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Jacobs University’s aim is to contribute solutions to the major challenges of today’s world. The research at Jacobs is structured in three focus areas, in which scientists from different fields work together across disciplinary boundaries.

Jacobs’ transdisciplinary approach is mirrored in all focus areas of our research and teaching. Jacobs offers state of the art research facilities; and students are involved in research from their first year.  Click here to take a virtual tour of some of our labs.
MOBILITY (of people, goods, and information)
Understanding the worldwide flow of people, goods and information is important in today’s globalized world. Information influences the life of the individual and the cohesion of societies and cultures in many different ways. Expertise in different disciplines, such as computer science, communication technology, logistics, mathematics and psychology are brought together in the development of new solutions.
HEALTH (focus on bioactive substances)
Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science. The goal is to make a healthy life possible for each human being and for the growing world population as a whole. Food, plants and marine algae can have a positive effect on health similar to that of conventional medicine. However, scientists first have to identify and isolate bioactive substances and explore their safe application through transdisciplinary cooperation between geo science, life sciences, physics and chemistry.
DIVERSITY (in modern societies)
When considering the development of our modern global society, individuals are regarded as indivisible biological, psychological and socially determined beings. This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.



Solutions to the major challenges of the 21st century

The research at Jacobs is structured in highly innovative Research Centers, in which scientists from different fields work together across disciplinary boundaries focusing on novel solutions for the global challenges of today and the future.
Aging – Interaction of Processes aims at a better understanding of how biological and behavioral processes as well as socio-economic context influence individual outcomes of aging.
Cognitive Systems and Processes is committed to two central scientific endeavors: the fundamental understanding of natural cognition processes and the construction of artificial intelligent systems on the basis of such knowledge
Cognition and Decision, Values & Well-Being merges behavioral and social sciences to learn how and when people can make choices that are good for their own and society’s well-being.
Mathematics, Modeling, and Computing hosts research at the interface between mathematics, natural sciences, modeling, and high-performance computing with applications in engineering and science.
Molecular Life Science studies the structure, behavior and function of vital bio-molecules (such as proteins and nucleic acids) and processes like the regulation of gene expression and the functioning of cells as well as the immune system.
Visual Communication and Expertise aims at explaining visual production, distribution, usage and reception processes, as well as the meanings of mass-mediated and interpersonally communicated visuals in contemporary aesthetic, cultural, economic, historical, political and social contexts.
Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL)
Interdisciplinary in nature, JCLL focuses in research, teaching and consulting on the behavioral and social sciences aspects of demographic aging and its effects on the labor market. The understanding and facilitation of lifelong learning is an important element in this problem constellation.
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
BIGSSS integrates excellent areas of graduate education and research at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University into a synergetic inter-university institution designed to become an internationally competitive model of graduate education. BIGSSS’ guiding principles are education to excellence, quality assurance, and effective funding. It is supported by the German Excellence Initiative.