Inventive genius has always been at home in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: The first closed diving suit, which was constructed by Peter Kreeft from Vorpommern in 1799, is a historical example of this.
Today new developments are often complex top sophisticated technology: For example biocompatible surfaces for implants, which were developed in our state, have aroused worldwide interest. The universities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern but also the numerous research institutes and enterprises outside the universities are the supporting bodies responsible for scientific events. Their topics range from satellite-based earth observation to nuclear fusion or the ageing processes of man to livestock research.
Encouraging research and development is an important concern in state policy. Foremost its objective is to facilitate interdisciplinary scientific exchange also over country borders and to create favourable conditions for efficient technology transfer through the networking of science and the economy. Thus innovative ideas can be developed quickly to become mature products and processes which are ready for sale with a good chance of success on the global market. An outstanding example of such successful co-operation is BioCon Valley. The initiative bundles local competence and marketing strategies in the field of life sciences.
Innovative research provides important impulse for the development of our state. For this reason in 2000 the State Ministry of Education arranged a state research competition under the motto "Research creates jobs – a future for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern". It addresses international competitive research associations. In the scope of competitiony the state regularly informs about state research focal points particularly worthy of support. Presently they are focusing on areas of "regenerative medicine" and "multimedia content management in mobile surroundings". The organisation executing the measures is the Jülich Research Centre.