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Research Centers

Würzburg is proud of its history and traditions – and expecially the research and development tradition started by none other than Roentgen, the inventor of x-rays. Since Roentgen’s days numerous innovative companies and research centers have settled in Würzburg. Also, many well-known, large companies have research and development offices located in the area. The major areas of research and development represented are life sciences, materials science, structural and surface technologies, medical technology, and information technology/economic information technology.

Some of the most important research centers associated with the university are:

Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrumexterner Link
The Rudolf Virchow Center is the Research Center for Experimental Biomedicine at the Würzburg University. A Center of Excellence, the institution receives special funds from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The center’s specialized field is the target protein research, proteins which are essential for cellular function and therefore decisive for physical health.

Center for Infection Researchexterner Link
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research at the Würzburg Unversity, addresses the interdisciplinary and cross-faculty research of infectious diseases. The center’s work groups examine the basic mechanisms of these diseases which are caused by a broad spectrum of bacterial, viral, mycological and parasitic pathogens.

More information on these and other research facilities is available on the website of the University of Würzburgexterner Link.


The innovative spirit does not end with university-associated research centers however. The following institutions also are at the forefront of new development:

Süddeutsche Kunststoff-Zentrum (SKZ)externer Link
The south German plastics center focuses on the research and development of innovative plasticmaterials. It not only tests and evaluates new materials and products, but is also the largest educational and training institute for this branch of industry worldwide. The center therefore provides an almost unmatched system competency covering large areas of the supply chain: from research and development to quality assurance and certification of products and management systems to application-based qualification seminars. The SKZ offers an excellent plastics industry network and offers enterprises ideal technology transfer tools.

Fraunhofer Institut für Silicatforschung (ISC)externer Link
The Fraunhofer institute for silicate research in Würzburg develops materials for tomorrow’s industrial products. Research focuses mainly on energy, environment and health. Special areas are hybrid materials, special glasses and ceramics as well as intelligent materials and components for adaptive systems, also called smart materials. For this purpose, the Smart Materials Center was founded in Würzburg in 2009. Over the past years, the institute has created more than fifty new jobs and developed new domains. To avoid space restraints to the continuous diversification and consequential growth, the building is currently being expanded. The new addition will be finished by the end of 2012.

Bayvarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern)externer Link
The BavarianCenter for Applied Energy Research in Würzburg develops energy-relevant materials, components and systems for economical energy utilization especially in buildings and for energy storage. The ZAE also does research in organic solar cells and solutions for energetic system management. An innovative test and research building integrating the new technologies is planned in the industrial park “am Hubland”. The showpiece is a joint venture with partners from the industry and will be finished by 2013.

Center for Telematics externer Link
The Center for Telematics provides independent and professional information on the application possibilities of telematic systems. It develops telematic solutions in the framework of research activities and supports the various industry partners in the development and optimization of products and services. ZfT focuses on remote diagnosis, remote maintenance and remote commissioning of industrial facilities, on security systems, on the support of helpers in dangerous situations, on telemedicine, remote training and traffic control.

Forschungszentrum Magnet-Resonanz-Bayern e.V. (MRB) externer Link- researches tomography methods and their application in industrial and biomedical areas.

Institut für angewandte Logistik (IAL)externer Link
It is the goal of this institute to help area companies find answers to their questions by working on research projects and providing consultation services. The institute employs logistical specialists from various departments within the college in order to assure that logistical challenges in the areas of technology, information technology, and business management are looked at from an interdisciplinary approach. For more information, visit their website: http://ial.fhws.de/externer Link.

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