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Rising Stars Partner Institutions

We are proud to present the partner institutions that support us in setting up and running the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy.
Our special thanks goes to:

Baden-Württemberg International

The central location marketing agency for business and science in and for Baden-WürttembergAs an excellent location for study and research, Baden-Württemberg offers numerous opportunities for growth for highly qualified students, young scientists and researchers. Young start-up entrepreneurs benefit from the strong economy and the innovative power of the German Southwest. At BW_i, we are committed to bringing young talent to Baden-Württemberg to start their career and supporting them with selected programmes.

FWTM Freiburg

Freiburg, a multifaceted city with southern flair in southwest Germany:

Due to the highest number of sunny days in whole Germany, Freiburg – located in the Southwest, at the Upper Rhine Valley – is considered the most Mediterranean location of Germany. Not because it is the capital of the Black Forest but due to its international reputation as being a model city for ecology and sustainability, Freiburg is also often referred to as the “Green City”.

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An ambitious environmental policy and a passionate political and civic commitment to renewable energy sources have earned Freiburg the title “GREEN CITY”, making it a role model for towns and cities around the world. Freiburg is considered the birthplace of the environmental movement and has received numerous titles and awards, such as: The Federal Climate Protection Capital, the European City of the Year, the German Environment Prize, the First German Sustainability Award, the Sustania 100 – City of the UN World Decade, the Ecological Capital, the German Green Capital, and the European Local Transport Prize, just to name a few.

Of course the more than nine hundred year old city itself with its medieval lanes and the small open canals in the streets which wind their way through the city centre – locally known as Gässle and Bächle respectively – and its famous cathedral, as well as the abundance of sunshine and the famous hospitality are still a magnet as such.

In the global competition for investments and jobs, Germany’s excellence is in education and science. Precisely because Freiburg was never rich in natural resources and was never a classical location for industry, it recognized sooner than other cities that its chances for the future lie in the natural resource of knowledge.

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE)

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in two key areas of modern biology: Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Central questions address the molecular basis of cell type identities, as they are regulated during immune cell differentiation, metabolic response and epigenetic chromatin adaptation.

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Immunobiology is concerned with the ways multicellular organisms defend themselves against pathogens. Scientists of the institute study the evolutionary origins and the development of lymphoid organs and immune effector cells as well as the genetic basis of host-pathogen interactions. This information underpins efforts to better diagnose and treat immunodeficiency and inflammatory diseases. Epigenetics is the study of inheritable traits that are not caused by changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Epigenetic mechanisms are crucial for the organization and utilization of genetic information. Since the susceptibility to diseases can be promoted by epigenetic dysfunction, epigenetic research has far-reaching implications for diagnosis and therapy of human disease. The MPI-IE with more than 350 employees hosts numerous research groups supported by state-of-the-art scientific facilities. For the training of young scientists, the institute offers an international PhD program, the International Max Planck Research School for Immunobiology, Epigenetics, and Metabolism (IMPRS-IEM).

Sustainability Center Freiburg

The Sustainability Center Freiburg is a cooperation between Freiburg’s Fraunhofer Institutes EMI, IAF, IPM, ISE and IWM, the Albert Ludwig University (ALU) Freiburg and other research institutions and partners. Its ambition is to translate the findings of sustainability research at the University and Fraunhofer Freiburg into innovations.

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Sustainability Center Freiburg has therefore established two key pillars: to support excellent research and to ensure technology transfer. With the aim of establishing Freiburg as an internationally recognized location for engineering based sustainability research, a new institute was founded at the University of Freiburg: the Institute for Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH). It will bring excellent scientists to Freiburg and educate young talents with a sustainability-oriented perspective. Further, its objective is to promote interdisciplinary research projects on technologies and solutions for sustainable development in three research areas: Energy Systems, Sustainable Materials and Resilience Engineering.

The second pillar focuses on transferring research findings into innovations that will meet the needs of today’s and future generations. Various formats for scientists, start-ups, companies and networks from Freiburg, the region and beyond are offered to support technology transfer. When looking for progressive and innovative, sustainable ideas small and large companies, associations and other stakeholders can learn about research findings in specially organized events, such as science days or transfer sessions. Besides, scientists aiming to start their own company based on research findings will be supported by the team of the Sustainability Center Freiburg.