Helmholtz Association

Among other things, the Helmholtz Association uses its large-scale devices to carry out research into highly complex systems which have a profound influence on people and their environment.

In Dresden, the Helmholtz Association runs the Dresden-Rossendorf Helmholtz Center and a branch of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases is a Helmholtz Association center and one of the German Centers for Health Research. In Dresden the center carries out stem cell research in the context of neurodegenerative diseases and investigates the significance of adult neurogenesis (newly generated neurons) for preventive medicine, compensation and treatment.

Dresden-Rossendorf Helmholtz Center

The Dresden-Rossendorf Helmholtz Center employs roughly 1 000 staff. It is located at the location of the central institute for nuclear physics (founded in 1956) and continues to carry out long-term top-class research to this day.

The main focuses of research are:
  • Health – Wie können Krebserkrankungen besser visualisiert, charakterisiert und wirksam behandelt werden?
  • Energy – Wie nutzt man Energie und Ressourcen effizient, sicher und nachhaltig?
  • Materials – Wie verhalten sich Materie und Materialien unter dem Einfluss hoher Felder und in kleinsten Dimensionen?

The HZDR has a research infrastructure of world renown with unique large-scale facilities. Its scientific infrastructure is also available to other research institutions and to industry.


Large-Scale Facilities

  • ELBE Radiation Source (superconducting linear electron accelerator)
  • Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD)
  • Ion Beam Center
  • PET Center at the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research
  • TOPFLOW Facility at the Institute for Fluid Dynamics
  • Rossendorf Beamline at ESRF in Grenoble

High Magnetic Fields

The High Magnetic Field Laboratory at HZDR produces the highest magnetic fields in Europe. The ELBE electron accelerator is right next door, meaning that high magnetic field infrared spectroscopy experiments can be carried out of a kind not found anywhere else in the world.

ELBE in Dresden

At the HZDR, ELBE does not just refer to the river: it also stands for Electron Linac for beams with high Brilliance and low Emittance. It produces various kinds of secondary beams; both electromagnetic radiation and particle beams.

Ion Beam Center

With the help of especially finely focused ion beams, scientists at HZDR create nanostructures, thus helping to develop new concepts for storage technology.

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.