Institute for Advanced Study
Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst

The workshop will be hosted at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), which was established in October 1995 as a non-profit foundation under civil law of the federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the city of Delmenhorst. As an independent Institute for Advanced Study, the HWK appoints internationally renowned scientists and qualified young investigators from all over the world as guest scholars (Fellows) to the institute. It focuses on the four sections Brain, Earth, Energy and Society supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration both between its Fellows and the research institutions in the Northwest as well as within the Fellow community residing on HWK campus. The HWK is located in Delmenhorst in the district of Deichhorst. More information under: http://www.h-w-k.de/en/hwk-overview.html

Getting to the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg

  • By car: Coming from the highway (A28) take the exit Delmenhorst/Deichhorst. This brings you to the “Wildeshauser Landstraße” where you take a right. At the roundabout traffic go straight on and at the pedestrian lights you turn left into a small road (Lehmkuhlenbusch) leading up to the HWK.
  • By plane: Delmenhorst is about a 25 minute taxi ride from Bremen Airport.
  • By train: The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg is about 10 minutes away by taxi from the Delmenhorst station. (http://www.bahn.de)
  • By bus: Take the line number 201 or 206 from the train station to the ‘Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg’ station. Evenings and weekends the line number 216 covers this route. (http://www.delbus.de)


The city of Delmenhorst is located in the federal state of Lower Saxony within the German northwestern region. It has a population of 81,500 and is 15 kilometres in the west of downtown Bremen, whereas the city of Oldenburg is 25 kilometres to the northwest.

Delmenhorst was first mentioned in a charter in 1254, after the Count of Oldenburg, Otto I, bought the place near the river Delme in 1234. A castle to protect the newly founded settlement was established in about 1247. The following count, Otto II, made the castle his residency; Delmenhorst was declared an independent town on July 15, 1371 under Bremen’s law.

In the industrial age Delmenhorst experienced great economic growth. The industries arising were the Jute – a spinning works and weavery in 1871, the Delmenhorster Linoleumfabrik – a linoleum factory, in 1882, the Norddeutsche Wollkämmerei und Kammgarnspinnerei or Nordwolle – another, bigger spinning works, and several others. The number of inhabitants quadrupled in these years.

The landmark of the town is the watertower complex with the adjacent Town Hall, built from 1910 to 1914 by architect Heinz Stoffregen. Another interesting place is the Burginsel (Castle Island), in which the old castle existed in medieval times. The construction was torn down during the 18th century. Today a park (called the Graft) occupies the grounds of the old castle.

The industrial history of the town is presented by the Nordwolle Museum, an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.