Research at FUB

Research at Freie Universität Berlin

Research at Freie Universität Berlin is characterized by the diversity of the science networks it maintains as well as by interdisciplinary fields of research that establish research foci and set future research trends. Freie Universität promotes the transfer of knowledge and offers junior scholars a high level of education.

Science Networks

Intensive cooperation with other universities and external research institutions as well as private enterprise reinforces and broadens the fundamental, application, and contract research carried out at Freie Universität as well as the university's position as a competitive research institution on a global scale.

Research in Clusters

Since 2003 Freie Universität has been pursuing an interdisciplinary cluster strategy that shapes its research profile. The goal of this strategy is to identify social, economic, and cultural trends on a global scale and to develop relevant fields of research. Its aim is to focus the research content and profile of individual departments in transdisciplinary fields of research to develop solutions for globally relevant issues.

Transfer of Knowledge

In addition to actively promoting the transfer of knowledge and technology to the broader public and private enterprise, Freie Universität encourages the utilization of innovative research results by private industry. In addition, the university supports the foundation of business ventures by its students, graduates, and scholars.

The excellent quality of research at Freie Universität is confirmed by the high positions it achieves in university rankings. These include the DFG-Funding Ranking, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the CHE Research Ranking. The importance of the university's research achievements is reflected in its steady increase in external funding in the past years and in the many prestigious research awards received by scholars of Freie Universität. These include among others the Leibniz Prize.

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International Education & Research

FUB's International Education & Research website presents information tailor made for international scholars and students to learn about the different opportunities available to them. From  studying, exchange and research to learning about the Berlin as a city, the website helps to orient potential candidates and equip them with knowledge to navigate FUB and Berlin to the best of their ability! 

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Focus Area?

Scholars and scientists from different disciplines come together in the Focus Areas at Freie Universität. Their aim is to answer important questions in research through interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary networks of knowledge and skills. The Focus Areas concentrate on larger interdisciplinary groups of related topics.

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Promotion of Jr. Scholars

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