Düsseldorf is home to a number of important and renowned research centres and institutes. The region’s research profile is complemented by various research-intensive universities and companies. Top level research conducted in the region focuses on life sciences, materials, medicine, communication as well as design, to name just a few. And there’s more to come: the EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf is currently under construction and is planned to open in 2023. The innovation campus and real-world laboratory will focus on sustainability, climate, energy and the mobility of the future.

Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum (DDZ)

The German Diabetes Center is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims at reducing the individual and social burden of diabetes mellitus. Its activities combine molecular, clinical, care-related and epidemiological work and cover a wide range of disciplines and methods from medicine, natural sciences and social sciences. The declared aim of the DDZ is improving the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and its comorbidities and complications. You can read more about the DDZ’s mission here.

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE)

Advanced basic materials research on nanostructured metallic materials and semiconductors is conducted at the MPIE in Düsseldorf. Fields covered are mobility, infrastructure, medicine, energy and digitalisation. This way, new structural and functional materials are developed and responses to currently emerging global issues, such as CO2-reduced and sustainable production, are found. Learn more about work at the MPIE here.

Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste (AWK)

The North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts is a centre of creative discovery, be it of scientific, scholarly or artistic nature. Functioning as an umbrella for sciences, humanities and arts at the same time is a unique feature of the academy. The institution is very active in promoting young researchers in its format “Junges Kolleg” to which scholars or scientists of any discipline can be invited. Find out more about the AWK here.

Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V. (VDZ)

Representing the economic, technical and scientific interests of the German cement industry are the key tasks of the Association of German Cement Works. Its research centre for practical joint work on cement and concrete strives for environmentally friendly methods of production and construction. The VDZ forms part of various networks, it is, for example, a founding member of the German Federation of Industrial Reasearch Associations (AiF). Find out more about the VDZ’s work here.

Come & Cooperate

Together with Düsseldorf’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the initiative “DUS+ME innovativ”, our association organises the event “Come & Cooperate” once a year. The transfer format aims at promoting the exchange between economy and science. It matches researchers and companies and brings them together for open-ended but goal-driven conversations. In addition, participants are offered consultancy and information on funding options, innovation and property rights.

Further research in the knowledge region of Düsseldorf

Other research institutes located in Düsseldorf include the “IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine”, the “Heinrich Heine Institut” (Heinrich Heine Institute), the “Institute of Applied Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics”, the “Robert-Schumann-Forschungsstelle e.V.” (Robert Schumann Research Unit), the “Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V.” (Johannes Rau Research Community) and the “Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.” (Research on Alzheimer Initiative).

For a non-exhaustive list of research institutes at the local universities, please click here or see the homepages of our members for further information. There is a Welcome Center dedicated to the reception of international researchers at the Heinrich Heine University. You can also refer to our contact page for further assistance. Together with our partners, we have also created a video demonstrating the advantages of the region of Düsseldorf for researchers – watch it below or click here.

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Knowledge Region of Düsseldorf