Dresden: Cool Silicon – Shaping visions of the future

Dresden, the beautiful baroque city on the River Elbe, combines the atmosphere of a major city with a boundless wealth of art and cultural treasures and the exciting potential of a highly dynamic location for business and science.

Dresden has the highest density of research institutions of any city in Germany. Three key sectors are crucial to driving forward the growth and development of the city: microelectronics, nanotechnology and biotechnology. However, it is more than the sheer quantity of research taking place in Dresden that is impressive. Another aspect of the city’s research landscape was praised as the “Dresden spirit” when the Technical University Dresden successfully applied for the status of a “University of Excellence”: the close-knit network of relationships between research and industry and a remarkable degree of freedom to combine forces with other institutions.

Energy supply of tomorrow

One particularly important topic occupying the minds of Dresden’s scientists and entrepreneurs is that of energy supply and how to use our resources more efficiently. “Cool Silicon” is an association operating in this field that provides a forum for more than 60 companies, three technical universities of applied sciences and other research institutes to work together towards a common goal. This leading edge cluster aims to create electronics that consume significantly less energy than current systems. In fact, they are “turning organic”. One of the doyens of an important new technology, electronics based on carbon, has been working in Dresden since 1993. Prof. Karl Leo, Director of the Institute for Applied Photophysics at the TU Dresden, was awarded the German Future Prize for his work on the development of organic light emitting diodes.

As well as conserving energy, energy storage is one of the key technologies of tomorrow. The conversion of the world’s energy systems means that effective ways of storing energy are urgently needed. Experts in materials science and process know-how will be key to making this technological leap forward by increasing the energy density of storage systems. Dresden, the capital of the state
of Saxony, excels in both these key sectors not only in terms of the quality but also the quantity of its researchers and structures. More than 2,000 materials science researchers work at the renowned TU
Dresden, the Helmholtz Research Centre in Dresden-Rossendorf, twelve Fraunhofer, two Leibniz and three Max Planck Institutes alone. A research cluster specialising in the area of batteries, the Dresden Centre for Battery Expertise (Batteriekompetenzzentrum Dresden), has formed in Dresden and is one of the most important of its kind in Germany. Its work is complemented by that of many
companies based in the region.

Where experts meet

Expertise has an almost magical attraction. For example, researchers from all over the world who wish to share in the knowledge generated in Dresden attend meetings, conventions and major congresses in the city on the River Elbe. Organisers of congresses, in turn, value Dresden’s scientists as expert speakers and their institutes as exciting places for guided tours. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that Dresden, this beautiful city with a great history, fascinating cultural events and facilities, exceptional locations (for meetings and congresses) and, last but not least, an acclaimed selection of hotels is a much sought after destination for the exchange of scientific ideas. SEMICON Europa, the leading forum for semiconductors and microelectronics in Europe, and Nanofair, a biennial international symposium and trade exhibition focusing on nanotechnologies, are just two examples of how expertise attracts major conventions and congresses to Dresden.

Dresden has a reputation for making it easy to implement ideas quickly – even the idea of a convention or a congress in the Saxon capital. Dresden Marketing GmbH together with the Dresden Convention Bureau are on hand to provide advice in any area – from naming competent contacts from the spheres of science and business to finding suitable hotels to match the aspirations and scope of your event or presenting unusual locations for your meeting or congress.