Funded by the German Research Foundation DFG

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.


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


DFG Research Training Groups

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 twelve 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 lead in the long-term to social changes. These dynamic interactions and their consequences are analyzed in the dissertation projects of this group.

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Quantum Mechanical Materials Modelling QM3

In this Research Training Group, PhD students from the University of Bremen, Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Oldenburg, and the Max Planck Institute Hamburg are trained in theoretical computer-aided electron structure methods in physics and chemistry. The aim is to develop completely new methods that allow a better understanding of the properties of nanomaterials and interfaces.

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

∏³ : Parameter Identification - Analysis, Algorithms, Implementations

Mathematics is a universal language which, like no other science, is suitable for making even the most complex problems of the most diverse origins manageable by reducing them to their essentials. For numerous problems of parameter identification, this leads to deterministic, high-dimensional, and non-linear models. In the Research Training Group, we focus on problems that are essentially modeled by minimizing appropriate objective functionals. We pursue different mathematical approaches to this problem, which, however, show numerous analytical cross-connections and lead to comparable algorithmic challenges.

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 where they can tackle the challenge of accelerated environmental change in the Arctic. The group combines the strengths 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 Models of Gravity Research Training Group is concerned with questions of gravitation. It is intended to lead to a better understanding of the structure of Einstein's General Relativity and its generalizations. Such generalizations inevitably arise as low energy limits in the quantization of gravity. Within the framework of the Research Training Group, there is an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration between physics, mathematics, and space science, as well as a close cooperation between the lead universities Bremen and Oldenburg, and the Jacobs University Bremen as well as the universities of Hannover, Bielefeld, and Copenhagen.


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

The pioneering research idea of MIMENIMA is the conditioning of novel, porous ceramic structures and their surface for use in important areas of energy, environmental, process, and space technology. An interdisciplinary team of materials scientists, physicists, chemists, biotechnologists, and mechanical and process engineers is working together on this challenging research area.


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