Cooperative Research Initiatives

Scholars and scientists from three universities in Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been cooperating across disciplinary and institutional lines for years.

The research performed as part of the alliance among Berlin’s universities is spurred by the engagement and dedication of the scholars and scientists at all of the higher education institutions. They are the driving force behind the big projects and areas of emphasis and a large number of further initiatives.

The interdisciplinary research network between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and research institutions not affiliated with academia has been growing for decades. It forms the basis for important research findings, new ways of looking at things, and transferring knowledge to industry and society at large. Scientists and scholars look beyond the boundaries of specific disciplines and institutions and work together to seek out solutions to the challenges of our time.

This cooperation is practiced in various places, such as the Clusters of Excellence and the many Collaborative Research Centers operated by the higher education institutions in Berlin. Graduate schools to support junior scholars and scientists – which are often also supported by multiple partners – are an important part of the cooperative research activities of Berlin’s universities.

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Successful Together

Researchers working in Berlin tell what scientific and academic cooperation means to them. 

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Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott

Director, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl

Deputy Director of the Excellence Cluster NeuroCure, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Drieß

Spokesperson for the Excellence Cluster Unicat, Technische Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Martina Löw

Head of Planning and Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Volker Mehrmann

Director, Matheon Research Center, Technische Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer

Director, Topoi Cluster of Excellence, Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner

Professor of Urban Anthropology and Humen-Environmental Relations, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Deputy Director, IRI THESys 

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Prof. Dr. Christine Sers

Molecular Biologist, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Caren Tischendorf

Professor of Applied Mathematics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Deputy Director, Transregio 154 CRC