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Higher Education Institutions

With the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) Cottbus boasts unique scientific, educational and research potential offering excellent conditions and development opportunities for promising investments. Businesses benefit from a notable site advantage given the wide range of topics in the Cottbus research and development landscape.

Characteristic of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg are its unique study and research conditions. Social problems and issues are being researched in a real-world laboratory as it were. Its special geographic location enables research on site, the results of which are in demand worldwide. The university targets profiling in four research fields:

  • Smart Regions and Heritage
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Biotechnology, Environment and Health
  • Cognitive and Reliable Cyber-physical Systems


The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg maintains and intensifies cooperation with extramural research institutions, partnering universities, major industry partners as well as SMEs. This cooperation manifests itself in joint appointments, joint projects, and economic cooperation in the technology transfer context.

The Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Cottbus, a competence centre for SMEs, supports small and medium-sized businesses in the Brandenburg region in increasing their digital competence. The centre provides SMEs with tailored modular solutions that support businesses in their use of digital solutions depending on their respective maturity level. In doing so, the focus is on the human individual. Employees, social partners and executives get actively involved at an early stage, for example, through learning partnerships, for the employee-friendly introduction of new technologies and economic systems.

The centre commands specific know-how in the following topics:

  • Qualification
  • Automation Technology, Digital Factory, Smart Factory
  • Logistics, Cyber-physical Systems
  • Smart Enterprises
  • IT-Security & Privacy

The competence centre provides its trainings at the model factory at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, at project partner training centres as well as on site within companies. Partners of the SME 4.0 Competence Centre Cottbus include Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (lead manager), Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, IHP - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (a Leibniz Association Institute), and the Federal State Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Brandenburg, represented by the Cottbus Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Research Institutes

The diversified science landscape is augmented by research institutes with special competences. The CEBra - Centrum für Energietechnologie Brandenburg focuses on seminal developments in the field of energy technology; the Panta Rhei Institute’s speciality are lightweight construction materials. In its Integrated Silicon Systems department, the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems works both on monolithically integrated actor and sensor systems and terahertz micro modules and applications. Another Fraunhofer institute, the Energieforschungszentrum für Energieinfrastrukturen und Geothermie (IEG), an energy research centre for energy infrastructures and geothermal energy, was established in December 2019. Here, research focuses on gas and heat infrastructures, energy system modelling and corresponding strategies for businesses. The Innovationszentrum Moderne Industrie Brandenburg, a publicly funded project, supports SMEs in mastering the challenges in the field of automation technology, digital factory, and industry 4.0.


Ultramodern laboratories and experimentation facilities for materials research are currently under construction at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg’s new research centre, to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. This will provide the university not only with more space for chairs and experiments, but also increases its future potential as a partner for businesses and extramural research institutions.

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EGC Entwicklungsgesellschaft Cottbus mbH

Am Turm 14
D-03046 Cottbus

Tel.: +49 (0)355 729913-0

Funded by the Federal Government and the Federal State of Brandenburg in the context of the joint task: “Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur” – GRW Infrastruktur for the improvement of the regional economic structure