Central research institutions
Central research institutions
In addition to its faculties, FAU has a number of central institutions which expand the scope of the research conducted at the University, conduct groundbreaking research or provide academic and scientific services.
Restructure of central research institutions
In its resolution passed on September 30, 2020, the Senate agreed the restructuring of the central research institutions at FAU. During a two year transition phase (2021/2022), FAU research clusters, FAU research centers and FAU competence centers will be set up. Information is available on our intranet (access using IdM log-in).
FAU research clusters
FAU Research Cluster New Materials and Processes (NMP)
The FAU Research Cluster New Materials and Processes (NMP) promotes and strengthens innovative interdisciplinary research in FAU’s New Materials and Processes key research priority. It identifies new research topics geared to the future and promotes initiatives that further develop the top (international and national ranking of this key research priority and the research environment in Erlangen and Nuremberg.
FAU research centers
FAU Research Center for Mathematics of Data (MoD)
At the FAU Research Center for Mathematics of Data – MoD, researchers from various FAU institutions, the Max Planck Center for Physics and Medicine and the ADA Lovelace Center from the Fraunhofer IIS work together to gain a better understanding of the mathematics of large and complex volumes of data. FAU MoD combines expertise and experience from the area of data science with applied mathematics, scientific computing and artificial intelligence in order to tackle the challenges posed by the wide scope of modern research and various innovative industrial sectors.
MoD and the globally connected Nuremberg Metropolitan Region are making a significant contribution to modern research in the area of ‘Mathematics of Data’.
FAU Research Center Embedded Systems Initiative (FAU ESI)
FAU Competence Units
FAU Competence Unit ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ (EAM)
The FAU Competence Unit Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) conducts interdisciplinary research connecting materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry and physics. The dynamic and innovative environment at ZMP is ideal for developing new materials and manufacturing methods for lightweight components. EAM was established to develop ideas which emerge from basic research into prototypes.
FAU Competence Unit Optical Imaging Center Erlangen (OICE)
The FAU Competence Unit Optical Imaging Center Erlangen (OICE) was established in 2012 as one of the central institutions at FAU. It was founded based on the close collaboration between FAU and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL). OICE’s mission is to provide and coordinate access to high-end optical microscopes in its Core Facility Unit (CFU) and to develop new microscope systems and techniques in its Exploratory Research Unit (ERU). The Educational Training Unit (ETU) provides training for students and researchers in placements and seminars.
FAU Competence Unit for Scientific Computing (CSC)
FAU’s Competence Unit for Scientific Computing (CSC) is the competence center for scientific computing at FAU. It bundles the expertise and experience of more than 40 research institutions at the University. This means the CSC is a unique interdisciplinary cooperation platform that provides the right environment for even the most complex research tasks in numeric simulation and scientific computing.
FAU Competence Unit for Research Data and Information (CDI)
FAU’s Competence Unit for Research Data and Information (CDI) is a central research institution that provides support to all researchers at the University and at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen with questions and tasks regarding research data management and the CRIS Research Information System. This support includes providing advice with funding applications as well as services for handling research data and eResearch projects.
The central institutions at FAU boost interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching and knowledge transfer going beyond the traditional faculty-based structure.
Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, Innovation and Transfer (ZeLLIT)
ZeLLIT is a central FAU institution and focuses on research on teaching and learning, innovation and transfer. It consists of three FAU institutes:
- the Center for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) that focuses on university-level teaching
- the Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) that focuses on applied research in technology-based learning and teaching and research transfer,
- and the Central Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning (ZiLL) that focuses on interdisciplinary fundamental research into teaching and learning.
This makes ZeLLIT an institution which brings together all aspects of teaching and learning processes at all ages, learning innovation and research transfer according to research insights in particular in university teaching, and developments in society.
Central Institute for Anthropology of Religion(s) (ZAR)
ZAR’s key research fields are ‘Body and Embodiment’, ‘Region and Practices’ and ‘Norms, Normativity and Norm Change’ – key aspects of human life which are investigated in terms of their significance for religion.
Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZiMT)
FAU’s Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZiMT) was founded on December 1, 2009 and has played a key role in establishing leading national and international research projects and teaching programs in the field of medical technology ever since. It incorporates the University’s expertise in medical technology in a single organization which is linked closely with partner organizations in related fields.
Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS) (ZiWiS)
The Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS) undertakes joint research with all of FAU’s five faculties in the field of Applied Philosophy of Science. It focuses on topics such as freedom of research, confidence in research, science as an authority, interdisciplinary communication and ethics of science. In a teaching and advisory role, ZiWiS offers students from all faculties a comprehensive range of key qualifications and support at the start of each degree program through orientation programs (GOS).
The following institutes fall under the responsibility of the faculties:
Erlangen Center of Islam and Law in Europe
The Erlangen Center of Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) researches and teaches on the topic of Islam and Muslim life in Europe, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In addition to research and teaching, EZIRE also offers various services such as courses, advice, expertise and expert reports.
Center for Physics in Medicine and Engineering
The following research institutions linked to the key tasks of the University also offer fundamental academic and scientific services.
FAU Graduate Center
FAU is committed to providing excellent support for young researchers. The Graduate Center was set up as a key part of this initiative. It supports young researchers, promotes interdisciplinary and international collaborations, and helps international doctoral candidates become part of the University community. Its main objective is to maintain the high quality of education and supervision that doctoral candidates receive at FAU.
Regional Computing Center Erlangen (RRZE)
Regional Computing Center Erlangen (RRZE) is the University’s IT service provider. For students and staff, as well as for FAU’s organizational units, RRZE is the point of contact for information on the University network, web hosting and IT services. Furthermore, RRZE offers training, for example in word processing, spreadsheet programs, image editing or web development.
Language Center (SZ)
The Language Center is a central FAU institution and is responsible for language teaching. It offers both language courses stipulated in the curricula in the philological subjects, for example, and optional language courses in over 20 languages as key qualifications. The Language Center provides a wide range of practice-based courses and a professional learning and teaching environment for students who want to improve their international research and professional profile and FAU staff working in teaching and administration. Every semester, over 10,000 participants register for the language courses offered at the Language Center. Approximately 90% of all FAU students participate in one or more language courses during their studies.
University Library (UB)
The University Library is the main hub for providing literature and information for research, teaching and studying. It runs the open access publication fund and the FAU University Press. In addition, the University Library offers extensive, target-group oriented training courses, plus the UBCoach for individual consultations (including advice on copyright), the free document delivery service FAUdok and assistance with the publication of research data.
Center for Teacher Education (ZfL)
The Center for Teacher Education co-ordinates teaching degrees and placements for all teaching degree programs. It also advises students and is involved in the quality management of degree programs for teachers in training.
The following centers have been set up at FAU by the Bavarian State Ministry to promote international collaboration between Bavarian universities and research institutions in the respective regions:
Bavarian University Center for Latin America (BAYLAT)
BAYLAT is responsible for strengthening existing research collaborations and student exchange programs and encouraging links between Bavaria and Latin America with regard to research projects, events and publications.
Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC)
Through the Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC), the Free State of Bavaria supports collaboration between researchers from Bavaria and California as part of the program Bavarian High-Tech Initiative for the Future. BaCaTeC is a central institute for Bavarian universities and is based at FAU.