Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The great challenges of our time – such as climate change, sustainable and safe energy, information processing or combating widespread diseases – can only be tackled globally with a long-term perspective and a well-coordinated use of brain power resources. Around the world, researchers are contributing essential insights to find the right answers. They are often particularly successful when they cooperate across borders – both across the boundaries of their disciplines and the borders of their national states. In times of political turmoil, in particular, science plays a special role as a bridge-builder and mediator.

In order to strengthen the Central European Research Area, the Free State of Saxony and the Helmholtz Association, in close cooperation with the European Research Council (ERC), will co-host the first European Forum for Science, Research and Innovation on June 25, 2019. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will organise this event in Dresden. Major contributors to the distinguished program will be grant recipients of the ERC from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.

Together, we want to showcase the progress that international cooperation can facilitate in a prospering European research and development region. It is, moreover, our intention to strengthen interaction between Saxony, Poland and the Czech Republic in research and development.

You are cordially invited to join this exciting event and expand your international network. We look forward to welcoming you to Dresden.


Otmar D. Wiestler Roland Sauerbrey
President of the
Helmholtz Association
Scientific Director of the
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf