Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research



PIER is the strategic partnership between DESY and Universität Hamburg ("Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research"). PIER focuses on the research fields Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanosciences, Photon Science and Infection and Structural Biology. Additional interdisciplinary areas include Theoretical Physics and Accelerator Research. Under the umbrella of PIER, DESY and Universität Hamburg jointly provide funding for cross-institutional research projects, promote high-quality education of junior scientists, and foster an innovation-friendly culture on the Hamburg Bahrenfeld science campus.

PIER Boards

Three boards are involved into the governance of PIER.

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PIER Team

The PIER Team supports the PIER Executive Board in devising and organizing activities in the PIER research fields.

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Sign in here if you would like to join our large research network of PIER Scientists.

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Partner Institutions:
DESY

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.

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Universität Hamburg

As the largest research and educational institution in northern Germany, Universität Hamburg combines a diverse curriculum with outstanding research. With its more than 40,000 students, it is Germany’s third-largest university. Of its seven key research areas, three are directly linked to the PIER research and competence fields: Photon and Nanosciences, Infection Research and Structural Biology, and Particle, Astro- and Mathematical Physics.

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