One giant leap was made...

The Perspective Commission selected the six most convincing proposals and recommended them to the BMBF for the first funding phase; the DZA is one of them. The funding will enable us to develop our concept to implementation readiness. We are very excited. For further information click here.

Our vision...

Astronomy and astrophysics are on the threshold of fundamentally new insights into the nature of the universe.They combine all facets of modern technologies and are drivers of economic development. The establishment of a German Center for Astrophysics (DZA) with international appeal is an essential impulse for a future-oriented change in Lusatia.

Cutting-edge research in Lusatia

Daten aus der ganzen Welt

Data from around the world

Data streams from various astronomical observatories around the world will converge in Saxony. These data volumes account for several times the size of today's Internet and require new technologies. We are taming the data tsunami and accelerating digitization.

Motor für Innovationen

Engine for innovation

We are building a technology center where, among other things, new semiconductor sensors, silicon optics and control techniques for observatories will be developed. In doing so, we are building on the experience and modern environment of industry in Saxony, ensuring the spin-off of new companies and thus creating jobs.

Astronomie von Weltrang

World-class astronomy

New technologies open previously unknown windows to the universe - we want to connect them in the DZA. One example is gravitational waves. To this end, we are investigating the installation of the planned European Einstein telescope in the granite stock of Upper Lusatia. Its construction would tie in with the mining tradition of the region and would be an international lighthouse project.

Knowledge creates perspectives

The DZA is our proposal in the competition of the BMBF and the Free State of Saxony to establish a large-scale research center in the region.

Abstract of the application


Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science, Head of ESAC, Madrid
Prof. Dr. Michael Kramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and President of the Astronomical Society
Prof. Dr. Christian Stegmann, Director for Astroparticle Physics, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, Spokesman of the Board of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel, Director of the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing, Technische Universität Dresden