Our partnership with the University of Bremen
Our partnership with the University of Bremen will enhance our joint research endeavours and provide opportunities to our staff and students to develop new collaborations.
The partnership – the ‘Bremen-Cardiff Alliance’ – was signed on 8 March 2019 and facilitates the development of joint research activities and new forms of academic cooperation between the institutions.
The University of Bremen is one of Germany’s leading ’young universities’, with around 20,000 students and 2,300 academics. Its teaching and research activities span across a wide range of disciplines in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. From 2012, it has received funding as one of the eleven top universities in the German Excellence Initiative.
Cardiff University has long-established research links with the University of Bremen, including through the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the University of Bremen’s Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), and the cross-disciplinary ScienceHumanities initiative at Cardiff University and the University of Bremen’s Fiction Meets Science group.
The Bremen-Cardiff Alliance reflects shared strategic priorities and, whilst open for all areas to develop new collaborations in, will initially focus on complementary research strengths in three specific areas: media and communication sciences; marine and environmental sciences; and literary, social and historical studies.
A unique aspect of the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance is the affiliation of academic staff members from one university to the other. This enables staff to engage in long-term collaborative research activities on site, to supervise PhD students and apply for external funding through the respective national systems of the partner institution.
The Bremen-Cardiff Alliance includes a provision for staff and PhD student mobility through the establishment of a dedicated collaborative fund. The fund will be open for the development of joint research between the two institutions in all disciplines, as well as the mobility of teaching, technical and professional services staff to share best practice.
An Executive Committee oversees the partnership, made up of the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor International & Europe of Cardiff University, the President and Vice-President International and Diversity of the University of Bremen, and two further members from each institution.
If you are interested in finding out more about our international activities, or forming a partnership with us, please contact the International Office.