Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities:

  • 8 schools
  • 29 Departments
  • 2 clusters of excellence: Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP), The Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI)
  • 10 Collaborative Research Centers (6 proper, 4 participatory)
  • 18 German Research Foundation (DFG) research groups (6 proper, 12 participatory)
  • 18 German Research Foundation (DFG) key research areas (17 participating, 1 coordinating)
  • 7 research training groups (1 international research training group)
  • 2 participations at the International Max Planck Research Schools
  • 1 participation at a Leibniz Graduate School
  • 1 Helmholtz Graduate School (PIER) (participatory)
  • 15 junior research groups (8 Emmy Noether Programmes)
  • 18 academic centers
  • 8 attached Institutions

The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of subjects and an extensive partner network with leading institutions on a regional, national and international scale.
Seven Professors of the University work in Arctic regions.

Excellent research: In 2007 Universität Hamburg received funding approval for a cluster of excellence in climate research as part of Germany's Excellence Initiative. The cluster "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP) is home to a center providing skills and training in climate research and earth system sciences.
Within this cluster of excellence an entire research unit is deeply involved into arctic and permafrost research: Research Topic B1: Arctic and Permafrost Regions (https://www.clisap.de/research/b:-climate-manifestations-and-impacts/b1:-arctic-and-permafrost-regions/)
In 2012 Universität Hamburg received funding for an additional cluster of excellence, the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI): Structure, Dynamics and Control of Matter at the Atomic Scale, which observes the movement of atoms in real time.

Key research areas: Besides Climate, Earth, Environment, further successful key research areas include: Matter and the Universe, Neurosciences, Multilingualism, Governance, Infection Research, Structural Biology as well as Heterogeneity and Education.

Facts and figures

Web https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en.html
Year Established 1919
Total Number of Staff 11809
Number of Academic Staff 4503
Number of Students 42106
Focus Areas

Climate, earth, and environment: The fundamental processes and characteristics of the earth system, particularly in climate, marine, and biodiversity research form the basis of this key research area. Its findings contribute to our understanding of the causes and course of climate change and to our ability to maintain the basis of our existence.

Matter and the universe: This key research area incorporates the phenomena of light-matter interactions in photon and biostructural research, astrophysics and particle physics, and the interdisciplinary nanosciences (e.g., nanomagnetism and medical nanosciences).

Neurosciences: Neuroscientists in medicine, psychology and informatics work on a broad range of projects addressing questions relating to the basic science of and therapeutic measures for the brain. This key research area focuses on neuroplasticity, pain, decision and learning processes, the causes of stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Multilingualism: This key research area investigates migration-induced multilingualism in modern urban centers, exploring both the risks it poses and the opportunities it provides. It aims to develop conceptual frameworks that transform multilingualism produced by global migration into an individual and societal resource.

Governance: Law, economics and the social sciences combine here to investigate regulatory structures in nation states, markets and corporations using an interdisciplinary approach. Informal processes dependent upon a network-like organization increasingly play a role in regulation on par with, supplementary to or instead of formal institutions.

Heterogeneity and education: In light of contemporary debates and the current changes taking place in education, this key research area explores new challenges and opportunities that various types of heterogeneity—both linguistic and academic performance-oriented—pose for learning and teaching both within and outside of educational institutions.

Infection research and structural biology: Infectious diseases are the greatest threat to human health worldwide and their economic impact is not to be underestimated. Universität Hamburg is in the process of establishing an interdisciplinary key research area in global and emerging infections. Research investigates various aspects of structural biology, bioimaging, drug development, and host-pathogen interactions. The two structural cornerstones of this key research area are the new Center for Structural and Systems Biology (CSSB), coordinated by Universität Hamburg, and the German Center for Infectious Diseases (DZIF), in which the University participates.