University of Duesseldorf

The University
In numbers:
30,000 students
5 faculties
4381 employees (300 professors, 2901 academic staff)
established in 1966

The University of Duesseldorf has its roots in the medical academy of Duesseldorf, which was expanded to a full university in 1966. In 1989, the university was named after Duesseldorf’s most famous son: the German poet and writer Heinrich Heine. The University of Duesseldorf aims to expand its strengths to compete with the best institutes around the world in selected areas. The education of its students is a special focus, both in academic and additional skills education. Heinrich Heine as namesake reminds everyone to live up to the ideals of tolerance, respect for minorities and European partnership.

The University of Duesseldorf has an international welcome center which offers advice to students from abroad.

The Faculty
A variety of institutes from the University of Duesseldorf take part in the CLIB-Graduate Cluster, mainly from the departments of biology and chemistry, but also pharmacy and computer science. At Duesseldorf, biocatalysis and expression are the two focal areas pursued within the Graduate Cluster. These involve many different institutes and indeed biocatalysis has been selected as one of three main areas of research for the department of biology and its partners across the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences.

Some of the labs taking part in the CLIB-Graduate Cluster are based at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZ Juelich).

This world-renowned research institution is part of the Helmholtz-Society and is located in the town of Juelich, about 70 km west of Duesseldorf. With its more than 5,500 employees and over 200 cooperation partners in Germany an abroad, it is one of the largest institutions in Europe. 1300 scientists are employed at the nine research facilities, and almost 1000 guest scientists come to do their research at the institution. Four main research areas are being pursued at FZ Juelich: health, energy and environment, information, and key technologies.
Two institutes of the University are located on the FZ Juelich campus: the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBOC) and the Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology (IMET). These are complemented by two institutes from the FZ Juelich itself: the subdivisions of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences 1; Biotechnology (IBG-1), formerly known as Biotechnology 1 and 2 (IBT-1 and IBT-2).
All four institutes together are grouped in the ZMB (Centre of Molecular Biology).

In total, the CLIB-Graduate Cluster faculty at University of Duesseldorf currently comprises 13 professors and 10 junior group leaders. For more about our faculty at University of Duesseldorf, please see the complete faculty list.
CLIB-GC members from Duesseldorf
Student speakers
The student speakers for 2015/2016 at our Düsseldorf site are Pia Skozinski and Marianne Schulte.

The Towns

Duesseldorf Skyline of Duesseldorf's Old Town. is the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German state.
It counts 585,000 inhabitants, of which about 100,000 are foreigners. Duesseldorf is situated on the river Rhine and well connected to the German and European highway and railway networks. Duesseldorf International Airport is located close to the city.
The Bridge over the Rhine. large university in the south of the city and the presence of many international companies mean that Duesseldorf caters both to a young and varied population. Many of its cultural attractions, museums, music and theatre are well-reputed. The old town is renowned for its bars and breweries.

Discover Duesseldorf: city tourism website.

Juelich is a small town of 33,000 inhabitants, about 70 km west of Duesseldorf. It combines the old and the new: the old citadel and a renaissance town layout with high-tech research. Academics have a strong presence in town, which is home to both the Research Centre and a campus of the large Aachen University of Applied Sciences. Juelich is situated 30 km northeast of Aachen and only half an hour away from the tripoint of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.