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The Saarland Informatics Campus

Study, Research, and Careers in the Heart of Europe

1,900 students from 81 countries study in 18 informatics-related programs on the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) at Saarland University, within three established departments. More than 800 scientists, in two graduate schools and six internationally renowned research institutes, are researching the complete spectrum of informatics topics, thus particularly enriching the areas of IT security, artificial intelligence, visual computing, bioinformatics, and the Semantic Web – from the foundations to innovative applications.

The SIC works together with international corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and supports numerous spin-offs through its IT Incubator (ITI) and IT-Security Incubator “Fusion”. Thus it acts as a driver for further industry, research, and development laboratories to locate in the area.
The full potential of the site is leveraged to generate scientific publications and win prizes, as well as to put forth patent applications and technological innovations. Thanks to its excellent expertise and competitiveness, joint success is guaranteed at the Saarland Informatics Campus.

Success through Team Spirit

With the founding of the Department of Computer Science through the Saarbrücken mathematics professor Günter Hotz, the cornerstone was laid in 1969 for the internationally renowned Saarland Informatics Campus. Since then, thanks to outstanding research accomplishments and team spirit, new research institutes have successively been established at the SIC, networking with the co-located informatics-related departments to form an outstanding campus for informatics research.

In 1988 the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence was established here, in 1990 the Max Planck Institute for Informatics was founded, ten years later the Center for Bioinformatics followed, in 2004 the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, in 2007 the Cluster of Excellence and the Graduate School, then two years later the Intel Visual Computing Institute, and since 2011 the Saarland Informatics Campus has been home to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, the CISPA – Helmholtz Center i.G.

Country Check Informatics

The “Ländercheck Informatik”, published in May 2018 by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany), sheds light on the differences in computer science education at universities between the federal states. Saarland is described as a winner in the study, as it achieves top results in almost all categories.

CHE University Ranking 2018
DFG Funding Ranking 2018
Outstanding IT Science Location
Evaluation of Computer Science

The Saarland Informatics Campus by the numbers

6 informatics institutes and 3 collaborating departments on campus

Around 1,900 students from 81 countries

70 research groups, 300 doctoral candidates

19 ERC Grants


18 informatics study programs

70 spin-offs since 2006

7 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners

Over 180 alumni have become professors since 2007

1,000 employees, of whom 800 are IT researchers

The Department of Computer Science

The central administrative services of the Computer Science Department are brought together in the administrative office. This includes the General Manager, the Study Coordinator, the System Administrator, and the secretaries.
The responsibilities of the administrative office include the following, which are of particular relevance for students and staff of the Computer Science Department.

Erich Reindel
Managing Director, Department of Computer Science
+49 (0)681 302-58091
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.211
66123 Saarbrücken

Research Institutes

Several world-renowned computer science institutes are located on the Saarland Informatics Campus at Saarland University – often only a few steps apart from one another. The researchers working here make Saarbrücken a unique European site for computer science.

Dr. Kristina Scherbaum
General Manager of the Cluster of Excellence MMCI and the Competence Center Computer Science Saarland
+49 (0)681 302-70150
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.123
66123 Saarbrücken

Contacts, Directories, Research Groups

Around 800 researchers make the Saarland Informatics Campus a unique location for computer science. They do research as PhD students, independent research group leaders, professors, and emeritus professors in more than 70 research groups.

Erich Reindel
Managing Director, Department of Computer Science
+49 (0)681 302-58091
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.211
66123 Saarbrücken

Entrepreneurial Campus

To transform research results into products and licenses, all of the Saarland Informatics Campus institutes work closely with the state and federal entrepreneurial institutions. The Competence Center also makes businesses aware of opportunities for collaboration with scientists. The on-site IT Incubator (ITI) and IT-Security-Incubator “Fusion” help scientists to protect their ideas through patent applications, as well as make them usable for business and industry; they also encourage the founding of start-up companies to create new IT firms that provide numerous jobs in the region. This wide spectrum makes the campus highly attractive for top international companies.

Jens Krück
Head of the Business Cooperation Center
+49 (0)681 302-3548
Campus A1 1
66123 Saarbrücken

Job Opportunities

From internships to professorships, job opportunities at the Saarland Informatics Campus are wide-ranging. Whether during your studies, or as the next step in your career, the SIC as an employer offers excellent prospects to gain your footing on our campus.

