Research and Innovation Top-class environment for innovation

Investors and companies will find a top-class environment for innovation in Thuringia. About 10,000 scientists are doing research at more than 40 institutes and universities in close cooperation with businesses.

The research landscape includes renowned non-university institutions such as the Fraunhofer and Max Planck Society as well as the Helmholtz and Leibniz Society. In addition, there exist a number of high-profile industry-oriented research institutions and the Thuringian universities.

Visit our “Scientific Showroom” to find the right research outlet, their areas of specialization and their offers for research partnerships with businesses. We will be pleased to make contacts with the relevant researchers for you. Thuringia is actively working to further improve the conditions for innovation in our state.

Forschung hat in Thüringen Tradition


Carl Zeiss und Ernst Abbe produzieren das erste mathematisch berechnete Mikroskop


Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar gegründet (Schule für Kunst, Design und Architektur)


BMW produziert erstes Auto in Eisenach


Zeiss entwickelt die Multispektralkamera MKF 6 für Fotos der Erdoberfläche vom Weltraum aus


Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Entwickler des mp3-Standards, leitet das Fraunhofer Institut IDMT in Ilmenau


Gründung des Zentrums für Innovationskompetenz SEPTOMICS (SepsisForschung)


Sensoren von Jena-Optronik sorgen für erfolgreiche Andockmanöver an der ISS


UV-Sensoren und Fotodioden aus Jena sind im NASA Mars Rover „Curiosity“ zu finden


DLR-Institut für Datenwissenschaften errichtet in Jena ein Forschungsinstitut für „Smart and Big Data“

The Thuringian Innovation Strategy

The goal of the Thuringian Innovation Strategy (RIS3 Thuringia) is to promote the development of promising fields of specialization in the state. These fields include:

  • Industrial production and Systems
  • Sustainable and smart mobility and logistics
  • Healthy living and the healthcare sector
  • Sustainable energy supply and resource management
  • ICT, innovative and production-related  services as a cross-sectoral field.

The implementation of this Innovation Strategy is coordinated by the Thuringian Cluster Management, which has its offices at LEG Thüringen and promotes the development of industrial clusters in the Free State.

Science Showroom

Find out about the many opportunities for partnerships with Thuringian science and research institutions!


Individual, competent, non-bureaucratic and flexible.

Company Database

Are you looking for cooperation partners in industry or science? Our Company database helps you select from a great variety of companies based in Thuringia.


Dr. Arnulf Wulf

Dr. Arnulf Wulf Senior Vice President

Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion

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