Kulmbach Plassenburg Castle

The University of Bayreuth’s Kulmbach Campus

"Decided and proclaimed: University of Bayreuth soon with university campus in Kulmbach" - with this press release, the University of Bayreuth announced its expansion plans in 2017. Meanwhile, at the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health, based at the "Campus Kulmbach", research, teaching and learning is already taking place. For us, this is an occasion to look back at the beginnings of our Faculty of Life Sciences.


"There is a real win-win situation here: Both the university and the entire region of Upper Franconia will benefit from the new university offering," said Science Minister Bernd Sibler at the opening of the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health in March 2019. Eventually, up to 1,000 young people will study in Kulmbach and more than 22 professorships will be established. Research questions include the causal relationships between disease risk and lifestyle, the influence of individual, cultural, or socio-economic factors on health, and the supply of healthy foods to people.

We would like to thank all the personalities who are currently committed to the founding and development of the Faculty at the Kulmbach location and who have already rendered outstanding services in the past, including Prof. Dr Stephan Clemens and the Honorary Senators Henry Schramm and Hans Albert Ruckdeschel.

Administration Villa, Fritz-Hornschuch-Straße 13, Kulmbach
Campus Kulmbach Entrance
Fritz Shopping mall, Fritz-Hornschuch-Straße 9, Kulmbach

University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach – the milestones

  • June 2017: Decision of the Bavarian Council of Ministers to establish a seventh faculty at the University of Bayreuth with the title "Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health" with up to 1,000 students, 150 employees and more than 22 professorships at the Kulmbach site
  • December 2017: The first dean, Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens, and Managing Director Dr. Matthias Kaiser start work in the first faculty office in the gatehouse of the "Alte Spinnerei".
  • July 2018: The Bavarian State Government approves the scientific concept and the roadmap for establishing the faculty.
  • October 2018: Amendment of the University of Bayreuth’s constitution to regulate the establishment of its seventh faculty and move into the administrative building in Kulmbach.
  • March 2019: Launch of the University of Bayreuth’s Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health in Kulmbach with Minister of State Bernd Sibler and Prof. em. Hannlore Daniel
  • Autumn 2019: First round of applications for the new professorships
  • October 2019: Inclusion of the Faculty of Life Sciences project in the state government's high-tech agenda
  • January 2020: The first public lecture of the faculty (Prof. Dr. Martin Korte of the TU Braunschweig invited by the Faculty of Life Sciences in the Kulmbach Stadthalle) attracts hundreds of people.
  • May 2020: The first professorship is filled.
  • August 2020: Federal Minister of Nutrition Julia Klöckner visits the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health.
  • September 2020: The first student is enrolled in the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health.
  • October 2020: Introduction of the master's programme „Food Quality and Safety M.Sc.
  • November 2020: Start of teaching operations (under pandemic conditions); the Academy for New Media, KErn and the University of Bayreuth launch the "Nutrition Radar".
  • April 2021: Introduction of the master's programme „Global Food, Nutrition and Health M.Sc.
  • June 2021: First offices open in “the fritz”
  • October 2021: Start of in-person teaching in Kulmbach; opening of a new cafeteria and the first laboratory rooms in “the fritz“; introduction of the bachelor's programme „Food & Health Sciences
  • November 2021: Guide through the EU regulatory jungle for food start-ups presented - with the support of the Adalbert Raps Foundation 
  • December 2021: Purchase of land for the new building passes the budget committee of the state parliament
  • March 2022First labs held in “the fritz” 
  • April 2022: Notarization of the acquisition of land by the State of Bavaria
  • July 2022: Campus Day in Kulmbach: The Faculty of Life Sciences opens its doors to the people of Kulmbach; start of the lecture series "Kulmbacher Stadtgespräch"
  • October 2022: New faculty rooms in the "Alte Spinnerei" and opening of the new LEG sublibrary; election of a new director of the faculty from its own ranks; Prof. Dr. Janin Henkel-Oberländer becomes the next dean
  • November 2022: Opening of the new premises by Minister of State Markus Blume
  • April 2023: Opening of the new cafeteria in the “Alte Spinnerei” by Studentenwerk Oberfranken (Upper Franconian Association for Student Affairs)
  • Mai 2023: Project assignment for the new building

University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach – the milestones

  • June 2017: Decision of the Bavarian Council of Ministers to establish a seventh faculty at the University of Bayreuth with the title "Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health" with up to 1,000 students, 150 employees and more than 22 professorships at the Kulmbach site
  • December 2017: The first dean, Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens, and Managing Director Dr. Matthias Kaiser start work in the first faculty office in the gatehouse of the "Alte Spinnerei".
  • July 2018: The Bavarian State Government approves the scientific concept and the roadmap for establishing the faculty.
  • October 2018: Amendment of the University of Bayreuth’s constitution to regulate the establishment of its seventh faculty and move into the administrative building in Kulmbach.

Facts and figures at a glance

Students

274

In the summer semester 2024, 274 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Life Sciences in Kulmbach. 


Programmes of Study

4

From the winter semester 2024/25, there will be three Master's degree programmes and one Bachelor's degree programme in the field of food, nutrition and health.

Professors

13

In the summer semester 2024, 13 professors will be teaching and researching at the Faculty of Life Sciences in Kulmbach.