The Science Port is located in the direct neighborhood of Otto von Guericke University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF), the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, and the Experimental Factory. Even the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is only a stone’s throw away.

In 2006 the Fraunhofer Institute VDTC (Virtual Development and Training Centre) was opened in the Science Port. The task of this ultramodern development center is to provide the infrastructure and expertise required for the creation of virtual development, testing and training environments for complex machines and systems. Meanwhile, the Denkfabrik opened in the converted grain silo in 2007.

Being home to excellent education and training facilities including a first-class university and numerous innovation and business incubation centers, Magdeburg contains a large, well-qualified workforce equipped with the expertise needed in the future. At the hub of this academic and scientific structure is Otto von Guericke University with more than 13,000 students and the following faculties:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Process and Systems Technology 
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (IT) 
  • Computer Science 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Medical School 
  • Humanities, Social and Educational Sciences 
  • Economics

The University has a sharp profile geared to lean, clearly structured courses of study. Apart from its traditional focus on engineering, the natural sciences and medicine, the university also teaches economics, social sciences and humanities – indispensable disciplines for a modern university in the information age.

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (FH)
The University of Applied Sciences currently has around 6,700 students on more than twenty degree programs. At the Magdeburg campus alone, as many as 5,600 students are enrolled in eight departments. Students (not to mention their future employers!) benefit from the high practical relevance of their studies thanks to close cooperation with numerous firms and institutions. Areas tackled by applied research include biotech and bioprocess technology, renewable energies and the social sciences. Furthermore, the economic research unit known as Konjunktur-team Altmark enjoys a prestigious reputation. To find the right contacts in all departments, contact the university’s technology and knowledge transfer center.


Based in Magdeburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) is one of the Fraunhofer Society’s 56 research centers. Employing approximately 300 junior scientists and students from nine countries, it’s one of the leading institutes in Saxony-Anhalt. IFF focuses on applied research and development in the following areas:

  • Logistics systems and networks
  • Interactive visualization, simulation and training
  • Information logistics
  • Automation
  • Production and plant management.

Experimental Factory
Magdeburg Experimental Factory (EXFA) is a research and transfer center for applied research in the field of product and process innovation designed to act as a:

  • Service provider
  • Test laboratory
  • Immediate supplier
  • Demonstration workshop
  • Consulting center
  • Training lab
  • Initiator and promoter of permanent innovation processes

The Virtual Development and Training Centre (VDTC) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF)
VDTC’s high-tech labs are ideal for interdisciplinary work between scientists, industrial users and innovative service providers. Focusing strongly on practical applications, interactive visual simulations are jointly developed for virtual product and process development etc. Besides virtual functional tests, VDTC’s research also addresses virtual training.

Max Planck
The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems was founded in Magdeburg in 1996. In September 2001, it moved into its 5,700m² research complex on Sandtorstrasse in the commercial port. It conducts research into systems science and develops practical methods for areas such as process technology, bioprocess technology, biology, and transport engineering.