Joint research and cooperation projects

The University of Stuttgart has made research that transcends borders between departments and disciplines one of its bedrock principles. On these pages, we introduce the most important current joint research efforts to you.

Joint research projects play a key role in actualizing the „Stuttgarter Weg” (Stuttgart Way) of interdisciplinary and integrative cooperation that is embedded in the University of Stuttgart’s mission statement. To realise the vision of „Intelligent Systems for a Sustainable Society, the University of Stuttgart supports numerous joint research groups that cut across departments and disciplines. Scientists from different departments network to focus on university-wide research priorities and attract funding for new coordinated joint research projects. For many of these joint research projects, participation by external cooperation partners contributes importantly to the scientific work.

Simulation of the effects of construction traffic on noise development in the Black Forest.

Joint research in the modeling and simulation technology area

Simulations and modeling pervade all of science and increasingly also industrial applications and daily life. Simulation technologies are among the high points of University of Stuttgart research activities. This is particularly manifest in the Cluster of Excellence Simulation Technologies (SimTech) which brings together excellence-level expertise from the fields of mathematics, engineering science, computing, and the natural sciences.

The Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 Data-integrated Simulation Science received funding under the Federal Excellence Strategy. Researchers in the SimTech Excellence Cluster work on making computer simulations more powerful, forecasts more reliable, and visualizations even more precise. During the funding period, SimTech is integrated into the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Technology, the platform for efficient, comprehensive development of scientific methods and applications in all areas of the modelling and simulation sciences.

Spokesperson: Prof. Thomas Ertl

Director Stuttgart Center of Simulation Science

Duration: since 2007


Joint reserach in intelligent systems and communication

The Text Studies research center is dedicated to methodological reflection on new approaches in the text-oriented disciplines. Beyond that, it is expected to contribute techniques of textual analysis, description, and interpretation and to bridge the gaps between different text-based disciplines. The four areas of concentration are hermeneutics, material studies, digital humanities, and image.

Spokesperson: Prof. Sandra Richter

Institute: Institute of Literatures

Duration: since 2014


Joint research in the field of new materials and Quantum Technology

IQST is an institute-spanning, interdisciplinary center in the quantum research field in which the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Ulm participate. The consortium’s aim is to make use of the enormous technological potential quantum physics holds for engineering applications. To this end, researchers from the natural sciences (especially physics and chemistry), mathematics, and the engineering sciences work together closely in the Center, simultaneously cooperating directly with industry.

Prof. Tilman Pfau

Institute of Physics (5)

since 2011


In the SCoPE SRC physicists and engineers from a total of twelve institutes of  the University of Stuttgart bundle their efforts and forge cooperative links with industry. Their goal is a complete the research and development cycle from photonic fundamentals to innovative developments and applications. The research themes range from quantum structures and quantum optics through metamaterials and plasmonics to application-centric task definitions in subwavelength optics as well as diffractive and active optics.

Prof. Harald Giessen

Institute of Physics (4)

since 2009


The Stuttgart Research Focus (SRF) for materials characterization and analysis grapples with questions of energy efficiency and resource planning and works in this area on the ever more complex technologies for manufacturing building component and infrastructure. A key core element in this is utilizing and, especially, characterizing materials that are optimized for specific applications.

Prof. Stefan Weihe

Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science, and Strength of Materials (IMWF)

since 2016

The Center for Applied Quantum Technology is bringing together experts in quantum physics and photonics with engineering science to achieve applied quantum technology particularly for quantum sensors. Projects in the center comprise integrated quantum sensors for electric and magnetic fields, pressure, force, gyration or temperature. The center is housed in a dedicated research building  with specialized laboratory space for precision measurements on quantum sensors.

Website ZAQuant  

Halbleiterscheibenlaser mit sehr hoher Leistung, entwickelt im Forschungszentrum SCoPE.
Halbleiterscheibenlaser mit sehr hoher Leistung, entwickelt im Forschungszentrum SCoPE.

