Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university and of many renowned research institutes.
Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center, the National Center for Tumor Diseases, the Center for Molecular Biology, BioQuant, and the European Laboratory for Molecular Biology (EMBL) count among the leading research institutes for genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.
Science has had a long and successful history in Heidelberg: academic staff based here have won no fewer than ten Nobel Prizes. Altogether, 56 scientists whose curricula vitae were bound to Heidelberg or Heidelberg University have won the Nobel Prize.
Around 150 000 people live and work in Heidelberg. Of some 82 000 people in full-time jobs, 61 percent work in the knowledge-intensive services sector. Together with the prestigious University Clinic, Heidelberg University has a workforce of over 19 000, making it the city’s biggest employer.
Quality of life powered by the Old Town and the river Neckar
Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.
Heidelberg’s population is international: an estimated 45 000 of Heidelberg’s inhabitants have an immigrant background – many of them are scientists and students.
Collaboration between science and business
As locations for research, Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region are characterized by a tradition of close collaboration between science and business. This is evident in the large number of interdisciplinary research centers in the region, for example Heidelberg Technology Park and the SkyLabs in the city’s new Bahnstadt district.