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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 002/2021 - 07 January 2022

University of Bayreuth best-placed German university in "Nature Index Young Universities"

In the recently published „Nature Index" of the "Leading 150 Young Universities", the University of Bayreuth achieved 19th place worldwide. This puts it at the top of Nature‘s index of the young German universities.

The Bavarian Geoinstitute (building upper left), a research centre of the University of Bayreuth, is one of the world's leading centres for the exploration of the Earth's interior through high-pressure experiments in the laboratory.

The new ranking clearly reflects the research strength of the University of Bayreuth: Overall, it is ranked 19th worldwide. Subject-wise, it is even better: Earth and environmental sciences are ranked 10th worldwide in the index. The University of Bayreuth also plays in the international top league in other subject areas: Rank 33 in Physics, Rank 36 in Life Sciences and Rank 39 in Chemistry - worldwide.

The "Nature Index Young Universities", last published in 2019, compares universities worldwide that were founded less than 50 years ago. It results from an evaluation of publications in international journals of top scientific research.

Prof. Dr. Britta Planer-Friedrich, Vice President for Research and Young Academics at the University of Bayreuth, explains: "The natural sciences, which are traditionally strong at the University of Bayreuth, are thus proving that they conduct top-level research internationally. Our university is committed to interdisciplinary research and offers the best opportunities with its modern research facilities and excellent research infrastructure. We want to continue along this path."

Prof. Dr. Hans Keppler, Director of the Bavarian Geoinstitute (BGI), comments on the very good performance in the field of geosciences and environmental sciences: "The University of Bayreuth has strong research groups in both high-pressure geoscientific research and environmental sciences. The Bavarian Geoinstitute, a research centre of the University of Bayreuth, is one of the world's leading centres for the exploration of the Earth's interior through high-pressure experiments in the laboratory. Numerous fundamental findings and new methods have been developed in Bayreuth, and the institute is a magnet for top researchers from all over the world."

Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

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