Bielefeld University

The University

In numbers:
24,000 students
113 areas of study
13 faculties
2,750 employees (of which 264 professors and 1,380 academic staff)
established in 1969

Bielefeld University is a campus university, where all buildings are interconnected. This architecture is practical for the rainy days of autumn, but more importantly, it underscores and facilitates the spirit of interdisciplinary which is the leitmotif of research and education at Bielefeld University.
To promote this interdisciplinary/multidisciplinarity, the university founded two large institutions: the Center for interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) and the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) which plays a key role within the CLIB-Graduate Cluster.
The university has an international office, with specific offers for international PhD students and information about Bielefeld University and the town of Bielefeld.

The Faculty
Most of the CLIB-Graduate Cluster Faculty in Bielefeld is based at the CeBiTec. All professors also hold chairs at either the Faculty of Biology or the Faculty of Technology of Bielefeld University. Students of the CLIB-Graduate Cluster in Bielefeld are supervised by 11 professors and 6 group leaders.
See the complete list of faculty for an overview.

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Members of the CLIB-GC at Bielefeld University

The Student Speakers

Vera Ortseifen and Anna Korsanzka are the student speakers in Bielefeld (2015/2016).

The CeBiTec
The CeBiTecis a central scientific institution at Bielefeld University dedicated to interdisciplinary research in life sciences. It is a place to encourage and support the creation of innovative projects that cross discipline boundaries. For this purpose it consolidates research activities in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, genome research, systems biology, biochemistry, nano- and biophysics, as well as bioinformatics and computer science. It is located on the campus of Bielefeld University, in a new building inaugurated in 2007. It comprises four institutes, three of which are involved in the CLIB-Graduate Cluster.

The Institute for Genome Research and Systems Biology is a platform dedicated to support the development and implementation of joint research projects at the Center for Biotechnology. The main objectives of the institute are the coordination of interdisciplinary research projects, the organisation of workshops and seminars, and the presentation of activities and results of the research groups involved.

The Institute for Bioinformatics is a forum for communication and joint research in Bioinformatics and Biomathematics at Bielefeld University. The main tasks of the institute are the coordination of interdisciplinary research projects, the organisation of workshops and seminars, and the presentation of the activities and results of the involved research groups.

The Institute of Biochemistry and Bioengineering (BioChemTech) has been founded in order to complement the existing activities at CeBiTec. BioChemTech has many interfaces for joint activities with scientists both from inside and outside the CeBiTec. Twelve research groups together founded BioChemTech in 2006.
Biochemical research at BioChemTech of the CeBiTec includes scientific projects from the center of biochemistry, e.g. on structure and function of proteins (with special emphasis on membrane proteins), lipids (membrane trafficking and fusion) and carbohydrates (heparan sulfate proteoglycans as regulators of signal transduction). Furthermore, biophysical chemistry, structural biochemistry, chemical biology and mass spectrometry introduce technological platforms to the BioChemTech. The activities in the area of biotechnology at BioChemTech comprise molecular, cellular, and bioprocess engineering - in particular, genetic engineering of recombinant proteins and plasmid DNA for medical purposes, including bioprocess development, large-scale production, downstream processing, and biocatalysis.

The Town

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View over Bielefeld
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is the major city in Eastern Westphalia and with almost 330,000 inhabitants one of the twenty largest cities in Germany. It is located 200 km north-east of Cologne and 400 km west of Berlin, on the high-speed train link between the two cities. The same railway connects it to the Rhine and Ruhr-Areas with the cities of Dortmund and Duesseldorf.
Bielefeld is a modern city, where the old market square contrasts with recent, modern architecture and where urban and rural landscapes make for an interesting change of pace.
It is overlooked by the medieval Sparrenburg castle.

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Sparrenburg castle, Bielefeld
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Bielefeld is located close to the Teutoburg forest, the dense woodland where the tribes who lived in this area 2000 years ago stopped the expansion of the Roman Empire towards the east. Today, the area comprises two national parks and is a favourite weekend destination for recreation.

Visit the website of the town of Bielefeld, or download the Bielefeld City Guide.