Research at the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau


The RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU) has a broad spectrum of subjects, from engineering to humanities. We actively direct our research towards innovation, both within the disciplines as wellas interdisciplinary. In doing so, we allow ourselves to be measured against the highest national and international standards, enhancing their development at the same time. From the wealth of excellent research at RPTU, seven profile lines are at the centre of interdisciplinary profiling in the research profile:

• Sustainable development and preservation of the foundations of life

• Interactions of light, spin and matter

• Bioanalytics, membrane and systems biology in the context of cellular adaptation strategies

• High-performance materials and engineering for innovative products

• Mathematical modeling, algorithms and simulation of complex systems

• Social and digital transformations

• Analysis and design of educational processes

RPTU’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 RPTU’s successful profile building with international visibility.

Cooperations – local, regional and international

RPTU 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 RPTU, especially in applied research. All partners are connected in the  Science and Innovation Alliance Kaiserslautern e.V. (SIAK)network. In addition to the transfer offers of RPTU, SIAK provides special platforms  for cooperations with the regional economy and society.

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, RPTU 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.

The RPTU is also involved in the pillar science of the Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine (TMO). The pillar Science of the TMO sees itself as an umbrella structure for cross-border science cooperation in the Upper Rhine region and serves both as an exchange platform for science actors and as an interface for cooperation between science and industry to promote and further develop the trinational transfer of knowledge and technology. In addition to the RPTU, the sponsors of the corresponding coordination office are the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the Ministry of Science and Health of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Région Grand Est, the association "Eucor - The European Campus", the university alliance "TriRhenaTech" and the universities of Speyer and Mainz.


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