State initiative for the development of scientific and economic excellence

LOEWE is the excellence program of the state of Hesse for the promotion of top-level research. TU Darmstadt is home to a LOEWE research center and several LOEWE research clusters. Researchers at TU Darmstadt are also involved in research clusters or have been awarded LOEWE top professorships, LOEWE start-up professorships and LOEWE transfer professorships.

The LOEWE program aims to support the differentiation and profile development of scientific institutions in Hesse and to increase their national and international competitiveness through better networking and targeted strengthening of existing research priorities.

In addition, the innovative strength of the scientific institutions is to be used for the development of the Hessian economy. LOEWE funding is designed as initial funding, with the help of which the scientific institutions in Hessen are to acquire more third-party funding and successfully participate in larger national and international collaborative projects.

Information on the LOEWE program and the three funding lines: website of the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts.

Below you will find an overview of the scientists awarded a LOEWE professorship at TU Darmstadt and the LOEWE funding projects acquired by the university. The LOEWE Research Centres are usually run jointly with non-university research institutions and/or other universities.

LOEWE professorships at TU Darmstadt

LOEWE top professorships: for excellent, internationally recognized researchers. Five-year funding of 1.5 to three million euros

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Picture: DFKI/Jürgen Mai
Professor Dr. Carsten BinnigDevelopment of a new generation of AI-centred database systems
Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
Picture: Gregor Schuster
Professorin Dr. Iryna GurevychResearch into knowledge processing with artificial intelligence
Picture: Katrin Binner
Prof.‘in Dr. Dr. h.c. Mira MeziniSoftware technology in the context of data protection, data security and artificial intelligence
Picture: Katrin Binner
Prof. Ph.D. Achim SchwenkResearch into forces in atomic nuclei and neutron stars
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Prof. Dr. Marcus RohrbachResearch into greater reliability and self-awareness of artificial intelligence

LOEWE Start Professorships: For excellent scientists at an early stage of their career. Six-year funding of up to two million euros to attract them to Hessen as a science location or to keep them here.

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Porträtbild von Professorin Dr.-Ing. Anna Rohrbach, Professorin für "Multimodal Grounded Learning" am Fachbereich Informatik und am Hessischen Zentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz – hessian.AI (LOEWE-Start-Professur).
Picture: Klaus Mai
Prof.‘in Dr. Anna RohrbachResearch into more natural communication between humans and AI
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Prof. Dr. Timo RicharzResearch into mathematical solutions for more security on the Internet

LOEWE transfer professorships: Dynamization of the exchange between research and praxis. Funding volume of up to one million euros.

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weigold
Picture: PTW/TU Darmstadt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias WeigoldTransfer of energy and resource efficiency research results to industry, politics and society
Grafik als Symbol für Künstliche Intelligenz: Linien und Schaltkreise in Form eines Gehirns
Picture: Gerd Altmann / pixabay

Whitebox - LOEWE research cluster

How can artificial and human intelligence be better explained? This is the focus of the “WhiteBox” research cluster.

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Picture: Hessen schafft Wissen / Jan Michael Hosan

emergenCITY - LOEWE research centre

Why do we need “resilient digital cities”? Because in a crisis, information and communication technologies must function securely in order to help quickly and efficiently return to normality.

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Title Coordinator
emergenCity Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick (Department of Computer Science)
DYNAMIC Philipps-Universität Marburg
Contact person at the TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych (Department of Computer Science) and Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting (Department of Computer Science)
Title Coordinator
FLOW FOR LIFE Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jeanette Hussong (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Dr. Ulrike A. Nuber (Department of Biology)
WhiteBox Prof. Constatin Rothkopf, PhD (Department of Human Sciences), Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting (Department of Computer Sciences)
TraBiTa Prof. Dr. Felix Hausch (Department of Chemistry)
Nukleare Photonik Prof. Dr. Markus Roth, Prof. Dr. Joachim Enders (both Department of Physics)
FLAME – Fermi Level Engineering Antiferroelektrischer Materialien für Energiespeicher und Isolatoren Prof. Dr. Andreas Klein (Department of Materials- and Geosciences)
Title Coordinator
Architekturen des Ordnens Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Ansprechpartner an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Christiane Salge, N. Gribat, O. Tessmann, T. Paulitz
GLUE Philipps-Universität Marburg
Ansprechpartner an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Felix Hausch, PD Dr. Tobias Meckel

