Successfully making use of global opportunities
The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy develops scientifically substantiated, integrated solutions for companies and regions. Our aim is to grasp the challenges of globalization as opportunities and successfully make use of them. The application-oriented approach of the Fraunhofer researchers covers everything from capability analyses and the conception, funding and implementation of international project and business models to network activities and knowledge and technology transfer.
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).
Your digital Congratulation for the Institute's 10th Anniversary
Leipzig Fraunhofer Center Celebrates 10 Years
The special anniversary takes place on July 17th, 2016. On this day, we can look back upon ten dynamic years of applied research in Leipzig. The Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ) officially opened its doors on July 17th, 2006; on July 2nd, 2015 it underwent a name change and became the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy.
Join together with us to celebrate our special anniversary in 2016 - to mark your, and our, 'Fraunhofer Year'. We research and develop: forging a socio-economically and scientifically sound link between industry, research and society. This is how we understand our mission.
Please send us your digital greetings for the tenth anniversary here - and we will post these voices of the institute's friends and supporters on our website.
Annual Report Post of the Week: EPVI - Making Manufacturing Processes Energy Efficient
Periodically, we like to provide real-world demonstrations of the services offered by the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center. For this reason, we present articles that we recommend for reading from the institute’s annual report 2014/2015 Annual Report.
The current "Post of the Week" presents the work of two of the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center’s divisions: Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Sustainability Management and Infrastructure Economics. Energetic process optimization in the manufacturing industry - in short EPVI – is the name of the program that two Fraunhofer experts, Professor Thomas Bruckner and Junior Professor Lutz Maicher, have made significant contributions towards. Working in cooperation with regional software company ccc Software and its Division Manager Sven Bergmann, EPVI enables efficient data management. In an interview on the topic, Professor Bruckner explained that “a bundling of flexibility potentials whose marketing on regulated energy markets could be successful”.
The development of the program was supported by the Saxon Development Bank. With EPVI, the application is sometimes commonly understood to be an energy-intelligent factory: “It began with a vision to be able to determine how much electricity, gas, compressed air or heat was consumed during every process step and every production lot,” reports JProf. Lutz Maicher. By using the software “a process operator at the plant is able to see what resources the current work piece on the machine requires, and is thus able to take immediate counter measures in the event of excessive consumption creating the possibility for four to five percent savings at any time,” said the head of the Competitive Intelligence business unit at the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center.
The entire interview about EVPI in PDF format from the 2014/2015 Annual Report can be found at this link.
Statement from the Alliance of Science Organisations
At the initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the German Alliance of Scientific Organisations published a statement saying that science needs a cosmopolitan environment. More than 300,000 students in Germany come from abroad and more than 56,000 scientists are sponsored by German scientific organisations.“This high level of international attractiveness can only be maintained if researchers from around the world, and their families, feel welcome and supported throughout Germany,” the alliance members emphasise.
Professor Thorsten Posselt, the director of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, underlines this theme: “Germany needs immigration. We must be good hosts to visitors to Germany. We live on overseas trade. It strengthens our economic growth, assures our role in the world economy and our welfare. Immigration can be organised from economic and humanitarian points of view - and finding a sensible balance is reasonable for a rich country like Germany. We must get much more involved with the issue of immigration.”
The Alliance is making a strong case for all forces to join together so that Germany remains an open, tolerant and international location for research. Members of the Alliance are the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the Fraunhofer Society, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Leibniz Association, the Leopoldina, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Helmholtz Association, the Max-Planck Society and the German Science Council.
Due to recent events, on January 11th, 2016 the rectors of Leipzig's institutions of higher education reaffirmed their declaration against xenophobia, first published in early 2015, in which they underlined the importance of international exchange. In the future, those associated with these institutions will continue to enjoy the free exchange of ideas and the open atmosphere that currently rules the city will prevail, creating anxiety-free workplaces eager to interact with and learn from newcomers from around the world", stated a press release from the University of Leipzig.
Making Successful Use of the Economic Potential of Research – Study Published With Recommendations for Funding Support
Support policies can enable scientists to detect from an early stage, and thus to successfully exploit, the economic potential of their research. Until now, Germany has lacked any baseline studies or inventories covering its extensive program landscape. For this reason the motivation existed to set up the study "Ways to Strengthen the Economic Recovery Through Science – Lessons Learned from Support Policy Practice". In the study, experts from the Fraunhofer Center in Leipzig analyzed all of the transnational measures used to facilitate individual projects during the last decade: nationwide public funding programs, institution-linked initiatives through major non-university research institutions, plus the hitherto not externally evaluated program ForMaT (Research for the Market in the Team). They identified two gaps in the current funding environment: first, the facilitation of the early discovery phase, in which scientists first generate potentially useful ideas and then assemble a suitable team for their implementation. Secondly, an offer to validate promising projects through excellence programs was also missing. In a second step, the Leipzig researchers examined what the key factors for the economic success of research might be. Besides the influence of of partners, professional science communication and financial instruments – intermediate transfers and the character of the central team members were also central to the analysis. For the study, the Fraunhofer experts evaluated the relevant research literature covering knowledge and technology transfer, existing program assessment, and 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. The final report was published by Fraunhofer in parallel to the Leipzig Book Fair and is also available as an eBook through Fraunhofer-Publica.