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Cluster of Excellence

The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface

The ocean floor, which makes up 71 % of the Earth’s solid surface, lies an average of 3,700 meters beneath the ocean surface. The Cluster of Excellence „The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface“ aims to initiate a new chapter in ocean-floor research by quantifying exchange processes at this significant boundary layer and their roles in the Earth system. These scientific tasks demand the use of novel technologies for ocean-floor observation and sampling, highly sensitive analytical methods, and an expanded application of numerical models.



Contradiction Studies – Constellations, Heuristics and Concepts of the Contradictory

The doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of this Research Training Group explore how individuals, groups, institutions, and states deal with abstract demands for freedom from contradiction and thereby develop forms, procedures, and concepts for tolerating contradiction. Constellations of contradiction, the avoidance of contradiction, contradictoriness, and practices of contradiction are explored systematically and in a team-oriented way. The Research Training Group straddles perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and law, with a particular interest in postcolonially oriented discussions surrounding the cosmopolitization of knowledge production. The Research Training Group’s program was developed by 12 researchers at the University of Bremen from within the collaborative research platform »Worlds of Contradiction«

Arbeitsgruppe im Freien auf dem Rasen

Social Dynamics of the Self

In this collaborative Research Training Group jointly run by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen doctoral researchers study the interactions between individuals and their social environment. Whether culture, gender, social class or family: all human beings are exposed to systematic influences that shape them and their actions. These in turn have an impact on the social relationships and conditions in which everyone moves, and will in the long-term lead to social changes. These dynamic interactions and their consequences are analyzed in the dissertation projects of this RTG.

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Quantum Mechanical Materials Modelling QM3

University of Bremen, Jacobs University and University of Oldenburg and MPIHH have established a strong combination of Quantum Mechanical Materials Modelling  expertise from condensed matter theory to quantum chemistry and from ab initio methods to model Hamiltonians and force fields. On this basis, the RTG aims to build a uniquely interdisciplinary research and training environment, which combines the most important directions in quantum mechanical materials modelling from physics and chemistry in a structured doctoral program.

Prof. Dr. Alfred K. Louis (Universität des Saarlandes) bei der Eröffnungsveranstaltung des RTG am 16. März 2016

∏³ : Parameter Identification - Analysis, Algorithms, Implementations

This research training group focusses on problems in parameter identification which are at the core of a large variety of applications in natural sciences, life sciences, and engineering as well as in industrial applications. This rich field of science presents a multitude of challenges in several fields of mathematical and applied research. More precisely, the endeavour to develop, analyse, and optimise models and algorithms for deterministic parameter identification problems, which are formulated as high-dimensional minimisation problems for non-linear functionals, is the guiding principle of this RTG.

Einzelheiten zu einem Bohrkern aus der Arktis

ArcTrain - Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic

The International Research Training Group ArcTrain "Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic" provides a structured interdisciplinary environment for the education of PhD students to tackle the challenge of accelerated environmental change in the Arctic realm. The group combines the strength in marine geosciences and environmental physics in Bremen with complementary skills of a consortium of eight Canadian partner universities.

Berechnung der Bahnkurve eines Teilchens um ein schwarzes Loch
Berechnung der Bahnkurve eines Teilchens um ein schwarzes Loch

Models of Gravity

The Research Training Group ''Models of Gravity'' deals with questions related to gravity. We attempt to obtain a better understanding of Einstein's General Relativity and of generalised theories of gravity. Such generalisations arise in the low energy limit of candidate theories of quantum gravity like e.g. string theory. These investigations also have practical applications like, for instance, the precise calculations of stellar and satellite orbits or the ticking rates of clocks on satellites orbiting the Earth which is the basis of the daily used GPS. Within the framework of this Research Training Group there will be an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration between physicists, mathematicians as well as space scientists. This collaborative research initiative comprises the universities Bremen and Oldenburg who are the leading partners and the Jacobs University Bremen and the Universities Bielefeld, Hannover and Copenhagen.


Micro-, meso- and macroporous nonmetallic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications MIMENIMA

The exceptional research idea of MIMENIMA is the conditioning of novel porous ceramic structures and their surfaces for applications in important emerging fields of energy, environmental, chemical processing, bio- and space technology. An interdisciplinary team of materials scientists, physicists, chemists, biotechnological, mechanical or chemical engineers work together on this challenging topic.


Collaborative Research Centres CRC

Global Dynamics of Social Policy

CRC 1342
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger, University of Bremen


Artic Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and Surface Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch, University of Leipzig
Vice Speaker: Prof. Dr. Justus Notholt, University oft Bremen and Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell, University of Cologne


Function-Oriented Manufacturing Based on Characteristic Process Signatures

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Karpuschewski


Everyday Activity Science and Engineering EASE

CRC 1320
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Beetz, University of Bremen


Energy transfers in Atmosphere and Oceans

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Carsten Eden, University of Hamburg
Vice Speaker: Prof. Dr. Monika Rhein, University of Bremen


Priority Programmes

Tropical climate variability and coral reefs. A past to future perspective on current rates of change at ultra-high resolution

SPP 2299
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Felis, Universität Bremen/MARUM - Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften

Tropical climate variability and coral reefs. A past to future perspective on current rates of change at ultra-high resolution

Reinhart Koselleck Projects

Universal Conscription, the Military, and Welfare State Development in Europe

Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger, Faculty 08: Social Sciences


PolyVer: Polynomial Verification of Electronic Circuits

Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler, Faculty 03: Mathematics/Computer Science


Emmy Noether Groups

Smart biomaterials from protein-based composite nanofibres

Dr. Dorothea Brüggemann, Faculty 01: Physics/Electrical Engineering



Automata for Semi-Structured Data

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Maneth, Faculty 3: Mathematics/Computer Science

Glyco-Carbon Cycling in the Ocean

Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Faculty 2: Biology/Chemistry, MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

Comparative, modelling-based investigations of pharmaceutical adsorption in zeolites

Dr. Michael Fischer, Faculty 5: Geosciences