The DRESDEN-concept is a research alliance of the TUD together with the strong partnership of the research and culture areas resulting in the ideal way to communicate the excellence of research in Dresden.

Dresden – Stadt der Wissenschaft und Kultur

Dresden ist eine Kultur- und Wissenschaftsstadt von hohem internationalen Rang. Etwa 50 Museen und zahlreiche Opern-, Konzert- und Theaterbühnen tragen zur kulturellen Vielfalt der Stadt bei.

Neben zehn Hochschulen haben drei Max-Planck-, vier Leibniz- und elf Fraunhofer-Institute ihre Heimat in Dresden. Mehrere Kompetenzzentren, Einrichtungen des Technologietransfers und Netzwerke bilden eine der facettenreichsten Wissenschaftslandschaften Deutschlands.

Technische Universität Dresden

The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an “excellence university”. TUD has about 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them over 500 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today.

Netzwerk Dresden – Stadt der Wissenschaften

Ein zukunftsfähiger Verbund von Stadt, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V.

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V.

The Leibniz-IPF pursues research activities in the field of polymers – from theorie to practical application. In this context, light plays an important role from analysis to synthesis.

The contribution by the institute to the “Dresdner Lichtjahr” will focus on the interaction of light and matter.

Dresdner Zentrum für Wissenschaft und Kunst e. V.

The DZWK is dedicated to the promotion of science in connection with art. The center also organizes exhibitions as well as lecture series and developes interactive exhibits.

The Science-Art-Prize (awarded since 2013) of the DZWK will in 2015 be themed “light in science and art”.

Children’s and Youth Center INSEL of the Association of Saxon Organisations

The children’s and youth center INSEL operates out-of-school education in natural sciences and technology associated with meaningful leisure activities for children and young people.

Light will be the defining issue for most of the centers activities during the Dresden Light Year. Children and young people can deal with it at workshops, holiday events and other activities.

HTxA – High Tech x Agency (pre-founding stage)

Via extensive use of digital communication tools HTxA supports technology-related conferences to go local and global in real time.

The agency is actively engaged in various projects aiming to bring innovative light concepts into reality through dynamic connections between art, science and technology.

Specifically for #Light2015 and the activities around it in Dresden HTxA will spread the word via a broad variety of socila media und under the hashtag #LichtjahrDD.

Materialforschungsverbund Dresden e. V. (MFD)

MFD is a registered non-profit association of 20 institutes from Dresden University, and extra-university research institutions which are acting in the field of materials science and material engineering.

Several member institutes of MFD use light as electromagnetic radiation both in modification and development of materials as well as for materials testing.

The Materials Research Network Dresden supports the Dresden Year of Light among other things in the search for appropriate exhibits and by the organization of talks.

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP

Fraunhofer FEP combines research and development works for the production, integration and technology of electronic devices based on organic semiconductors (OLED) focusing on OLED lighting, organic solar cells, OLED microdisplays and sensors.

Organic light-emitting diodes are the first real area lights and can be built transparent, flexibel and color-tunable.

For exhibitions and events of the Dresden Light Year the Fraunhofer FEP will provide demonstrators from their labs.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Photonische Mikrosysteme IPMS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS conducts research, development, and pilot manufacturing of (optical) micro-electro-mechanical systems [MEMS, MOEMS] and their integation info application specifc systems. Services include not only conception and product development but also pilot fabrication in the institute’s clean room.

Micromechanical and micro optical components developed at Fraunhofer IPMS cover a broad range of applications: laser projection, laser scanning imaging, 3D metrology, spectroscopy and semiconductor lithography to name just a few examples.

Institute of Applied Photo Physics (IAPP)

The research institute of (nano-) photonics and optoelectronics deals with the exploration of novel photonic effects, nano- & near-field photonics, devices for organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells, metamaterials and optical cloaking.

The IAPP supports the Dresden Lightyear with exhibits for the main exhibition, presentations, the events series "Physik am Samstag" and during the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V.

The HZDR conducts interdisciplinary research and development in the areas of matter, energy and health.

At the radiation source ELBE various light sources can be studied, developed, assembled and operated. Accelerator experts use the terahertz device for messuring the temporal structure of accelerated electrons. The development of a laser based accelerator is meant to serve for cancer therapy.

The experiments at the HZDR school lab DeltaX will be under the headline “light and colour” during the Dresden Light Year. A project with the observatory Dresden-Gönnsdorf will focus on astronomical spectroscopy. In addition the Helmholtz-Zentrum supports the light exhibition with exhibits.

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)

How do cells form tissues? The institute's research programs span multiple scales of magnitude, from molecular assemblies, to organelles, cells, tissues, organs and organisms to study this fundamental question.

Understanding life at the molecular and cellular level entails exploring a world you can't feel or see with the naked eye. Pioneering research needs state-of-the-art technologies. We have cutting-edge microscopy and develop set-ups that do not exist anywhere else – and make us see things that no one else can see.

Institute of Manufacturing Technology at TU Dresden

At the Institute for Manufacturing Technology, the basics of various areas of manufacturing technology are studied and corresponding manufacturing processes are developed. The laser technology, the manufacturing metrology and quality assurance with light-based methods are cross-cutting issues, with which the Institute is engaged intensively.

The Institute supports the activities of “Dresden Year of Light 2015” with exhibits for the central exhibition on the subject “Fascination with Light” as well as with lectures and events for students, scholars and practitioners on the topic of lasers in manufacturing.

Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden e. V.

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden is concerned with modern materials science and combines explorative research with technological development of new materials and products. We are using light for basic research, analysis purposes and the synthesis of future high performance materials.

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

The Fraunhofer IKTS develops ultramodern high-performance ceramic materials, industrially-relevant manufacturing processes, prototype components and systems for complete production lines, through to pilot-scale production. At its heart are market-viable ceramic solutions e.g. for mechanical and plant engineering, energy and environmental technology, optics or microsystems technology. The Materials Diagnostics branch of the Institute does research in materials diagnostics and testing.

In the Dresden Year of Light, Fraunhofer IKTS presents its research activities in the field of ceramic phosphors and optoceramics among others in the central exhibition of the Technische Sammlungen.

Laboratory for Measurement and Testing techniques (PMP) at TU Dresden

The Laboratory for Measurement and Testing techniques (PMP) teaches and researches on laser optical and ultra sound based measurement systems. Our mission is to create and apply high-resolution measurement systems by using novel components such as adaptive lenses, diffractive optical elements, micro mirror arrays (MEMS) and high-speed cameras in order to investigate open questions with respect to following research areas: energy and environment, production and new materials, biomedicine, medical engineering and information technology.

As a partner of the Dresdner Lichtjahr, the PMP presents the “Fascination of Laser sensor technology” (including experiments) during the Long Night of Sciences, and organizes the well-respected conference on “Laser methods for flow metrology” 2015 in Dresden.

Institute for Electromechanical and Electronic Design (IFTE) at Dresden University of Technology

The Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design (IFTE) is engaged in the design of mechatronic and electronic equipment. This comprises the full design process from modelling, simulation and optimisation of technical systems to the development and prototyping of electronical, mechanical and illumination devices. Results arise through the combination of micro-mechanics, electrics, electronics, informatics and optics. For many years one special research topic has been the application of modern semiconductor light sources like light emitting diodes (LED) in innovative products.

The IFTE supports the exibition "Dresdner Lichtjahr 2015" with several illumination objects. The main focus lies on the usage of spectral tunable light sources and their effect on colour perception.

Volkshochschule Dresden e.V.

ounded in 1919 and dedicated to all residents of Dresden, the VHS Dresden is one of the most experienced institutions in the field of non-profit further education in town. A wide and multi-faceted range of courses and events provides both a platform for obtaining personal and professional competences, and stimulation to evolve individual talents, personal interests and specific needs.

Organic Electronics Saxony

OES is Europe’s leading cluster for organic semiconductors. As technological exchange platform OES combines leading-Saxon and East German companies and research institutes of organic electronics. OES represents a wide range of new technologies from organic, flexible and printed electronics, especially the laser, OLED lighting/OLED displays, as well as members of the solar industry. The value chain members extending from basic research and material development on the tool suppliers to components and products.

As a partner of the Dresdner Lichtjahr, OES will support a movie night from the series “Lichtspiele”. Furthermore OES willing to share his expertise in the field of light research and provides information for the magazine for Dresdner light year, including “Lichtforschung, quo vadis?”