Two large research institutes funded with billions will be established in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in the coming years. Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) and the Prime Ministers of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, Michael Kretschmer and Reiner Haseloff (both CDU) announced details on Thursday in Berlin. A “German Research Center for Astrophysics (DZA)” is to be built in the Saxon part of Lusatia and a “Center for the Transformation of Chemistry (CTC)” in the Central German lignite mining area.
Various locations possible
Görlitz, the area around Bautzen and Delitzsch in Saxony were mentioned as possible locations for the various parts of the facilities. However, Haseloff emphasized that there will also be connections to the chemical sites in Saxony-Anhalt.
Both concepts prevailed in an ideas competition in the final round against four other applicants. The two planned “research tankers”, as Saxony’s Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) called them, are part of an expansion program in the course of the decision to phase out electricity generation from coal combustion by 2038. In order to strengthen the economy in the coal regions and create jobs, The federal and state governments have agreed on funding measures worth billions.
“The two major research centers will create an unmistakable scientific profile in the Saxon Lausitz and the central German area, but they will also create jobs that are so important for the region,” said Stark-Watzinger. The federal government alone will finance each of the two centers with more than 1.1 billion euros by 2038.
At the DZA, among other things, data streams from various astronomical observatories worldwide are to converge in Saxony and new semiconductor sensors and silicon optics are to be developed for observatories. The aim of the CTC is to enable a circular economy and “sustainable” chemistry based on renewable raw materials or recycled materials.
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