Federal Minister Anja Karliczek signing the university's guest book - Photo: Magnus Schult

Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Studies (IFZO)

On 26 Februaruy 2019, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek visited Greifswald to hand over the federal funding grant of 1.4 million euros to cover the two-year concept phase for establishing the institution. IFZO addresses central issues and challenges of today's Baltic Sea Region, focussing in particular on the arts and social sciences. Researchers from all over the Baltic Sea Region are to collaborate in the following fields:

  1. International Relations and Security
  2. New Nationalisms
  3. Contemporary Significance of Cultural Heritage
  4. Regional Development and Rural Areas
  5. Sustainability and Bio-Based Development
  6. Energy

Find out more about current activities at IFZO here.


Research Faces: Hans Joosten

Peatlands are his passion: Peatlands expert and paeleoecologist, Hans Joosten, chairholder at the University of Greifswald, carries out research into peatland areas that not only reveal a suprisingly diverse nature, but also play a very important role for our climate. He also speaks out and contributes towards establishing a different kind of agriculture that doesn't destroy these marshland areas.

This video was produced as part of an initiative from the Stifterverband in a project called The Makers of Tomorrow's World and their Visions for Education and Training, Research and Technology. A film by Damian W. Gorczaany and Stoyan Radoslav.

The film won the bronze award at the Gute Gestaltung 18 competition held by the Deutscher Designer Club in the category video.

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Our Goals

The University of Greifswald is one of the most traditional and leading research universities in the north of Germany. Together with its external partners located in the town of Greifswald, the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI), the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), it searches for innovative solutions for major challenges that are faced by today’s society: health & preventive medicine, environment & climate, energy & raw materials and chances & risks of globalisation. Within the framework provided by five key fields of research, scholars from different disciplines collaborate and develop interdisciplinary approaches for answering these central questions of the future. The University of Greifswald’s mission is to be a nationally and internationally visible research university. It aims to win scholars at all stages of their careers, to encourage new research ideas, to intensify the collaboration with external research institutions and to strengthen the regional economy through the application of its research and technology transfer.


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