Since 2020, six so-called lead projects, areas with particularly high cooperation activity, have been at the center of the cooperation within the U Bremen Research Alliance. The establishment of the lead projects was a decisive step in the further development of the alliance, because they bring the cooperation to a new level that goes beyond the common scientific High-Profile Areas. They range from transdisciplinary research projects in the areas of "research data management and data science" and "artificial intelligence" to increased cooperation in the administrative area.
What all lead projects have in common is that they are organized by the management staff of the member institutions and that they are supported by the office-staff of the U Bremen Research Alliance as well as by working and exchange groups, made up of employees from all member institutions.
LP 1: Research Data Management and Data Science
Research data, digitalization, and data science are focus areas of the members of the U Bremen Research Alliance. Evidence for this development are, for example, the Leibniz ScienceCampus DigitalPublicHealth, the start of the Data Science Center at the University of Bremen and the active participation of the alliance’s members in a number of initiatives for the establishment of a German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).
In the light of the above, this lead project aims to establish a joint graduate training in the field of “Research Data Management and Data Science”. Therefore, "Data Train - Training in Research Data Management and Data Science", a voluntary additional qualification for doctoral students at member institutions, started in 2021. There is also a “Research Data working group” and a number of exchange groups.
LP 2: Artificial Intelligence
Due to the increasing digitalization, methods of Artificial Intelligence have steadily gained importance. Benefiting from rapidly growing amounts of data and new dimensions in computing power, AI-based learning methods (AI = artificial intelligence) outperform traditional methods.
AI is of critical relevance, especially in relation to health research. The goal of the U Bremen Research Alliance is therefore to create an “AI Center for Health Care” as a virtual institute for cooperation across the boundaries of the member institutions.
Learn more about the AI Center for Health Care.
The “Peer-to-Peer Network Artificial Intelligence” offers members of the U Bremen Research Alliance the opportunity to exchange ideas with experienced scientists in AI research. Among other things, it enables the discussion of cooperative research projects in the field of artificial intelligence.
Learn more about the Peer-to-Peer Network Artificial Intelligence.
LP 3: Networking Innovation Start-up Support
The aim of this lead project is to network the employees of the member institutions more closely with one another, to promote innovations and to support start-ups. Therefore, the U Bremen Research Alliance organizes, for example, trainings and workshops for the acquisition of third-party funds and provides its own funds through the so-called "U Bremen Research Alliance Conferences" to initiate joint research projects from two or more member institutions.
In addition, the U Bremen Research Alliance, in cooperation with other Bremen players, offers advice on general start-up topics as well as on funding programs, events and coaching on all aspects of start-up and self-employment. Thereby especially the university network BRIDGE is an important partner.
LP 4: Public Relations & Marketing
Two relevant aspects of our work in this lead project are the U Bremen Research Alliance Science-Magazine Impact, in which the results of successful cooperation projects of the members of the U Bremen Research Alliance are reported twice a year, as well as joint fair appearances. Other relevant activities include, for example, a joint job exchange and the issuing of press releases about the work of the alliance.
LP 5: Joint Personnel Development
In order to work out joint personnel development strategies, this lead project is, for example, developing joint training courses with stations in several member institutions, promoting the cooperative use of existing funding offers (e.g. via BYRD - Bremen Early Career Researchers Development) and organizing joint appearances at career fairs.
LP 6: U Bremen Research Alliance Welcome Center
The Welcome Center of the U Bremen Research Alliance supports researchers and their families before and during their stay in Bremen, regardless of the length of their stay or how the stay is financed.
As a central service point, it assists all new coming researchers in non-academic matters to help organize their life in Bremen and make it as enjoyable and uncomplicated as possible. Whether you are here for a month or have been appointed to a permanent post, our services are available to you. Through a broad network of internal and external partners the Welcome Center provides a range of administrative and social services.