Maybe not all roads lead to Duisburg-Essen. But many do. The UDE attracts inventors and technicians, number jugglers and word artists.
We research and teach to develop sustainable designs and solutions for our ever-changing society. We can access a vast pool of knowledge from our eleven departments to find solutions for questions like: What would a sustainable energy supply look like? How does globalization affect our lives?
What can we do to better diagnose and heal diseases with new methods and drugs? Which new opportunities for industry and everyday life do new materials provide? Which ways lead to a successful education system that is internationally competitive? The UDE offers an environment for established as well as aspiring scientists that allows for personal development and progress.
In research associations and various projects of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the EU, we practice excellent fundamental as well as applied research. We think in terms of teamwork, but also create freedom. Because outstanding results are often also based on the accomplishments of single scientists.
But most importantly, research at the UDE does not happen in a vacuum. We deliberately interlock research and teaching as closely as we can. Scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen share their insights and results immediately with the students. In this way, we build a giant internal web of scientific knowledge that everyone can and should log into. We want to provide incentives for the brightest minds to take the path to Duisburg-Essen. Today and in the future.
Research: Promoting young academics
On the way to the top: In past years, we have continually improved our research results, and now belong to the group of universities with the strongest research profiles in Germany. We especially count on young academics. The chance of getting a junior professorship is great for hopeful talents at UDE. Since 2008 our young scientists have also drawn attention in Emmy Noether-Research Groups, and furthermore have won several Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. Talents, of course, need role models. Someone like Prof. Dr. Marc Levine, who came to Duisburg-Essen in 2009 as one of the first four Alexander von Humboldt-Professors. Or like the UDE-scientists that have been awarded a European Research Council Grant (ERC-Grant) by the European Research Council. Or like our dedicated scientists who are members of the review boards of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Together we have increased our disbursed third-party funds by over 50% to about 110 million euros since 2007. In this way, we have gained ten points in the DFG-research ranking. We are proud of our accomplishments. But not nearly satisfied.