CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

19. April 2016

CISPA celebrates the grand opening of its new institute building

On April 15, 2016, CISPA celebrated the grand opening of its new institute building on the University’s east entrance.

Grand Opening

With speeches by Saarland’s prime minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the architect Andreas Veauthier, University president Volker Linneweber, and CISPA director Michael Backes, the 1000 guests from politics, companies and the University were welcomed into the new home for CISPA’s researchers. The speeches were followed by a guided tour tour through the building and its research facilities. The new building allows CISPA to intensify its research activities by providing the growing institute perfect conditions for their work. The architecture’s outstanding principles of transparency and openness fuel communication and collaboration.

With the new building on the beginning of the Stuhlsatzenhausweg the University Campus has been further architecturally upgraded and developed. The new four-story building is the new home to CISPA, the BMBF-funded IT security competence center of Saarland University. After laying the foundation stone in October 2014, the building was completed in November 2015 according to the schedule and budget.

The project costs amount to around 14 million Euro. 11 million Euro of the funding were provided by the state Saarland and the European Regional Development Fund (6 million euros ERDF and EUR 5 million state funds). 3 million Euro were funded by Saarland University.