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East Germany wins big with €2bn research centres


Astrophysics and chemical innovation to take main stage in deprived regions of former DDR

Two large research institutes with a combined budget of more than €2 billion will be built in the east German states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, after a high-level decision on their location.

The German research ministry announced last week that the institutes were to be built in Lausitz and Mitteldeutsche Revier, two former coal-mining regions. The Lausitz region will be home to the German Research Centre for Astrophysics (DZA), while Mitteldeutsche Revier will host the Centre for the Transformation of Chemistry.

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