The University of Konstanz is one of the most successful universities in Germany and is one of the internationally leading younger universities. In both phases of the German Excellence Initiative Konstanz was successful with its Institutional Strategy to Promote Top-Level Research, with one Cluster of Excellence and two Graduate Schools. The research-oriented, young campus university combines top-level research and excellent teaching in its concept of a “Culture of Creativity”. The University of Konstanz has won awards for its equal opportunities offers and family-friendliness and actively supports the careers of young researchers.
The university’s profile areas in the field of life sciences and the natural sciences are: chemical biology, ecology, nanoscience and material sciences. The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology, which is funded in the context of the German Excellence Initiative, as well as the two Graduate Schools Chemistry and Biological Sciences play a key role in doctoral training. At the intersection of biology, chemistry and computer and information science, the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology offers its doctoral students five interdisciplinary main research areas: synthetic chemistry, cellular biochemistry, biomedicine, biophysics as well as bio- and chemoinformatics. Research in the area life sciences is underpinned by the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 969 “Chemical and Biological Principles of Cellular Proteostasis”.
At the University of Konstanz, teaching is embedded in research. Students benefit from top-notch research and can make use of the research infrastructure. The University of Konstanz is currently home to some 11,700 students enrolled in around 120 different degree courses in the fields of mathematics, sciences, humanities, law, business and administration.