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Million investment sets course for Hamburg as a centre of science

Over EUR 46 million for Kryo electron microscope and new HARBOR research building at University of Hamburg

The German Research Foundation has approved EUR 15.6 million to purchase a high-tech Kryo electron microscope for infectious biology research. The senate has also approved around EUR 31 million to build the HARBOR research centre making the University of Hamburg a leading centre of research and boosting fundamental research in natural and medical sciences. These are both prerequisites and key to gaining greater knowledge and to attracting patents and companies as well as creating jobs in the forward-looking sector, the Ministry for Science and Research said in a press release Tuesday.

State of Hamburg putting EUR 7.8 million towards high-tech equipment

The Kryo electron microscope facilitates three-dimensional views of minute biological structures on molecular levels. Researchers learn more about the emergence and process of illnesses. The state of Hamburg is paying half of the costs i.e. EUR 7.8 million and the DFG will pay the remaining half. The university will also benefit from the new Hamburg Advanced Research Centre for Bioorganic Chemistry (HARBOR) approved by the senate. The centre will help set up infrastructure at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences for experiments with ultra short time resolution on molecular biological systems.

Promoting research campus as international beacon project

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, noted: “The investments in ground-breaking Kryo electron microscopes for Hamburg are of national importance. Researchers throughout Germany who are working on infections will come to the campus in Bahrenfeld to use the microscope on the one hand and to pursue their research on ultra bright light sources at DESY as well. The senate’s approval of another top facility like the HARBOR building on the campus shows that we are consistently pursuing our strategy of transforming the research campus into an international beacon project.”

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