Kulmbach Campus taking form
A perspective based on the natural sciences, a methodological revolution in biosciences, and modern conceptions of economics, law, social sciences, and behavioural sciences - this is the core idea behind the plans for the University of Bayreuth's new faculty.
It is a joint project: the University Governing Board, the internal planning group, and an external advisory board made up of high-ranking experts all worked together closely. Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens (Director of the Planning Group) and Managing Director of the Kulmbach Campus Dr. Matthias Kaiser coordinated the activities as well as contact to the town of Kulmbach, where a dedicated team led by Mayor Henry Schramm has also been helping to make the new Faculty VII - Food, Nutrition & Health a reality on the Kulmbach Campus. The working groups prepared a plan for the new faculty in only five months, and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible was able to send it to the Bavarian Ministry on 30 November 2017. The Bavarian Landtag is expected to reach a decision on the matter this summer. The Planning Office that was opened in December 2017 is located on the grounds of Kulmbach's former spinning mill. The Kulmbach Campus will be constructed nearby on the grounds of the old rail depot.
New and innovative in the field of nutrition
The concept for the 7th faculty takes an integrative approach. In line with the tradition of the University of Bayreuth, it deals with interdisciplinary research and teaching on the greatest challenges of our times. Nutrition and movement are among the most important factors that influence health in modern societies. However, the causal relationships between nutrition and, e.g., the risk of developing type II diabetes or cardiovascular diseases are not yet fully understood. What's more, the limited knowledge we do have has not sufficiently impacted social developments and individual behaviour. We also still have a long way to go when it comes to providing all people with the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
- Digital Health
- New Breeding Methods
- Food Law
- Behavioural Economics
- Public Health
Student infrastructure and special features of the the University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach
In an effort to make the Kulmbach Campus attractive for students - particularly, international students - plans include a dormitory located next door to the building in which research and teaching will be conducted. This falls under the responsibility of the local Association for Student Affairs. New paths will also be set in serving meals on the Kulmbach Campus. For example, the cafeteria will also include space for scientific work on the concept of nudging in health sciences or on the application of sustainability strategies.
It is hoped that Bayreuth's entrepreneurial spirit will also spread to Kulmbach: the new faculty is planning to create offices and labs for prospective start-ups, young innovators, as well as established companies working together with researchers to develop innovative business ideas, products, and processes.
Managing Director Dr. Matthias Kaiser and Director of the Planning Group Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens at the launch of the Kulmbach Campus Office in December 2017. Photos: Tina Endres
Professor Dr. Stephan Clemens
Director of Planning Group
University of Bayreuth, Campus Kulmbach
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-2630
Dr. Matthias J. Kaiser
University of Bayreuth, Kulmbach Campus
(former administrative villa of the Kulmbach spinning mill)
Phone: +49 (0)9221 / 4079811
Fax: +49 (0)9221 / 4079565