Research Environment

IMB is embedded in a strong and dynamic research environment. It is located within the leafy campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), just west of Mainz city centre. With 10 departments, 150 institutes and 36,000 students, the JGU is one of the largest German universities. In biomedical research, the University has built strong, interdisciplinary centres dedicated to cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, immunology and oncology.

The University Medical Centre, which is located less than a mile from the main campus, with its strong focus on clinical and translational research, also works in close contact with IMB. In addition to the University, IMB has two Max Planck Institutes (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research) and Mainz’s University of Applied Sciences as immediate neighbours.

Mainz is also surrounded by a number of towns and cities with extensive research activities. For instance, Frankfurt is only 35 km away and is home to Goethe University, which has a total of 38,000 students and 10 research institutes within the Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy Department alone. Furthermore, there are several Max Planck Institutes in Frankfurt (including the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and the Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Cognitive Brain Research). In addition to Frankfurt, nearby Darmstadt is home to both a Technical University, whose Biology Department has a focus on synthetic biology and the biology of stress responses, and a University of Applied Sciences that includes a focus on biotechnology.

Furthermore, there is an extensive industry R&D presence, with the headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim and the Merck Group both in close vicinity. For an illustration of the strong research environment in which Mainz is situated please see the IMB research environment map found here.

Living in Mainz

The city of Mainz ( is a charming, open-minded city. It dates back 2,000 years to Roman times and still has a historic centre with a magnificent medieval cathedral. It was also here, in 1450, that Johannes Gutenberg invented modern book printing. The city is located at the confluence of two of the most important rivers in Germany, the Rhine and the Main, and has spectacular esplanades.

Mainz is within easy reach of both cosmopolitan Frankfurt, with its famous opera house, avant-garde museums and glass-and-steel banking district, and the Rhine valley region with its castles, vineyards and nature reserves that offer great outdoor activities. With Frankfurt airport – the largest airport in mainland Europe – only 20 minutes away, countless European and overseas destinations are within easy reach.