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Heidelberg - international city of science

Life sciences, environmental management and IT are the core skills of Heidelberg, the international city of science. Heidelberg is a center of excellence for life sciences – the university, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, the German Cancer Research Center and the Heidelberg Max Planck Institutes are numbered among the world leaders in basic research. The city of Heidelberg and science are closely interlinked. This symbiosis began around 200 years after the city was founded with the opening of the “Ruperto Carola” university in 1386, which makes it the oldest university in Germany. The university is one of the 11 Universities of Excellence in Germany and is also among the world’s elite. It is the foremost German university in the QS World University Ranking and occupies 50th place among the leading universities worldwide. More than 30,000 students are enrolled at the Ruperto Carola in 12 faculties that offer over 170 courses. Over 5000 scientists - around 450 of whom are professors - are engaged in teaching and research. Ten Nobel Prize winners have conducted research at Heidelberg University as professors, or are still working here today, among them Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008. Founded in 1386, the university is the oldest in Germany.

It prides itself as a research university with an international reputation. In addition to developing its disciplinary strengths, it promotes a dialog that goes beyond traditional subject-matter boundaries, extending to the humanities, economics and the social sciences.
Further information www.uni-heidelberg.de

Scientific Institutions

The Heidelberg University Hospital is a cornerstone of innovative, cutting-edge medicine at an international level, and is one of the leading medical centers in Europe – in health care, research and teaching. The Medical Faculty has been in existence since 1388 and is therefore the oldest in Germany. Every year, its more than 40 clinics and specialist departments are sought out by around 800,000 patients from Germany and abroad.

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) works closely with the university. The DKFZ is the largest biomedical research facility in Germany. 3000 employees, of whom more than 1000 are scientists, conduct research in over 90 departments and working groups into how cancers form, collate cancer risk factors and explore strategies that prevent people from being afflicted by cancer.

The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg is the only establishment of its kind in Germany. This is a joint facility supported by the Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center, the Heidelberg Thoracic Clinic and German Cancer Aid.

The Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT) is currently the only therapy facility in Europe that also uses heavy ions, and is unique in the world in that it has a “gantry” – a mobile beam delivery system that can be rotated 360° around the patient.

Another institution committed to basic biological research is the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), which is operated by a total of 18 Member States and has its headquarters in Heidelberg.
 
The Max Planck Society has no fewer than four institutions in Heidelberg – the institutes for Medical Research, Astronomy, Nuclear Physics and Comparative Public Law and International Law.

Central scientific facilities of the Ruperto Carola university in the field of life sciences include the Biochemical Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences, the Center for Quantitative Analysis of Molecular and Cellular Biosystems (BioQuant), the Center for Astronomy and the Center for Molecular Biology of the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH).

Research institutes such as the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities, the State Astronomical Observatory and the private Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), whose research focuses on the development of new theoretical approaches to the interpretation of experimental data, are other leading lights of the Heidelberg research scene.

Technologiepark Heidelberg
With the Technology Park for young and growing life science companies and the Heidelberg Economic Promotion Service as the central point of contact, the city of Heidelberg has created two successful interfaces for the networking of science and business. The Heidelberg Technology Park works closely with the BioRN Network e.V., which is also based in Heidelberg. Together they support the networking and the transfer of knowledge from basic research to start-up companies, established biotechnology companies and multinational firms, such as Roche in Mannheim, Abbott in Ludwigshafen and Merck in Darmstadt.

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