Applied research

Research excellence from Dresden

The Dresden region has always been a place of great inventions. For example, the SLR camera, the toothpaste, the porcelain, the filter bag, the bra and the first German audio tape.

Since 1992, Fraunhofer researchers are represented in numerous technology fields in Dresden. Now, Dresden is considered the Fraunhofer capital with its ten institutes, facilities and branches. With the title “City of Science 2006” Dresden's commitment as a future-oriented location for science and research was honored.

In addition to the extraordinarily high density of research facilities, the location is characterized by a close integration of research and industry, resulting in new top performance and innovative developments that set global impulses.


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Currently: Academic Initiative – Integration

The major research organizations Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Leibniz Association, Max Planck Society and Helmholtz Association are aware of their responsibility to support a cosmopolitan social climate in Germany. After all, science and its institutions are always also places of internationality and cultural diversity. In light of the current challenges facing Germany due to the integration of people seeking refuge, additional new and coordinated approaches to support refugees are necessary besides existing civil society commitment of research organizations.

With a joint initiative the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association aim to make it easier for recognized refugees and asylum-seekers to integrate into the labor market through various measures. Participation in the world of work is an important basis for gaining a foothold in Germany. This goal to give refugees a perspective in Germany through employment and qualification forms the common roof under which the four organizations cooperate closely since September 2015 to develop concepts each according to their missions and constitution and implement the developed measures. The research organizations benefit from the mutual exchange of experience and the adjustment of their respective steps. Another joint focus is on dealing with the topic at the research level in order to support politics and society both acutely and in the long term.

An essential element of the concept is a sponsorship model that brings together refugees and their colleagues at the research institutions in a targeted and stable manner.

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