Boasting one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as a lively start-up scene, Cologne is the economic and scientific centre of the Rhineland region. In addition to 21 universities, the city is home to numerous internationally renowned research institutions, such as the Max Planck Institute and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).In an interview, Matthias Maurer from the DLR, talks about his work, research in orbit on board the ISS and the proposed LUNA facility on the site of the European Astronaut System in Cologne. He also tells us why ...
Boasting one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as a lively start-up scene, Cologne is the economic and scientific centre of the Rhineland region. In addition to 21 universities, the city is home to numerous internationally renowned research institutions, such as the Max Planck Institute and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).In an interview, Matthias Maurer from the DLR, talks about his work, research in orbit on board the ISS and the proposed LUNA facility on the site of the European Astronaut System in Cologne. He also tells us why Cologne plays such an important role in his research, but where his favourite spot is in the city.
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. Here, European astronauts train for the International Space Station (ISS) as well as missions to the moon. A testing and training facility called LUNA is currently under construction at the site. The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, completes the trio of aeronautics and space.
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 21 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.
Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Almost 50,000 students graduate from the university with over half of them staying in Cologne and contributing to the city's future. 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 the majority 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) sees itself as a University of Technology, Arts and Sciences. It provides students and scientists from Germany and abroad with an inspirational learning, working and research environment in the social, cultural, engineering and natural sciences. The TH Köln was founded in 1971 as the University of Applied Sciences and is one of the most innovative universities for applied sciences.
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.
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.