Research landscape  

Research landscape

Leipzig’s Research Landscape

Leipzig – the dynamic science centre

Leipzig is the scientific, economic and cultural centre in the heart of Europe – a region with numerous research establishments, an excellent infrastructure, and highly skilled and motivated experts.  

The region of Leipzig holds great potential for research and development. The Universität Leipzig, six further universities, 20 non-university research institutions including three Max Planck Institutes, three Leibniz Institutes, two Fraunhofer Institutes, and one Helmholtz Centre form the basis for the innovative combination of pure and applied research and cooperation of science and business. The location is especially known for outstanding research in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology, new intelligent materials, evolution and a strong global orientation with comprehensive expertise in global and area studies.

More than 37,000 students study and do research in Leipzig; the institutions of higher education and the University Hospital alone employ close to 15,000 persons. The expansion of existing research institutions and the establishment of various start-ups and world renowned international companies like Porsche, BMW, DHL and Amazon underline the scientific and economic dynamics of the region.


Universität Leipzig
Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL)
Academy of Visual Arts (HGB)
University of Music and Theatre
University of Applied Sciences "Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig"
Telekom University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunication
AKAD Private University of Applied Sciences

Non-university Research Institutions

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI)
Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW)
Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL)
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM)
Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT)
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA)
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS)
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI-MIS)
Research Centre Dresden-Rossendorf, Research Site Leipzig
German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)
Leipzig Institute for Materials Research and Testing (MFPA)
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Heart Centre Leipzig
Institute for Applied Training Science (IAT)
Leipzig Institute for Energy
Saxonian Academy of Sciences (SAW)

Affiliated Institutes of the Universität Leipzig

Affiliated institutes are legally independent institutes which supplement the offers of the university in the fields of research and advanced training.

Albrecht-Daniel Thaer Institute of Agranomy
Bach-Archive Leipzig
Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO)
Institute for Applied Informatics
Institute for Non-classical Chemistry
Institute for Insurance Sciences
Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture

last update: 17.08.2018 


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