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Research Profile - Transdisciplinary Research Areas


Research Profile - Transdisciplinary Research Areas

For over 200 years, the University of Bonn has been synonymous with excellence in science and research. Its founding professors established their Alma Mater as a research university that strives to answer pressing questions around science, society and technology. Today, researchers, teaching staff and junior researchers all profit from a strong research profile and can rely on networks and collaborations throughout Germany and the world.

The University of Bonn ranks fourth in Germany in the Shanghai Ranking, which examines the strength of research, and ranks 87th globally. Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking 2020 places the University of Bonn as 9th best in Germany and 105th world-wide. These rankings indicate Bonn’s continued development and acceleration, moving up in rank consistently over the last eight years.

Prestigious awards for researchers at the University of Bonn also testify for its excellent 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 Fields Medal, the Noble Prize for mathematics. In 2018, Peter Scholze also received this highly prestigious medal. On top of this, over the last decade, 10 researchers in Bonn have received a Leibniz Prize.

To attain and sustain this level of success, an innovative research culture is necessary. Rigid subject areas give way to transdisciplinary approaches that go beyond faculty structures. Over the years, this has successfully lead to the development of six interlinked areas of research – Transdisciplinary Research Areas. Each has a Cluster of Excellence at its core.

Transdisciplinary Research Areas

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