Non-University Research

Institutes run by all the four major German research organizations can be found in Dresden. This means that both basic and practice-oriented research is carried out within an extremely compact area; one which offers both a highly capable infrastructure and large-scale devices. The focus is on the natural sciences and technology.

Some 4,000 people work in non-university research.
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Fraunhofer Society

Fraunhofer is Europe's largest organization for application-oriented research. Its biggest site is in Dresden, with 11 facilities and institutes.
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Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society carries out basic research and is involved in fields of research which are especially innovative and require a great deal of funding or time.
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Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association institutes concentrate on application-oriented basic research and provide a scientific infrastructure.
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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.
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The DFG-Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden - Cluster of Excellence (CRTD) was founded as a research center by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and awarded the title 'Cluster of Excellence.'

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.