• October 1, 1948
    Foundation of a textile research institute at the spinning mill Mitteldeutsche Spinnhütte Pirna-Copitz near Dresden to be developed to an institute of the Dresden College of Advanced Technology
  • January 1, 1950
    Integration into the Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin (German Academy of Sciences) as Institut für Technologie der Fasern(Institute of Fibre Technology)
  • April 1,  1984
    Renamed to Institut für Technologie der Polymere (Institute of Polymer Technology)
  • January 1, 1992
    Refoundation by Federal government and Saxon government as Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (Institute of Polymer Research)
  • April 2002
    Opening of the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials
  • April 2004
    'Leibniz' becomes part of the official name of the institute
  • July 2007
    Inauguration of the new building Werkstofflaborgebäude
  • 2010
    DRESDEN-concept network of science institutions in Dresden established, IPF founding member
  • 2015
    Latest successful evaluation of the institute (external evaluation procedure launched by the senate of the Leibniz Association) - the institute has undergone evaluation on regular basis since 1990
  • December 2019
    Inauguration of a new building at Kaitzer Str. 4