The von behring|röntgen|foundation supports and promotes the medical faculties of the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen and the Philipps-University of Marburg in their network of life sciences and other academic fields:
1. National and international research cooperation,
2. Development projects for new methods in research and education,
3. Young scientists,
4. Projects related to applied research,
5. Joint Projects combining the medical faculties of the Universities of Giessen and Marburg,
6. Scientific communication through conferences and symposiums.
The applicants must be members of the faculties of Giessen and Marburg Universities. Cooperation partnerships are also possible.

The von behring|röntgen|foundation was founded by the Federal State of Hessen on 8th September 2006. It was legally established under private law with a capital of 100 million Euros. The Foundation is able to promote and support a number of research projects with earnings from its capital.

Setting up of the foundation

The Foundation was created through the merger and subsequent privatization of the university hospitals of Giessen and Marburg. It has taken Hessen only one year to establish this new direction for medical schools in Germany. The University Hospitals of Giessen and Marburg Ltd. was set up at the beginning of 2006. As a new majority shareholder of the company, the Rhön Hospital Company is going to invest 260 million Euros in new buildings for both campuses (by the end of 2010). Added to that 107 million Euros have been allocated for a particletherapy centre in Marburg.


The von behring|röntgen|foundation is situated in the West Wing of Marburg’s Castle.

The men behind the name

Though these two men led different lives, they had quite a lot in common:

Emil von Behring (1854 – 1917) was a bacteriologist and serologist in Berlin and Marburg. He discovered a serum against diphtheria and founded the well known Behring Works in Marburg.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 – 1923) was Professor of Physics in Giessen from 1879 until 1888. He went on to discover X-rays in Würzburg, and finally taught in Munich.
In 1901 both men received the Nobel Prize, Emil von Behring for Medicine, and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen for Physics.

Both represent and support
- The implementation of basic research at university as a place of both research and education.
- The promotion of possibilities for applying science in industry.
Hence the Foundation’s programme wants to encourage and promote high excellence in education.

Competent supervisory authority:

Regional Council Giessen, Landgraf-Philipp-Platz 1–7, 35390 Giessen, Germany

Stephanie von Maltzan, Bonn, Germany
Translation (Imprint, Legal Notes):
Felix Fritzsche, Schönebeck, Germany

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