achitecture of IFW, skyway in the courtyard

News & events

May be, what we do is sophisticated. Nevvertheless we want to make our scientific work accessible for the general public and to show the relevance of materials research to evreryone. Another aim of our outreach efforts is to inspire young people to study science or engineering.

Scientific events

We offer regularly scientific seminars on topics related to our research program.  The talks are given by Invited speakers or by IFW scientists. They are open for interested visitors.  Here you can find the schedule of scientific events.


Visitors are welcome

We are open for interested visitor groups, e.g. in connection with students excursions or as a special lesson in physics or chemistry. A particular worthwhile opportunity for visiting the IFW is the Dresden Long Night of Sciences.


Recent Press Releases

Brightest source of entangled photons


New broadband optical antenna for highly efficient extraction of entangled photons with a yield of 37% per pulse.

New Emmy Noether Research Group at IFW


DFG funds the establishment of a junior research group at IFW for the investigation of materials at low temperatures using terahertz near-field microscopy.

Research Center MAIN launched in CHemnitz


New Building of the Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN) in Chemnitz has been inaugurated.



Ukrainian-German Excellence Center UKRATOP has started with a workshop in Kiev on May 30, 2018.

New Scientific Director


Bernd Büchner takes over as the new Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW) from April 1, 2018.

Oliver G. Schmidt vom IFW Dresden erhält den Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2018


Professor Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt erhält den Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 2018.

Press contact

Dr. Carola Langer
+49 (0) 351 4659 234

Would you like to be added to the mailing list for press  releases of IFW Dresden? Please send an e-mail to c.langer(at)