Joint research in the field design and technology of lasting living spaces

The Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" aims to harness the full potential of digital technologies in order to rethink design and construction, and enable groundbreaking innovations for the building sector through a systematic, holistic and integrative computational approach. The Cluster is based on the SRC for Architecture: Integrative Design and Adaptive Building ArchiDA is an interdisciplinary network that bundles complementary research activities and competences in the university’s research priority area “Architecture and Adaptive Building”, and aims to interlink it with further research fields such as computer science, robotics, production and systems engineering, as well as the social and cultural sciences.

Contact: Prof. Achim Menges,Institut für Computerbasiertes Entwerfen und Baufertigung

Websites: SRC ArchIDA, Exzellenzcluster IntCDC

The "Stuttgart Research Initiative - Valorization of Bioresources" (SRI ValBio) combines the organizational and research activities for establishing sustainable development through intensive application of bioeconomy. 

Essential contents of the SRI ValBio are the research and use of

  • bio-based structures and components
  • bio-based materials including their use in sustainable architecture as well as
  • novel approaches for the generation of bioenergy and the production of valuable materials in sustainable biotechnological processes.

Contact: Prof. Ralf Takors, Institute of Biochemical Engineering

Website SRI ValBio

MaisonFibre, a pavillon on the Biennale for Architecture in Venice / Italy, 2022

Joint research in the field of integrated product and production design

The research campus ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next generation of Automobiles) builds a bridge between research and development in the areas of lightweight construction and innovative manufacturing technologies.

Contact: Peter Fröschle
Duration: since 2013

Lidar scan of the wind speed field Windpark Baltic I in the Baltic Sea (SWE)

Joint research for energy supply and the environment

Managing resources sustainably and efficiently – be they commodities, materials, energy, and water – is the subject of multi-faceted research at the University of Stuttgart. Many university departments and their partners contribute to it with innovative approaches and technologies.

In the WindForS wind energy research cluster, the University of Stuttgart, University of Tübingen, Technical University Munich, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Aalen and Esslingen universities of applied science, and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Center for Solar Energy and H2 Research bundle their expertise in the field of wind energy research. The consortium members cooperate both in research and the areas of graduate education, post-graduate training and continuing education.

Contact: Prof. Po Wen Cheng

Institute: Institute of Aircraft Design

Duration: since 2014


The goal of the SPI STRise is studying problems of the energy transition more comprehensively in systems research and also to bring into the analyses social factors in addition to ecological and economical aspects. Partnering in this joint project with the University of Stuttgart are the Baden-Wuerttemberg Center for Solar Energy and H2 Research (ZSW) and the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (ITT) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Contact: Prof. Kai Hufendiek

Institute: Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy

Duration: since 2015


In 2015, SRP NUPUS emerged from the International Research Training Group (GRK) 1398 "Nonlinearities and Upscaling in Porous Media" (NUPUS), which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2007 to 2015. SRP "NUPUS" succeeded the cooperations established in GRK "NUPUS". From 2015 to 2018, SRP was funded by the University of Stuttgart and served as a platform for young scientists as well as  for students to  practice scientific exchange in the field of porous media.

In 2017, the German Research Foundation agreed to fund the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1313 "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media - Flow, Transport and Deformation". In the following, SRP "NUPUS" was incorporated into SFB 1313, which is now responsible for the continuation of the formerly developed visions. The cooperation agreements concluded by the University of Stuttgart within the SRP "NUPUS" with numerous national and international research institutions are still valid and are now also binding for SFB 1313. At the moment, all activities at the University of Stuttgart in the field of porous media are organized via SFB 1313. However, SRP still exists.

Contact: Prof. Rainer Helmig

Duration: since 2015

Website: SRP NUPUS

By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas and coal. Therefore alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. The Stuttgart Research Initiative CHEM|ampere will elaborate on the concept of such a future chemical factory, both from a fundamental and application-oriented standpoint. The University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) are involved in the initiative.

The concept is based on the use of electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, to activate the aforementioned ubiquitous non-fossil raw materials CO2, H2O, O2, and N2. The research initiative focuses on three electrical production technologies: Plasma Technology, Electrolytic Processes and Electrically Heated Reactors.

Contact: Prof. Elias Klemm, Institute of Technical Chemistry,

Website CHEM|ampere

Joint research in the field of biomedical systems

The center is dedicated to department-spanning and interdisciplinary research and teaching in systems biology. It aims to achieve a holistic system understanding by analyzing individual biological system components, with the ultimate goal of making the leap from a qualitatively descriptive to a quantitative, theory-based, predictive biology.  A special attribute of the Center’s networked system biology activities at the University of Stuttgart is the close cooperation between the biological, engineering, and systems sciences.