Selected Highlights:

PhD Position in Fabrication

We seek an outstanding candidate with strong technical skills and profound interest in Human-Computer Interaction to conduct research on how to interact with computers of the future.(…) more

PhD Position in Wearable UIs

We seek an outstanding candidate with strong technical skills and profound interest in Human-Computer Interaction to conduct research on how to interact with computers of the future.(…) more

Academic research assistant (m/f/d)

Reference number W1518, salary in accordance with the German TV-L salary scale, pay grade E13: summer 2019 (negotiable), the position will be open until filled, duration of employment (possibility of renewal): 2 years, employment: 100 % of standard working time.(…) more

Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

New course of study combines Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science

They prepare complex data material, analyze it using statistical and artificial intelligence methods in order to calculate previously unknown trends and facts. Such specialists are not only highly sought-after on the labour market. Even now, thousands of well-paid positions remain vacant. Saarland University is therefore introducing the bachelor’s and master’s degree program “Data Science and […]

Saarland University: Department of Computer Science celebrated 50th anniversary

The Department of Computer Science at Saarland University turned 50 years old as of a few days ago. While Günter Hotz was the first professor of computer science in 1969, there are now 1900 students enrolled in computer science, and around 800 scientists conduct research at the six world-renowned research institutes, which jointly operate as […]

Breaking news: Study course “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” will start in October 2019

Next winter semester Bachelor and Master program “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” starts at Saarland University. “Artificial intelligence is now used everywhere, in online shopping, autonomous driving and medical data analysis,” explains Professor Jens Dittrich, who heads the Big Data Analytics research group at Saarland University. Data science has also profited from this. Because the […]

Press Review – Who's reporting what about the Saarland Informatics Campus?

The Saarland Informatics Campus is well known far beyond its location in Saarbrücken. Here you will find a selection of national and international media coverage.


Germany’s carland brace for electric shock
Financial Times

The Saarland Informatics Campus hosts 800 computer science researchers and 1,900 students from 81 countries.

CDU will Raumfahrt-Studium an der Saar
Saarbrücker Zeitung

„Im KI-Bereich spielen wir mit unserem eigenen kleinen Silicon Valley aus Cispa Helmholtz-Zentrum, den Max-Planck-Instituten für Informatik und Softwaresysteme, dem DFKI und dem Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik eine führende Rolle“, sagte Fraktionschef Alexander Funk.

Informatik feiert Jubiläum: In 50 Jahren zum IT-Land

Inzwischen sind 1900 Studierende an der Universität des Saarlandes für Informatik eingeschrieben, rund 800 Wissenschaftler forschen an den sechs angesiedelten Forschungsinstituten, die gemeinsam als „Saarland Informatics Campus“ (SIC) auftreten.

Geburtstag der Informatik: Das Erfolgsmodell der Saar-Universität

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Möglich gemacht habe diesen Erfolg der für die „Saarbrücker Informatik“ typische Stil der Zusammenarbeit, der nicht nur von extremem Ehrgeiz und großer Leistungsbereitschaft geprägt sei, sondern vor allem von ausgeprägtem Teamgeist.

Die Kamera der Zukunft

3sat, Wissenschaftsmagazin „nano“

Was Wissenschaftler vom Fachbereich Informatik an der Universität Saarbrücken testen, ist ein völlig neues Kamerasystem.

Saarland ist längst mehr als eine Testregion

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Wir haben im Saarland als Hauptvorteil und Alleinstellungsmerkmal für Zusammenarbeit die Uni, die Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) sowie Institute wie das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) und das Helmholtz-Centrum für Informationssicherheit (Cispa).


Schelling-Preis für Saarbrücker Internetforscherin

Trierischer Volksfreund

„Für ihre wegweisende Internetforschung erhält die in Saarbrücken tätige Informatikerin Anja Feldmann den mit 25 000 Euro dotierten Schelling-Preis der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.“

Die einsamste Intelligenz der Welt


Philipp Slusallek vom Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in Saarbrücken hält die Leistung der neuen Google-KI dennoch für „sehr beeindruckend“.

Was ist denn, Computer?

Sächsische Zeitung Radeberg

Die Forscher arbeiten dabei mit Wissenschaftlern der Universität des Saarlandes und der Max-Planck-Institute für Informatik und Softwaresysteme zusammen.

