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University of Bayreuth, Press Release 174/2021 - 02 December 2021

The University of Bayreuth welcomes today's decision by the Budget Committee of the Bavarian State Parliament

On 2 December 2021, the Budget Committee of the Bavarian State Parliament discussed an important topic for Kulmbach and Bayreuth. On the agenda was the release of funds for the purchase of the "freight station site" in Kulmbach. The deputies voted in favour and thus cleared the way for the prompt purchase of the land by the Free State of Bavaria. This means that an important milestone has been reached. The question of the location of the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health, and the acquisition of land for the planned new building have now been resolved.

"This decision brings us a big step closer to our goal of creating the best spatial conditions for the planned 1,000 students, 22 professors, and 150 employees of the new faculty in Kulmbach," comments University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible.

The Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health is still partially housed here, but today the state parliament set the course for a new building. (c) Stadt Kulmbach

"I would like to thank all those involved in the City, the property owner and the Free State of Bavaria who have worked so hard to make this possible! Last but not least, I thank the team at the University of Bayreuth and the other authorities involved, who helped prepare this decision and will continue to be highly committed to the emergence of a modern, innovative campus in Kulmbach."  

Minister of Science Bernd Sibler emphasises: "Kulmbach is the ideal location for the life sciences faculty of the University of Bayreuth, because the city is a real centre for food and nutrition. This results in a great win-win situation: both the university and the entire region of Upper Franconia benefit from the new university offer. The joint declaration and the release of funds are important signals that now also bring us a great deal closer to the realisation of our own campus - and thus excellent framework conditions for research and teaching. I am particularly pleased that we were able to accelerate the project through our High-Tech Agenda Bavaria, because the faculty further increases the attractiveness of the University of Bayreuth and, with its interdisciplinary approach, fits the highly successful 'interface philosophy' of the university."

Motivational boost for further planning

University Provost Dr Nicole Kaiser says: "For us, this is a new motivational boost - especially for my colleagues on site. Now we can proceed with the planning of a new building. We now know that we will get great development opportunities for research and teaching. The idea of close networking with partners from the life sciences and food sector can be ideally lived out from this central location." The Provost particularly welcomes the political signal that was sent out today: "With this decision, the state parliament shows that it is fully behind the project and that the importance of the seventh faculty in Kulmbach for all of Bavaria is recognised in Munich too."

Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens, founding dean of the faculty, closely followed the discussion in the state parliament: "We had the opportunity to present our plans to state MPs and received extremely positive feedback," he said after the meeting in Munich. "Now, finally, the legal and political conditions are in place to move forward quickly on the path we have chosen."

The University of Bayreuth has a great interest in seeing an exemplary building and open space plan designed for this special Faculty of Life Sciences with as little traffic as possible. But before the excavators can roll in and the foundation stone laid, there is still a lot to do. What exactly is regulated by RLBau 2020, the guideline for the execution of building construction tasks of the Free State of Bavaria? Once the land acquisition has been completed legally, the processing of the next steps will be initiated immediately. First, the project application must be prepared by the University of Bayreuth on the basis of the already approved and, if necessary, updated space requirements programme, with the support of the Bayreuth State Building Authority and the Government of Upper Franconia.

Background: The path to a Campus in Kulmbach

 June 2017: Decision by the Bavarian Council of Ministers to establish a seventh faculty of the University of Bayreuth called "Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health" with up to 1,000 students, 150 employees and 20 professorships in Kulmbach.

December 2017: First faculty office in Kulmbach opens in the "gatehouse" of the old spinning mill.

July 2018: The Bavarian State Government approves the faculty concept.

October 2018: Amendment of the basic regulations of the University of Bayreuth to regulate the establishment of its seventh faculty.

October 2018: Move into the administration building

March 2019: Opening of Faculty 7 of Life Sciences of the University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach with Minister of State Bernd Sibler.

October 2019: Inclusion of the "Faculty 7" project in the state government's high-tech agenda

May 2020: The first professorship is filled.

September 2020: The first student of Faculty 7 is enrolled.

November 2020: Faculty 7 starts online studies (due to coronavirus conditions).

June 2021: Move into first offices in the "fritz" complex.

October 2021: Start of face-to-face study operations in Kulmbach - including in the cinema and in rooms of the Adult Education Centre and the local BRK.

October 2021: Move into the first laboratory rooms in "fritz".

Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de