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  • 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

Cologne has long counted as one Europe’s largest and most innovative scientific regions. Boasting some 100,000 students and more than 40,000 science-related jobs, it is also one of Germany’s most important university and research centres. In addition to 14 universities, the city is also home to numerous internationally-renowned research organisations. One of Cologne’s key strengths is the knowledge transfer into the economy that this enables. As a result, the city creates a wealth of employment opportunities at the interface between science and ...

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Cologne has long counted as one Europe’s largest and most innovative scientific regions. Boasting some 100,000 students and more than 40,000 science-related jobs, it is also one of Germany’s most important university and research centres. In addition to 14 universities, the city is also home to numerous internationally-renowned research organisations. One of Cologne’s key strengths is the knowledge transfer into the economy that this enables. As a result, the city creates a wealth of employment opportunities at the interface between science and business.

The University of Cologne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. With six faculties, 102 subjects, ten interdisciplinary research and teaching centres, close cooperation with the University Hospital Cologne and the renowned Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association research facilities, the University of Cologne enjoys an outstanding international and national reputation.

Research specialisations 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

The Cologne Science Forum (KWR) promotes the region’s scientific and economic potential. Representatives of Cologne’s universities and research institutions, the City of Cologne and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) cooperate to strengthen and improve Cologne’s image as a knowledge-centric and forward-looking city. The CCB welcomes this initiative and is cooperating closely with the KWR. Th e slogan for the 2017 KWR theme year, during which numerous events will be held, is “Alles im Fluss – Lebensader Wasser” (flowing nicely - water the artery of life).

Special focus: we interview Professor Ribbe and Professor Adli. The two Cologne-based scientists talk about their attitudes to water and language and reveal why they feel at home in Cologne.

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59 clinics and institutes at the University Hospital provide almost every conceivable medical service. Numerous different professional groups are involved in ensuring cutting edge medicine is available to the public. On the hospital campus, patients are treated using new research and methods resulting from state-of-the-art research. Thanks to the Max Planck Institute for Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD), the University Hospital provides an unrivalled opportunities for interdisciplinary research as well as an excellent working environment for scientists and graduate scientists. Another important research centre on the campus is the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC). Here clinicians and researchers investigate the causes of cardiac and vascular diseases, cancer, inflammatory, infectious and neurodegenerative disorders at the molecular level. Their findings provide a better understanding of causative disease mechanisms. Using these findings, the University Hospital’s Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) was able to develop new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of lung cancer that have been successfully used to treat a large number of patients.

Headquartered in Cologne, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been Germany’s research centre for aerospace, energy and transport for over 100 years. Research is carried out into environmentally-friendly technologies, life in space, safety solutions and new methods of communication. Unique to Cologne, the envihab (environment habitat) is the DLR’s large-scale air and aerospace research facility.

The European Astronaut Center (EAC) is also located on the DLR site. Starting 2017, it is also possible to put on events and workshops at the EAC. For this purpose, the EAC offers plenty of „space“, in the foyer, in the seminar room or in the astronaut training hall. The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, completes Cologne’s trio of aviation and space travel organisations. The agency has been located on the banks of the Rhine for a year.

TH Köln, founded in 1971 as the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, offers German and foreign students and academics specializing in social, cultural, social, engineering and the natural sciences an inspiring learning, working and research environment. At present, more than 25,000 students are enrolled in more than 90 undergraduate and master study programmes. Some 1,700 people work at the university. TH Köln is shaping social innovation and meeting the challenges of our time. Interdisciplinary thinking and action as well as regional, national and international activities make the TH Köln an esteemed partner for cooperation and innovation in many areas.

The German Sport University Cologne combines education, international research and high-level sport. It is not only Germany’s only sports university but also the largest in terms of scientific institutes, scientific disciplines and registered students. Currently, the „SpoHo“, as it is known as, offers a truly unique environment for more than 6,000 students from 70 countries and around 870 employees.

An overview of all universities and research institutions can be found here.

An overview of current scientific events can be found in our event calendar.

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University of Cologne © Axel Schulten, KölnTourismus GmbH
University Hospital © Universitätsklinikum Köln
European Astronaut Center © Axel Schulten, KölnTourismusGmbH
Cologne University of Applied Sciences © Heike Fischer,m TH Köln
Science at CMMK © Axel Schulten, KölnTourismus GmbH
German Sport University Cologne © Peter Sondermann, DSHS

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’.

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