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A pioneer in science and research

The future is made in Karlsruhe. The think tanks of both the city itself and the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe enjoy international renown and have made the Middle Upper Rhine region in the heart of Europe an important centre for new technologies. Karlsruhe's own Research Centre is just as much a part of this uniquely innovative potential as is the Environmental Research Centre, the Research Centre for Information Science and three Fraunhofer Institutes - for Information and Data Processing, for Chemical Technology and Systems Engineering and for Innovative Research. To these must be added a large number of private research and development laboratories and business enterprises specializing in information and media technology.

One of the most important supporting pillars of Karlsruhe's research activities is the large number of institutions of higher education to which it is home. These include its College of Design, State Academy of the Fine Arts and College of Music as well as a college of education, vocational academy, Baden-Württemberg's largest higher technical college and, of course, the "Fridericiana", Germany's oldest technical university.

Karlsruhe's "Fridericiana" was founded in 1825 and can be regarded as one of the main sources of the top position in the world of science and technology this whole region enjoys today. The city and university have provided a launchpad for some major discoveries: Germany's first telegramme was dispatched in 1794 from Durlach's Turmberg to Karlsruhe castle. It was also in the fan-shaped city that Freiherr von Drais developed a precursor of today's bicycle, while Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile, was born in Mühlburg, which has since become part of the city. His name will remain just as closely connected with the city and university as will that of Fritz Haber, the first person to succeed in synthesizing ammonia from nitrogen, and Heinrich Hertz, who discovered electromagnetic waves at the Fridericiana towards the end of the 19th century. And in November 1989, it was the University of Karlsruhe which set up Germany's first direct Internet connection and which is still one of the most important nodes in the German science net. The university's Computer Science Faculty has received worldwide recognition and is considered one of the most innovative training establishments of its kind. Graduates "made in Karlsruhe" have no need to worry about their future careers.

One of the most recent additions to Karlsruhe's research landscape is the Centre for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), founded in 1997. As a centre for both high tech and high life, the ZKM combines all the virtues of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe and has dedicated its laboratories to pioneering research - in the field of quantum physics, for example, as well as the development of experimental communications technologies.

Heinrich Hertz
A pioneering researcher:
Heinrich Hertz discovered electromagnetic waves
at the Fridericiana in 1885/88
Karlsruher Universität Fridericiana
The source of many an innovation:
Karlsruhe's Fridericiana University
enjoys worldwide renown

Even today, efficient technology transfer is an important argument in favour of both the city and the entire region when it comes to attracting new businesses. The European Union has acknowledged the Karlsruhe region to be among Europe's leading high-tech regions, in which high-tech enterprises account for over 21 per cent of all jobs. Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg which has a rate of over 23 per cent, is the only city in Europe to surpass this figure. When it comes to the jobs of the future, too, Karlsruhe is one of the Federal Republic's pioneers: Ten per cent of all those employed in industry work in research and development. The proximity of science and research to innovative business enterprise is not a new phenomenon for either Karlsruhe or the TechnologieRegion. Unrestricted knowledge and know-how transfer is becoming an increasingly important factor in global competition. Karlsruhe, and indeed the region as a whole, has recognized the signs of the times and has set its sights on the sustained support of new businesses and young entrepreneurs from its colleges and research institutes.

Knowledge is the raw material of the future - and one which is not only produced but also processed and applied in Karlsruhe.

Bernd Wnuck

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