research.

Educational Network on Soil and Plant Ecology and Management

The international project is based on a partnership of four European universities in Estonia, the Czech Republic, France and Germany. It focuses on developing novel teaching modules and enhances scientific exchange in the field of soil science and plant ecology. 

Cooperative activities within the Biology Department

Several cooperative activities in research networks, coordinated by Ulm University’s Biology Department, that extend beyond the University demonstrate that many of the research topics explored in Biology are highly topical, and gain attention both nationally and internationally. These cooperative activities include

  • the international research association COSMIC2 within the Systems Biology of Microorganisms programme (SysMO2) (coordinated by Prof Dr Peter Dürre)
  • the international research association Biotechnological Production of Chemical Building Blocks (BioProChemBB) within the EU programme ERA-IB (coordinated by Prof Dr Bernhard Eikmanns)
  • the DFG transregional research unit Unravelling the Prokaryotic Immune System (coordinated by Prof Anita Marchfelder); the DFG-funded research association Biodiversity Exploratories, of which the part concerning the Swabian Alb near Münsingen is coordinated by Prof Dr Manfred Ayasse
  • and the research network Development of methods for the analysis of multi domain proteins and their application for the study of cell polarity proteins in vitro and in vivo funded by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and coordinated by Prof Dr Nils Johnsson.
  • The research cooperation with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, represented previously by Prof Dr Elisabeth Kalko, is now being continued under the responsibility of PD Dr Marco Tschapka. This cooperation opens up longer-term possibilities for conducting research in Panama within tropical biological projects as part of the key area eco-health sustainability.
  • PD Dr Tschapka also coordinates the cooperative activities in teaching with the Universidad de Costa Rica within an international study and training partnership (ISAP) that has been financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for many years. This partnership enables students on the Master’s program in Biology to complete tropics-related internships in Costa Rica.

In addition, a wide range of collaborative research projects, requiring the involvement of biologists in subprojects, are undertaken, including within the framework of EU, BMBF and DFG programmes.