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Research Profile - Key Profile Areas

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Research Profile - Key Profile Areas

For nearly 200 years, the University of Bonn has been synonymous with excellence in science and research. Its founding Professors established their Bonn Alma Mater as a research university that strives to answer questions about science, society and technology. Today, researchers, teaching staff and junior researchers profit from this strong research profile and can rely on science networks and cooperation’s throughout Germany and the world.

Bonn University ranks seventh in Germany in the Shanghai-Ranking, which examines strength of research. Internationally it is among the top 100. Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking 2018 places the University of Bonn as 10th best in Germany and 100th world-wide. These rankings indicate Bonn’s continued development and acceleration, moving up in rank consistently over the last eight years.

High ranking awards for researchers at the University also testify for its good international reputation and outstanding quality of research. Physicist Wolfgang Paul and Economist Reinhard Selten both received a Nobel Prize for their work. Mathematician Gerd Faltings was the first German winner of the prestigious Fields Medal, the Noble Prize for mathematics. In 2018, University of Bonn's Peter Scholze also received the highly prestigious medal. On top of this, over the last decade, 10 researchers in Bonn have received the Leibniz Award.

To attain and sustain this level of success, an innovative research culture is necessary. Rigid subject areas give way to interdisciplinary approaches that go beyond faculty structures. Over the years, this has successfully lead to the development of six interlinked areas of research – the key profile areas:

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