The Department of Civil Engineering can look back on another successful year of research in 2012. The amount of external funding has increased significantly over the past years, the majority coming from the DFG, EU and BMBF as well as other federal ministries. Funding from industry often has a highly regional context, which is indicative of the department’s strong roots in the region. Research in the ten departmental ­institutes is wide-ranging, from urban planning and concepts for climate protection to understanding materials on the smallest scale.