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Establishment of the Dr Erich Krüger Foundation

The Dr. Erich Krüger Foundation was established on 14 December 2006 by the Munich entrepreneur Peter Krüger.

With the "Dr. Erich Krüger Foundation", the TU Bergakademie Freiberg received the largest endowment of a state university in Germany.

Press article by the FAZ on the foundation

Logo der Krügerstiftung

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Marianna Klescinska
Contact person for foundation matters
Akademiestraße 6, Room 1.14
09599 Freiberg

Marianna [dot] Klescinska [at] zuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de (Marianna[dot]Klescinska[at]zuv[dot]tu-freiberg[dot]de)
+49 3731 39-3316

Purpose of the foundation

The foundation's statutes specify the tasks for which the foundation funds are to be used. Paragraph 2 states: The purpose of the foundation is primarily the promotion of practical and application-oriented science and research at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. The aim is to promote research results that can be implemented in the Free State of Saxony, preferably in Freiberg, produced here and sold from here.

The purpose of the foundation is also the establishment and operation of a geosciences collection in the KRÜGERHAUS.

The "Dr Erich Krüger Foundation" is "non-expendable" according to its statutes.

Bild von Dr. Peter Krüger
Stifter Dr. h. c. Peter Krüger

Board of Trustees

The Executive Board decides on the use of the foundation's funds at the suggestion of the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. This concerns the measures to maintain the foundation capital on the one hand, and investments in research on the other. In the latter case, the Executive Board decides on the recommendation of the Rectorate of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. To this end, the Rectorate collects and reviews the proposals received from the university and proposes individual projects.

The members of the Foundation's Board of Directors:

  • Mrs Dr h. c. Erika Krüger (Chairwoman)
  • Mr Prof Dr Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht
  • Mr Prof Klaus Michael Groll
  • Mr Fritz Lütke-Uhlenbrock

The activities of the foundation

Krueger Research College

  • 1st Krüger Research College: Freiberger High-Pressure Research Centre FHZ
  • 2nd Krüger Research College: Bio-Hydrometallurgical Centre for Strategic Elements BHMZ,
    was officially opened on 8 May 2013 in the presence of the founder, Mrs Erika Krüger.

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Krüger Colloquium

The Krüger Colloquium is an event organised by the Graduate and Research Academy (GraFA) of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Renowned personalities from science, society and politics speak here, taking a stand on current topics and reporting on their work. The choice of topics is based on the profile lines of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg - geo, materials, energy and environment - and on current economic and socio-political issues.


The Krügerhaus is the headquarters of the Dr Erich Krüger Foundation and exhibition venue for the Mineralogical Collection Germany.

Folder on the Mineralogical Collection (PDF)

Support for young scientists

  • Support for the German Scholarship
  • Support for doctoral students with a "Krüger Scholarship" as part of research in the 2nd Krüger Research College. Krüger Research College

Research infrastructure

  • Acquisition of large-scale equipment

Start of operations of the Freiberg Biohydrometallurgical Centre ("BHMZ")

Opening of the Chile House

Opening of the Kruger House