Get to know Bavaria

Rudolf Diesel developed the diesel motor in Bavaria, the data format MP3 was created by Franconian researchers, and it was an inventive person in Bavaria who came up with the idea for screw-on studs on football boots. Still today, Bavaria continues to be a land of researchers and inventors.

The inventor culture found among the people here, however, is just one of the reasons. Above all else, it is the seamless interaction between research, science and business that has turned the Free State of Bavaria into a leading high-tech location.

Two young women in lab coats take measurements in front of test tubes.
In Bavaria, there is a very special culture of researchers and inventors: The State of Bavaria is a leading high-tech location. © shutterstock/Alexander Raths

A landscape of academia and research

Bavaria laid the foundation for innovation with its policies on higher education, research and technology. The investments made in Bavaria for research and development are well above the German national average. That pays off: Scientists like to come to Bavaria and do fantastic work here. Nearly 29 per cent of Germany's patent applications originate from Bavaria.

 

The concentration of research facilities in Bavaria makes it a top location for researchers and inventors.

Bavarian inventions for everyday

High-tech as a trademark

Local high-tech companies also benefit from this inventiveness. Bavaria's industry delivers innovative solutions all over the world. Numerous global megatrends are based on Bavarian innovations. The State of Bavaria holds top rankings on national and international levels in nearly all cutting-edge high-tech fields.

This is drawing more and more companies to Bavaria. In recent years, more than 1500 high-tech companies have settled here, including a large number of market leaders.

The Bavarian Cluster Initiative intensifies networking among companies, research institutions, service providers and investors.

Bavarian Cluster Initiative

The "Bavarian Cluster Initiative" (website in German) is the link between business and science. It networks and promotes top technologies and research-intensive cutting-edge fields in the services sector. This creates regional clusters in which companies can intensively exchange information and collaborate. These clusters secure top positions for Bavaria, such as in information and communication technology, in bio- and nanotechnology, as well as in medical, energy and environmental technology.

In the "Medical Valley" in the Nuremberg metropolitan area, there is a growing concentration of research institutions, global leaders and innovative SMEs, establishing optimal conditions for "best-in-class" research and development processes in the field of medical technology. The EMN Medical Valley is one of the 15 national champions in a cluster competition put forward by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Research.

The MAI Carbon cluster bundles skills in science and industry in the field of carbon fibre in the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt tri-city area. Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), with their unique lightweight properties, will become more and more in demand in the future as a 21st-Century material for sectors like the automotive industry and aerospace.