Jacobs University

Jacobs University’s aim is to contribute solutions to the major challenges of today’s world. The research at Jacobs is structured in three focus areas, in which scientists from different fields work together across disciplinary boundaries. Jacobs’ transdisciplinary approach is mirrored in research and teaching. Jacobs offers state of the art research facilities; and students are involved in research from their first year.

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Research Focus

MOBILITY - of people, goods, and information

Understanding the worldwide flow of people, goods and information is important in today’s globalized world. Information influences the life of the individual and the cohesion of societies and cultures in many different ways. Expertise of different disciplines, such as computer science, communication technology, logistics, mathematics and psychology will be combined in new solutions.

HEALTH - focus on bioactive substances

Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science. The goal is to make a healthy life possible for the growing world population as a whole and for each human being. Food, plants and marine algae can have a similarly positive effect on health as medication. However, scientists first have to identify and isolate their bioactive substances and check their safe application through transdisciplinary cooperation between geo science, life sciences, physics and chemistry.

DIVERSITY - in modern societies

When considering the development of our modern global society, individuals are regarded as indivisible biological, psychological and socially determined beings. This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.