Science in Heidelberg
Heidelberg is known worldwide as a symbol of Romanticism and for its architectural charm. Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world to our city, attracted by this reputation. Our important historic and cultural heritage combined with the unique landscape of the Neckar valley create this charm which has been equally appreciated by guests and residents not only in our time but over many centuries.
However, Heidelberg certainly does not live purely of its past. Anyone who looks behind the historical facades will discover a progressive city of international importance in the fields of science, research and business.
A staff of over 10,000 makes the Ruprecht Karl University the city's most important employer.
Significant research institutions of world fame are based in our city.
Besides the EMBL there are the DKFZ, the University's research institutes, EURESCOM and four Max Planck Institutes.
The Heidelberg BioCluster
Heidelberg is the centre of the BioRegion Rhine Neckar, one of the leading bio clusters in Germany. It is above all due to Life Sciences that our city of science is world famous.
In 1996, the Rhine Neckar Region was one of three winners of the BioRegio competition organized by the Federal Ministry for Research. This was the beginning of a dynamic development and growth of biotechnology and of life sciences in our region.
Today the Heidelberg BioCluster is one of the three leading bioclusters in Germany and one of the most recognized biotech locations in Europe. The Heidelberg Technology Park has taken a leading role in the bio cluster development. The park has enlarged its office and laboratory space to more than 50,000 square metres and offers all necessary services to the more than 70 starting and developing companies located in the park.
"Whoever wants to create jobs must invest in innovation and the technologies of the future." With these words the "UmweltPark", part of the Heidelberg Technology Park situated in the former "Heinsteinwerk", was officially opened on 17 October 2005. The City of Heidelberg thus developed a central location offering companies from the field of environmental technology perfect conditions for research, development and collaboration.
The University's Excellence Initiative
Heidelberg's Ruprecht-Karls-University, which will celebrate its 625th anniversary in 2011 and is Germany's oldest University, was able to convince with its future concept in the course of the third line of funding of the Excellence Initiative organised by the Federal and state governments.
For its innovative concept "Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University" it will be granted additional funding up to the year 2012 designed to promote research and to support young scientists.
The future concept aims at developing new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation and at improving Heidelberg's position in national and international networks.
Thus the university and its students shape the city's development to a large extent.
Advanced Training Centre on the campus of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory
The new training and education centre will be a central point for scientific exchange and advanced training in the heart of Europe. This centre, completed in November 2009, is the only one of its kind in Europe and combines the most up-to-date equipment for training upcoming scientists.
Bahnstadt Campus II
The City and the Heidelberg Development Company (EGH) sign an urban planning contract covering about 60% of the 115 hectares of the Bahnstadt area.
On Campus II new scientific institutions and enterprises that make commercial use of research results possible will be located. A "Science Valley" where young research scientists from all around the world will teach and live, will give the new city district an international, world-open and trend-setting face.
European Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar
Thus Heidelberg is one of the pillars of the new European Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar, on a par with London, Paris and other locations that work as "motors of social, economic and cultural development" on a European scale.