Essen is a city of consolidated companies, Capital of Culture 2010, European Green Capital 2017 and a lot more: a city of science – considering the 30.000 students from different universities, many research and (further) education institutions as well as major foundations.

Including the University of Duisburg-Essen and the FOM University of Applied Science for Economics & Management which are to be found among the German TOP 20 with regard to the number of students. Furthermore, the FOM is the largest private university in Germany, the University of Duisburg-Essen plays an important role in international rankings with excellent research achievements and is also part of the Universitätsallianz Ruhr (an alliance between the three strongest universities in Germany’s thriving Ruhr Area: the Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen). The Folkwang University of the Arts is one of the most distinguished higher institutes of fine arts in Germany.

Some very renowned research institutes like the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI), the Centre for Turkish Studies and Integration Research (ZfT) and the Gas and Heat Institute Essen (GWI) are part of the Science City Essen. The many other research institutes – from pure basic up to application-oriented research – cover a broad range of scientific disciplines and are very well connected to the economy through transfer institutions.

The aims of the initiative Science City Essen follow the Action Plan ‘Science’ which was adopted by the City Council and implemented in the Strategy Essen.2030. In this context, the first common project is mainly the platform “Science City Essen” – especially together with research partners – in order to structure and implement the objective “creating a cross-linked centre for innovation and science”.

Science City Essen is supported by many institutions and actors of the urban society. Hence, the Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany and many other research funding foundations, like the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, the Cultural Foundation Essen and the Mercator Foundation are based in Essen. The same can be applied to the broad, research-oriented education landscape. Thus, the House of Technology (HDT), the Studierendenwerk (the student services provider) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Education Centre for Trade and Industry, and the long-standing Academy of Administration and Economics Essen (from 1906) are based in Essen. The zdi-center STEM-Network Essen as a part of the Science City Essen represents an established support network for youngSTEM-talents from the mini-scientists in kindergarden to theSTEM-students within the Science City of Essen.

The economy of Essen is very well represented in the initiative Science City Essen by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the Essen Economic Development Agency (EWG), the Business Association Essen (EUV), and the local Craftsmen’s Association. Furthermore, companies get engaged directly, as the research and development activities among companies in Essen have increased immensely.

Science City Essen is highly valued by scientists, students and institutions from all over Germany, Europe and beyond.

The dialogue offerings for the broader public are another crucial element for the Science City Essen, as science is a vital part of the urban society in Essen throughout all its institutions and actors.

In Short: Broad Support for Science and Research in Essen

An INNOVATIVE AND successful Economy

12 out of the TOP 500 enterprises in Germany are based in Essen. In a productive mixture of thousands of high-performance medium-sized companies and crafts businesses the economy of Essen focuses on innovation and sustainability. Thus, operating along their priorities of research & development. Chambers and associations together with the Essen Economic Development Agency are committed to promoting a successful future development of the business location Essen.

STEM-promotion throughout the entire education chain

The zdi-center STEM-Network Essen, organized by the Education Centre for Trade and Industry, supports the STEM subjects, which are so important for securing skilled personnel, in daycare (KidsgoSTEM ), primary schools (STEM Ambassadors) as well as in secondary schools (STEM link), and several special activities (STEM Music Award, STEM Atlas STEM tube etc.); all this together with more than 200 partners from all sectors (education, science, economy and society).