Jump to main content

Technology & Innovation

Freiburg and the region are the base of renowned basic and applied research institutions that have specialised in innovative future technologies. This includes, for example, the areas of life sciences, medical technology, microsystems engineering, information technology and robotics, interactive materials and organically inspired materials as well as sustainable technical systems.

Moderner Kreativpark in Industriehalle

© Janik Gensheimer eciRGB

Modern spaces in Freiburg for an innovative working environment

The mid-sized economic structure with numerous global market and technology leaders as well as hidden champions and the strong service sector are characteristic of this region. The focus on seminal, knowledge-based growth sectors has gained crucial advantages for the location in international competition.

Largest Fraunhofer location and part of the innovation alliance

The five resident Fraunhofer institutes develop technologies for numerous applications in the areas of energy, safety, communication, environment, health, production and mobility. With approximately 2,500 employees, Freiburg is the largest Fraunhofer location in Germany – ahead of Berlin and Dresden. In the science city of Freiburg, research at Fraunhofer provides for a bridging between research and application. With system- and technology-orientated innovations, the Fraunhofer institutes contribute to the competitiveness of their customers in the region.

Freiburg Innovation Award

Thanks to the special structure, good and innovative ideas can develop well in Freiburg and are supported. The Technologiestiftung BioMed Freiburg and Freiburg’s innovation leader in the field of medical technology, Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG, grant the “Freiburg Innovation Award” every two years, which is supported by the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau.
Since 1992, the award has recognised ideas for new products, processes or services that are particularly innovative and sustainable, exhibit economic relevance and are applicable and marketable in practice or that represent a viable basis for a future-orientated business model. The award is endowed with a total of EUR 10,000.
Additionally, Industrie- und Handelskammer Südlicher Oberrhein and the Freiburg Chamber of Crafts are founding in 2021 two special awards for the areas of industry, commerce, retail and service as well as manual crafts.

Preisträger und Preisträgerinnen des Freiburger Innovationspreises 2019

© Technologiestiftung BioMed Freiburg

Winner of the Freiburg Innovation Award 2019

Institutions and companies in Freiburg

A wide variety of companies and institutions are resident in Freiburg and the surrounding area that deal intensively with technological and innovative developments. Here is a selection:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    79098 Freiburg
    Web: uni-freiburg.de

    The University of Freiburg is one of Germany’s renowned universities and is also internationally known. It offers many different study programmes with a wide range of subjects.

    Hahn-Schickard Institut Freiburg
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    Georges-Köhler-Allee 103
    79110 Freiburg im Breisgau
    Web: hahn-schickard.de

    Hahn-Schickard steht für industrienahe, anwendungsorientierte Forschung, Entwicklung und Fertigung in der Mikrosystemtechnik an den Standorten Stuttgart, Villingen-Schwenningen und Freiburg. In Freiburg hat das Institut für Mikroanalysesysteme seinen Sitz.

    FIT Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien
    Turmstraße 24
    79098 Freiburg
    Web: fit.uni-freiburg.de

    The FIT occupies itself with basic research for the development of new materials and technologies.

    Zentralstelle für Technologietransfer
    Stefan-Meier-Straße 8
    79104 Freiburg
    Web: zft.uni-freiburg.de

    The Technology Transfer Office (ZFT) is the interface between the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, the University of Freiburg and business.

    Fraunhofer-Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik (IPM)
    Georges-Köhler-Allee 301
    79110 Freiburg
    Web: ipm.fraunhofer.de

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (IPM) develops customised measurement techniques and systems for the industry. Many years of experience with optical technologies form the basis for high-tech solutions in production control, object and shape recording, gas and process technology as well as in the field of thermal energy converters.

    Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik – Ernst Mach Institut (EMI)
    Ernst-Zermelo-Straße 4
    79104 Freiburg
    Web: emi.fraunhofer.de

    The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), analyses the physics of fast-moving processes. The EMI deals with crash, impact and shock wave phenomena in experiment and simulation on a cross-domain and material basis. For society, this results in optimised systems in the areas of defence, safety and resilience, automotive, space travel, aviation and sustainability.

    Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (IAF)
    Tullastraße 72
    79108 Freiburg
    Web: iaf.fraunhofer.de

    High-frequency circuits for communication technology, energy-efficient voltage converter modules for electromobility, laser systems for spectroscopic sensors, innovative hardware for quantum computers as well as quantum sensors based on Diamant – this is just a selection of developments with which Fraunhofer IAF advances the research and development of innovative semiconductor technologies. 
    Based on III/V semiconductors, the institute develops electronic and optoelectronic construction elements for a large number of applications. As one of the leading research institutions worldwide in this area, it covers the entire value chain: its core areas of expertise range from material research to design, technology and circuits as well as modules and systems.

    Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik (IWM)
    Wöhlerstraße 11
    79108 Freiburg
    Web: iwm.fraunhofer.de

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) is a research and development partner for industry and for public clients.

    Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISE)
    Heidenhofstraße 2
    79110 Freiburg im Breisgau
    Web: ise.fraunhofer.de

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) creates technical conditions for an environmentally friendly energy supply.

    Forum Angewandte Informatik und Mikrosystemtechnik (FAIM)
    Georges-Köhler-Allee 102
    79110 Freiburg
    Web: faim.tf.uni-freiburg.de

    As a merger of representatives from business and science, the FAIM promotes various technologies, processes and applications of information technology and microsystems engineering.

    Spitzencluster microTEC Südwest e.V.
    Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
    79110 Freiburg
    Web: microtec-suedwest.de

    The association microTEC Südwest e.V. is an expertise and cooperation network for intelligent microsystems engineering solutions.

    Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V.  / bwcon GmbH 
    Regionalbüro Freiburg 
    Kreativpark Lokhalle 
    Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 7 
    79106 Freiburg im Breisgau
    Web: bwcon.de

    bwcon ist eine Wirtschaftsinitiative zur Förderung des Innovations- und Hightech-Standortes Baden-Württemberg. Das landesweite Netzwerk verbindet in Baden-Württemberg Unternehmen, Forschungsreinrichtungen und Experten und legt seinen Fokus auf Innovation und Business. 

    TDK Micronas
    Hans-Bunte-Straße 19
    79108 Freiburg
    Web: micronas.tdk.com

    TDK-Micronas is the centre of excellence for magnetic field sensors and CMOS integration within the TDK Group.

    Testo SE & CO. KGaA
    Celsiusstraße 2
    79822 Titisee-Neustadt
    Web: testo.com

    Testo is a global market leader in the production and distribution of measuring equipment and systems.

    Erwin-Sick-Str. 1
    79183 Waldkirch
    Web: sick.com

    SICK ist einer der weltweit führenden Hersteller von intelligenten Sensoren und Sensorlösungen für die Fabrik-, Logistik- und Prozessautomation. Das Unternehmen ist mit über 50 Tochtergesellschaften und Beteiligungen sowie zahlreichen Vertretungen rund um den Globus präsent.

    Sensopart Messtechnik GmbH
    Nägelseestraße 16
    79288 Gottenheim
    Web: sensopart.com

    SensoPart occupies itself with opto-  
    electronic sensors and image-processing vision sensors for factory automation.

  • Baden Campus Breisach
    Bahnhofstraße 35a
    79206 Breisach
    Web: badencampus.de

    Als Innovationsplattform verbindet der Baden Campus Startups, mittelständische Unternehmen, Kommunen, wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen und Nachwuchstalente


Relevant conferences in Freiburg:

In Freiburg, the field of innovation and technology does not stand still. In addition to the Freiburg Innovation Award, which is granted every two years, othe events also take place. Here is a selection of interesting events:

  • Freiburg Innovation Award

    Biennial (in autumn)
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: freiburg.de

    SmashingConf Freiburg
    Web Design Konferenz und Workshops

    Annually (in autumn)
    Historisches Kaufhaus Freiburg
    Web: smashingconf.com


    20 - 21 March 2019
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: microtec-suedwest.de

    1st DPG Autumn Conference- German Physical Society

    23 - 27 September 2019
    Universität Freiburg (Haus zur Lieben Hand, Audimax)
    Web: dpg-physik.de

    GeMiC 2018 - German Microwave Conference

    12 - 14 March 2018
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: iaf.fraunhofer.de

    29. EUROSensors Konferenz für Mikrosystemtechnik und Sensoren

    6 - 9 September 2015
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: eurosensors.net
    Approx. 500 participants

    MicroTAS 2013

    27 - 31 October 2013
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: microtasconferences.org

    45th Annual Conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering

    27 - 30 September 2011
    Konzerthaus Freiburg
    Web: vde.com

Weitere Kompetenzfelder Freiburgs