University advancement projects

Donations, sponsorships, and foundations (or a contribution to one) make it possible to initiate projects and to develop or enhance them. Here we present a selection of current funding-ready projects as well as past projects already realized.

More study space for students

More and more students discover that libraries are ideal places for studying - also at the University of Stuttgart. With additional funding by the state and federal government, the University renovated the Math/Physics Area Library at the Vaihingen campus library back in 2014. Ever since then, no less than 160 modern equipped individual and group study spaces have come into use. In spring 2017, the library on the campus Stadtmitte was furnished with new learning spaces as well. The modernization included the installation of more than 140 study spaces, a presentation room with lockers, a lounge area, and a conference room. More advancements are in process of planning.


Germany Scholarship for the best students

Gruppenbild der Stipendiaten und Förderer 2017/2018

To fund scholarships for the best students and so to invest in these individuals’ futures and the country’s at the same time is what donors to Germany Scholarships at the University of Stuttgart accomplish. The special feature is that the Federal Government will match every “private” euro donated. To satisfy the varied interests of donors, the University of Stuttgart offers different donation packages. For more details, please see our web page dealing with the Germany Scholarship.

Center for Applied Quantum Technology

High-performance computers, secure data transmission, highly sensitive measuring techniques: many technology sectors are already controlled by the laws of quantum physics, the physics of miraculous (wave) particles. This is also the main focus of the Research Center for Applied Quantum Technology at the University of Stuttgart, also known as ZAQuant. This center carries out cross-faculty and interdisciplinary research into all areas of quantum sensor technology, concentrating on three areas relevant to practical applications: active sensor elements, peripheries and the activation of quantum sensors, as well as the integration of quantum sensors in component parts. It is not only the breadth of this spectrum that is unique, but also the fact that potential operators are able to experiment with prototypic components. This is of major interest to our industrial partners. The total building costs of EUR 41.5 million were covered by federal funds as well as by funds of the state of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Stuttgart. At a ceremony held on Friday October 8, 2021, State Finance Minister Dr. Danyal Bayaz presented the new building along with State Secretary for Science, Research and the Arts Petra Olschowski and Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel. Thanks to its close proximity to the new physics building, also currently in the planning phase, and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, a unique complex is being developed where cutting-edge research and excellent teaching will be able to benefit from each other. Press release "Center for Applied Quantum Technology passed on to the University of Stuttgart"

The Friedrich and Elisabeth Boysen Foundation

With a significant donation, the Friedrich and Elisabeth Boysen Foundation, in existence since 1996, recently stepped up once again for science and research. The object of the funds provided by the foundation is to bring to the university or retain, as it were, highly qualified professor by offering extra pay. Supplemental donations made with the aim of supporting this important function are always welcome. 

Past important projects/large donations

In operation on the University of Stuttgart campus since 2011, RZBW is a unique forum for technology transfer and knowledge transfer between research and industry. In addition, it is a place where the public can get close to the fascinating subject of space travel through many exhibitions and presentations. RZBW accepts donations and sponsorship support. For more information, please visit the RZBW website. This link will open our video clip on YouTuve of the 2011 dedication ceremony.

Among the decisive considerations for (young) researchers in choosing a future place to work is the matter of child care. The University of Stuttgart is therefore very pleased by the success of the “Kinderland” advancement project: Since June 2010, to the delight of University parents and their children, we have operated an infant playgroup with a staff of ten exclusively for children on campus. It was made possible, among others, by a considerable gift from the Booster Club of the University of Stuttgart/VFUS. For more on our plans to open another playgroup in the medium term, please see our Kinderland press release [de].

The wind energy endowed chair at the University of Stuttgart exemplifies the impact that installing an endowed chair can make – the wind energy chair is today the sole chair for wind energy in Germany. It was endowed in 2004 – thanks to a donation by  Dipl.-Ing. Karl Schlecht, the founder of Putzmeister AG, Aichtal. At the end of the 10-year endowment period in 2014, the University took over follow-on financing of the chair.


Vanessa Hanke


Head of Division

This image shows Birgit Harrer

Birgit Harrer


Head of Department / Deputy head of division / Coordination of applications for DFG Collaborative Research Centers and Transregios

This image shows Anna Steiger

Anna Steiger


Chancellor at the University of Stuttgart

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