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About the research network

In an increasingly complex world, it is of utmost importance both to sharpen one’s own strengths and competencies and to enter into cooperations from which all partners benefit. In the research and innovation network CHIM, we have been practicing cross-university and cross-state cooperation between the TU Chemnitz, the TU Illmenau and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg since 2008. In doing so, we successfully combine the competencies of the individual locations, create synergies and develop further together. The thematic focuses of the locations human-machine interaction and cognitive systems (TU Chemnitz), intelligent sensor technology and complex systems (TU Ilmenau ) and artificial intelligence and digital engineering (OVGU Magdeburg) complement each other perfectly and offer us new opportunities in research and teaching.

From top to bottom: TU Chemnitz, TU Ilmenau, OVGU Magdeburg

The three universities

The origin of the research and innovation network CHIM goes back to the cooperation agreement signed in 2008 by Chemnitz University of Technology, Ilmenau and Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg to strengthen the association of Central German universities. This partnership of the three universities with a strong engineering and science profile served to promote innovation and sustainability and to structure growth processes. So far, the cooperation has mainly covered the areas of research and teaching. This created a broad platform for joint research projects.

The resulting research and innovation network Chemnitz-Ilmenau-Magdeburg ‘CHIM’ is a network that stands not only for research, but also for innovation! The tri-university network is intended to significantly strengthen cooperation between the three locations.

Research together

  • Research projects involving 2 or 3 CHIM universities, including BMBF or DFG funded projects.
  • associated joint publications or publications that are independent of projects
  • many years of cooperation, primarily in the field of man & technology
  • Strengthening the infrastructure, for example by establishing open labs that allow all CHIM members to conduct joint research at one location.

Drive innovation

  • Future-oriented projects, jointly organized events and participation in conferences on topics that revolutionize the future of man & technology, joint teaching e.g. in the form of a lecture series
  • In addition to research and teaching, the development of common higher education policy positions and goals will be focused on in the future

Facts & Figures

Joint research projects since 2008
Networked cooperation partners
Nations represented
Joint publications


TU Chemnitz

As an innovation driver with a focus on the promotion of young scientists, the Chemnitz university profile is diverse and future-oriented.

Chemnitz University of Technology sees itself as an innovation driver in tackling priority tasks for the future. Against the backdrop of global change and demographic development, advanced solutions are required that are characterized by sustainability, interdisciplinarity and societal benefit. For this purpose, the TU Chemnitz has defined the three core competencies “Materials and Intelligent Systems”, “Resource Efficient Production and Lightweight Construction” and “Man and Technology” in research and teaching.

The hallmark of Chemnitz University’s profile in research is interdisciplinary open and constructive dialogue with a special commitment and responsibility for the promotion of young scientists.

Projects financed by third-party funds:
1286 (2022)

1430 (2022)

Third-party funds acquired:
88 million euros

Young scientists:
109 doctorates and 6 habilitations

TU Ilmenau

Basic and applied research at the highest national and international level ensure the excellent reputation of the interdisciplinary TU Ilmenau. 

The TU Ilmenau sees itself as a research-strong university that is committed to basic and applied research in designated areas, provides research services at the highest national and international level, and promotes interdisciplinarity and cross-faculty cooperation in research and teaching.

The university defines the profile lines Functional Materials and Technologies, Intelligent Sensors and Precision Measurement Technology, and Complex Systems and Data-Intensive Engineering as interdisciplinary subject areas of basic research in which departments of the TU Ilmenau demonstrate research strength in a special way by means of strategic and interdisciplinary cooperation, thus supporting the reputation of the entire university.

Not least against the background of current societal developments, it faces new challenges, which primarily concern the further internationalization of research, the bundling of scientific competencies in interdisciplinary alliances, the intensification of the promotion of young researchers and equal opportunities, as well as the transfer of knowledge and innovation to society.

Projects financed by third-party funds:
517 (2022)

746 (2021)

Third-party funds acquired:
41.2 million euros

Young scientists:
63 Promotions

OVGU Magdeburg

The impulse generator and development engine pays particular attention to the transfer of technology and knowledge to regional and supra-regional companies. 

The internationally networked research foci of Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg are in neuroscience and dynamic systems and find their umbrella structures in the science campus Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences and the Center for Dynamic Systems, respectively. The STIMULATE research campus bundles the activities of medical technology research and development. As an impulse generator and development engine also far beyond the state borders, the University of Magdeburg pursues innovation strategies to strengthen the transfer of technology and knowledge to regional and supraregional companies. Research transfer priorities include medical technology, automotive, digital engineering, fluidized bed technology and renewable energies.

Third-party funded personnel:
868 (2021)

1.538 (2022)

Spent third-party funds :
63.7 million euros (2021)

Young scientists:
189 doctorates and 8 habilitations (2022)