Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research



PIER is the strategic partnership between DESY and Universität Hamburg ("Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research"). It is a future-oriented collaboration between two strong partners in the Hamburg metropolitan area which aim to jointly promote top-level education, research and innovation. PIER focuses on the following research fields: Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanosciences, Photon Science and Infection and Structural Biology. Additional interdisciplinary areas include Theory of Physics (Wolfgang Pauli Centre) and Accelerator Research (Voss-Wideröe-Centre).

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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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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