No. 1 Location for Science

Nowhere else in Germany can so many scientists and research institutions be found in such a small area: there are few other cities in Europe with such intensive research as in Dresden.

Dresden does a greater degree of research than any other city in Germany. It comes top of the ranking among large German cities regarding both the scientific workforce and the number of research institutes.

A comparison of scientific staff employed shows Dresden leading. When it comes to the number of research institutes, Dresden comes in fifth, with 46 in all.

All the major non-university research organizations can be found here, as can universities and other higher education institutes, plus research facilities operated in cooperation with industry

University of Excellence

Dresden University of Technology is eastern Germany's only 'University of Excellence.' Over the past few years, science in Dresden has been the subject of increasing acknowledgment and attention through winning well-known awards.

In 2011, the group of researchers led by Prof. Karl Leo received the German Future Prize for their findings in the field of organic electronics. Over the last ten years, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded five Dresden scientists the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. This award is worth up to 2.5 million euros and is considered one of the most important research-funding prizes in Germany.

Funding for Research and Technology

With these accolades, the Saxon capital is continuing a long tradition. European porcelain, the coffee filter, SLR cameras, minicomputers and 3D displays are all Dresden inventions: even the brassiere was once dreamt up in this city on the Elbe.

Dresden's development as a location for science receives intensive funding from the state of Saxony. In 2010, Dresden received 56.16 million euros in funding for research and technology.

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Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.