Three large sites, two cities, one university.

With three large sites – two campuses and the University Hospital Essen – the university is centrally represented in the two cities and (not only) shapes the cityscape. While teacher training takes place in Essen, departments such as physics, sociology and politics are based in Duisburg. For students of (business) informatics and economics, both campuses offer courses. Representatives of the two departments are also located in Essen and Duisburg. 

University of Duisburg-Essen

The University of Duisburg-Essen is located in the center of the Ruhr Area, the heart of Europe. The university was founded on 1 January 2003 as a result of the fusion of the Gerhard Mercator University Duisburg and the University of Essen. With more than 42,000 students from over 130 nations, it is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and ranks 14th in the THE Young University Ranking of the 250 best young universities worldwide. The University of Duisburg-Essen is also far ahead in terms of citations of scientific publications: In the university comparison of THE World University Ranking, it ranks fifth nationwide and 97th international.

Research profile

The University of Duisburg-Essen is a center for nanoscientific and biomedical research as well as teacher training in North Rhine-Westphalia. The university is an ideal starting point for aspiring researchers by offering more than 240 bachelor’s and master’s programs. Interdisciplinary researchers examine the future of urban systems and the sustainable transformation of contemporary society which belong to the university’s research priorities. The University of Duisburg-Essen is closely linked with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technische Universität Dortmund through a strategic partnership called the University Alliance Ruhr

WI 2021 @ University of Duisburg-Essen

While the sites in Essen are distributed throughout the city center, the main campus in Duisburg is located in the district of Neudorf near the city forest at the border to Mülheim an der Ruhr. 

The WI2021 main conference will take place at Essen Campus, whereas the Doctoral Consortium will be held in Duisburg.

A special bus line runs between the two locations, allowing students and staff of the university to comfortably commute the 20 km route in less than 30 minutes. The Cycle Expressway Ruhr also connects the campuses, while motorists mostly use the nearby Ruhr Expressway (A40).