Expertise: Hessen's Research Sector

Scientists in Hessen have achieved some amazing results: a new antibiotic derived from the blood of ladybug beetles ... the discovery of a new chemical element ... Hessen is a leading business location for advanced scientific research and development.

Did you know...

that no other German federal state has more employees in the sciences and research than in Hessen? A total of 50,000 people are employed at dozens of universities and other research institutes. The majority of the research expenditures are from companies who utilize this creative environment to expand their R&D centers. The unique cooperation leads to world-class innovations in Hessen.

Hessen - A Leading Technology Business Location in Europe

Research and development in Hessen leads to excellent discoveries and high-growth potential for companies. Hessen is one of Europe's leading high-tech regions in key technologies such as information and communication technology, environmental and biologic technology as well as material sciences.

It's an attractive business location which offers investors a high level of expertise for knowledge transfer. Numerous companies such as Fresenius, Merck, B. Braun Melsungen, Viessmann, Heraeus, Clariant and Software AG, as well as many small and medium sized companies profit from this excellent research environment which very often leads to decisive innovations.

Pioneering Spirit Meets Excellence in Research

High-tech clusters and networks exist in all regions of Hessen, providing a unique communications platform for the transfer of knowledge between business and science. This allows research results to be profitably brought to market.

These innovations are often developed by highly-specialized small to mid-sized companies. For these companies it is particularly lucrative to accelerate their development processes through specific knowledge and technological transfer. This creates excellent conditions for investment. Diverse skills complement each other to strengthen overall competitiveness. This bridge between scientific research and business is a driving force for ideas, which lead to new products, services and processes.


The Innovative Facts:

  • One of the most innovative regions: among the top 10 in Europe
  • Above average R&D spending: 2.8% of GDP in Hessen
    (Germany: 2.7% and EU-28: 2.0%)
  • More than 76% of R&D spending is done by companies
    (Germany: 69% and EU-27: 64%)
  • 5.8 Universities per 1 million inhabitants
    (Germany, 5.2 per 1 million inhabitants) 
  • Clusters of excellence in natural sciences, medicine and engineering
  • High percentage of international students and scientists
  • 3,500 companies in around 40 cluster and network initiatives
  • 37 technology and start-up centers
  • Vibrant start-up scene: 182 startups per 10,000 employees
    (Germany: 130)