The Institute

The Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (BwIM) is a governmental research facility that specializes in medical biodefence.


The BwIM is committed to teaching, not only at the Bundeswehr Medical Academy but also at cooperating universities.


The Institute carries out translational research with the aim to develop products, knowledge and capabilities that can be directly or indirectly used for biological hazard prevention.


In the event of a disease outbreak, the causative agent must be identified quickly and unambiguously. For this purpose, the Institute provides comprehensive capabilities in the field of mobile and stationary diagnostics.

International Biosecurity

Under the Biosecurity Programme of the Federal Foreign Office and the Enable & Enhance Initiative of the Federal Government, the Institute carries out projects in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tunisia and the G5 Sahel region.