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Interdisciplinary Research Centers at TU Dortmund University

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At TU Dortmund University, cutting-edge research takes place in all departments - often across their boundaries. Collaborative research innovations are created when individual excellence is brought together and disciplinary boundaries are crossed. Particularly successful, interdisciplinary collaborations with a strong scientific profile should therefore be made visible as research centers.

Research centers are interdisciplinary, cross-faculty alliances of researchers at TU Dortmund University whose innovative joint research approach sets an international standard. The centers shape the German and international research landscape and further develop the profile of TU Dortmund University. New research topics are established and receive special external visibility.

Research centers at TU Dortmund University

The TU Dortmund University - Center for Data Science and Simulation [working title] bundles the two virtual centers DoDSc and DoWiR into an interdisciplinary lighthouse that coordinates and further develops the two scientific branches Data Science and Simulation Science in their requirements for research, teaching and transfer.

It pursues the following goals:

  • Elaboration of strategically overarching recommendations for the development of the data and simulation-centered sciences at TU Dortmund University;
  • Coordination and cross-linking of common research topics and the acquisition of third-party funding;
  • Promotion, coordination and establishment of an offer for data and simulation-centered teaching and continuing education, including an extensive data literacy offer;
  • Scientific support of research data management;
  • Offer a central point of contact and scientific support for all departments on data and simulation-centered research issues;
  • Coordination and planning of infrastructure and central computing resources;
  • modern support of young scientists, among other things through own doctoral supervision and transfer.

As a cross-faculty research center, the Center for Data Science and Simulation links all departments and areas of TU Dortmund University where (simulation) data occur, are generated and analyzed. This includes the mathematical, statistical, and computer science disciplines, natural science and engineering subjects, and the life, cultural, social, and educational sciences. This gives TU Dortmund University a central research-led structure for communicating and managing the digitization of the science sector.

Apply for research centers

Research centers are created on the initiative of their members and are established after thorough evaluation by the rectorate. The duration is 5 years each and can be extended after evaluation. During this time, centers are supported by central funds and a proportionate coordination office.

Future research centers already have an international reputation at the time of application and show an established cooperation documented by funding or publications. The collaborations include at least five researchers from different departments of TU Dortmund University, whose work covers at least three DFG review boards. Dr. Gunter Friedrich provides advice on setting up and submitting applications.

The application template can be found here in the ServicePortal (login required)

Setup criteria

  • Interdisciplinary and innovative in research topics and connections beyond existing strengths and "top topics" of TU Dortmund University.
  • Cross-faculty and involving at least three subject groups (according to the DFG review board system)
  • Proven scientific excellence of the central participants
  • Spokesperson with experience in coordinating larger third-party funded projects
  • Potential for and goal of acquiring larger research collaborations
  • Convincing SWOT analysis with regard to potential for the overall profile development of TU Dortmund University


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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 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 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 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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