Central Research Units (CRU) are independent of any particular faculty and fall directly under the responsibility of the University of Bremen’s Academic Senate. Prerequisites for being granted CRU status are that objectives and tasks are of an interdisciplinary or cross-institutional nature, the existence of a common thematic focus, and that the object of research is of central strategic significance to the University of Bremen. Central Research Units are usually established for an initial period of seven years. Prolongations, generally of five-year duration, can only be granted subsequent to successful evaluation. In 2009 and 2010 all the CRUs at the University were re-evaluated and some were discontinued.

artec Research Center for Sustainability Studies

The Research Center for Sustainability Studies (artec) was set up in 1989 as a center for research on work and technology. The research unit is made up of professors from several different Faculties who join together in interdisciplinary research on issues of sustainability from social, economic, and ecological perspectives. Scientific consultancy is aimed at promoting sustainable developments in accordant fields of action. More

ISIS Integrated Solutions in Sensorial Structure Engineering

ISIS stands for Integrated Solutions in Sensorial Structure Engineering. This research unit bundles the University’s competence in the integration of sensors in engineering components with that of several extra-mural research institutes. The work covers all aspects of the topic, from conceptualization, through materials engineering, up to manufacturing processes, data processing, and energy supply. Via fundamental as well as applied research, ISIS advances the technological development of innovative potentials with regard to safety, cost efficiency, lightweight construction and human-machine interaction. More

ITB Institute Technology and Education

The Institute Technology and Education at the University of Bremen has been conducting research in the area of vocational training and education for more than 20 years. Currently employing a staff of 70 persons, it is among the largest independent research establishments in its field worldwide. The work carried out at ITB involves cooperation between experts in the fields of vocational education, engineering, sociology and cultural studies, psychology, economics and occupational science. Much of the research is undertaken in international cooperation and research networks. More

SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy

SOCIUM is the only German research institute in social sciences which deals with theoretical and empirical questions of inequality, social policies and their social and political interdependencies. The interdisciplinary research focuses on the social, economic, political, cultural, organizational, legal, historical and sociomedical conditions and effects of social inequality, public social policies and their interdependencies. The research includes a mix of sociology, political and health sciences, economics and legal aspects. More

UFT Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology

The UFT perceives its mission in the scale-crossing development of environmentally compatible processes and products as well as in assessing and minimizing their environmental risks. Ecologically friendly and environmentally compatible products and processes in a healthy environment describe the vision of the UFT. The centre maintains numerous national and international cooperation projects with research institutions and industry. More

ZKW Center for Cognitive Science

The Center of Cognitive Science (ZKW) is an interdisciplinary research institute comprising researchers from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer Science, the engineering sciences and Philosophy. They examine cognitive functions such as perception, memory and behavior. As the manifold cerebral processes that enable us to see, act and remember unfold in interaction on numerous spatial and temporal scales, gaining an understanding of cerebral processes calls for close cooperation across several different areas of research. The ZKW ensures this type of interdisciplinary collaboration. More

The ZWE Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) and the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) are presented on the pages of the Excellence Initiative.