Science subsists on the exchange of scientific information. Therefore, the FLI is embedded in a huge research network which is permanently expanded.
With a local focus, the scientific concept of the FLI complements other areas of biomedical research in Jena. The FLI is actively involved in several activities intended to strengthen the biomedical research coherence both on the campus and with other institutions in Jena.
Members of the FLI are heavily involved in several aspects of teaching at the FSU, and most of the FLI senior group leaders have joint appointments as Professors at FSU.
Close scientific connections and cooperations exist e.g. to the
The Aging Research Center (ARC) Jena bundles the whole spectrum of sciences in Jena to meet the multifaceted challenges of the ongoing demographic change. Center members are FLI, Friedrich Schiller University (FSU), Jena University Hospital (UKJ) and Carl Zeiss.
The Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) will receive funding from the Leibniz Association to set up a Leibniz ScienceCampus at the Jena University Hospital (UHJ). The Leibniz ScienceCampus will focus on “Regenerative Aging” and will initially be funded for four years with a total support of € 0.8 million. The ScienceCampus is one out of six new projects of this kind in Germany and is co-financed by the ProExcellenz Initiative of the State of Thuringia.
Research at the ScienceCampus Regenerative Aging will focus on the molecular origins of stem cell aging, age-related decline in regeneration, and organ maintenance. The Leibniz ScienceCampi reflect the pro-active strategy pursued by the Leibniz Association, which seeks to bring about regional cooperation between academic and non-university research, thus strengthening the German research system. These endeavors are intended to lead to regional inter-institutional and interdisciplinary entities that can hold their own among the international competition in a specific research area and that are able to generate innovation and make their findings available to society.
Within the Postdoc Network “Aging induced impairments of regeneration and stem cell functionality – RegenerAging" our postdocs work on interconnected projects to improve the understanding of functional impairments during aging induced by impairments in stem cell function and regeneration. The Postdoc Network “RegenerAging” is granted by the Leibniz Association (SAW 2015).
The Beutenberg Campus harbors several institutes with physical, chemical and biological research focus. An important step towards scientific campus coherence has been the recent establishment of regular campus seminars. The newly built Ernst-Abbe central building serves as a communication platform on the campus by providing common services including the canteen, the campus library, a lecture hall and more.
In addition, the University plans to concentrate its biochemical groups including the core supporters of a center grant in which the FLI participates, on the campus as a 'Molecular Pathology' group. Members will include Hans Knöll Institute, University Department of Virology, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology and University Departments of Biochemistry as well as the FLI.
The Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (JCB) has its roots in a BMBF funding initiative (project period 2001-2008) comprising university and non-university institutions as well as companies. Even after the funding had run out, the JBC has been serving as a valuable networking platform bundling the expertise in computational biology and bioinformatics in Jena.