TU Dortmund University is home to excellent research both within the research departments and in central research institutions, interdisciplinary collaborations and associated institutes. These pages offer more information on:
- the 17 departments,
- the three Central Scientific Institutions,
- the framework of interdisciplinary cooperations
- the institutes affiliated with or connected to TU Dortmund University.
The Dortmund Data Science Center bundles outstanding expertise in the field of data sciences and is a platform for novel methods in Big Data. The aim is to develop new approaches in data sciences. In addition, the new center offers training and further education opportunities on the subject of “Big Data”.
Scientists from the Department of Statistics, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics work together in the DoDSc.
The Dortmund Center for Scientific Computing (DoWiR) bundles existing competences and resources in the area of Scientific Computing and High Performance Computing (HPC) at TU Dortmund University with regard to technical and human resources in order to optimize the efficiency of the development and application of computer-aided processes. The Center sees itself as a central point of contact for methodological-algorithmic aspects and technical support regarding the conception, analysis and realization of simulation and data analysis methods for complex problems and application problems on high-performance computers.
The Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering are participants in the DoWiR.
The central idea of the LogistikCampus is the concentration and expansion of the competence fields “technical logistics” and “information logistics” at TU Dortmund University. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), an interdisciplinary research center for logistics with scientific and technical know-how has emerged. With an idea unique to logistics, the LogistikCampus at TU Dortmund University is a trailblazer in its field.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) participate in the logistics campus.
The goal of the Center for Integrated Drug Research (ZIW) is the research, pharmacological characterization and formulation of innovative drugs and the transfer from a university environment into an established, rational clinical validation as drug candidate or a structure for further development in the pharmaceutical industry. The spectrum includes toxicological testing, pharmacological and pharmacokinetic validation of active substances independently in their later indication.
The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, the Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max Planck Society (CGC), the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund University (IfADo), the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS), the BioMedizinZentrum Dortmund (BMZ), Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC), IMD Natural Solutions GmbH and Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG are participants in ZIW.
The Center for Applied Psychology (ZAP) is a scientific forum for the promotion of interdisciplinary research in the field of applied psychology. The aim of the ZAP is to bundle the diverse research activities of psychologists at TU Dortmund University in order to develop new and innovative approaches to applied psychology.
The Department of Education, Psychology and Sociology, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Department of Humanities and Theology, the Department of Statistics and the Department of Arts and Sport Sciences are participants in the ZAP. In addition, researchers from the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) at TU Dortmund University are involved.
The MPI is one of the world’s leading research institutions in the life sciences. Here, basic biological processes such as cell division, signal transduction in cells and the mode of action of medically relevant biomolecules are investigated (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP), founded in 2019, aims to investigate and develop the technical foundations and interdisciplinary aspects of IT security and privacy (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The Fraunhofer IML is Europe's first address for the development and application of new internal and external logistics solutions (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The Fraunhofer ISST designs and develops IT solutions for distributed, complex and interacting IT systems for healthcare, logistics and industry (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
As an affiliated institute of TU Dortmund, ISAS develops methods for the multi-parameter analysis of biological materials in order to improve the prevention and early diagnosis of diseases and to enable new therapies (affiliated institute of TU Dortmund University).
The IfADo researches the potential and risks of modern work from the workplace to the individual cell, thus improving design of work (affiliated institute of TU Dortmund University).
The ILS, an associated Leibniz Institute and member of the Johannes Rau Research Foundation NRW, also provides advice on the future-oriented development of cities on the basis of its own spatial scientific basic research (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
INVITE GmbH is a public-private partnership between TU Dortmund University and Bayer Technology Services GmbH as well as the University of Dusseldorf (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The competence fields “technical logistics” and “information logistics” at TU Dortmund University are concentrated on the LogistikCampus. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer IML, an interdisciplinary research center for logistics with scientific and technical know-how has been established here (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The BAuA conducts research and development in the field of safety and health at work, promotes the transfer of knowledge into practice, advises policy makers and carries out official tasks – in hazardous substances legislation, in product safety and in the health data archive (institute connected to TU Dortmund University).
The DIS is dedicated to the research and teaching of civic art (affiliated institute of TU Dortmund University).
The FTB works with an interdisciplinary team to research, test and apply advanced technologies for people with disabilities and the elderly (affiliated institute of TU Dortmund University).
The FfG investigates demographic developments and design options of an aging society in a scientific, interdisciplinary and application-oriented manner (affiliated institute 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 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”.