Business, Industry and Knowledge Exchange
Heidelberg University’s institutional strategy fosters cooperation with external partners in business and society through a number of mutually beneficial activities. The Industry-on-Campus (IoC) concept supports longer-term industrial cooperations with respect to strategically oriented basic research. The resulting synergies enable better knowledge exchange between basic-oriented research and application-oriented research.
Industry on Campus has been a successful form of cooperation particularly in the natural and information sciences. The Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) and the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) represent proven research associations with industry on the university campus that will continue to be honed within the institutional strategy. Both have been operating for the past two years.
Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa)
Work at the Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) is focussed on fundamental research in molecular catalysis. The laboratory is operated with BASF as its exclusive industrial partner and is considered a prototype internationally for a successful research collaboration between industry and university. [Homepage]
Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI)
In the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI), the university works together strategically with several large and medium-size companies. Its aim is to find solutions for basic problems in image processing and then transfer the knowledge gained to applications. The HCI, considered a “think tank” for image processing, is the only centre of its kind in Germany. [Homepage]
Centre for Social Investment (CSI)
The Centre for Social Investment (CSI) works together with numerous partners from Germany and Europe in the legal and social sciences, such as in the area of non-profit law. CSI researchers work on the analysis of models and the legal, institutional and personal prerequisites for commitment to a civil society. The Centre for Social Investment is the only interdisciplinary and internationally active institute in all of Europe that is supported by a comprehensive university. [Homepage]
Knowledge exchange with non-academic partners, in particular industrial partners, governments (at the state or federal levels) and international institutions, will be increased. As a novel instrument, four transfer semesters will be offered every year to individuals engaging in knowledge transfer beyond the university, thereby fostering translational research. During the transfer semester, the teaching load of these researchers or staff members will be reduced, and a temporary replacement will be financed. A call for proposals will be published on this page.