Well connected. Science in Cologne.

  • The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is situated on the University Hospital Cologne campus very close to the CECAD and CMMC research facilities. © Axel Schulten
    The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is situated on the University Hospital Cologne campus very close to the CECAD and CMMC research facilities. © Axel Schulten

With around 100,000 students and a lively start-up culture, Cologne is the economic and scientific centre of the Rhineland region. In addition to 17 universities, the area is also home to numerous internationally renowned research institutions, with knowledge transfer to industry playing a key role. Successful transfer structures include the GATEWAY start-up service, the university start-up network cologne e.V. and the Digital Hub Cologne. Boasting excellence status, Germany's largest university, the University of Cologne, is not only ...

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With around 100,000 students and a lively start-up culture, Cologne is the economic and scientific centre of the Rhineland region. In addition to 17 universities, the area is also home to numerous internationally renowned research institutions, with knowledge transfer to industry playing a key role. Successful transfer structures include the GATEWAY start-up service, the university start-up network cologne e.V. and the Digital Hub Cologne. Boasting excellence status, Germany's largest university, the University of Cologne, is not only celebrating its selection as the Excellence Start-up Center.NRW this year, but also its 100th anniversary: Congratulations!

University turns 100!

The University of Cologne reopened its doors for the first time on the 12th of June 1919, giving the city a new citizens’ university that celebrated openness and diversity. Today, the University of Cologne enjoys an excellent reputation and comprises 6 faculties, 102 subjects, 10 cross-faculty research and teaching centres. Close cooperation exists between the University Hospital Cologne and the research facilities of the Max Planck and Helmholtz Associations.

Power of research

  • The Cluster of Excellence CECAD investigates the molecular mechanisms of ageing. The aim is to find new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of age-related diseases.
  • CEPLAS, a Cluster of Excellence for Plant Sciences, investigates how plants adapt to environmental conditions and how these findings can be applied to agriculture.
  • The GSSC also provides funding, researches the social, economic, political and cultural changes in the countries of the Global South with the aim of making these developments more visible and promoting new ways of meeting current and future global challenges.
  • CERES is a centre for interdisciplinary research, education and training as well as advice on socially relevant issues in the field of health and networks scientists from Germany and abroad.

Research focuses at a glance

  • Ageing and demographic change
  • Social and economic behaviour
  • Quantitative modelling of complex systems
  • Cultural and societal change
  • Social inequalities and intercultural education

University Hospital Cologne

The Cologne University Hospital’s 59 clinics and institutes offer almost the entire spectrum of medical services. With the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing and the Cluster of Excellence’s CECAD research centre, the University Hospital Cologne offers ideal conditions for interdisciplinary research and the education of scientists and science graduates. Together with the university hospitals in Aachen, Bonn and Düsseldorf, the hospital’s Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) is developing new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of various types of cancer. Founder and director of the CIO, Prof. Dr. Michael Hallek, talks to us in an interview about the importance of interactive networking between different disciplines for the optimal treatment of cancer patients.

A sciencecentred city!

The Cologne Science Round Table (KWR) is all about making scientific and economic potential visible. Representatives from all of Cologne’s universities and research institutions, supported by the City of Cologne and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, work together to strengthen and develop Cologne as a sustainable knowledgebased location. Through various events, KWR makes a wide range of informational opportunities available to local people.

Cologne University of Technology

The Cologne University of Technology (TH Köln) provides an inspirational learning, working and research environment in the social, cultural, engineering and natural sciences. Meeting the challenges of our time, the TH Köln shapes social innovation. Interdisciplinary thinking, as well as regional, national and international activities, make the TH Köln a valued partner and pioneer in many areas.

German Sport University Cologne

The German Sport University Cologne combines qualified teaching, international research and top-class sport at the highest level. It is the only sports university in Germany dedicated exclusively to sports and exercise.

German Aerospace Center

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is headquartered in Cologne. Among other things, it conducts research into technologies for energy system transformation, space exploration, new security solutions and new methods of communication. Through its Space Operations Centre, Cologne has a direct connection with space and, in cooperation with the European Space Agency ESA, DLR Aerospace Medicine supports astronauts such as Alexander Gerst before and after they travel into space.
The European Astronaut Centre (EAC) of ESA is also situated on the DLR site. International, as well as European astronauts, train for joint missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, completes the trio of aeronautics and space.

BioCampus Cologne

The BioCampus Cologne offers innovative technology companies an ideal environment for sustainable development. Cross-sector synergies in future industries such as life sciences, chemistry, ICT, engineering, energy and mobility fuel interdisciplinary cooperation, forming a perfect ecosystem for start-ups, SMEs and large companies. The BioCampus provides a powerful boost to Cologne as an innovative business location and is already one of the largest technology parks in Germany.

We provide an overview of all Cologne universities and research institutions. Up-to-date scientific events can be found in our calendar of events.

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Meeting Point Cologne

Cologne and its surrounding areas boast a long trading and industrial tradition. All in all, it’s home to a future-proof mix of industries. Find out more in our section ‚Meeting Point Cologne’.

The "Meeting Point Cologne" is comfortably readable as an e-paper. We would also be pleased to send you the magazine as a print brochure.

Also don't miss to read through our interviews with inspiring characters from the science and business sectors in Cologne.