Niedersachsen: talent forge
Today in Niedersachsen, a diverse, dynamic research environment has evolved, whose cutting-edge achievements attract the admiration of the world's business community.
Niedersachsen's research environment
This is where eminent research and innovative high-tech developments are founded in a long tradition: discoveries such as binary code, the world's first telegraph connection or the first sound recording medium can be traced to bright minds from Niedersachsen. More and more well trained, highly specialised professionals are staying here after their studies - they appreciate Niedersachsen's high standard of living and quality of life.
Examples of the strengths of Niedersachsen as a research location:
Energy and resources efficiency
Niedersachsen has set itself the target of 100% energy supply from renewables to complete the transition from nuclear power and end dependency on fossil fuels. Research and innovation are the prime preconditions for environmentally friendly, economically viable and secure energy provision. At the heart of this process are renewable energy sources, developing new storage technologies and the future supply grid structure. Niedersachsen leads this process, especially in wind power research.
What will the industrial manufacturing process of the future look like? This question engages the talents of production technology researchers. To ensure the competitiveness of Germany’s economy and produce more sustainably, production processes are constantly improved – technologically and organisationally. Intelligent networking of machines with each other and the piece to be manufactured makes production more efficient. In what amounts to a fourth industrial revolution, digitalisation is penetrating ever-deeper into industrial manufacturing.
Mobility and aerospace
The future of mobility is of crucial importance to society’s prosperity. Niedersachsen makes its strong contribution to progress – as a land of mobility enterprises, with research and development activity at its scientific facilities and major enterprises in the automotive and aerospace sectors, and with numerous highly innovative supplier SMEs – all working towards a mobile, but also environmentally friendly and resource saving future.
Health and life sciences
Health research in Niedersachsen focuses on translation research, genome analysis, infection research, cognitive and neurosciences, molecular biosciences, biomedical technology, implant research, and hearing technology. Niedersachsen’s research facilities are important partners of the German Health Research Centres.
Climate and marine science
Global climate change presents our society with enormous challenges. Central factors in climate events arise in the world’s oceans, which also offer hope as sources of raw materials and energy, and whose species diversity and ecosystems are still under-researched. For such reasons, climate and marine research is an important concern of the State Government.
Several urgent social challenges impinge on the agricultural sciences. Climate change affects soil, water and farming practice. Biomass is increasingly replacing fossil fuels. Other issues are food security and consumer expectations of higher quality food, along with animal protection, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture.
Humanities and social sciences
Recognising the significance of knowledge-led fundamental research, and bringing academia closer to socially relevant issues – this is where the humanities and social sciences play a crucial role. Society’s burning questions are addressed in multifarious ways; their concerns are predominantly culturally determined, and so they benefit particularly from cross-disciplinary perceptions that arrive at conclusions through comparative approaches. Such conclusions enable developments in one’s own culture and society.
Think Tanks in Niedersachsen
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Partners and further information sources
Forschungsprofile NiedersachsenThe 'Niedersachsen Research Profile' platform offers structured initial information on research and development at the State's universities and extra-university facilities.Website
Niedersachsen skilled workers initiativeState Government initiative to secure the availability of skilled specialist professionals and thus enhance the innovation capacity, performance, and competitiveness of the Niedersachsen economy.Website