Places of Research

Research Institutions

Erfurt Laboratory for Empirical Research

A large part of the experimental laboratory research at the University of Erfurt has so far been distributed among three laboratories - the Herrmann-Ebbinghaus Laboratory, the ELab of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences and Junior Research Group on Infant Research in Thuringia. Against the background of the increased demand for laboratory capacity across all faculties, particularly in the areas of health communication, educational research and linguistics, the University of Erfurt has now taken a consistent step towards the future: The Erfurt Laboratory for Empirical Research - or ErfurtLab for short - was founded on July 1st 2019. The existing laboratories are now merged, expanded and institutionally anchored in a central one. The most important task of the ErfurtLab is to provide and sustanably enlarge its research resources that meet the highest scientific standards. For this purpose over 400 sqm and 15 rooms for laboratory experiments, surveys, group interviews and other forms of data collection are available.

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Erfurt School of Education

Since 2006, the Erfurt School of Education has been the central academic institution that conceives and organises teacher training at the University of Erfurt and coordinates the interfaces to the four faculties and other actors in teacher training on state and national level. Further fields of work are the promotion of young talent and research on teacher training as well as scientific training.

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Gotha Research Library

The Gotha Research Library is a special library for the history of culture and knowledge of the Early Modern Age and modern times. It sees itself as an institution of research infrastructure and accomplishes services on behalf of its historical collection as well as general research and science. It is part of the University of Erfurt and also part of an inspiring research environment at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha.

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Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection

The Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection sees itself as a platform for interdisciplinary research on the historical development of today's global world. Our research is oriented towards the Gotha collection contexts since the end of the 18th century and focuses in particular on the Perthes Collection held in the Gotha Research Library, which comprises the tradition of the publishing house Justus Perthes Gotha, founded in Gotha in 1785, and its successors.

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Gotha Research Centre

The Gotha Research Centre (FZG) is a central institution of the University of Erfurt. It is closely connected with the neighbouring Gotha Research Library, one of the most important early modern libraries in Germany, and with the museum collections of the Foundation Schloss Friedenstein. By this linkage, the FZG sees itself as a research centre for the history of culture and knowledge in modern times with the an eye to initiating and promoting research on basis of the Gotha collections.

Link to websites of the Gotha Research Centre

Willy Brandt School

The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy was founded in 2002 as part of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt. Since then it has been an interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and international professional school that prepares students for the demands and challenges of today's complex political world.

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Faculties and Max-Weber-Kolleg

Faculty of Education

In accordance with the range of subjects at the faculty, the research activities are widely spread and heterogeneous. In addition to internal research groups in individiual subject, representatives of several professorships are involved in the research foci "Education, School, and Behaviour" and "Religion, Society, and World Relations".

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Faculty of Catholic Theology

Research at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Erfurt is closely engaged with the social and cultural environment in the eastern German states. It is shaped, among other things, by the experiences of the GDR ear, the social transformation process after the political upheavals of 1989, a low levle of attachement to the institution of the church and ecclesiastical-religious traditions among a large part of the populace, as well as the pastoral care of the Christian churces in the diaspora.

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Faculty of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy confidently participates in the profiling of new research foci across universities and aims to become a significantly recognized starting respectively central point within those profiling processes across universities. On the one hand this applies to the contribution in the development of new research foci of the university in association with the Gotha Research Centre and other seminars (especially the processes of spatializatio). On the other hand the faculty sees particular potential in the establishment of 'emerging fields' of research at the University of Erfurt, not least due to its own promotion of young resarchers.

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Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences combines disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and, in addition to basic theoretical questions from economics, social science and law, is dedicated to the transformation of state and market under the conditions of the current European multi-level system as well as the political, economical and legal instruments for crisis management.

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Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies

The Max-Weber-Kolleg follows a Weberian research programme, which can be briefly characterised as interdisciplinary and comparative scocial sciences with a great historical profundity and an interst in normative questions. The research programme focuses on the following areas:

  • Religion, science and la was powers of interpretation and control;
  • interactions between cultures, social orders and mentalities in radical change;
  • action-theoretical foundations of cultural and social sciences and their relationship to normative, especially ethical questions.

Further information about the research at the Max Weber Centre for Adcvances Cultural and Social Studies

Das Treppenhaus des Max-Weber-Kollegs am Steinplatz
[Translate to English:] FZG Vortragssaal
Studierende im Computerpool an der Universität Erfurt
Außenansicht der Forschungsbibliothek Gotha der Universität Erfurt
Bibliothek von innen
Forschung im Erfurt Laboratory of Empirical Research