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In 2016, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig can look back over ten years of applied, socio-technical and socio-economic research and experience at the Leipzig location. The Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to the challenges of globalization to ensure the long-term success of clients and partners with a business and industry, research or society background. People, their environment and the reality of their lives are at the centre of the institute's international projects, networking activities, innovation projects and analyses. Founded as the Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ) in 2006, the institute consolidated its expertise and range of services under a new name, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, in 2015

The institute and the minds that work there have proven expertise in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Around fifty full-time employees are currently working on projects for companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, along with projects within the context of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, projects for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment).

Leipzig Fraunhofer Center Celebrates 10 Years


Your digital Congratulation for the Institute's 10th Anniversary

Please send us your digital greetings for the tenth anniversary - and we will post these voices of the institute's friends and supporters on our website.


10 years Fraunhofer Center Leipzig: Joint New Year's reception with the Fraunhofer IZI

Press Releases

Current Publication

Making Successful Use of the Economic Potential of Research – Study Published with Recommendations for Funding Support

Support policies can enable scientists to early identify and successfully exploit, the economic potential of their research. Until now, Germany has lacked an inventory of its extensive program landscape. Motivation enough to set up the study " Ways of Promoting Commercial Exploitation from Research and Academia – Lessons from Support Policy Practice ". In the study, experts from the Fraunhofer Center in Leipzig analyzed all of the cross-federal-state measures funding individual projects during the last decade: nationwide public funding programs, institution-bound initiatives of the major non-university research institutions, plus the hitherto not externally evaluated program ForMaT (Research for the Market in Team). They identified two gaps in the current funding landscape: first, the facilitation of the early discovery phase, in which scientists generate potentially commercially useful ideas and then assemble a suitable team for their implementation. Secondly, a funding tool supporting the validation of promising projects, beyond excellence programs, was also missing. In a second step, the Leipzig researchers examined what the key factors for the economic success of research are. Besides the influence of cooperation partners, professional science communication and financial instruments – technology transfer intermediaries and the personality of the key team members were also central to the analysis. For the study, the Fraunhofer experts analyzed the relevant research literature covering knowledge and technology transfer, existing program evaluations, program guidelines and project reports, and then complemented these with their own investigations. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sponsored study derives recommendations for action and configuration options for both the support policy and for innovators from science and academia. The final report was published by Fraunhofer in parallel to the Leipzig Book Fair and is also available as an eBook through Fraunhofer-Publica.

Annual Report: Post of the Week

Professionalizing technology transfer in Europe – Progress-TT

Periodically, we like to show you examples of the services offered by the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center in practice. For this reason, we present contributions from the 2014/2015 annual report which we recommend for reading.

The current "Post of the Week" presents the work of the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center's Competitive Intelligence Unit. They are involved in the EU-funded pilot initiative PROGRESS TT, which examines how functioning growth concepts from the private sector can be transmitted through technology transfer offices. As part of an international consortium, Junior Professor Dr. Lutz Maicher and PhD candidate Liina Tonisson are involved alongside other actors: they work on strategy development for the expansion of skills capacity in the field of technology transfer.

PROGRESS-TT, which stands for "public research organization growing Europe through best practice solutions for technology transfer", uses a growth model, which has already been successfully implemented in the business sector - "Together with selected technology transfer offices, we will then directly work to improve their capabilities, capacity, opportunities, desire and environmental setting through tailor-made teaching and coaching modules", says Junior Professor Lutz Maicher.

The entire interview from the 2014/2015 annual report about PROGRESS TT can be found in PDF format at this link.


24.6.2016 Symposium "Potentials of frugal innovation in industrial countries" HHL Leipzig School of Graduate Management
24.6.2016 EFFESUS - Final conference Energiehuis, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
24.6.2016 Long Night of the Sciences 2016 Fraunhofer IZI, Perlickstraße 1



crowdFANding - What are success factors for crowdfunding in the sports sector?

Long Night of the Sciences 2016

Once every two years, Leipzig's laboratories, lecture halls, research institutes, universities and archives open their doors to science fans of every age. The next "Long Night of the Sciences" will take place on June 24, 2016. The Leipzig Fraunhofer Center offers a joint program with the Fraunhofer Center for Immunology and Cell Therapy, IZI.

Become a member of Fraunhofer-Alumni e.V. now

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded its own alumni association. The Fraunhofer Center Leipzig belongs to this Fraunhofer-wide network. As a Fraunhofer-Alumni e.V. member, you benefit from events and exclusive information about what's happening at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and at our institute. You can discuss the latest developments with Fraunhofer experts and continue to stay in touch with us in the role of partner. Don't miss out on your personal network of experts and become a member.

