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 .

7. May 2015

CISPA Director invited to Max Planck Panel in Nuremberg

The Max Planck Society has invited Prof. Dr. Michael Backes, CISPA Director and Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, to participate in a panel with Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs, Director of the Max Planck Instiute for the Science of Light.

The panel is focussing on the future possibilities for a safer internet through research done by quantum physicists about new encryption techniques based on photonics research.

Michael Backes and Gerd Leuchs will, for example, talk about how quantum cryptography works and if it will create a competition between computer science and quantum physics.

Learn more about the panel , taking place on May 7 at the Museum for Communication.(in German)