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Facts & Achievements

With the transfer of ideas, knowledge, and technology, the University of Freiburg uses its expertise for the benefit of society and strengthens the exchange between science, industry, culture, politics, and the public sphere. Among other things, our transfer activities include lecture series and other science communications formats, consulting for political institutions, continuing education programs that reflect the broad spectrum of fields at a research university, registration of patents, and cooperation with companies.

Continuing education, transferable skills, and industry partnerships are important functions of the university. Formats like the Freiburg Science Fair bring science to life with hands-on exhibits and enable a dialogue with visitors.

Oriented toward practice

The practically oriented course program of the Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS) for the acquisition of professional skills is a recognized strength of teaching at the University of Freiburg. More than 250 experts from industry, science, and society – one-third of them alumni – design a program of around 360 courses per year. In transfer-oriented formats like service learning or the Sustainability Certificate, students receive direct insight into the possibilities for shaping our society and learn to take on responsibility.

Driving innovation

In the 2017 edition of the renowned Thomson-Reuters Innovation Ranking 2017, Freiburg is ranked as the 24th most innovative university in Europe. We are an important dialogue partner for leaders in the private and public sector and help pave the way for many successful inventions.

Among the Three Universities with the Most Patent Filings

The University of Freiburg files around 70 patent applications per year, making it one of the higher education institutions with the most patent filings in Germany. Altogether, the university holds 1680 active patents and around 150 active license agreements.

 A Rising Star in Venture Development

The 2016 edition of Germany’s “Startup Radar” confirms that no other university in the country has managed such an upswing in recent years with regard to support for startups. The University of Freiburg now occupies fourth place among large universities (> 15,000 students). This achievement was made possible by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s support program “EXIST – Culture of Entrepreneurship: University-Based Start-Ups”.

 A New Startup Every Two Months

The university’s Founders’ Office can look back on 18 years of experience advising and coaching aspiring entrepreneurs. It helped 22 spin-off companies get off the ground last year alone. With the startup association Campus Technologies Oberrhein, the university also offers professional venture development advising at the Universities of Offenburg and Furtwangen.

Science communications in focus

The University of Freiburg places great emphasis on science communications. At the beginning of 2021, we became the first university in Germany to embed the topic at the level of university leadership from a practical perspective – in connection with strategy – by recruiting a university and science communicator and establishing a Business Unit of Science Communications and Strategy.

Support for knowledge transfer and science communications

The University of Freiburg supports its researchers and advises them on all questions concerning knowledge transfer and science communications. For this purpose, we are currently building up a systematic qualification program for researchers from all disciplines and different career stages. Among other things, it will involve dealing with media and conducting one’s own active and dialogical communications work.


Educational Transfer

Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Prof. Dr. Michael Schwarze

Technology Transfer

Vice-President for Research and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing

Knowledge Transfer

Business Unit of Science Communications and Strategy
Julia Wandt