An Frankfurt vorbei
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Als Sitz des künftigen deutsch-französischen Zentrums für künstliche Intelligenz sind Berlin, Aachen, Dresden, Saarbrücken und Frankfurt an der Oder im Gespräch.


Die Wanze in der Hosentasche

Ben Stock, Sicherheitsexperte beim Saarbrücker Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (Cispa), teilt diese Ansicht.

Mit Sicherheit an die Weltspitze

Mehr als zufrieden zeigte sich Michael Backes, der Forschungs-Shootingstar aus dem Saarland, als es offiziell war: Das Helmholtz-Zentrum für IT-Sicherheit kommt ins Saarland.

Fahren oder gefahren werden

Philipp Slusallek, wissenschaftlicher Direktor für Simulierte Realität am Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, nennt die Studie einen "interessanten Input für die Diskussion der Sicherheit von autonomen Fahrzeugen".

Bus soll Kinder in die Welt des Programmierens bringen

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Geht es nach Verena Wolf, wird künftig ein Programmierbus Kindern im Saarland die Grundlagen des Programmierens vermitteln. Diese Idee stellte die Informatik-Professorin der Saar-Uni gestern beim Digitalisierungsforum Saar vor.

Sie bringen Computer zum Schlussfolgern

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Für einen Aufsatz, den die Forscher Andreas Nonnengart (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz DFKI), Christoph Weidenbach (Informatik-Professor an der Universität des Saarlandes) und Georg Rock (Informatik-Professor an der Hochschule Trier) vor 20 Jahren am Saarbrücker Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik geschrieben haben, wurden sie jetzt mit dem Thoralf-Skolem-Preis ausgezeichnet, teilte die Saar-Universität mit.

Vier neue Werber fürs Saarland

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Der schon als einer der besten digitalen Köpfe Deutschlands von der Bundesregierung geehrte Professor Michael Backes ist Direktor des Kompetenzzentrums für IT-Sicherheit CISPA an der Universität in Saarbrücken, das aktuell zu einem neuen Helmholtz-Zentrum unter seiner Federführung ausgebaut wird und einmal rund 800 Mitarbeiter haben soll.

Research Highlights

Scientists at the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) carry out top-level research. Their projects are presented at renowned international conferences, as well as at trade fairs such as the international computer expo CeBIT in Hannover.

Press Contact

Our press releases in German and English provide information about the research results of the Saarland Informatics Campus. Here we follow the guidelines for institutional science communication, which were drawn up in dialog by the Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation und Wissenschaft, among others. Outstanding, media-experienced researchers can be found in our list of experts, and articles from other media about the Saarland Informatics Campus in our press clipping section. If you have further questions, or are looking for a top-class interview partner, contact us and we will be happy to help.

Gordon Bolduan
Public Relations
+49 (0)681 302-70741
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.120
66123 Saarbrücken





Lectures and Events


Directions: How to find us

Address & Contact:

Competence Center Computer Science Saarland
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7
66123 Saarbrücken
+49 (0) 681 – 302 70150


Arriving by plane

If you take a flight to the Saarbrücken airport, you can then arrive at the university by taxi within 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can fly to Frankfurt Airport, and take the train and public transit from there to the university.

Arriving by car

The shortest way to the university via Google Maps.

Arriving by train

Saarbrücken is on the Deutsche Bahn high-speed network. Tickets can be booked online or using the app.

Public transit

You can reach the university comfortably by bus. The stop is “Universität Mensa”. You can find the schedules here.

Navigation on campus

Computer science is represented in various buildings on campus. Use the interactive map to find the right one.

Nachwuchsgewinnung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Technologietransfer am Saarland Informatics Campus werden unterstützt durch das Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland, gefördert durch

Weitere Infos

Das Projekt Tandem an der Universität des Saarlandes verfolgt das Ziel, die für eine wirtschaftliche oder industrielle Verwertung interessanten Forschungsergebnisse der saarländischen Informatik und der Max-Planck Institute durch einen Inkubationsprozess soweit weiterzuentwickeln, dass entweder Investoren die Produkte kaufen oder lizenzieren, oder neue Unternehmen im Saarland gegründet werden. Begleitende Aktivitäten im Projekt umfassen nationale und internationale Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Maßnahmen zur Förderung des Technologietransfers im Allgemeinen sowie Formate zur Nachwuchsakquise im Bereich der Informatik. Das Projekt Tandem trägt dazu bei, die saarländische Informatik und den Wirtschaftsstandort Saarland zu stärken.