On an area covering approx. 2,000 m² at the former Opel admin building, the O-Werk is being established as a place where innovative approach will flourish: in addition to the Worldfactory MakerSpace, it will also house Akademie der RUB, CEIT, and ZAP. Thus, O-Werk will become a place of productive and interdisciplinary exchange.
Universitätsforum, UFO for short, is the breeding ground of the innovation workshop Worldfactory. Since 2016, practice-oriented education has been taking place in the rooms at Unicenter, in addition to consultancy and proactive assistance for practical and startup projects. At UFO, students, lecturers, tutors, and researchers have the chance to develop, test, and implement ideas: for example at the soon-to-be-completed MakerForum, and later at MakerSpace that is currently in the planning stage. The Worldfactory team provides a wide range of consultancy services to promote networking with the industry. In addition to event and seminar rooms, UFO also houses a co-working space, where projects and startups can flourish.
RUB supports investors prior to invention disclosure with regard to questions on patents, trademark rights, and patent-based spin-offs. Researchers and other RUB employees submit their invention disclosures to division 4 at administrative department 1. In collaboration with Provendis GmbH, the division then assesses the inventions, files patents for the most promising ones, and commercialises them by selling licenses.