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Tomorrow's Home – Dresden as a centre for science and business

Dresden – Tomorrow's Home

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Welcome to Dresden – tomorrow’s home for business, science and quality of life.

A place where innovative ideas grow into successful projects and products of the future. First-class research and development are closely intertwined here – and benefit from the outstanding factors that make the dynamic state capital the city it is.

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Cutting-edge research

Did you know that filter paper, bras and toothpaste were all invented in Dresden? Along with many other ideas that have improved the lives of people all over the world. Because the spirit of invention runs deep in this city. Today, it is the many universities and research institutes that are responsible for many fantastic new ideas. Whether it be mobile communications, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, smart materials or e-mobility, this startup city is laying the foundations for innovative solutions to kick-start their worldwide career in Dresden.

The research being conducted by the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), driven by leading national and international scientists, is setting trends for social and global challenges. It is the only university in central Germany to be classified as a university of excellence. Through its faculties and professorships, it pools scientific expertise in the region and beyond, making a key contribution to Dresden’s innovative strength, and ensuring it becomes an important partner for research institutes and businesses within Germany and abroad.

A number of startups and uni spin-offs are using their new products to shape the future. The pioneering spirit is palpable – and visible – for businesses based here: With over 200 registered proprietary rights a year, the TU Dresden holds one of the largest numbers of patents of any university in Germany. And yet it is just one of several prestigious scientific addresses. ‘We have the most Fraunhofer institutes in the world’, says Dr Robert Franke, head of Dresden’s Business Development Office.

Know-how in the business hub that is Dresden

Playseat testing at the CeTI (TU Dresden)
Playseat testing at the CeTI (TU Dresden)

Dresden is a changing city. New ideas and innovative products are quickly promoted here among major players, SMEs and startups. And its future-oriented economic structure is key to its strong evolution. Products from the fields of robotics, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile communications, life sciences and sustainability are all developed here for national and international customers.

Dresden’s particular strength lies in microelectronics and nanotechnology. The Saxon state capital is Europe’s largest microelectronics hub. Did you know that every second EU-made microchip for Smartphones and cars comes from Dresden? Europe’s largest industry network for the semi-conductor and microsystems industry is also based here in the form of Silicon Saxony. Learn more here!

Life on the Elbe

Piano night at the Elbe river
Piano night at the Elbe river

But it’s not just knowledge and business that are breaking new ground here. Above all, Dresden is a city offering outstanding quality of life. Its architecture, nature and cultural heritage are well known – and loved – by people all over the world. The Semperoper, Frauenkirche and Saxon Switzerland attract over six million tourists to Dresden and surrounds every year.

The vibrant art and cultural scene is omnipresent. The Dresden State Art Collections are the oldest and second largest museum group in Germany. The Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) and Old Masters Picture Gallery are among the most renowned collections on the planet. World-class art is well and truly at home in Dresden.

Dresden locals and businesses enjoy quick access to all the city’s facilities, good transport connections, and a central location in the heart of Europe. The Saxons are the most satisfied of all Germans with their local public transport system, while buses and trains ensure lush greenery is only a short ride away – indeed often just around the corner. Because green spaces and woodland make up 70 percent of the city.

Another plus underlining Dresden’s sustainability is the fact that the city has for years had one of the highest birth rates in Germany. Dresden is tomorrow’s home – including for future generations.

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World Trade Center Dresden
Ammonstraße 74
01067 Dresden

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