The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone was carried out by Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Angelica Maria Kappel, Mayor of the City of Bonn, Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Waldemar Kolanus, Managing Director of the LIMES Institute, and Gabriele Willems, Managing Director of BLB NRW. The TIS building will be a teaching and laboratory building on the Campus Poppelsdorf of Bonn University, which will be directly connected to the LIMES Institute. The TIS is to be completed in the spring of 2022. The construction costs amount to around 45 million euros. About 24 million are provided by the Ministry of Culture and Science.
Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen emphasizes: "The University of Bonn has consistently pursued its strategic goals in recent years and has emerged as the most successful university in Germany from the strategy of excellence, especially in the area of life sciences, where it was able to establish itself as an international research university. This new building will further advance biomedical basic research at the University of Bonn, as a good infrastructure is essential for excellent science."
Rector Prof. dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch says: "Over the past decade, the internationally renowned LIMES Institute has become one of the pillars of Bonn's life sciences by establishing several Collaborative Research Centers and its important role in the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation."
The additional building, which is similar in architecture to the existing building, will now create an additional 4,000 square meters of floor space for laboratories, laboratory adjoining rooms, a multifunctional room as well as office and seminar rooms. In the future, around 100 employees and around 180 students will work there. The building meets the highest environmental standards. For example, a highly energy-efficient geothermal system supports the heating and cooling of the building.
The managing director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Waldemar Kolanus, is looking forward to the new opportunities that arise through TIS: "The new building will enable us to expand our research and teaching, and provide new professionals at all career levels with optimal working conditions for basic biomedical and immunological research."