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Flagship Programs of the UA Ruhr

The joint research projects and collaborations in the University Alliance Ruhr offer many synergies. The complementary strengths of the partner universities allow researchers to develop and pursue new innovative fields of study. Together, the UA Ruhr provides a critical mass of staff and infrastructure that are required to handle major research topics.

Outstanding examples of this forward-looking cooperation are the flagship programs “Materials Chain” and “Ruhr Explores Solvation” (RESOLV) as well as the competence fields “Metropolitan Research”, “Energy – System – Transformation”, and “Empirical Economic Research”, in which numerous researchers from the UA Ruhr universities work together with other non-university and international partners. RESOLV is funded as a Cluster of Excellence within the framework of the Excellence Strategy.

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RESOLV is dedicated to researching chemical reactions, industrial processes and biological phenomena in the liquid phase. Researchers of UA Ruhr view solvent molecules as functional units that play an active part in solvent-mediated and solvent-controlled reactions.

RESOLV is a Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Excellence Strategy and joins regional and international partners in world-leading research. Over 50 research groups – over 200 researchers in total – have joined forces in the Cluster of Excellence and Flagship Program RESOLV to develop a bottom-up understanding of solvation. Encompassing 7 research institutions of the Ruhr metropolis and the international partner organization CALSOLV (California Explores Solvation), they expand the borders of solvation science.


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Materials Chain pools and strengthens research activities in the field of Materials Science. The goal of the UA Ruhr Flagship Program is to reach a complete and concise description of the entire materials chain – from atoms to finished technical components and vice versa.

Materials Chain covers all stages of modern Materials Science, from designing, manufacturing and refining materials to their characterization and processing within the production chain. This internationally acclaimed expertise at the three universities of Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen, which combines the activities of more than 200 research groups.


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The competence field Metropolitan Research is dedicated to transformative metropolitan research with analysis and design of structural change from the scale level of the district to the region.

Researchers at the UA Ruhr universities have been conducting intensive research in the field of metropolitan research for many years. All three universities have disciplinary and interdisciplinary focus areas that complement each other strategically due to their complementarities and synergy potentials. The objective of the UA Ruhr competence field “Metropolitan Research” is to establish an internationally visible center for inter- and transdisciplinary metropolitan research that bundles the complementary competences of the three partner universities across subject cultures and exploits the strengths of the region through networking with non-university research institutions and practice partners.


In the Competence Field “Energy – System – Transformation” interdisciplinary research is carried out across universities in order to advance the overall energy system transformation through selected technologies of energy conversion, transmission and efficient energy application as well as their economic and social consideration.

By bundling the existing and complementary research foci of the UA Ruhr-Universities in the field of energy research, a platform has been created that is highly visible and unique in its transdisciplinary form. This platform promotes research into sustainable solutions and promotes their use in practice. The focus is on making the process of transformation socially manageable, acceptable, economically meaningful and legally secure.


In the Competence Field “Empirical Economic Research”, the UA Ruhr universities work in close cooperation with the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. They aim to identify and predict economic and social developments and their consequences at an early stage, and to evaluate the effects of economic policy measures on the basis of hard data, thus contributing to evidence-based policies.

The competence field incorporates the diverse competencies existing at the partner institutions in the fields of applied empirical economic research, method development and scientific policy advice into a joint framework, thus facilitating their integration and benefiting from their complementarities across all three universities.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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