A state-of-the-art research institute has been established in the Polish-German border area in Görlitz . One of the founders is the University of Wrocław. We are the only Polish scientific partner of the Casus research centre in Görlitz. This is the first research centre where scientists from Poland and Germany are working together. On 4 September 2021, an agreement was signed to fund the Görlitz centre to the amount of €15 million per year until 2038.
This agreement fits in with the objectives of the University of Wrocław. The university wants, together with other strong research centres in the region – universities in Dresden, Leipzig, Brno or Prague – to create a strong cross-border research cluster in which scientists from all over the world will conduct international research. The University of Wrocław is one of the five founding partners of Casus. In addition to the University of Wrocław, project partners are: Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ), Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics in Dresden (MPI-CBG) and Technical University of Dresden (TUD).
The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) was founded in 2019 in Görlitz. After two years, it has just undergone a successful evaluation. On 4 September 2021, the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, and the Deputy Minister of the German Ministry of Education and Research, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, signed a declaration of funding for the German-Polish research institute. According to the agreement, the CASUS project is guaranteed funding of €15 million per year until 2038. The money for the operation of the Polish-German centre will be provided jointly by the German government in Berlin and the regional government in Saxony.
By providing a long-term perspective, CASUS will be able to grow even faster. This long-term perspective will make it possible to create new premises for the centre right on the Polish-German border. A dilapidated capacitor factory located directly on the Lusatian Neisse River has been earmarked for its location. In future, around 150 scientists from Poland, Germany and other countries will find work at the research centre. Already today, the Casus team includes, in addition to scientists from Wrocław and Dresden, representatives of more than a dozen nationalities.