Jena is a town in the green middle of Germany. It is situated on the Saale River, surrounded by a range of limestone hills. There is a huge park called 'Paradies' - which means paradise. It is right in the center of the town, where people of all ages come together to enjoy the sun, play games, talk or have a barbecue with typical thuringian grilled sausages and local beer. Thuringian food is often very heavy but delicious, for example there are "Thüringer Klöße" which means thuringian dumplings - a meal made of grated raw and mashed potatoes. You eat them with meat dishes and strong sauces. For dessert or in the afternoon, there are all kinds of different cakes. In the evenings most students can be found either in one of the clubs or in one of the many bars in the Wagner Street.
Jena is a modern city with a long historical background. About 100,000 people live here, 25% of them are students. Here you can visit the oldest working planetarium in the world with the most modern technnology inside at a time. Right in the center of the town is the so-called JenTower, an office tower 133 meters high. In the two upper floors there is a restaurant with a great view over the inner city
The University Hospital Jena is the only University Hospital in Thuringia with a more than 200 years-old history. The tradition of medical teaching is even older - the School of Medicine as one of the founding faculties of the University of Jena can look back on the experience of 450 years
Today, the University Hospital Jena with it's 4300 staff members is one of the biggest employers of this region. 250,000 patients are treated inpatient and outpatient in 26 clinics every year. 2200 students of medicine and dentistry learn here, scientists from more than 25 nations do research on further medical development at 25 institutes.
Currently we offer you two different research projects:
- Metabolism of membrane sphingolipids during inflammation and sepsis offered by the clinic for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Therapy of our University Hospital
- Endogenous stem cell proliferation and neurogenesis after stroke offered by the clinic of neurology of our University Hospital
Historical background of Jena
Officially recognized as a town in 1236, you can find many aspects of this long history in our beautiful old down town. The Friedrich Schiller University began it's work in 1558. It was founded in the Kollegienhof, where parts of the School of Medicine are situated up to today.
As the poets Goethe and Schiller lived in Weimar for many years, a city about 20 km away from Jena, they also had a great influence on the cultural life in Jena. The botanical garden, a huge inspiration for Goethe, is one of the oldest in Germany.
In 1806 Napoleon’s troops defeated the Prussian army in a battle near Jena.
During the second half of the 19th century Jena became an industrial and optical center, thanks to Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott.