Research areas

Research areas

Our research profile is characterized by five interdisciplinary research areas. They are based on future-oriented disciplines that we both strengthen and network in innovative ways. These strong networks between the many subject-specific competencies creates new capabilities that we use sustainably and in a pioneering manner in our research and development.

Our current research and development is application-oriented, interdisciplinary and carried out according to ethical guidelines in nine competence centers, and in the courses of our seven departments, in the following research areas:


Health and Quality of Life

Digital innovation and transformation

Inclusive, Social and Secure Society

Energy, Mobility and Infrastructure

Sustainability and Design


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 17 globally applicable goals that concern economic, social and ecological considerations in a balanced way, are integrated effectively into our research.

No poverty

Zero hunger

Good health and well-being

Quality education

Gender equality

Clean water and sanitation

Affordable clean energy

Decent work and economic growth

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Reduced inequalities

Sustainalbe cities and communities

Responsible consumption and production

Climate action

Life below water

Life on land

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Partnerships for the goals