Societies and individuals are subject to permanent change - their natural, technical and social environments are becoming more diverse, interconnected and globalised. Immanent interactions lead to a complex interplay, stability cannot be taken for granted. Change generates innovation and uncertainty. Since its founding, Bielefeld University has distinguished itself by its interdisciplinary and scientifically networked examination of the transformation of societies and individuals in all regions of the world and their natural environments. It focuses its research in this area within numerous interdisciplinary research networks. In doing so, it seeks a scientific exchange that transcends borders and combines methods and theories in innovative ways so that knowledge of change can also be gained under conditions of uncertainty.