PIER concentrates on four pioneering research fields and two areas of expertise that form interdisciplinary networks between the research fields

Research Fields

Particle & Astroparticle Physics

Thanks to the collaboration between Universität Hamburg (UHH) and DESY research centre, Hamburg is recognised internationally as one of the most powerful and highly regarded German sites for high-energy physics.


Infection and Structural Biology

Universität Hamburg and the University Hospital (UKE) are currently establishing an interdisciplinary research area whose focus is on “global and newly occurring infections”.


Photon Science

The research location Hamburg boasts a globally unique constellation of complementary expertise in the closely interrelated fields: laser physics, quantum optics, short-time physics, X-ray physics and atomic, molecular physics. All of these fields are heavily involved in photon research.



The research into nanomaterials in Hamburg focuses on both the synthesis and the non-destructive analysis and study of new kinds of functional materials and their molecular processes under conditions of environmental, technological and industrial relevance.


Competence Fields

Theoretical Physics

The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) unites the various theoretical physics research groups that are working on particle and astroparticle physics, cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics at Universität Hamburg and DESY.



The DESY research centre is one of the world’s leading institutes when it comes to building and operating large particle accelerators. DESY and Universität Hamburg have been closely collaborating on accelerator research for decades.


Research events on Bahrenfeld Campus

TRIUMF-Helmholtz Workshop 16 - 17 September 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. DESY Hamburg

Synchrotron based techniques... 16 - 20 September 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. SR FLASH, Bldg. 28c DESY Hamburg

European XFEL... 17 September 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. XFEL ( XHQ / E1.173 ) Schenefeld Hamburg

Machine Learning 16 - 18 September 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. SR 4b, DESY Hamburg

Scientific Symposium 20 September 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. SR I-III, Bldg. 99,  CFEL Hamburg

PIER Graduate Week 23 - 26 September 2019, 6:00 p.m. SR I-III, Bldg. 99,  CFEL Hamburg

Tool for cross-modality 3D imaging... 24 September 2019, 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. SR 25b, Bldg.109, DESY Hamburg

Quantum field theory meets gravity 24 - 27 September 2019, 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Auditorium DESY Hamburg

EMBL Seminar (tba) 27 September 2019, 1:00 p.m. SR 48e, EMBL Hamburg

Calabi-Yau Manifolds (1/3) 30 September 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SR 2, Bldg.2a, DESY Hamburg

Calabi-Yau Manifolds (2/3) 1 October 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SR 2, Bldg.2a, DESY Hamburg

Tools for Structural Biology... 7 - 9 October 2019, EMBL Hamburg

EMBL Seminar (tba) 11 October 2019, 1:00 p.m. SR 48e, EMBL Hamburg

High-throughput X-ray... 18 October 2019, 1:00 p.m. SR 48e, EMBL Hamburg 

Light and Fluorescence Microscopy...  25 October 2019, 1:00 p.m. SR 48e, EMBL Hamburg 

Integrative Structural Biology 3 - 9 November 2019, EMBL Hamburg

Within the scope of their strategic Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research (PIER), Universität Hamburg and DESY promote cooperation across the two institutions and between the PIER research and competence fields. For this purpose, Universität Hamburg and DESY have established the PIER Idea Fund as a seed money funding scheme. Three formats are available: PIER Seed Projects, PIER Workshops, and PIER Short Visits.