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

Two boards are involved into the governance of PIER.



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


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Partner Institutions:

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.

Universität Hamburg

As one of Germany’s largest research and educational institutions, Universität Hamburg combines a diverse curriculum with excellent research. The University was extraordinarily successful in the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments, a competition for top-level university research funding. Four clusters of excellence were granted funding, and Universität Hamburg was granted the status of a University of Excellence for its role as a flagship university.