Overview: Research in Saxony


A great plus for Saxony is its extraordinary innovative power. This has been repeatedly confirmed by the EU’s “Regional Innovation Scoreboard.” Saxony is a European “innovation leader.” The region scores points, for example, with the educational level of its employees, the amount of investments made in R&D, the number of patents, the close cooperation between the research and business communities, and the high proportion of employees working in R&D. 


Of vital importance for the sustainable development of the business venue Saxony are research and development. In a European comparison, Saxony has already gained an excellent position here. In fact, Saxony has been repeatedly listed as one of the “Innovation Leader” regions in the EU’s “Regional Innovation Scoreboard.”

This is not a coindicidence. – The proportion of R&D expenditures of the gross domestic product (R&D intensity) has been increasing by a total of 16 percent since 2005. With a proportion of 2.66 percent, Saxony ranks seventh among the German federal states.

It is, in particular, the region around Saxony’s state capital Dresden which is able to score points here at a European scale. With a 3.24 percent share in the GDP, the NUTS 2 region Dresden is one of European Top regions which exhibit an R&D intensity of more than 3 percent.

R & D intensity — gross domestic expenditure on R & D (GERD) relative to gross domestic product (GDP), by NUTS 2 regions, 2013

Quelle / Source: Eurostat-Jahrbuch der Regionen 2016 / European Regional Yearbook 2016

Map "Saxony's Research Infrastructure"

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS)

Research in Saxony at a Glance

The unique success story written by business location Saxony was also made possible by the regional research landscape, which has been closely tied to Saxony’s business community since time immemorial. 

Saxony has a density of universities exceeding the German average. Saxony not only has a high concentration of outstanding universities, but also a strong presence of non-university research institutions and industrial research facilities. Fraunhofer is Europe's largest organization for application-oriented research. Just to mention one example - The Fraunhofer Society has its biggest site in Dresden, with 12 facilities.

Fraunhofer Facilities in Saxony

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Prof. Ezio Bonifacio

Director, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at Dresden University of Technology

"After having worked in London, in Perth/Australia, and in Milan, I came to Dresden in 2007. Here, I found the perfect environment for my research at the CRTD. When it comes to developing regenerative therapies, we benefit substantially from the interdisciplinary exchange. This applies both to the institute and the city’s scientific community."

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