Four main research areas

Ideas for the future

In many disciplines the UDE ranks amongst the TOP 10 of German research universities. Over the past three years, research income has risen by 150 percent, a development which is also thanks to the main research areas: Nano­sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems and Change of Contemporary Societies.


Nanoscience is considered to be one of the key issues in technology today. The University of Duisburg-Essen has an outstanding network of experts in this interdisciplinary field, with a reputation that extends far beyond the local region.

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Biomedical Sciences

Hippocrates knew that "Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue". Disease has many causes, and, in spite of advances in modern biomedicine, it is still difficult to combat.

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Urban Systems

There are few better places for the University of Duisburg-Essen's interdisciplinary main research area of Urban Systems to be situated than in one of the largest conurbations in Europe.

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Transformation of Contemporary Societies

Societies must cope with change on many levels, including social interaction, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Today, these changes are taking place under the conditions of a globalised, networked world.

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