Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - BSMS

About the BSMS




Movement and mobility are relevant components for the quality of human life. The ability to move is one of the most impacting factors for self-determined human living. It is important for our physical, mental, psychological and social development. Mobility is a key element for the prevention and rehabilitation of metabolic, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders whereas restricted mobility can lead to cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal weakness.


The Berlin School of Movement Science (BSMS) provides an interdisciplinary education program based on scientific exchange and interaction, supporting PhD students to become highly skilled scientists in the fields of motor control and movement science. Our main research objectives are:

  • Acquire knowledge about the fundamental principles of motor  control in human movement,
  • Investigate the effects of the musculoskeletal properties on the motor control strategies used during movement and
  • Understand how the sensory-motor system controls biomechanical features and lead to adaptation on a structural level in tissues such as bone and muscle. 


The participating institutes of the BSMS are:

  • Department of Training and Movement Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Julius Wolff InstituteCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Department of Medical Engineering, Technical University Berlin
  • Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)


The BSMS offers


The BSMS is funded by the Humboldt Initiative: Structured PhD Programmes