The Department of Sport Science and Sport (DSS) at FAU has been in existence for over fifteen years. The merger of the Institute of Sports Science with the Sports Centre in 2001 was associated with fresh approach to the topic of “physical activity and health” going forward and laid the foundation for becoming one of the leading German sports science institutions.

Today, DSS clearly ranks among the top comparable institutions in Germany in terms of research work and the acquisition of third-party funding. The four scientific research areas “Public Health and Physical Activity”, “Physical Activity and Health”, “Education in Sport” and “Sport and Exercise Medicine” pursue individual- and population-related approaches that address current challenges in prevention and rehabilitation.

It goes without saying that the latest research results are directly incorporated into university teaching. Our approximately 1,500 students currently enrolled in the teaching training programme, Master of Arts and doctoral programmes benefit from this. In addition, the diverse projects in applied research and interdisciplinary cooperation ensure a close integration of science and practice. The current collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) –DSS is the official WHO cooperation centre for the promotion of physical activity– is an example of this.


Erlangen location

Department of Sports Science and Sport
Gebbertstrasse 123b
91058 Erlangen
Telefon: +49 (0)9131 85 25 469
Telefax: +49 (0)9131 85 28 198

University Sports
Gebbertstrasse 123b
91058 Erlangen
Telefon: +49 (0)9131 85 28 173
Telefax: +49 (0)9131 85 28 198

Sport grounds Hartmannstraße
Hartmannstraße 120
91052 Erlangen

Nürnberg location

Campus Regensburger Straße
Regensburger Straße 160
90478 Nürnberg
Telefon: +49 (0)911 5302 562
Telefax: +49 (0)911 5302 578

Pleinfeld location

Water sports centre Pleinfeld
Am Brombachsee 6
91785 Pleinfeld
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