Transfer and sustainability

Due to the nature of the subject, sustainability plays an important role at the Faculty of Biology. Its research reflects this by addressing questions of sustainability directly. The research area of water and environmental research contributes to a better understanding of aquatic ecosystems, for example. Its insights can inform new measures for protecting our natural environment. This transfer of research results into practice also takes place in the areas of medical biotechnology and subject-specific empirical research in education. Insights from biomedical research, for instance, can constitute a basis for new ways of treating cancer and other conditions in future. In the area of subject-specific education research, the work of the Lehr-Lern-Labor and the available professional-development courses for biology teachers transfer expertise in the fields of biology and biology education into school-based teaching practice.

The Faculty’s commitment to sustainability also includes the establishment of a research data management system, which facilitates the re-use of research data and the joint use of large scientific equipment in core facilities. This includes the CCAC algae collection. Not only does it contribute to the protection of the unique life forms, it grants all researchers worldwide access to its resources.