By bundling expertise and focusing on fields of competence in research, the competitive position of the biomedical sciences at the UDE will be further strengthened internationally. The aim is also to further improve visibility as an (inter)national competitive research institute. The network of scientists from biology, chemistry and medicine established in recent years will be strengthened further in the coming years, including through the acquisition of interdisciplinary collaborative projects between the participating faculties. In addition to the increase in joint association activities, the operation and expansion of the core facilities are of key importance for the maintenance and further development of competitiveness. The aim is to further increase the international visibility of the Duisburg-Essen site through the planned activities such as the new degree course in molecular biology, increased promotion of young scientists and intensified cooperation.