Facts & Figures


Total number of staff 602
Scientists 314
Technical staff 125
Administrative staff 43
Scholarship holders 44
Apprentices 21
Percentage of female academic staff 24%
Percentage of female group leaders in science 27%

Promotion of young talents

Doctoral candidates 145


  • Internal............................125
  • Externally supervised........20


PhD theses completed in 2019 20
Master and Diploma theses completed in 2019 22
Scholarship holders 44
Junior Research Groups 11
Apprentices 21



Institutional funding in 2019 (in million EUR) 33.1
Third-party funding in 2019 (in million EUR) 9.3
Third-party funding as a share of the total budget 22 %

Excellence & Competitiveness

Total number of  ERC Grants 10

Highly Cited Scientists

Participation in ct.qmat Cluster of Excellence

Coordination of the EU Training Network BIOREMIA

Two Leibniz Prize Winners (2009, 2018)

Cooperation with universities

Three Directors appointed on joint professorships with TU Dresden
One Director appointed on joint professorship with TU Chemitz
One Junior professorship with TU Dresden
One Temporary professorship jointly appointed with TU Bergakademie Freiberg
One Honorary professorship at TU Dresden
Two Honorary professorships at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Part of Collaborative Research Centre „Correlated Magnetism: From Frustration to Topology“ (SFB 1143)

Coordination of two DFG Priority Programs, one on high temperature superconductivity in Iron pnictides (SPP 1458) and one on caloric effects in ferroic materials (SPP 1599).


In 2019, IFW scientists

  • published more than 400 articles in reviewed journals
  • have been named in the 2019 list of Highly Cited Researchers in the annual ranking of the Web of Science Group
  • held 186 invited talks
  • applied for five patents
  • organized four scientific conferences and two sommer schools

About 5000 visitors have been to IFW Dresden in 2019 to participate in guided labtours or in public events like the Dresden Science Night, Juniordoktor or Girls'Day.

20 press releases resulted in 357 mentions in the media and 90 post on social media platforms.


The IFW Dresden was founded on January 1, 1992 transforming the former Academy Institute to an Institute of the ‘Blaue Liste’. It emerged from the largest materials science center of the former GDR, which was at the time already internationally acknowledged. Since then the IFW developed into a leading institute in selected topics of materials science.