With its population of 325,000 inhabitants, Bielefeld is one of the 20 major cities in Germany, a large economic and cultural center in Eastern Westphalia and one of the most north eastern administrative districts in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Bielefeld is very attractive for any person who likes outdoor activities. There is not only the Teutoburger Forest but everywhere in the city are parks, therefore, at any time you can take a little walk through nature and do outdoor activities. Covering approximately one-fifth of the state, Eastern Westphalia has a population of more than 2 million inhabitants.
Bielefeld University was founded in 1969. It is known for its interdisciplinary, high-quality research and teaching. Is comprimised of 14 faculties, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural and technical sciences, social studies and pedagogics. Furthermore, in the winter semester of 2021/2022 the Faculty of Medicine joined them. In the next few years the new faculty of Medicine will be established hence broadening the interdisciplinary research profile. There are around 25,000 students, among them 2000 international students, who study in 116 different degree courses. Bielefeld University is mainly known for its sociology faculty, but in recent years cutting-edge research in robotics and biotechnology increased in popularity. Thus, the CeBiTec has become one of the most important institutes at the University.
The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) is a central scientific institution at Bielefeld University, dedicated to interdisciplinary research in life sciences, and one of the largest facilities on campus. It is a place to encourage and support innovative scientific projects that pass discipline boundaries. The main fields of research are Large Scale Genomics, Big Data Bioinformatics, and Metabolic Engineering of Unicellular Systems and Bioproduction. For this purpose, it consolidates research activities in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, genome research, systems biology and biochemistry, as well as bioinformatics and computer science. In addition to S1 laboratories, it also has an S2 lab. The CeBiTec also fosters academic training and PhD programs and serves as a "think tank" with regards to activities in the field of biotechnology. It is located on the campus of Bielefeld University, inaugurated in 2007.
The University of Bielefeld has three greenhouses. In the S1 area, transfected plants are grown in addition to wild types. The new greenhouse offers the possibility to grow the plants under very defined conditions. It has 365 m2 of usable space with about 200 m2 of plant tables, each of these can be individually heated, ventilated, lit and shaded. In addition, it has a water treatment system with 4 tubs and a phyto chamber. For the safe disposal of S1 plant material, there is an autoclave in the cellar. For pest control, in addition to pesticides, predators such as the Australian ladybug, Lacewing larvae and parasitic wasps are used. As beneficial organisms nematodes are used.