Research at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Strategy

The Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern, TUK) is a research university with international visibility. Research of highest quality according to the international standards of the respective scientific disciplines lies at the very heart of TUK. Quality and strength of the whole spectrum of TUK’s research are rooted in the scientific disciplines and in addressing the grand societal scientific challenges. From the wealth of excellent research at TUK, six strategic research fields are at the centre of the interdisciplinary profile development according to the University Development Plan (in German):

·         Interactions between light, spin and matter – quantum phenomena, model systems and technologies

·         Membrane biology and system biology, bioanalytics

·         Ressource efficiency and sustainable development

·         Advanced materials, composites and production engineering

·         Mathematical modelling, algorithms and simulation

·         Digital transformation of Economy and society

TUK’s research strategy governs a dynamic process of profile building with major support by the research initiative of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Ongoing third-party funding within coordinated research programs  (among them six Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)) are particular evidence of TUK’s successful profile building with international visibility.

Scientific Integrity and Quality Assurance

The decisive basis for the integrity of research at the TU Kaiserslautern are the "Guidelines for securing good scientific practice" of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the recommendations of the "Joint committee on the handling of security-related research" of the DFG and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

For questions concerning the integrity of research, the ombuds committee "Good scientific practice" and the ombuds committee "Ethics of security-related research" provide support at TUK.

Quality assurance in research is carried out in close cooperation with the Steering Committee Research and the external research council  of TUK.

Cooperations – local, regional and international

TUK is closely networking with regional, national and international research partners from science and industry.

Several renowned  research institutes are located on and near the campus, all are closely cooperating with TUK, especially in applied research. All partners are connected in the network of the Science and Innovation Alliance Kaiserslautern e.V. (SIAK), that also offers a platform for cooperation with the regional economy.

The University has worldwide research collaborations, among them many with top institutions. Many international collaborations take place in the framework of EU-funded projects or  international graduate programs funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Moreover, TUK has strong ties with the Universities of Liège, Luxembourg, Lorraine (with locations in Nancy and Metz), Saarland and Trier within the framework of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR). The six UniGR universities represent a large variety of scientific disciplines and offer scientists and PhD students, alike, ample opportunities for research across borders.

Within the project karema (Kaiserslautern Research Matching) TUK has been exploring new approaches for international research marketing.

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