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Research Profile and Focal Points

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Research Profile

Strategy and Goals

Mainz University of Applied Sciences' strength lies in applied research and development. The diversity of professional competences is combined in the three schools of engineering, design and business. In addition, in the past years, the establishment of eight independent institutes, some of which have been in existence for more than 20 years, and other focal points of our work have set new standards in the field of applied research and development, which are implemented in collaboration with a large number of cooperation partners from scientific and research sectors, museums and industry. One of the factors responsible for the successful development is the close integration of research with the respective disciplines. At Mainz University of Applied Sciences, applied research is also viewed internally as a performance criterion and is rewarded, among other things, with a reduction in teaching time and a research bonus.

Research portals

www.rlp-forschung.de - SciPort RLP - The research portal of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate

Mainz University of Applied Sciences on SciPort.

Key research priorities in our research profile

Research activities are grouped into three core areas and one potential area:

In particular, this will expand the unique selling points in various research fields, for instance '3D measurement technology', 'Information technologies with applications in the humanities, design and media', 'Digital applications in industry and society' and 'Digital planning and manufacturing'.

The main objectives our research profile are to expand internal cooperation, to cultivate and maintain existing external collaborations and, in particular, to expand existing networks by acquiring new partners to collaborate with. With its new research profile proposal, Mainz University of Applied Sciences intends to further expand the path it has already taken beyond 2018 with regard to intensifying its networking within the university itself, in Mainz, within the Mainz Science Alliance and also with regard to international cooperation with foreign partner universities.

The Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology (i3mainz) has made a decisive contribution to the research profile of Mainz University of Applied Sciences. The internationally recognized institute is one of Germany's two outstanding institutes in the field of space-related information and surveying technology and has undergone dynamic development. It is the most successful institute in terms of publicly acquired third-party funding (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the EU) at Mainz University of Applied Sciences. From 2012 to 2016 the i3mainz led an EU-funded international project on the targeted application of spatial metrology for the humanities with 60 partners from 28 countries.  Together with the two institutes of the School of Design, the  Institute for Media Design (img) and the Design Laboratory Gutenberg, some of the research projects are implemented in a media- and design-oriented manner. The research work of these two institutes focuses on the communication of design, multidimensional visualization and time-based design solutions. The regular national and international design awards testify to the quality of the work.

Another successful field of research has developed in the field of civil engineering on the topic of "composite materials", represented by the Institute for Innovative Structures (iS-mainz), which emerged from the former Institute for Sandwich Technology, one of the nationally leading research institutions in the field of sandwich construction and currently the second strongest research institute of Mainz University of Applied Sciences. With the help of a number of newly appointed professors, the iS-mainz has strategically realigned itself and bundles the competences of lightweight steel construction, building dynamics, timber construction and material and design development. It works together with the Architecture Institute (ai-mainz), whose work focuses on the areas of facility management, project development and project management in building renovation, as well as interior architecture in the future.

In the area of interior architecture, new areas of competence in materials research developed in July 2009 with the establishment of one of the most modern digital lighting laboratories and the establishment of the research area "Material as a design impulse".
In order to update the research profile, these competencies are therefore to be integrated into the field of action of "Composite Materials" by renaming the research focus to "Material and Substances".

In the School of Business, the fields of Augmented Reality, IT Strategy and Governance and Enterprise Architecture Management have been combined to form the new Digital Innovation research cluster.

Since August 2019, the Graduate School of Digitalization Design (DI-GEST) is being developed in the School of Business in collaboration with Johannes Gutenberg University. The aim of this research is to identify the opportunities and risks of new digital technologies at an early stage and to make the best possible use of them through targeted change processes.

In addition, the iuh - Institute for Entrepreneurial Activity, the first interdisciplinary professorship for entrepreneurial activity in Rhineland-Palatinate, deals with research work on entrepreneurship, especially in the art and creative industries. In the 2013 "Founding Radar" study conducted by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany), Mainz University of Applied Sciences had a leading ranking in the nationwide ranking of foundings.

Research Focal Points

Mainz University of Applied Sciences is present on the HRK research map with the following focal points:

  •  Information Technology
  •  Media and Communication

Thematic priorities are set in seven institutes and two working groups.


Research Map of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK)

Institutes of Mainz University of Applied Sciences

Competence Centers

Mainz University of Applied Sciences has established two competence centers in which interdisciplinary and cooperative projects are carried out:

Spatial information technology in the humanities

The Competence Center for Spatial Information Technology in the Humanities of the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology at Mainz University of Applied Sciences - i3mainz cooperates with humanities scholars at universities and major non-university research institutes across departmental and university borders.

Generative-film narration

The Competence Center for Generative-Film Narrative: Development and use in media environments is located at the Institute for Media Design of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz - img.

The term "generative" refers to the field of programmable design. The inexorably growing influence of software on all areas of our social life and artistic work makes scientific reflection urgently necessary. The Generative Methodology is a topic that raises very interesting questions, especially in dealing with new media, and has been worked on and further developed in various projects at the Institute of Media Design for several years.

Who to contact

Dr. Sabine Hartel-Schenk
Head of Research/Transfer Unit