The Department of Biology cooperates closely with non-university research institutions in Northern Germany. Cooperations in the field of research or teaching exist, for example, with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI Plön), the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, the Heinrich Pette Institute (HPI; Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology) , the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Research Center Borstel (Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences), the Hamburg Center for Free Electron Laser Sciences (CFEL), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Center for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) and the Thünen Institute of Wood and Fish Science (TIs for Sea Fishing, Fishery Ecology, Wood Research, Forest Genetics and International Forestry and Forest Economics).
Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN)
The Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) is a central research center at Universität Hamburg and part of the local network KlimaCampus Hamburg. Members include oceanographers, meteorologists, marine biologists, geophysicists, geologists, soil scientists, geographers, biogeochemists, economists, social scientists, historians, as well as peace and security researchers, all of whom are actively engaged in climate, environmental, and earth system research.
Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP)
The Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP) is concerned with the global climate system, global climate change, regional aspects of climate change as well as the issue of humans and the climate.
Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB)
The CSSB devotes itself to infection biology and medicine by utilizing structural and molecular biology methods and imaging techniques in conjunction with systems biology approaches.
CSSB is a joint initiative of ten research partners from Northern Germany, including three universities and six research institutes. We endeavor to become a leading international research centre in the city of Hamburg.
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.
The Heinrich Pette Institute - Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI)
The Heinrich Pette Institute - Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI) is a non-profit, independent research foundation that has been part of the Leibniz Association (WGL) since 1995. The HPI and the University of Hamburg are cooperating for many years.
The Thünen Institute, cooperates with the University of Hamburg. The course “Wood Science” is offered in cooperation.