The diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the research at the Johannes Gutenberg University is clearly demonstrated by the numerous internal initiatives in which the researchers get involved. Some are formal, some informal, allowing the researchers to work in interdisciplinary manner. These structures include, for example, interdisciplinary research platforms and a wide-ranging spectrum of interdisciplinary working groups.
In addition to the subject-based Research Centers and Research Units, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz also has its own self-funded interdisciplinary research platforms, dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration. The university funds these itself. At present, a wide range of scientists are working together on two interdisciplinary research platforms. One covers the study of intercultural issues and the other works on the interface between medicine and natural sciences.
With the founding of the first Interdisciplinary Working Group in 1986, the Johannes Gutenberg University created a new funding instrument for interdisciplinary collaboration in individual fields of research. The centres are established by the Senate, with a reservation of appraisal, for a certain period, and provided with EUR 2,500 per year. Interdisciplinary working groups serve, among other things, as nuclei for the formation of larger structures and for the creation of a critical mass, in order to find an increased echo among external funding sources.
At present there are the following Interdisciplinary Working Groups at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz:
- Alte Medizin (since 2013)
- ChemBioMed (since 2014)
- Italy (since 2014)
- Mineralogical Archaeometry (since 2013)
- Rebe und Wein (since 2010)
The German Resilience Center (Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum, DRZ) is a central research institution of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and its University Medical Center, whose aim is to contribute to a better understanding of resilience – an individual’s ability to adapt to stress or adversity.
Formally established in July 2014, the DRZ's tripartite approach, which combines basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience and social science, uniquely addresses one of the most important public health challenges of modern, knowledge-based societies. The DRZ is the first dedicated research institution in Europe that aims to tackle these challenges and to fill an important gap in our knowledge and understanding of resilience.
| Martina Diehl
Office German Resilience Center
Langenbeckstr. 1, Bldg. 701
Within the biomedical sciences in Germany there is a striking discrepancy between internationally competitive basic research and poorly developed patient-oriented and clinical research. Thus, there is a critical need for graduate programs that train young medical and natural science graduates in basic and translational research to enable them to become future leaders in the fields of biomedicine and translational research, in academia as well as in the pharmaceutical industry.
The Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine (TransMed) addresses this need by providing an integrated, multidisciplinary training curriculum in all aspects of translational medicine. The training program consists of a Pre-TransMed phase, a Core-TransMed phase and a Post-TransMed phase. Besides awarding a MD-PhD/PhD in "Translational Biomedicine" TransMed offers unique features for both clinician scientists and natural scientists.
TransMed is jointly run by four faculties of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: the University Medical Center, the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Geosciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Media, and Sports.
| Dr. Petra M. Schwarz
Langenbeckstr. 2, Bldg. 907, Room 568
Tel +49 6131 17-9149