Research Institutes

Research Network

The three Ruhr universities are part of an expansive local research network that includes: 3 Max Planck Institutes, 4 Fraunhofer Institutes, 5 Leibniz Institutes. The universities collaborate closely with these institutes, creating unique interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities.

Max Planck Institutes

Max Planck

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an independent, non-profit research organization. The Max Planck Institutes perform basic research in the natural sciences as well as in the humanities, thereby complementing research projects at universities. The three Ruhr Universities have collaborations with the following Max Planck Institutes:
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim an der Ruhr
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr

Fraunhofer Institutes


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) conducts applied research for private and public enterprises as well as for the general benefit of the public. Fraunhofer Institutes carry out research under contract for industry, the service sector, and public administration and also offer information and service features. The Ruhr Universities cooperate with the following Fraunhofer Institutes:
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Dortmund
Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, Dortmund
Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, Duisburg
Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center, Duisburg

LeibnizLeibniz Institutes

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Association (WGL) addresses scientific issues of importance to society as a whole. The Leibniz Institutes provide infrastructure for science and research and perform research-based services for the public, policy-makers, academia and business. The Ruhr Universities associate with the following Leibniz Institutes:
Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Dortmund
Leibniz Research Center for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo), Dortmund
Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS), Dortmund
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen
German Mining Museum, Bochum