Top Representatives from Science and Business in Cologne

This article marks the start of our new section: SciTech - News from Science and Business in Cologne. On the basis of selected news items, we will introduce you to the work of major players from science and business in Cologne. The presented content not only shows innovative and exciting projects, but also reflects well how the resident business and science competences in Cologne are developing.

As an example, we here present currently relevant players from both fields and invite you to follow our SciTech News section regularly.

3 Top Representatives of the Cologne Science Region

Together with the numerous research institutions located in Cologne, the 23 universities perform important research work and make the cathedral city one of the most innovative science regions in Germany and Europe.

1. University of Cologne

As one of the oldest universities in Europe and one of the largest in Germany, the University of Cologne conducts excellence research on specific social issues. In its so-called Clusters of Excellence, for example, it is dedicated to researching the social dimensions of aging (CERES) or bundles diverse competencies from different disciplines in a single research field, as for instance in the new Center for Metabolic Research.

2. University Hospital Cologne

The University Hospital Cologne [DE] is committed to scientific, innovative and humane cutting-edge medicine. With its nearly 60 clinics and institutes, it fulfils an important social task in interdisciplinary research, teaching and patient care.

3. German Aerospace Center (DLR)

With the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA), Cologne has another focal point of expertise in aerospace. Since 2013, DLR has had a globally unique research facility, the ":envihab," in which long-term missions into space can be simulated.

3 Top Representatives of Cologne's Economic Sector

At the BioCampus Cologne, you will find the ideal breeding ground for creating synergies between research & development as well as between technical expertise, financial partners and networks. The basis for this, as well as for other outstanding fields of expertise, is provided by the squad of renowned companies from the Cologne business community.

1. Pharmaceutical Industry

With 250 companies and over 70,000 employees, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry leads the ranking of industrial sectors in the Rhineland. Global corporations such as Bayer, LANXESS, ExxonMobilChemical and INEOS successfully operate production sites in the region. With the new open innovation platform Chemtelligence [DE], the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are working together to develop solutions for forward-looking issues.

2. Insurance Companies

Cologne is Germany's second-largest insurance location. AXA, DEVK, DKV, General Reinsurance, Gothaer, HDI, Mapfre Empresas, MSIG Insurance Europe AG, Roland, Scor, XL Catlin or Zurich as well as other well-known and international companies shape the industry locally. The industry also ensures its future relevance with the InsurLab Germany initiative, whose goal it is to promote innovation and digitization among its partners.

3. Startup Scene Cologne

In the Startup Region Cologne, around 500 startups and scale-ups generate more than one billion euros annually. The dense network of coworking spaces and incubators provides an important foundation for this. The Digital Hub Cologne [DE] advises and supports companies and the startup ecosystem in the Cologne area on topics of digitization.