New School of Science in Munich

International institution designed to meet new standards of interdisciplinary research and education at the Ludwig Maximilian University

New York, July 21, 2022 – In a move designed to open up a vast potential for interdisciplinary research and to better prepare students for an increasingly interconnected scientific community, the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich has announced the development of a new School of Science devoted to interdisciplinary study in the fields of physics, chemistry and pharmaceutical science, and biology.
The pillars of the School of Science will be formed by LMU's previous faculties for physics, chemistry and pharmacology, and biology, which have been dissolved and recombined into the new institute. In a radical departure from Germany's traditional collegiate structures, the new School of Science will offer internationally-compatible bachelor's, master's and graduate programs. The School of Science will recruit exceptional students from around the world.
"We need a School of Science to position ourselves more competitively in the international science community," said LMU president Professor Bernd Huber. The decision reflects a growing trend toward problem-oriented research, in which the traditional dividing lines between the various disciplines are becoming blurred in favor of cooperation. Professor Jochen Feldmann, holder of the Chair for Photonics and LMU's Vice President for Research, emphasized this trend: "The problems the natural sciences will face in the future can only be solved if the disciplines work together. Especially when it comes to interdisciplinary cooperation in the areas of life sciences and nanoscience is there great potential for innovation. The School of Science will take on the challenge of cross-disciplinary key technologies, for example in the areas of nanobiotechnology and molecular electronics."

Founded in 1472, LMU is one of Germany's best-rated institutes of higher learning in the fields of the natural sciences. In 1984 the university took a major step toward expanding its natural sciences program when founded, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute, the renowned Gene Center for the study of the life sciences and especially the genome. A recent study by the leading German newsweekly Der Spiegel identified LMU as the best school in Germany to study chemistry and the pharmaceutical sciences.
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