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Jointly operated research centres

Top research needs cooperation – this is one of the guiding principles of the DRESDEN-concept partners. Especially in jointly operated research centres competences can be used more efficiently, resources can be saved and innovations can be developed across institute borders. The colours indicate the membership of the respective Scientific Area Committee (light green: SAC 1, green: SAC 2, light blue: SAC 3 and dark blue: SAC 4)

The 5G Lab Germany at TU Dresden is an interdisciplinary team with more than 600 researchers from 20 different research areas of TUD, which aims to deliver key technologies for enabling 5G. There are more than 50 connected partners, including Bosch, Claas, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, IDT, National Instruments, NEC, Nokia, Rohde&Schwarz, and Vodafone.

Within the framework DRESDEN-concept, the scientists of Fraunhofer IWS, in collaboration with partners of the TU Dresden, founded an internationally recognised competence centre, in which material and manufacturing solutions for challenging products are developed in an interdisciplinary way. Presently, the scientists are focusing on areas of research such as aerospace, automotive industry, tool making, energy technology and medical engineering.

CAMP explores laser-based surface modification and patterning methods. Driven by current trends in laser-based micro processing, the Center targets opportunities and challenges in the development of new system, process and measurement solutions. In these endeavors, scientists at the Fraunhofer IWS, in cooperation with the TU Dresden, focus on various applications of laser micro-processing and measuring operations:


The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) was founded 2019 in Görlitz and is operating data-intensive interdisciplinary systems research in such diverse disciplines as Earth system research, systems biology or materials research. The goal of CASUS is to create digital images of complex systems of unprecedented fidelity to reality with innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations and data and computer science to give answers to urgent societal questions.

Partners are the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ), the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (MPI-CBG), the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) and the Wrocław University.

The Center is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism.

The Center for Transport and Devices of Emergent Materials (CTD) at TU Dresden in cooperation with Leibniz IFW aims at linking research efforts, distributed over different faculties and institutions, in the fields of solid-state physics, materials science and electronic devices. Within the CTD, emergent materials are synthesised and produced as devices or parts thereof, i.e., in the form of nanoscale electronic elements. These devices will not only be investigated experimentally but also modelled theoretically. Further partner is the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids:

ScaDS.AI (Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence) Dresden/Leipzig implements cooperative research on big data technologies and their interdisciplinary application for a wide range of applications in science and industry. The research center is run by the partners TU Dresden, Leipzig University, MPI CBG, Leibniz IOER, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research Leipzig, and the Helmholtz Center Dresden Rossendorf.

With this network of excellent research institutions, modern biomedical technologies, and new methods and research approaches, the DZD seeks to make a major contribution to elucidating the pathogenesis of the disease. Partner within the DRESDEN-concept is University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

The more than 60 members and partners come from TU Dresden, TU Chemnitz and TU Bergakademie Freiberg and numerous extramural institutions. The research priority areas cover electronic, electrical, thermoelectric, mechanical, fluidic, optical and rheological material properties, as well as production simulations and visualisation methods, focusing on both fundamental and applied research. Following partners of DRESDEN-concept take parts in the project:

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation is a joint research facility of the Leibniz IOER and TU Dresden. The IZS’s research activities are to analyse social trends, urban politics, and their repercussions on towns and cities. In this way, the IZS supports municipalities and higher-level decision-makers to develop and test solutions.

In 2002, the MBC was opened on the campus of the Leibniz IPF. Under the shared roof of a dedicated laboratory building, the center unifies researchers and facilities from the Institute of Materials Science at the Technische Universität Dresden and the IPF to work on biological materials:

At OncoRay scientists specialising in medicine, physics, biology and IT work together to crucially improve the treatment of cancer by administering radiation therapy that is biologically-personalised and technically-optimised. The institute is a joint venture of Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden, TU Dresden, and HZDR:

Physicians and scientists work together to offer cancer patients a tailor-made diagnostics and therapy. The NCT/UCC is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, the Carl Gustav Carus Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR):