Strategic Research and Development Areas

  • Adaptation of Biological and Technical Systems

    Biological and technical systems have the following in common: to survive in the long-run they need to adapt to the changes in their environment. This applies equally to the examples of driver assistance systems and organisms in an ecosystem. Ulm University conducts intensive research into the adaptation of biological and technical systems. The goal is to transfer biological approaches to the realm of technology and vice versa.
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  • Ageing Research and Age-Related Diseases

    Everyone ages – but, to a large extent, the underlying molecular processes are still not understood. Beyond our genetic setup, lifestyle and environmental influences also affect ageing. Specialists at Ulm University research this complex interplay as well as age-associated diseases.
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  • Data Science

    Gigantic amounts of data ('big data') are being generated, for instance, in medical imaging, clinical studies or in the context of Industry 4.0. Important information can be extracted from these mountains of data - this, however, requires intelligent analysis methods. Ulm University's new research field 'Data Science' has scientists from all departments working together closely, particularly computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and economists.
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  • Energy Conversion and Storage

    In the Science City Ulm, partners from Ulm University and industry-oriented research institutions optimise batteries and fuel cells for electric mobility and the energy revolution – from fundamental research to the pilot production facility.
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  • Financial Services and Risk Analysis

    Financial services are a central element of our economic system and are consequently subject to social changes. The shift in demographics, for example, has significant impacts on retirement provisions and health care costs. The Faculty of Mathematics and Economics at Ulm University researches ideal structures of financial and insurance markets and product design with regards to macrosocial developments.
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  • Haematology and Oncology

    Ulm University has always been committed to conducting cutting-edge research into the haematopoietic system and leukaemias. Medical experts and basic research scientists strive to advance the understanding of the mechanisms of disease generation and identify new therapeutic target structures for personalised treatments. Another research focus is the ageing of haematopoietic stem cells, which is also associated with pathological processes.
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Strategic Research and Development Areas

  • Highly Automated Driving

    Engineers, computer scientists and psychologists at Ulm University have joined forces to work on the autonomous vehicle of the future. These cars are supposed to safely navigate through traffic without any intervention from the driver. They may even warn each other about traffic jams or dangers.
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  • Human – Technology Interaction

    Technological development is progressing rapidly; user-friendliness, however, often falls by the wayside. At Ulm University, computer scientists, engineers and psychologists are transferring central cognitive skills of humans to technical systems. The aim is for technical systems, such as smartphones, cars and cameras, to become partner-like service providers that adjust to the skills and needs of their users. 
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  • Neurodegeneration

    Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are widespread age-related diseases of the human nervous system. In addition, less widespread but equally devastating neurodegenerative diseases exist – these include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and Huntington’s disease (HD). Ulm University is conducting intensive research to improve diagnostics and to develop therapeutic strategies for all of these intractable neurological disorders.
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  • Quantum Technology

    The understanding and utilisation of the laws of quantum physics pave the way to future technologies like the quantum computer, high-performance sensors and optimised imaging techniques. The interdisciplinary group of researchers focuses on quantum technology in order to master these quantum systems and their application. 
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  • Sensor Technology / Smart Sensing Systems

    High-performance sensors afford us unimagined insights into to human body. It is expected that in future we can even see the structures of individual biomolecules. The research and application of novel sensor systems at Ulm University, however, goes beyond biosciences and medical diagnostics. Materials science, for example, benefits also.
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  • Trauma Research

    Ulm University is one of Germany's strongest players in this relatively young discipline. Trauma research in Ulm focuses both on advancing the understanding and treatment of physical trauma as it occurs, for example, in severe traffic and work accidents as well as psychological trauma as experienced by war refugees, victims of violence or abused children. Scientists and physicians from University, University Medical Centre and strong partner institutions have formed a tight collaborative network for this purpose.
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National Research Collaborations

  • Clusters of Excellence

    Ulm University was successful in the excellence strategy and has acquired a cluster of excellence in the field of battery research. From January 2019, the Cluster of Excellence "Post Lithium Storage" (POLiS) will receive funding of around seven million euros per year.

  • Bund-Länder Initiative "Innovative University"

    The goal of the InnoSÜD university network is to enable sustainable exchange between science, industry and society with innovative transfer formats. As part of the Initiative Innovative University, the universities of applied sciences Biberach and Ulm and Neu-Ulm as well as Ulm University and the company TriCAT have joined forces. Together they want to create a dynamic innovation system that positions the Donau-Iller-Riß region as a link between the metropolises of Stuttgart and Munich among Europe's most competitive and innovative regions.

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centres

    At Ulm University four Collaborative Research Centres are currently funded by the DFG.

  • DFG Research Units

    At Ulm University the following Research Units are funded by the DFG.

  • DFG Priority Programmes

    At Ulm University the Priority Programme "CRISPR-Cas functions beyond defence" is coordinated.

  • BMBF

    At Ulm University, about one hundred BMBF collaborative projects are funded. As an example successful projects under the overall coordination of Ulm University are listed.

International Research

Early Career Programmes

  • Doctoral programmes

    Ulm University offers a variety of structured doctoral programmes.

  • Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups of the DFG

  • Heisenberg Programme of the DFG

    At Ulm University, the DFG funds the following Heisenberg Professorships.

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship

    Dr Jun Huang | Institute of Theoretical Chemistry

    "Deciphering the Metal-Oxide-Electrolyte Interface for Electrochemical Water Splitting by Combining Density Functional Theory, Mean-Field and Microkinetic Modeling"

  • Max Eder Junior Research Group of the German Cancer Aid

    PD Dr. Dr. Patrick Herrmann | Department of Internal Medicine I

Contract Research

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