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 is a "Strong Innovator" among the European regions (Source: EU’s “Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2021”).

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 almost 20 percent since 2005. It is, in particular, the region around Saxony’s state capital Dresden which is able to score points here at a European scale: The NUTS 2 region of Dresden leads the European regions in terms of R&D intensity.

Map Saxony is a European “Strong Innovator.”

Source: EU Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2021

Map "Saxony's Research Infrastructure"

Source: Saxony Trade & Invest 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 13 facilities.

Fraunhofer Facilities in Saxony

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