MEDICINE & HEALTH
The healthcare industry is one of Freiburg’s most innovative economic sectors. All of the relevant life sciences and healthcare industry disciplines are represented: biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology, as well as inpatient and outpatient healthcare institutions, the main one being the University Medical Centre Freiburg. In the field of medical technology in particular, Freiburg boasts an above-average number of companies developing innovative products and services.
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
In Germany, Freiburg takes on the role of the environmental pioneer – in theory and in practice: Freiburg was selected as the environmental capital back in 1987, as the federal capital for the protection of nature and the environment in 1992, and as Germany’s most sustainable city in 2012. Freiburg won the national Klimaaktive Kommune 2018 competition, while the circular town hall received the DGNB award for sustainable construction in 2018.
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
In Freiburg and the surrounding region, general and applied research focusing on innovative future technologies is strongly encouraged. The leading sectors are life sciences, medical technology, microsystem technology, IT and robotics, interactive materials, nature-inspired materials and sustainable technical systems. With five Fraunhofer Institutes and around 2,500 employees, Freiburg is the largest Fraunhofer location in Germany – ahead of Berlin and Dresden! The application-based research carried out by the institutes and the high output of innovations make a considerable contribution to the competitiveness of systems and technology-focused clients in the region.
EDUCATION, SCIENCE & RESEARCH
Freiburg is a traditional university city and, thanks to its membership of the tri-national research association EUCOR, it is a scientific environment with a global reach.
The region’s education, science and research sector comprises around 150,000 people, from research and teaching staff to trainees. 34,000 students, of which 5,000 come from abroad, are enrolled at the six higher education institutions. The many academic and non-academic research institutes are important drivers and partners for science and technology-based companies, especially start-ups – which are often spin-offs from research projects.
VIDEO ABOUT THE BUSINESS HUB
Freiburg has evolved more dynamically than most other research hubs in Germany. This is evident in the growing number of residents, skilled job vacancies and its economic strength. Important contributing factors are the expansion of the natural and applied sciences and the arrival of application-based research institutes and innovative companies. This is a development that the surrounding area and the region also benefit from and that has been inextricably linked with the southern Baden city for centuries.
ARE YOU PLANNING A CONGRESS OR A CONFERENCE?
We’re happy to help – Green City Freiburg is ideal for congresses on the topic of innovative technologies. Freiburg offers a large audience of specialists from the fields of science, research and industry. Local research clusters will provide you with fascinating collaboration partners and speakers for your congress.