The University of Hamburg is an institution of the "Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg". Germany`s second biggest metropolis is a bustling, cosmopolitan port city traditionally committed to liberal-mindedness, tolerance and international cooperation. Within the framework of this tradition, internationality was established as one of the University`s leading aims. Corresponding to Hamburg`s view of itself as a „gateway to the world“, the University with its diversity of subjects and educational possibilities, sees itself as a "gateway to the world of knowledge".

More than 100 degree courses are offered in the Faculties: Law, Economic and Social Sciences, Medicine, Education, Psychology and Human Movement, Humanities and Cultural Sciences, Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences. The University has 38.700 students and 851 professors engaged in teaching and research, as well as an additional academic full-time staff numbering over 2780 and about 1000 part-time academic instructors.

As the leading Excellence Center in North Germany it has close links to outstanding partners not only in the region but also throughout the world. More than 200 cooperation agreements with European universities guarantee a lively exchange in the context of the Socrates/Erasmus-program. Within the framework of the Bologna Process the University is currently developing a number of international degree programmes based on innovative concepts of multilateral cooperation in education and research. 

Besides its numerous European relations including traditionally intensive links to its East European Partners the University maintains a growing number of worldwide partnerships to universities such as in Asia, the USA, Latin America and Africa. The Center of Asian and African Studies at the University of Hamburg is the largest one in Germany. The University offers excellent training in more than 120 languages with a special profile in non-European language and culture studies. It follows that the University`s students can acquire a unique intercultural competence as well as an interdisciplinary oriented education and research experience.

The University enjoys an exceptional reputation in a range of highly competitive and promising areas of focus, such as Earth Systems Research where the Centre of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (ZMAW) achieved worldwide recognition. Further strengths at the University of Hamburg are research on the Structure and Properties of Materials, the Life Sciences, International and European Law, Multilingualism and Language Acquisition, as well as Educational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Peace Research and Security Policy, Communication and Information Sciences and the field of Globalisation and Transnational Developments.

The Centre of the University is its Campus at Von-Melle-Park, which is situated near the Lake Alster in the very heart of Hamburg. This is where the conference will take place.