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International Science City Bonn

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Bonn is one of Germany’s growth regions and, despite the fact that more than 18 years have now elapsed since the parliament and much of the government moved to Berlin, it is more international than ever. When the parliament moved away, Bonn did not bury its head in the sand. On the contrary, Bonn has continued to pursue its goal of becoming an international hub for research and sustainable development with as much dedication as ever – and with no small success as the facts prove. 

Science City

Apart from the University of Bonn and the four universities of applied science in the region, there are numerous research institutions situated in Bonn, such as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Max Planck Society and many other important institutes like the Centre of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) which focuses on user-oriented basic research in the neurosciences. Other outstanding research institutes include the Life & Brain research center and the newly founded Helmholtz Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

In addition, Bonn also hosts the most important science organizations: The German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


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UN City Bonn

In recent years, Bonn flourished internationally due to the United Nations (UN) organizations located in the city. With 19 UN institutions, Bonn is these days one of the most important UN locations in Europe and a research hub for sustainable development. Next to the Vice-Rectorate in Europe of the United Nations University, two further UNU institutes have been established in Bonn.

The University of Bonn and the UNU initiated a joint Master Program “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”, and researchers from both universities collaborate closely in a wide range of research projects.


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Sustainability Hub Bonn

The multitude of research institutions and international organizations are a special strength and a unique feature of the city of Bonn. In this context, the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research was founded on November 15, 2017 as part of the World Climate Change Conference. The regional research network encompasses BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS), the University of the United Nations – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the University of Bonn, with its faculties and the Center for Development Research (ZEF). Its goal is to further strengthen research in the field of sustainable development and global change. Furthermore, it helps to interlink and expand the existing interdisciplinary competence on sustainability in Bonn. The common goal is to establish the Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB).

This results in numerous opportunities for cooperation on future-relevant topics of sustainability research. The Bonn Alliance focuses on three initial research priorities: “Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence”, “Migration and Mobility” and “Bioeconomy”.

The ICB aims to bundle the existing top scientific expertise on sustainability research in Bonn and to develop it into a unique global science center with new components. Sustainability research should take place in a direct exchange and dialogue with politics, society and economy from the local to the global level.



Brochure: Die Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie der Stadt Bonn (in German language)


Further Information

► Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research / Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB)

► General-Anzeiger Bonn: Rat beschließt Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie (in German language)



International Office
Dr. Kai Sicks, Director
Phone: +49 228 73-5950


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