Organisational units

Central institutes, affiliated institutes and university institutions

BAYLAT is responsible for strengthening existing research collaborations and student exchange programmes and encouraging links between Bavaria and Latin America with regard to research projects, events and publications. Go to website

Through the Bavaria California Technology Centre (BaCaTeC), the Free State of Bavaria supports collaboration between researchers from Bavaria and California as part of the programme Bavarian High-Tech Initiative for the Future. BaCaTeC is a central institute for Bavarian universities and is based at FAU. Go to website

FAU is the first German university to set up a campus in South Korea. The campus project was approved by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in November 2009. FAU Campus Busan has a research centre and a graduate school where students can study for Master’s degrees in chemical and biological engineering. Go to website

The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) was founded at FAU in November 2006 as part of the Excellence Initiative. Key research activities at SAOT include optics and optical technology, which are pivotal to 21st century engineering. Optical technologies have a wide range of applications in science and industry, such as in information and communication technology, process technology, manufacturing technology, energy and environmental technology, and medicine. Go to website

The Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials – Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices’ (EAM) is the only interdisciplinary research partnership of its kind in Germany focusing on materials science and process engineering. Key research activities at EAM include the fundamental and applied aspects of design and the development of high-performance materials. EAM is affiliated with FAU and is part of the Excellence Initiative run by the German Research Foundation, Germany’s largest organisation for research funding. Go to website

FAU is committed to providing excellent support for young researchers. The Graduate School 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. Go to website

The Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen (OICE) was established in 2012 and is a Central Institute 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 co-ordinate 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. Go to website

Regional Computer Centre Erlangen (RRZE) is the University’s IT service provider. For students and staff, as well as for FAU’s organisational 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. Go to website

The Language Centre is a central FAU institution and is responsible for language teaching. It offers both the language courses stipulated in the curricula in the philological subjects, for example, and optional language courses in over 20 languages which constitute core skills. The Language Centre 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 Centre. Approximately 90% of all FAU students participate in one or more language courses during their studies. Go to website

The University Library has served FAU’s research and teaching community ever since it was founded in 1743. Today, it provides access to 5.5 million media sources at over 130 locations, including 12,000 recent journals. The Library provides access to approximately 25,000 electronic journals and 1,200 databases. Go to website

FAU’s Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZiMT) was founded on 1 December 2009 and has played a key role in establishing leading national and international research projects and teaching programmes in the field of medical technology ever since. It incorporates the University’s expertise in medical technology in a single organisation which is linked closely with partner organisations in related fields. Go to website

The Centre for Scientific Computing (ZISC) co-ordinates complex simulation tasks which involve multiple faculties and departments. Go to website

ZAR’s key research fields are ‘Body and Embodiment’, ‘Region and Practices’ and ‘Norms, Normativity and Norm Change’ – key aspects of human life which will be investigated in terms of their significance for religion. Go to website

ZeLLIT is a central FAU institution and focuses on research on teaching and learning, innovation and transfer. It consists of three FAU institutes:

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.

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 like 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 programme through orientation programmes (GOS). Go to website (German)

FAU’s Institute for Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP) 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. ZMP was established to develop ideas which emerge from basic research into prototypes. Go to website

The Centre for Area Studies is concerned with interdisciplinary research in specific regions, focusing on the regions of North America, Ibero-America, Europe, Franconia, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Go to website

The Centre for Teacher Education co-ordinates teaching degrees and placements for all teaching degree programmes. It also advises students and is involved in the quality management of degree programmes for teachers in training. Go to website

The following institutes fall under the responsibility of several faculties.

Both the School of Law and the School of Business and Economics are involved in the Institute of European Commercial Law, which has created an organisational basis for joint research projects and ensured that the School of Law and the School of Business and Economics participate equally in the Institute’s activities. Go to website

Academic institutions affiliated with the University
(‘An-Institute’ according to Section 103 (2) of BayHSchG)

The Institute carries out research on co-operative business from an economic, legal and sociological perspective. This approach results from the interdisciplinary character of co-operatives as a type of company. Go to website

Forum V is an association of northern Bavarian insurance companies, universities and organisations committed to the interdisciplinary advancement of insurance science. The non-profit association works to further the co-operation between academia, practice and politics in the insurance industry. Go to website

The Institute aims to advance independent empirical sociological research. Go to website

The Institute aims to research, teach and provide information about the nature and significance of liberal professions in society, the economy and government both in general and with regard to certain individual professions. Furthermore, the Institute of Liberal Professions provides consulting services for start-up businesses and the liberal professions. Go to website

It is IPM’s goal to reduce or avoid long-term complications through early diagnosis and treatment. IMP connects the University, clinics, doctors and patients, and disseminates research findings and experience in the fields of hypertension, coronary disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Go to website

WFA provides an important link for the transfer of expertise between academia and industry. It offers training for management staff, specialists and trainees in national and international businesses and organises management seminars, courses and training which are tailored to the participants’ needs. Go to website