Board of Trustees meeting 2016

As of April 2013, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig has a Board of Trustees made up of high-profile representatives from the spheres of science, economics and the public sector. These prestigious executives, managing directors and secretaries general form an advisory panel that meets once a year and advises the institute. This year, the Board of Trustees met on May 25, 2016 in Leipzig.


Head of the Saxon CDU parliamentary group, visits the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig.

Fraunhofer "EU-Netzwerk" meets at Fraunhofer Center Leipzig

From 13 to 14 April 2016, the EU-Netzwerk of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft met at the Fraunhofer Center in Leipzig. Employees from different Fraunhofer institutes discussed topics related to European funded projects. At the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig, Annamaria Riemer and Urban Kaiser overlook the interdisciplinary research partnership EU Plus that positions projects within European funding programs and provides ongoing assistance with research and development during implementation.


Cooperation agreement with the technology transfer company BIO - NET LEIPZIG signed.

Quality Management: Recertification ensures consistently high quality

The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy Services first gained its certification to the DIN specification DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standard in the spring of 2013; this year, the institute has been successfully recertified. The certificate proves that the results of the daily activities follow regulated procedures, which makes it possible to maintain a consistently high quality standard. 


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bruckner discusses "Smart City" strategy with mayor of Leipzig.


JProf. Dr. Tobias Dauth joins working group of the Federal Employment Agency on integration of refugees.

Leipzig Fraunhofer Institute Signs Cooperation Agreement with South Korean Economic Center

On January 26th, 2016, Institute Director Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt signed a collaboration agreement with Dr. Gi Won On, President of the Korea Research & Innovation Centre-Europe (KIC-Europe). In addition to a central liaison office in Brussels, in February 2016 KIC-Europe and the Fraunhofer experts will build a laboratory for international technology development and utilization at the Leipzig institute.

Memorandum of Understanding with Czech technology park

On 21 January 2016, the newly founded unit Research and Business Accelerator signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Czech Technology Park Hradec Králové. Both partners are keen to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development between Germany and the Czech Republic.


Prof. Dr. Dubravko Radic joins innovation prize jury "YouGov" 2016.

JProf. Dr. Tobias Dauth and Dr. Luise Fischer present first results on frugal innovations

The unit Regional Positioning and Location Development and the Hamburg University of Technology TUHH are studying the socio-political relevance of frugal innovations in a joint research project. JProf. Dr. Tobias Dauth and Dr. Luise Fischer recently presented first results of their trend analyses and comparative studies at a workshop in Hamburg.

Industrial Data Space e.V. founded

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, sixteen businesses and the ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V., Germany's national electrical industry association, have founded the non-profit organisation "Industrial Data Space e.V." in Berlin. The association aims to establish links between research and business communities to foster long-term solutions and become the main hub for co-operation with related initiatives.


Paradigm change in industrial production: New AGENT-3D project initiated.

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is committed to the consistent improvement of patient care and safety. With more than 3,000 healthcare participants from 83 countries, it is one of the world's largest meetings for international healthcare industry professionals. This year, the forum will be addressing the issue of "Change" from 12 to 15 April in Goteborg (Sweden): "Save. Sustain. In Partnership with Patients". Dr. Marija Radic, Head of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy's Price and Service Management Unit will be presenting the project "KOMPASS" there, which was initiated by the city of Leipzig. The project aims to develop a Leipzig region focused online portal which elderly people and their families can refer to for an overview of what support is available in the region. The Fraunhofer Center's experts are currently analysing how the "KOMPASS" online portal should be designed to ensure maximum long-term effectiveness. At the International Healthcare Forum, the Fraunhofer Center expert will focus on how the platform must take the needs of both the elderly and their relatives/carers, as well as the requirements of the local service providers into account.


Successful Business Models in VET Export: Case Study BEIGROUP GmbH

Digital Music Project Aims to Improve Quality of Life for People with Dementia

Starting in 2016, the Price and Service Management unit will take part in developing the interactive music system project "NurMut". The Leipzig' research group, led by Dr. Marija Radić, will create pricing models for the digital music platform in the context of costs and repayment options.


INTEGRAL followed by ALTERFOR: Start of new EU project on forest management

Researchers from the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center's Knowledge and Technology Transfer division have been supporting EU-funded forest management research projects since 2011.


Cooperation with Technology Foundation Thüringen announced.


Protecting Heritage with Fraunhofer Innovation - Pilot project started.


E-Health project "ATMoSPHÄRE" launched

ATMoSPHÄRE aims to support chronically ill, multimorbid and elderly patients to lead an independent life. The medical IT platform wants to link medical, nursing and social services in a region. Fraunhofer experts provide research to ATMoSPHÄRE's user and market orientation.


C³- Carbon Concrete Composite - Project Receives German Sustainability Award


Annual Report 2014/15

In its Annual Report 2014/15, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum.