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The Radcliffe Camera was built in 1737. Photo: Julian Herzog License: Creative Commons

The relations with Humboldt-Universität at a faculty level go back to the 1980s. As part of the Berlin University Alliance, Humboldt-Universität has been joining forces with the University of Oxford since 2017 to face the challenges of our time.

Within the framework of the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership, we aim to generate and share knowledge together that benefits society and addresses global problems.

The partnership seeks to promote world-class research, cross-thematic and interdisciplinary cooperation, exchange of knowledge, the involvement of the public and the development of prospects for young researchers and doctoral students.

Since 2017, we have jointly supported numerous workshops in various disciplines, almost 60 seed funding projects with a total of around 1,000 scientists, researchers and students as well as five cooperation groups for the Grand Challenge topics Social Cohesion und Global Health.

As part of our partnership with the University of Oxford, we foster the next generation of the best and most talented scientists in Europe. Projects both large and small across national borders and disciplines are promoted that open up new perspectives on our world.

To establish new research collaborations or to further develop existing contacts, the Berlin University Alliance and the University of Oxford announce Oxford Berlin Research Partnership – Flexible Funding alternately every year in spring and autumn. Using this funding, small projects, workshops and conferences, as well as visits between Oxford and Berlin, can be financed. This gives researchers the opportunity to work together with colleagues at the other location and to prepare with them to jointly secure third-party funds. In addition, the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership provides funding each year within the framework of the Oxford Berlin Early Career Mobility Initiative to support young researchers and doctoral students from Oxford and Berlin who are planning a short stay at a partner institution in the other city to research there as part of existing or recently initiated collaborations between the partners. You can find further funding opportunities, e.g. for guest research visits to Oxford on the Berlin University Alliance site.

Do you wish to participate actively in the OX-BER partnership and develop a new cooperation project? The International University Collaborations Office offers a Zoom consultation once a month for initiating collaborations with Oxford and other strategic partners of Humboldt-Universität. Come and visit us:

The first Thursday of every month from 10.00 am – 11.00 am.

In March and April 2024, the joint lecture “Theoretical Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics” is taking place in Oxford and Berlin. The lecture is aimed at master’s and PhD students of particle physics and astrophysics and is connected with a student exchange programme. The lectures are offered for one week in Oxford and one week in Berlin as block courses. They are supplemented by tutorials in the afternoons, to provide a deeper understanding of the topic. To promote the cooperation between the students, small working groups are formed with students from both universities. The participants are also given the opportunity to present their own research projects and to become familiar with campus life and the research environment at the other location. For those who are unable to travel, a hybrid version is offered.

The joint lecture is organised by PD Dr. Walter Winter (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Armin Reichold and Prof. Jeffrey Tseng (University of Oxford).

A lively partnership: an exciting exchange between researchers from Oxford and Berlin. Photo: Michael Fahrig

BE:CURIOUS – a podcast by the Oxford/Berlin science collaboration, in which researchers from Berlin and Oxford take a look at the great challenges of our time.


The consultation for HU members on collaboration opportunities as part of our strategic partnerships takes place on the first Tuesday of every month from 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm.