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, the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour, the Theological Research Centre and possibly 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



official inauguration


"Housewarming" (planned)


Start of interior work


Completion shell


Topping-out ceremony


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


[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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Housewarming for the "World Relations" research building
The University of Erfurt invites all university members to a first visit to the new research building "World Relations" on Monday, 10 July 2023, from 12 noon. On this day, they will have the opportunity to view the new building during guided tours at 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. and to talk to the research groups and facilities that will be housed there in the future. These will then invite you to further events of their own in the course of the week - including the Max-Weber-Kolleg's summer party and the awarding of doctoral hats to doctoral candidates on 10 July; the farewell ceremony for the students of the Brandt School on 13 July and the Science Aperitivo of the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour on 11 July. On Thursday, 13 July, at 1 p.m., there will be another opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the building. Further information will follow.

Official inauguration of the research building
The official inauguration of the research building with guests from politics, business, science and society will take place on 18 October 2023 from 12 noon. A panel discussion on the topic of "World Relations" is also planned for that day. In the evening, the "Erfurt Science Slam" will take place in the Centre for Communication and Information (KIZ), which this time will also focus on "world relations". Further information will follow.

More news (in German only)

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)

Contact person

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