New research building

"Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference – A Culture-Comparative Analysis of 'Weltbeziehungen'"

Die Wiese vorm KIZ

It is another milestone for the University of Erfurt: The Science Council has given the "green light" for the construction of a new research building on campus in 2016. The new building is to be constructed between the Erfurt University Library and the Centre for Communication and Information (KIZ). However, the approval of such a project for a university in the humanities like the University of Erfurt is anything but a matter of course: In the past, it was more likely that clusters of excellence or universities with large-scale natural science projects would score points here. And there is another special feature: the university will realise the new building itself – the first time ever that a Thuringian university is allowed to carry out a so-called "major building project" on its own.

What happens in the new research building?

The new building houses the Max-Weber-Kolleg, among others. This is to enable the implementation of a long-term research programme on the topic of "Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference – a comparative cultural analysis of 'Weltbeziehungen'". In addition, the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour, the Theological Research Centre and the research group "Voluntariness" are housed in this new building.


The costs amount to about 20 million euros. The federal government is funding the project with 4.9 million euros (50% of the originally planned costs), the State of Thuringia is supporting with about 6.7 million euros. The university's own contribution is thus around 8.4 million euros.

Construction period

2018 - 2023



official inauguration




start of interior work


completion shell


start of civil engineering works


granting of a partial construction permit by the city of Erfurt for the civil engineering work, which is scheduled to begin in March/April 2020


groundbreaking ceremony

in the presence of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister for Economics, Science and Digital Society of Thuringia

Bild vom ersten Spatenstich

presentation of the designs and ideas submitted in the planning competition for the new research building in the foyer of the Centre for Communication and Information (KIZ)

Jury meeting

announcement of an open planning competition for the new research building


Science Council gives "green light" for new research building at the University of Erfurt

Insights and retrospects

Forschungsbau Weltbeziehungen

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The winners of the planning competition

1st prize: Obermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH // Dipl.- Ing. Architekt (FH) Christopher Grimble (München) und Dipl.- Ing. Kajetan Winzer, Landschaftsarchitekt (München)

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2nd prize: Heinle, Wischer und Partner (Freie Architekten) // Dipl.- Ing. Christian Pelzeter, Architekt (Berlin) und UKL Landschaftsarchitekten, Dipl.- Ing. (FH) Ulrich Krüger, Landschaftsarchitekt (Dresden)

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3rd prize: Worschech Architekten Planungsgesellschaft mbH // Dr. Claus Worschech (Erfurt) und PSL Landschaftsarchitekten Ziegenrücker Dorlas (Erfurt)

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Professor Walter Bauer-Wabnegg

The new building is a wonderful opportunity for us to move even closer together on campus. At the same time, we can offer scientists state-of-the-art rooms to work in, so that the planned new building will not only be an enrichment for the campus, but also an important step in the tough competition for resources and brains.

Brochure on the research building "Weltbeziehungen"

Information on the research building "Weltbeziehungen" on its genesis and background can be found in our brochure.

brochure for download (pdf)

Funding application

Download: Proposal for a new research building "World Relations". Implementation of the research programme on the topic "Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference - A Cultural Comparative Analysis of World Relations" (PDF)


Antje Claudia Weinaug
Leitung Bauangelegenheiten und Koordination Forschungsneubau
(Department 4: Facility management)
C02 - Verwaltungsgebäude / Raum 0.16