New research building

"Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference – A Culture-Comparative Analysis of World Relations"

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?

In future, the building will house the Max-Weber-Kolleg, among others. This will enable the implementation of a long-term research programme on the topic of "Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference - a comparative cultural analysis of world relations". In addition, other research groups will be housed in this new building.


The Federal Government and the State of Thuringia will invest around 19 million euros, of which the Federal Government will provide around five million euros.

Construction period

2018 - 2023


  • March 2022: start of interior work
  • 16 September 2021: completion of shell
  • 22 July 2021: topping-out ceremony
  • 21 July 2020: after completion of the excavation pit, work begins on vibro-compaction
  • 14 April 2020: start of civil engineering works
  • January 2020: granting of a partial building permit by the city of Erfurt for the civil engineering works, which are to start in March/April 2020
  • 10 October 2019: groundbreaking ceremony (in the presence of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister for Economics, Science and Digital Society of Thuringia)
  • May 2018: 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)
  • April 2018: launch of an open planning competition for the new research building
  • April 2016: Science Council gives "green light" for new research building at the University of Erfurt


[Translate to English:] Einblick Forschungsneubau

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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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Prof. Dr. 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.

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)

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