Research and technology

Outstanding research: a high-tech microscope

Science – a powerhouse of ideas

Scientific insights that can change our world are at the centre of a special scientific conference in Berlin. Twenty top international scientists from the natural sciences, humanities, life science, economics and technology, will be presenting their specialist disciplines at the third “Falling Walls Conference” which is being staged in the German capital on November 9, the anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

Research and technology

Today, research and development-intensive industries account for more than half of all industrial production in Germany. Here you will find information about the major German research institutions.

Flachbildschirme bei der IFa

High-Tech Strategy 2020 for Germany

We want to be able to turn knowledge and ideas into new innovations as rapidly as possible. The German Government is therefore actively pursuing an ambitious strategy for innovation, its High-Tech Strategy 2020.

Alexander von Humboldt

Kosmos Humboldt website -

Alexander von Humboldt is seen as the last great universal scholar. The first environmental activist, humanist, world traveller and international cosmopolitan. But what is behind the legend?

International students at the Free University in Berlin

internet reportage - 12 scientists

"Nanotechnology offers fascinating possibilities"

Dr. Cinzia Casiraghi, Project Director at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the Free University in Berlin

Cinzia Casiraghi from Italy is conducting research into graphene, a recently discovered carbon material. This high-tech substance has great potential - above all, in the areas of electrical engineering and computer technology. Germany is one of the leading countries in nanotechnology. As a top-rank junior researcher in this innovative research field, the Italian was honoured with the prestigious German Sofja Kovalesvskaja Award iin 2008, which has enabled her to set up her own research group at the Free University in Berlin.

Research and technology

Gear factory ZF Friedrichshafen

German inventive genius that changed the world

Carl Benz´s first patent automobile

Single cylinder, about 0.9 hp and a top speed of 12 km per hour: the German engineer Carl Benz revolutionized mobility 125 years ago with his patent automobile (photograph). His invention of 1886 is regarded as the world’s first car, and is very reminiscent of a coach without the horse. At that time, this strange looking three-wheeler with a petrol engine certainly raised a few doubtful eyebrows.



A new twist on renewable energy in Leipzig.