In 2008 Bielefeld Marketing GmbH established the Science Office Wissenschaftsbüro Bielefeld. The main aims are more intense networking of universities and civic society, and the further development and strategic positioning of the city of Bielefeld as an attractive university city and location for innovation. The Science Office also coordinates the marketing of Campus Bielefeld.
Specially developed opportunities for students and scientists, cooperative links with the media and cultural representatives as well as with the business community will promote dialogue between 'town and gown' in Bielefeld.
Bielefeld is using new scientific communication formats to present itself as a young, creative city of science: the international competition FameLab – Talking Science has been attracted to Bielefeld. This provides a global stage for talented young scientists. The Science Cafés present Bielefeld's scientific work in an informal city centre cafe, while various publications like ‘Studi-Kompass – Your Guide to the City’ offer information for specific target groups.
One particular highlight is the week-long interdisciplinary Bielefeld Science Festival GENIALE – Macht Euch schlau!, when the entire city is transformed into an intellectually stimulating campus. The festival was one of ten projects in the whole of Germany to receive an award from Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.
Cooperative links with business
Apart from the universities, the Science Office's main cooperative partners are Wirtschaftsentwicklungsgesellschaft WEGE, the WEGE association for economic development, with its networks and science-related initiatives, Bielefeld city administration, the East Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Bielefeld, and the Bielefeld 2000plus interdisciplinary project. In addition, contact with national and international partners is also being developed (Wissenschaft im Dialog, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, British Council, Edinburgh International Science Festival). Bielefeld Marketing GmbH joined EUSCEA, the European Science Events Association, in 2007. The intention is to steadily expand and increase the dynamism of the newly-established network. More partners are sought and anyone interested in ‘science in Bielefeld’ is welcome!
Finding your way around
The new Study Compass is a guide to Bielefeld’s university scene
The new Study Compass is issued to all freshers. The folding map is also available from the Bielefeld Marketing GmbH Tourist Information Centre at Neues Rathaus. It can also be ordered online from