Research at ZU

Since its foundation, Zeppelin University has been committed to researching socially relevant questions. It sees itself as a university bridging business, culture, and politics and applies a decidedly interdisciplinary approach. The definition of interdisciplinary research foci and the expansion of numerous also international networks are thus a foundation stone of the strong research activities carried out at this young university. The panel where all research-related questions are discussed and - if applicable - prepared for senate decisions, is the Academic Research Council.

Annual Research Day at Zeppelin University.

Real Problems are Undisciplined. So are We!

Social phenomena seldom follow the patterns of academic disciplines. Thus, ZU is committed to a decided support of interdisciplinary research: Cross-faculty research associations and clusters, as well as research centers, work on central, socially relevant issues, research colloquia invite to discourses across disciplines, and the annual research topic of the whole university joins scholars of different faculties in a many-voiced exchange.

We also specifically promote and ask for interdisciplinary perspectives both in the area of teaching and on the level of the students, for example in the context of the so-called Zeppelin Year. Interdisciplinarity, in the sense of a challenging yet promising cooperation of different academic disciplines on one phenomenon, is an integral part of the research and teaching profile of the university.

An important and motivating confirmation of the way we have chosen was the recommendation by the Science Council in July 2011 to grant ZU the right to award doctoral degrees, and the following awarding of the right to grant doctoral and postdoctoral degrees (professorial teaching qualification) by the Science Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

Research in Networks

The forms of the cooperation (research association, research cluster, third-party funded project, research center, joint venture) are just as various as the partners which include renowned universities such as MIT, Stanford University, the Copenhagen Business School, Warwick University, as well as non-university institutions such as the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Max-Plank-Gesellschaft.

Quality Assurance

Outstanding research activities require a comprehensive quality assurance rooted within the institution. To ensure this, the senate of Zeppelin University passed the Principles to Assure Good Scientific Practice in June 2004, which can be found here in their current version, updated in September 2012. An ethics commission has been established to assure good scientific practice, as well as to deal with questions on the implementation and ethical justifiability of research on animate beings. It meets upon request. Additionally, the senate has also passed guidelines to avoid plagiarism, both for students and for PhD candidates as part of their Doctoral Regulations.


Lucarelli, Ute Dr phil
Head of Research Funding
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1114
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1199
Room:Semi 2.44