In the core area of research Society, Health, Sustainability, interdisciplinary research projects related to current challenges in society are carried out. Research focuses on the areas of poverty and social inequality, civil society, quality of life in rural areas, assistive technologies and use of technologies in old age, as well as sustainable development education.

Research projects and studies will be carried out in the following areas:

Transformation Processes in Society

Societal structures are subject to movements and tranformations which occur, among other reasons, due to social, cultural and economic changes - for example through the interaction of the different sectors of society in terms of the way they see themselves and others, and their behaviour (e.g. poor - rich, young - old).

At the centre of the scientific experiments are questions about the opportunities and risks of human and humane existence with particular reference to technological and media developments and cultural and social change.

Current fields of research are the development and application analysis of digital lifelogging and memory systems, the examination of the importance of communications technologies for the social inclusion of the elderly and the critical social question of Food Banks and other organisations which institutionalize poverty in Germany.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Selke
Research professorship "Transformative and Public Science"
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2873
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.03
Email: ses(at)

Health, Technology and Age

This research is focused on the field of Ambient Assisted Living.

Development and research will be carried out in the following areas:

  • innovative assistance systems
  • technological developments e.g. smell sensors
  • services and concepts
  • critical discourse and ethical use of technical assistance systems
  • (un)intentional effects on humans, society and civil society

The focus is on elderly and needy people and their right to a self-determined life in their familiar environment.

Central to the research are not only technological developments but also the examination of questioning methods, for example to involve those affected in the research projects or to evaluate the user acceptance of the assistance systems.

Current projects:
Centre for Applied Research - AAL
IBH Living Lab AAL
Future Care Lab


Prof. Dr. Peter König
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Dean of Studies Physiotherapy
Deputy Chairman Institute for Human and Technology Interaction (IMTT)
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2955
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.05
Email: koep(at)

Prof. Dr. Ing. Christophe Kunze
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Professor for Assistive Health Technologies
Chairman Institute for Human and Technology Interaction (IMTT)
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2583
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.04
Email: kuc(at)

Sustainable Development Education

Sustainable development education aims to give today's generation a sense of responsibility, values and knowledge about the conservation of resources and the design of a life worth living for future generations. Individuals will be enabled to actively evaluate their own behaviour or development processes from ecological, economic and socio-cultural aspects, as well as to initiate sustainable development processes.

Science and research play an important role in sustainable development education. For example, the development of innovative technologies enables new education content to be developed and given a socially-sustainable focus.

The aim of HFU is to strengthen concepts of sustainable development in teaching, to set new research goals in this area, to apply sustainability criteria in our own organization, to promote the transfer of knowledge about sustainability in universities and society and to further support the networking of universities and regional partners.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Selke
Research professorship "Transformative and Public Science"
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2873
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.03
Email: ses(at)

Environmental Technology

This research area includes all the aspects of environmental technology which are important for industrial companies:

  • environmental technology develops water treatment processes (physical, chemical, biological), biosensors and new Excimer UV lamps for use in photochemistry and photomedicine
  • environmental education gives employees the necessary know-how, for example, about how to deal with dangerous substances and the relevant regulations
  • environmental management controls the whole materials cycle in companies
  • environmental information systems provide the necessary information to do so
  • radioactivity measurements provide important data for industry and local government

Environmental technology is an integral part of the academic curriculum of the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences. All research areas are either reflected in academic teaching or are actively integrated into teaching.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Fath
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Tel: +49 (0)7720 307-4739
Fax: 07720 307-4725
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 2.13
Email: fath(at)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Oppenländer
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Tel: +49 (0)7720 307-4223
SchwenningenCampus, Room B 2.08
Email: op(at)