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
Workshops for the formation of research networks
State parliament resolution to set up the health campus with at least 12 new professorships
Selection of the three research groups that were funded as part of the development of the health campus
Start of funding for research associations
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
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
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.
Doctoral regulations come into effect
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
Habilitation regulations come into effect.
The first FGW professor at the BTU, Prof. Dr. Julia von Maltzahn, starts her work.
01. April 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 the winter semester 2023/2024. Due to the decision of the state parliament in December 2021 to halve the funds of the state supporting universities for the faculty, only 12 of the originally 16 planned professorships will be realized. All of the procedures are ongoing and the majority are nearing completion.
At the University of Potsdam, three of five planned professorships have already been filled. The professorship for bioanalytics, a joint appointment with Fraunhofer IZI-BB, and the professorship for epidemiology are to be newly advertised.
The BTU has already appointed all three planned professorships.
Negotiations are underway at MHB to fill the professorship for clinical genetics. Another three professorships have already been filled.
While the focus of the faculty’s work is on networking health science research, two degree programs are also planned. The master’s program “Health Services Research” has been launched at MHB for the winter semester 2022/23. The second degree program, “Public Health, Exercise and Nutrition,” is scheduled to start in the summer semester of 2024 at UP. We look forward to working with the next generation of scientists.