Today, Jena has more than 104,000 inhabitants. Thanks to the university, the advanced technical college, local industry (SCHOTT JENAer Glas GmbH, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Jenapharm GmbH, JENOPTIK AG) and a large number of scientific institutes, the town has become an academic centre and technological region par excellence in the federal state of Thuringia. The Friedrich Schiller University has an outstanding status in the town. It has an attractive academic structure with the full profile expected of a classical European general university. Professors from both Germany and abroad have been attracted to the University of Jena with its remarkable scientific, academic and cultural traditions. Science and enterprise recognised the opportunities presented by the region – a number of industry-based scientific institutes have been established in Jena including three Max-Planck institutes, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, and the Institute for Physical High Technology. The number of students continues to increase; at present there are around 25,000. As a result of these developments, Jena has become a flourishing venue for seminars and conferences, attracting many people from around the world to Jena and thereby invigorating tourism in our town. A large number of people come to Jena every year to study, attend seminars and conferences, to revisit the place where they used to live or study, on business, or simply to take pleasure in the beautiful old town with all its greenery, remarkable memorials to German culture and history, and its charming surroundings which offer a wealth of unusual botanical attractions.