Further institutions affiliated with the University

Fachzentrum Bienen (Bee Centre), part of the Bavarian Regional Office for Viticulture and Horticulture, is a research institution and a centre of excellence for the subjects of bees and beekeeping. The Bee Centre mainly sees itself as a partner and service provider for Bavarian beekeepers, their associations and all institutions concerned with beekeeping. Go to website

The Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority (LGL) evaluates health risks to the public, informs consumers and protects them from deception, carries out applied research in collaboration with manufacturers, universities and public authorities. It also supports the food inspection authorities, the public health service, the public veterinary service and the bodies which govern occupational health and safety in Bavaria. Go to website

The aim of the Bavarian Laser Centre (blz) is to find new areas of application for lasers through research, development and the transfer of knowledge. Blz acts as a link between basic research and industrial applications. It offers a wide range of seminars on topics related to optical technologies. At the same time, blz also brings new applications to the researchers. As blz has founded and co-ordinates numerous networks and technology transfer associations, it can find the right specialist to answer almost any question related to applied laser technology. Go to website

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IIBS) conducts applied research and development in the areas of microelectronics and nanoelectronics, power electronics and mechatronics. The institute has received international attention and recognition for its technology, device and material developments for nanoelectronics, its activities in the area of simulation and its work on power electronic systems for energy efficiency and hybrid and electric cars. Go to website

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) is a research facility and business partner for companies in the microelectronic systems and software sectors. Industrial companies, service providers and the public sector commission research by IIS. Its business areas include audio and multimedia technology, imaging systems, digital broadcasting, embedded communication systems, IC design, logistics, localisation and navigation, medical engineering, optical inspection systems, x-ray technology and sensor technology. Go to website

IZT was founded in 1997 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen. Its main focus is on the development, production and distribution of commercial products in the fields of measurement, testing and information technology, wireless applications and digital broadcasting. Go to website

Founded in 1948, the Institute is a combination of a state-approved vocational school and a state-approved private academy for foreign-language professions. Go to website

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light was founded on 1 January 2009. It originated from the Max Planck research group ‘Optics, Information and Photonics’ at FAU. Since 2004, MPL has strengthened FAU’s long-standing reputation in the field of optics and provided new insights across multiple disciplines. Many of the Institute’s research projects are based on technologies which are applied and further developed in several working groups. Its activities range from the production of optical microstructures and nanostructures to the provision of sophisticated optical technologies. Go to website

As a branch office of Hagen FernUniversität (Hagen Distance Learning University), the Nuremberg regional centre provides all necessary information material and forms and takes care of correspondence on the students’ behalf. Furthermore, the regional centre aims to serve as a link between students and the administrative and teaching staff in Hagen. Go to website

Associated institutions

Physikalisch-Medizinische Sozietät Erlangen (the Erlangen Society of Physical Medicine) was founded on 20 March 1808. Its aim is to to promote an exchange of ideas, observations and experiences in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine.

Its original statutes date from 27 April 1808 and the latest amendment was made on 4 February 2010. As of 16 July 2014, the society has 365 members in Germany and abroad, including 4 honorary members and 36 corresponding members. Each semester the society holds two to three meetings with presentations by its members or renowned researchers from around the world. It also publishes reports of its meetings under the title ‘Sitzungsberichte der Physikalisch-Medizinischen Sozietät Erlangen’ (ISSN 0371-2117). A total of eleven volumes, each consisting of four issues, were published between 1984 and 2011. In addition to current research papers, the reports contain transcripts of academic speeches (inaugural lectures, farewell lectures, addresses given when honorary doctorates are awarded and at the annual ceremony when doctoral degrees are awarded at the Faculty of Medicine).

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FAU Faculty Club logo (copyright: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Bobzin)

The FAU Faculty Club, Fakultäten-Club Erlangen-Nürnberg e. V., was founded in 1990. All faculty members can become ordinary members of the club, while their spouses and family members can become supporting members.

It was founded at a time when the subjects represented at the University were become increasingly diverse and aims to help the faculties remain connected, to encourage researchers from different subjects to get to know one another and engage in discussion, and to ensure cohesion within the University. It has had its own club house at the University (Röthelheim Campus, Carl-Thiersch-Str. 9) where members can bring guests along, eat together and socialise since 1997. The Unicum restaurant is located on the ground floor and the club rooms are on the first floor.

Twice per semester the club holds a lecture evening called the Professorium where a colleague gives a general presentation on a topic from their field. Guests are also welcome to attend these events. After the lectures there is an opportunity to stay and talk with colleagues over a drink and a snack. The second Professorium in each summer semester is combined with the annual general meeting.

In addition, there are regular informal meet-ups during the semester on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Each year the club organises a trip with a specialist guide on a Saturday in the summer or early autumn.

It currently has a total of around 200 members. Under consideration of its aims, the club would be delighted if many more people were involved and welcomes new members who wish to help promote its cause.

Membership currently costs 40 euros per year for ordinary members and 20 euros for spouses and family members as supporting members, and is tax deductible. If you would like to become a member, please complete the registration form and return it to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier
Institut für Optik, Information und Photonik
Staudtstraße 7/B2
91058 Erlangen

Phone: +49 9131 8527603
Fax: +49 9131 8527293
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier’s research group’s website