The university is the centre of an excellent research network that includes numerous extra-university research and academic institutions in the research city of Heidelberg and the region. Research, teaching, and continuing education are the university's main spheres of activity in cooperation with its local and regional partners.
The university endeavours to transfer research results and scientific findings to industry and the economy. With its Industry-on-Campus projects – strategic research cooperations with companies in the research city of Heidelberg and the region – Ruperto Carola networks its basic research with the application-oriented research of its industrial partners.
To facilitate the transfer of research results to all levels of society and thus open up new prospects to students and young researchers, the university systematically seeks dialogue with the broader public as well as defined subsets. A wide range of activities encourages continual exchange between science and society.
Scientific consulting services are offered to political representatives, administrative organisations and their members, as well as civic, cultural, and economic organisations. Referrals to relevant experts facilitate the transfer of knowledge to society.
Knowledge transfer at Heidelberg University
In addition to research and teaching, knowledge transfer is one of the core activities of the university. The effective transfer of knowledge for practical application in society is just as valuable for sustaining the ability to innovate as for successfully addressing the challenges of demographic and societal change.