Duration: since 2014
Contact: Prof. Markus Morrison, Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology

Website Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology

The Stuttgart Partnership Initiative  - Mass Personalization (SPI-MP) focuses on excellent basic research on fabrication and biomaterial technologies for personalized biomedical systems.

The SPI-MP is part of the High Performance Center Mass Personalization (LZMP). It researches interdisciplinary and cross-sector methods, procedures, processes, product systems and business models to produce personalized products. The SPI-MP aims to boost networking between existing research initiatives at the University of Stuttgart and the High Performance Center in order to pave the way for further projects and partnerships. 

Duration: since 2021
Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter Middendorf and Prof. Günter Tovar

Webseite Mass Personalization
Leistungszentrum Mass Personalization website [de]

The Stuttgart Research Initiative (SRI) 3R-BioMedicUS brings together experts across science and engineering to advance 3R (Reduce, Refine, Replace) non-animal methodologies for biomedical research. We aim to develop innovative patient predictive models that more accurately represent the human in settings where animal models are still lacking. Using ex vivo, de novo and in silico approaches, we develop models ranging from the molecular and cellular level all the way to the organ level.

3R-BioMedicUS is a partner structure of the 3R Network Baden-Württemberg, headed by the 3R Center Tübingen. Hence, it provides multiple opportunities for interaction with academic, clinical and industrial partners in the network and acts as a structural anchor of non-animal methodologies and of the 3R-Principles in teaching, training and research at the University of Stuttgart.

Duration: since 2023
Contact: Prof. Dr. Monilola Olayioye (Speaker), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Heymann (Co-Speaker) und Dr. Raluca Tamas (Scientific Coordinator)

Website 3R-BioMedicUS

Cell research for the development of new cancer therapies

Joint Research in the field of mobility

The mobility and production of the future are sustainable, efficient and made in Baden-Württemberg. This requires breakthrough technologies - from innovative vehicle drives to versatile production processes. The goal of the Innovation Campus Future Mobility (ICM) is to shape this change. In the ICM, the University of Stuttgart combines its competencies in research and innovation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to jointly develop new technologies quickly and flexibly, test new approaches, and create the basis for leap innovations.

Contact: Dr. Max Hoßfeld and  Team

The continuously increasing negative effects of traffic, as well as the resulting bottlenecks and environmental problems demand the implementation of intermodal transportation, efficient passenger systems, and responsible mobility in the future. Sustainable mobility is therefore one of the biggest challenges that our society faces today.

With the aim of creating integrated solutions to mobility problems through interdisciplinary work, 15 scientists from the Universität Stuttgart teamed up to create FOVUS - the Center for Transportation Research at the Universität Stuttgart.

Contact: Prof. Markus Friedrich, Institute for Road and Transport Science,  +49 711 685 82482, E-Mail 

Joint research in the areas of science, technology and society

What is the impact of intelligent systems on society? The "Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems" (IRIS) at the University of Stuttgart aims to address this question. With the IRIS network, researchers aim to cooperate with one another in a process of critical reflection on the foundations, mechanisms, implications, and effects of intelligent systems in research, teaching, and society as a whole. For example, at the interface between AI and ethics, the researchers are examining how discrimination can be prevented when artificial intelligence is used in automated decision-making, or how stereotyping can be avoided in technology development.

Duration: Since 2021


Jun. Prof. Dr. Maria Wirzberger , Prof. Steffen Staab

Website Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems

At the cross-departmental research center ZIRIUS, scholars from various disciplines, such as sociology, political science, psychology, economics or engineering, conduct research in the field of science, technology, and democratic governance for a sustainable society. Their research focuses on questions and challenges of socio-technical change, its potential risks and implications, and the chances of responsible technoscientific governance and effective citizen participation. They study the intricate relations between scientific and technological innovations and the need to govern them in a responsible manner.

Duration: Since 2003 / 2013

Directors: Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp, Prof. Dr. André Bächtiger

Website ZIRIUS


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