LOEWE research centres

CASED – Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt

Koordination: Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner (Fachbereich Informatik und Fraunhofer SIT)

LOEWE research clusters

Uniformisierte Strukturen in Arithmetik und Geometrie

Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Bruinier (Department of Mathematics)

Software-Factory 4.0 (SF 4.0)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Mantel (Department of Computer Sciences)

BAMP! – Bauen mit Papier

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Samuel Schabel (Fachbereich Maschinenbau)

CompuGene – Computer-gestützte Verfahren zur Generierung komplexer genetischer Schaltkreise

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Süß (Fachbereich Biologie), Prof. Dr. Heinz Koeppl (Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik)

iNAPO – Ionenleitenden Nanoporen

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ensinger (Materialwissenschaften), Prof. Dr. Bodo Laube (Biologie)

NiCER – Vernetzte infrastrukturlose Kooperation zur Krisenbewältigung

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick (Fachbereich Informatik)

Soft Control – Mit Polymeren an Grenzflächen Funktionen effektiv schalten

Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Markus Biesalski (Fachbereich Chemie)

Cocoon – Kooperative Sensorkommunikation

Sprecher: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Abdelhak M. Zoubir (Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik)

Dynamo PLV

Sprecher: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele (Fachbereich Maschinenbau)

RESPONSE – Ressourcenschonende Permanentmagnete durch optimierte Nutzung seltener Erden

Koordination: Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch (Fachbereich Material- und Geowissenschaften)

Sensors Towards Terahertz – Neuartige Technologien für Life Sciences, Prozess- und Umweltmonitoring (opens in new tab)

Koordination: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Jakoby (Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik)

Eigenlogik der Städte

Sprecherin: Prof. Dr. Martina Löw (ehem. Fachbereich Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften)

Participation of TU Darmstadt in LOEWE research centres

AdRIA – Zentrum Adaptronik – Research, Innovation, Application

Koordination: Fraunhofer LBF, Darmstadt
Ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Melz (Fachbereich Maschinenbau und Fraunhofer LBF)

HIC for FAIR – Helmholtz-International Center for FAIR

Koordination: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Ansprechpartner TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Norbert Pietralla (Fachbereich Physik und GSI Helmholtzzentrum)

Ansprechpartner TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz (Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik)

Participation of TU Darmstadt in LOEWE research clusters

Natur 4.0

Philipps-Universität Marburg
Ansprechpartner an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Steinmetz

Infrastruktur – Design – Gesellschaft (Designforschung in Mobilitätssystemen zur Entwicklung multimodaler, umweltfreundlicher Mobilität im Ballungsraum Rhein-Main)

Hochschule für Gestaltung
Ansprechpartner an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff (Fachbereich Architektur)

Allegro (Hochleistungskomponenten aus Aluminiumlegierungen durch ressourcenoptimierte Prozesstechnologien)

Universität Kassel
Ansprechpartner an der TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Groche (Fachbereich Maschinenbau)

Digital Humanities

Koordination: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Ansprechpartnerin TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych (Fachbereich Informatik)

Elektronendynamik chiraler Systeme (ELCH)

Koordination: Universität Kassel

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Koordination: Universität Kassel
Ansprechpartner TU Darmstadt: Prof. Dr. Robert Berger (ehem. Fachbereich Chemie)

Directions for applicants (in German)

Current call for proposals and documents for the application process

Time line of the current call for proposals and the evaluation process (opens in new tab)

Please contact the Directorate for Research and Technology Transfer if you are planning to submit an application.