The Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald (“Alma Mater Gryphiswaldensis“) was founded in 1456 and is considered as one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe. Currently, over 10,000 students from all over the world benefit from a modern academic and research network in a time-honored environment. The members of the University´s community engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across faculties, universities and enterprises, and aim for excellence in both research and teaching. Life sciences with a focus on cell- and molecular biology, microbiology, infection biology, and biomathematics constitute one of the focal research areas. The scientific performance of the university is likewise expressed by several coordinated multidisciplinary research programs funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) such as the Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) and the Research Training Groups (DFG-RTGs) for young scientists. The RTG 1870 “Bacterial Respiratory Infections – Common and Specific Mechanisms of Pathogen Adaptation and Immune Defense” investigates the adaptation and pathogenesis mechanisms of three major human respiratory bacterial pathogens (S. pneumoniae, S. aureus, and B. pseudomallei). In 15 different projects young researchers expand their methodological and social skills as well as get integrated into the international scientific community. In the Transregional CRC 34 (CRC-TRR34) the Universities of Greifswald, Münster, Tübingen and Würzburg join forces to study the “Pathogenesis of Staphylococci in the Post-Genomic Era”. More than 50 researchers from a broad range of disciplines collaborate in around 20 projects that are funded by DFG for up to 12 years. To optimally support the early career researchers and to facilitate networking between the research consortia, the CRC TRR34 and the RTG 1870 closely collaborate with each other and interact with the University’s Graduate Academy.
Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI), is an independent higher Federal authority under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The FLI performs research concerning infectious diseases of animals, animal genetics, animal nutrition and animal welfare and husbandry. Furthermore it is the national reference laboratory for all infectious diseases of animals including zoonoses, which are notifiable or reportable. At the international level, it fulfils numerous functions within the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Today, it encompasses 11 research departments at five sites. The headquarter is located on the Insel Riems, Greifswald, Germany.