University of Bayreuth


The University of Bayreuth was founded in 1975 and now counts among the most successful young universities in Germany. Interdisciplinary research and teaching is the main feature of their more than 186 degree programmes offered at seven faculties in the natural sciences, food sciences, engineering, law and economics, as well as language, literature and cultural studies.

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Bayreuth

For more than 30 years, the Institute of African Studies has been providing the foundation and framework for Africa-related research and teaching at the University of Bayreuth. The institute is a reliable cooperation partner, both on an international and national level as well as on a regional and local level.

As the central coordination point for the Africa focus, the IAS bundles and coordinates Africa-related research and teaching, stimulates interdisciplinary research projects, supports Africa-related third-party funding applications, and promotes cooperation with African universities and research institutions, with national and international Africa institutes, and other relevant organizations. The IAS also forms the institutional umbrella for all specifically Africa-related institutions at the University of Bayreuth. These include the Iwalewahaus, the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” as well as the “Research Center Africa” (FZA), which is currently being planned. African studies is an important and interdisciplinary research focus at the University of Bayreuth. This was already manifested in the founding deed of the university in 1975 and confirmed in the current university development plan. Currently, the institute has more than 80 members, including around 40 professors. For more information, please follow this link: Institute for African Studies (









Projects (Coordination)

Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
BIGSAS – Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence
PLURA – Project Learning and Resource Platform Africa
TGCL – Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies

Projects (Partner)

e-shape: EuroGEO Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe (IA)
ECOPOTENTIAL – Improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations
PROCEED – Mini-Grid Technology Research
Addressing the Technological and Socio-Economic Factors Hindering the Use of Solar PV-Based Mini-Grids in Sub-Saharan Africa with Focus on Lesotho and Mozambique
SEED – Sustainable Energy Education Districts for Informal Settlements


Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence