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Clusters of Excellence

CIBSS – Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies

It is the goal of the Cluster CIBSS – Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies to gain a comprehensive understanding of signalling processes across biological scales. The CIBSS Research Team will use this knowledge to develop strategies to precisely control signalling processes. This will not only accelerate research, but also fuel innovation addressing important challenges in biomedicine and plant sciences.

Building on the University of Freiburg’s strong tradition of excellence in biological signalling studies, CIBSS will pioneer a novel, integrative approach that will advance the frontiers of signalling research. The CIBSS Research Programme unites three complementary research fields: (1) Signalling, (2) Metabolic and Cellular Cross-talk, (3) Control-of-Function.

CIBSS was selected for funding as a Cluster of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy on September 27th 2018.


Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS)

The cluster “Living, Adaptive, and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems” (livMatS) develops bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play a crucial role in their development.

Bioinspired materials, efficient energy systems, and reactive, self-repairing materials with different and often even contradictory properties and functional conditions all meet in a quasi-living materials system. Energy autonomy, adaptivity, longevity, and sustainability are the core properties of the materials systems to be developed in livMatS. They will be investigated and combined with each other in four research areas: A – Energy Autonomy, B – Adaptivity, C – Longevity, and D – Sustainability.

livMatS was selected for funding as a Cluster of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy on September 27th 2018.