Scientific centres are scientific facilities that transcend faculties and disciplines at the University of Oldenburg, and are, like the research centres, established in close coordination with the university’s strategic aims. They collaborate with the individual institutes and faculties. Scientific centres promote above all interdisciplinary research and academics in relation to the University’s model, thereby providing a particularly important addition to enhancing the university’s profile. Scientific centres are independent organisations which are set up temporarily or indefinitely and regularly subject to external evaluation. Five scientific centres have been set up with the participation of Faculty II at the University of Oldenburg.