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Central Research Units

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.

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artec Research Center for Sustainability Studies

artec Sustainability Research Centre is an interdisciplinary centre of Bremen University for research on issues of sustainability at the area of intersection of social, ecological and technological perspectives.

With our activities in research and consulting we aim at supporting sustainable developments in relevant national and international fields of action.

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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 30 years. Currently employing a staff of 50 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.


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, thus finding chemists, biologists and engineers under one roof. The centre maintains numerous national and international cooperation projects with research institutions and industry.

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BIGSSS Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The ZWE Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences BIGSSS are presented on the pages of the Excellence Initiative.


ZfLB (Center for Teacher Education)

The Center for Teacher Education is the central research unit at Bremen University that is responsible for sustaining and implementing research-based approaches in teacher education. Members from nine out of twelve faculties cooperate to achieve this goal in an interdisciplinary setting of subject and educational sciences with a number of external and international partners.


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.


ZeMKI Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research

ZeMKI, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research of the University of Bremen, deals with questions of change in media and communication. Its research focuses on deep mediatization, i.e. the interweaving of different areas of culture and society with digital media and related processes of datafication. The research uses various methods, including digital ones, and comprises communication and media studies, history, film studies, religious studies, sociology, political science, pedagogy and computer science.