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Some Useful Addresses at Bielefeld University

International Office

Room: D0 - 120 (Secretary's office)
Telephone: 0521 - 106 4088
The -> International Office promotes and cultivates Bielefeld University's international relations. Its tasks include assisting international students and scientists.

Department ZFF, Central Research Funding, Transfer

The -> Department of Central Research Funding and Transfer (Dezernat Zentrale Forschungsförderung, Transfer) is a central service unit at Bielefeld University.

It is the place to go for scientists seeking advice on issues such as research and promotion grants, the administration of external funding, possibilities of cooperation with industry, employees' inventions and patent rights, and safeguarding and exploiting intellectual property rights. The central service of the ZFF assists scientists by providing them with information, customer acquisition, as well as administration and processing services.

It offers a broad range of services including, in part, "tailor-made" information and handouts for scientists:

  • Research funding: national, international, workshops on writing applications, funding committees
  • Research and innovation transfer: R&D cooperations between industry and science
  • Setting up businesses and forming separate businesses
  • Trade mark rights, patents, and applications
  • Patenting strategy, patenting advice, Patentscout (a system to increase awareness among scientists for and advise on potentially patentable research products), patent applications, patent exploitation
  • Research publications
  • The FoDa central database for research findings and the Forschungsbericht (research report) book volumes, a research information system (Forschungsinformationssystem), information events & trade fairs

Room: A4 - 129 (Secretary's office)
Telephone: 0521 - 106 4143 und 106 3952
Fax: 0521 - 106 6445


Department III (Personnel) has general responsibility for administering all Bielefeld University staff as well as processing work contracts, leaves of absence, Job-/Firmentickets for public transport, travel costs, and so forth. For a detailed account of its administrative structure and distribution of responsibilities along with the specific contact persons, see the -> department's homepage.

The Press Office

The -> press office (Pressestelle) is the external and internal hub for a variety of information channels. Through press announcements, the Internet, and its own publications, it provides information to members of the university, the media, and the general public about teaching, research, further training, international news, conferences, and forthcoming events at Bielefeld University. It also answer questions from journalists and the general public and advises university staff on how to handle the media and public relations.

The press office organizes press conferences and interviews with the press for faculties and institutes, and it evaluates how the university is presented in the media. It also runs a digital information management unit that assists in the design of Internet pages and ensures that the Internet presence of the university is up to date. Finally, the press office organizes a service for visitors interested in Bielefeld University.

Student Services

As a social service company, the task of the -> Studentenwerk is to help students to study successfully by providing services in the fields of study grants and loans (BAFöG), canteens and cafeterias, and accommodation and childcare.

Administration of Halls of Residence
Room: C2 - 119, 121, 123, 127
Telephone: 0521 - 106 3440 , -41, -43, -44
Fax: 0521 - 106 6406

Equal Opportunity Office

The -> equal opportunity office (Gleichstellungsbeauftragte) strives to achieve equal opportunities in the university for women and men from all walks of life. To fulfill its task, it is an active member of various university bodies.

Room: L3 - 117 (Secretary's Office)
Telephone: 0521 - 106 4202 oder 106 4203
Fax: 0521 - 106 89008


Help Desk
Monday til Friday:
Room: C5-133

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