Research & Science

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Masterplan Science

Dortmund is a City of Science: The university and research landscape is made up of seven universities and around 20 non-university research institutes, as well as science-oriented companies, museums, archives and cultural institutions. Around 54,000 students are currently enrolled in Dortmund.

The Masterplan Science was developed jointly by science, business, politics, culture, administration and urban society from 2011-2013. The aim was to position Dortmund more strongly as a City of Science. In June 2013, the City Council of Dortmund decided on the Masterplan Science and its implementation.

Sphere of Activity in the Masterplan Science:

  • Scientific areas of competence (logistics, production technology, biomedical and drug research, energy, and school and educational research)
  • Campus development
  • Framework conditions conducive to science
  • Science and urban society
  • Science and business
  • Marketing

The implementation is supported by the steering committee and the scientific dialogue with the actors involved, the officer of the Masterplan Science (Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Böling, 2011 - 2020), and by joint controlling.

A detailed evaluation of the fields of action was carried out in the course of an independent evaluation. The chairman of the expert committee, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel summarized the overall rating with the grade "very good". At the time of the evaluation (2018), a good three quarters of the 100 formulated measures could be classified as completed, established or decided. Almost all measures have begun.

Masterplan Science enters the second round

The actors involved, the steering committee, and the science dialogue, as well as the external expert committee, recommend systematic further development of the science master plan. The City Council of Dortmund decided on November 14, 2019 to further develop the master plan. The new basic structure of the Masterplan Science 2.0 presented in the Council proposal marks the framework for a congruent (further) development of new goals, topics, structures, and working methods. Building on the first Masterplan Science, the Masterplan Science 2.0 pursues the following overall goals:

  • Further development of Dortmund as a City of Science
  • Expansion of scientific excellence and networking
  • Strengthening the knowledge economy
  • Experimental city

The structures established in the Masterplan Science (steering committee / board of trustees and science dialogue) will be continued. The new Masterplan Science 2.0 will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Waldmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology.

The office of the Masterplan Science is located at the City of Dortmund in the Department for Mayoral and City Council’s Affairs in the area of Science and Academia.

Four topic groups are derived from the above-mentioned goals. Representatives from business, science, politics, culture, administration, and urban society will work together on the contents of the Masterplan by the end of 2020. Overall, the Masterplan Science 2.0 is an agile process that enables us to react flexibly to new developments and dynamics.

The first Masterplan Science will remain valid until the end of 2020.