Top-level research of global significance
The Stuttgart Region is top! This is confirmed by a look at the annual patent statistics, with more than 3,500 patents a year. Above all in the field of engineering, globally leading companies and research institutes give fresh, globally leading impetus to the fields of mechatronics, nanotechnology, laser technology and surface technology. Regional competence and innovation centres pool the regional strengths and offer starting points for the close cooperation with venture partners, institutes of higher education and research institutions. The Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum as part of the Steinbeis network for example is a bridge to Europe for companies, research institutions, institutes of higher education and regional economic promoters. It offers advice on European research funding and on bilateral technological cooperation with international partners and develops regional future strategies and innovations.
The national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany (DLR) with its headquarters in Cologne has one of its 16 national locations in Stuttgart and is represented here with six institutions. The national and international trendsetting research work of the DLR is focused on the fields of aerospace, energy, transport and security. Whether for Earth or for space, DLR conducts basic research and develops innovative technologies for the world of tomorrow. The focus of the work at DLR Stuttgart is on the field of structures and design, energy storage and energy conversion technologies, vehicle concepts, combustion technology and the development of high-power lasers. But it is not only the researchers of the DLR who enjoy an international reputation. The Fraunhofer Institute, the University of Stuttgart and Esslingen University of Applied Sciences as well as countless further research institutes produce highly skilled researchers. 12 non-university research centres, united in the Baden-Württemberg Innovation Alliance, work together with local enterprises, bringing research and industry closer together. This is how products for the world market are created.
For example, researchers at the Max Planck Institute managed for the first time to develop an antiferromagnetic data storage system. Their dedication will allow the international IT industry to push forward into completely new fields. The antiferromagnetic data storage system saves in only 12 atoms one hundred times more information than is possible with current hard disks. Natural and medical science, research and technology are the driving forces of economic success. The metropolitan region and the state capital are shaping a future-oriented, sustainable and modern industrial society in Germany.