Facts and figures

History of the Brandenburg Health Campus and Faculty for Health Sciences

Pilot Phase (2015-2018)

The resolution of the state parliament of 12 June 2015 “Strengthening health research – ensuring high-quality medical care” was the starting signal for the “Brandenburg Health Campus”. The aim was to build up joint, interdisciplinary research through networking between universities, non-university research institutions and clinics. For this purpose, workshops were held in the pilot phase, which were intended to initiate cooperation between health scientists in the state and ultimately led to the funding of several joint projects. At the same time, work was being done on setting up a joint, cross-university structural unit.

State parliament resolution on the concept for the construction of the health campus

June 2015

Workshops for the formation of research networks

May 2016

State parliament resolution to set up the health campus with at least 12 new professorships

November 2016

Selection of the three research groups that were funded as part of the development of the health campus

December 2016

Start of funding for research associations

March 2017

State parliament resolution on the research and personnel concept of the joint faculty for health sciences

25. April 2018

Signing of the cooperation agreement to set up the joint faculty for health sciences

25. June 2018

Signature of the financing agreement between the state and the UP and the BTU

23. August 2018

Signature of the financing agreement between the state and the MHB

15. February 2019

End of funding for the research associations as part of the health campus

September 2019

Start-up Phase (2019-2022)

In June 2018, the three supporting universities – the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the University of Potsdam – signed a cooperation agreement on the establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The purpose of this joint facility under the umbrella of the “Brandenburg Health Campus” network is to intensify and consolidate the cooperation between university and non-university research institutions in the field of health sciences in Brandenburg. This is intended to contribute to improving medical care for the state of Brandenburg, to strengthen health research in the state and to promote practical training and further education in health and care. Important goals of the faculty are the expansion of research networks with a focus on “medicine and health in aging”, the development of new medical and nursing care, especially taking into account modern eHealth offers, and the establishment of innovative courses on current health science topics.

Establishment of the first dean’s office at the University of Potsdam in Golm

01. July 2018

First meeting of the Founding Deans

17. July 2018

Inaugural meeting of the Founding Faculty Council

07. September 2018

Job advertisements for the first FGW professsorships

April 2019

Founding faculty regulations come into effect.

02. September 2019

The first FGW professorship is filled by Prof. Völler.

01. April 2020

The FGW publishes its research concept.

October 2020

Doctoral regulations come into effect

November 2020

The first appointed professor, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch, starts his work at the University of Potsdam.

01. April 2021

The first appointed professor at the MHB, Prof. Dr. Dawid Pieper, starts his work.

01. September 2021

The third FGW professor, Prof. Dr. Notger Müller, starts his work at the University of Potsdam.

01. October 2021

First successful completion of a doctorate at the FGW

December 2021

Habilitation regulations come into effect.

March 2022

The first FGW professor at the BTU, Prof. Dr. Julia von Maltzahn, starts her work.

01. April 2022

Building Phase (from October 2022)

With the start of the sixth professorship (Translational Immunology at the MHB), the start-up phase of the faculty ends. Now the committees of the faculty (faculty council, dean, vice-deans) are elected by the members and not appointed by the supporting universities as before.

The new elections are scheduled for October 2022. Due to the decision of the state parliament in December 2021 to halve the funds of the state supporting universities for the faculty, only 11 of the originally 16 planned professorships will be realized. All of the procedures are ongoing and the majority are nearing completion.

Negotiations are currently underway at the University of Potsdam to fill the professorship for bioanalytics, a joint appointment with the Fraunhofer IZI-BB, as well as the procedure for filling the professorship for epidemiology as a joint appointment with the DIfE.

The BTU has a professorship for molecular immunology in the process of being filled, and at the MHB talks are underway in oder to fill the professorships for clinical genetics as well as for health science educational research and evidence-based teaching and learning methodology.

The focus of the faculty’s work is on networking health science research, but there are also two courses of study planned. The master’s program “Health Service Research” will start in winter semester 22/23 at the MHB. A year later, the second degree program “Public Health, Exercise and Nutrition” is to start at the UP. We look forward to working with young scientists.

Joint faculty
The University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg