Two new large-scale research centers with international appeal will be established in Lusatia in Saxony and in the Central German mining region over the next few years to attract outstanding scientists who will conduct excellent research to address the major challenges facing society. The major research centers will be able to operate with an annual budget of up to EUR 170 million each, and a total of up to 3,000 new jobs are expected to be created. This will contribute to structural change in the traditional lignite mining regions.


  • Dr Andreas Handschuh | State Secretary at the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism


  • Prof. Jan J. Weigand | TU Dresden | Member of the Pool of Experts, Center for the Transformation of Chemistry
  • Prof. Christian Stegmann | DESY Director in charge of Astroparticle Physics | German Center for Astrophysics – Research. Technology. Digitization


Parallel Sessions:

Monetising Science: Successful Start-ups
Science Start-ups are often pioneers in the development of innovations such as new technologies. They can pave the way for a faster application of knowledge. In this session, examples from different disciplines and countries will be presented and factors for successful start-ups will be discussed.

  • Dipjyoti Deb | Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen
    Breaking Bad – The secret advantage of a scientist who wants to Startup
  • Prof. Karl Leo | TU Dresden
    Organic Semiconductors: From Flexible Solar Sells to Artificial Brains
  • Dr Joanna Lipner | Pikralida
    „Why I left chemistry lab?“ – Creating and developing a company is an exciting adventure.
  • Dr Sophia Vatterodt | Manager at Lohrmanns Brew
    This is how we brew it! Developed at the Technische Universität Dresden, Lohrmanns is the excellent result of scientific hop science with distinctly intense taste buds.
  • Moderation: Dorit Teichmann | Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Disruptive Innovation: International Approaches
In times of major global challenges, new approaches to solutions are needed. Especially those that question existing and familiar processes, products and habits. The session will discuss from different professional perspectives how to recognize promising innovative approaches in good time and how best to promote them. And what support disruptive innovations need most.

  • Dr Krzysztof Brzózka | Ryu Therapeutics S.A., Krákow
  • Barbara Diehl | Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIND)
  • Prof. Stefan Kornhuber | Zittau-Görlitz University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr Denys Makarov | Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Department of Intelligent Materials and Systems
    Responsible magnetoelectronics
  • Prof. Piotr Suwalski | Medicine S.A.,  Warsaw
  • Moderation: Dr Jan-Martin Wiarda | Science Journalist

Fostering Translation: Research and Transfer Centers
The rapid transfer of findings from applied basic research into technologies and materials as well as knowledge and know-how forms the basis for an enlightened society. Many scientific institutions have established their own transfer offices to support this process. In this session, experiences of different countries will be presented and suggestions for one’s own institution will be collected.

  • Christian Odoj | CTO & Co-Founder OSTWALD GmbH
  • Ing. Martin Smekal | Centre of Administration and Operations of the Czech Academy of Science in Prague
    Highlights of the latest Knowledge and Technology Transfer Strategy of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Udo Werner | TUDAG TU Dresden Aktiengesellschaft
  • Philipp Büttner | Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
    recomine – Establishment of a cross-border network in environmental and resource technology in the Erzgebirge/Krušné hory region
  • Moderation: Ulrike Michel-Schneider | Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU)

The best Minds: Creating an Central and Eastern European Science Award from Saxony
Researchers in Eastern and Central Europe often do outstanding work, which, however, is not always adequately visible internationally due to limited resources or other obstacles. A science award can help to recognise and promote these achievements, foster cooperation between nations, and highlight the region of Eastern and Central Europe as an important location for science and research. The state of Saxony wants to promote the establishment of such an award and engage in discussions with researchers about important framework conditions for it.

  • Prof. Ilona Hromadníková | Charles University, Prague, Česká Hlava Prize 2022
  • Václav Marek | Direktor Česká hlava PROJEKT
  • Dr Beate Fröhlich | Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism, Campaign „Spin2030“
  • Moderation: Dr David Michel | State Chancellery of Saxony, International Relations, European Affairs and Development Cooperation

Public Engagement: Knowledge Exchange and Communicating Science
Science communication helps to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public, allowing for better understanding and appreciation of scientific research and its impact on society. But how can we design outreach activities, that benefit both academia and the public? How can we inspire mutual learning and collaboration? Our expert panelists will explore innovative approaches to science communication, including co-creation and participatory engagement with non-academic stakeholders.

  • Markus Forytta | Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Dresden
  • Petra Köppl | Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, Prague
  • Marcin Witkowski | European Association of Communication Professionals in Higher Education-EUPRIO
  • Moderation: Dr Volker Hahn | German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig


Get in Touch with the Metaverse
The talk describes the future tasks of communication networks and the importance of the metaverse for the same.  Challenges and opportunities are discussed in relation to each other. Also new technologies like 6G, quantum & molecular communication as well as post Shannon theories for the metaverse are discussed.

Prof. Frank Fitzek | Cluster of Excellence CeTI at TU Dresden

Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt | Scientific Director HZDR