iGEM Bielefeld 2015

Bielefeld & University

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With its population of 325,000 inhabitants, Bielefeld is one of the 20 major cities in Germany and a large economic and cultural center in East Westphalia-Lippe. It has a developed infrastructure and excellent connections by many means of transport to other major cities in Germany. Bielefeld is situated near the Teutoburger forest, which makes it attractive to everyone who likes outdoor activities. Bielefeld is located in the region of Eastern Westphalia (Ostwestfalen-Lippe or short "OWL"), the most northeastern administrative district in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Covering approximately one-fifth of the state, OWL has a population of more than 2 million inhabitants. Internationally known companies like Benteler, Bertelsmann, Claas, Dr. Oetker, Gerry Weber, Gildemeister, Melitta, Miele, Schüco, and Wincor Nixdorf make it one of the economically strongest regions in Germany.

Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University

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Bielefeld University was founded in 1969. It is known for its interdisciplinary high-quality research and teaching. It comprises 13 faculties, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural and technical sciences, social studies and pedagogics. There are around 20,000 students, among them 1700 international students, who study in 107 degree courses. In the next few years, the Bielefeld campus will be developed into one of the most modern facilities in Europe, offering an excellent environment for studying. The research profile of the university focuses on interdisciplinary studies. Bielefeld University is mainly known for its sociology faculty, but in recent years cutting-edge research in robotics and biotechnology become more popular.

CeBiTec - Center for Biotechnology

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The CeBiTec is a central scientific institution at Bielefeld University dedicated to interdisciplinary research in life sciences. It is a place to encourage and support the creation of innovative projects that cross discipline boundaries. For this purpose, it consolidates research activities in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, genome research, systems biology and biochemistry, as well as bioinformatics and computer science. It is located on the campus of Bielefeld University, in the new laboratory building G inaugurated in 2007.