As a University with an international outlook, with the adjacent technology park and several non-university partner institutes in its immediate vicinity, the University of Bremen is a powerhouse of interaction and inspiration. Its Central Research Development Funding and internal competition have a tradition spanning several decades of encouraging new ideas and bold approaches across the disciplines. We also facilitate potentially risky research with uncertain outcome, without making success a condition for supporting future research endeavours. The Institutional Strategy pursued within the German Excellence Initiative has created new opportunities for early-career researchers, for individual researchers in exploration projects, and for interdisciplinary approaches in small groups – so-called Creative Units. Internationality offers the opportunity to question things that are otherwise taken for granted. Aspects of gender and diversity can open up new perspectives in all fields of research. The University will continue to be open to internal and external impulses and prepared to face the challenge of constant change. Our aim is to be able to quickly translate viable ideas into structural changes and, if need be, also divest ourselves of old ideas.