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Fraunhofer MOEZ – Successfully making use of global opportunities

Fraunhofer MOEZ 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 members of staff 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).

Congress on vocational training export in Berlin

At the 3rd congress for the BMBF key funding area “Vocational training export by German providers”, current developments in German vocational training export will be discussed.

The congress “Vocational training export by German providers” outlines current developments in German vocational training export. Further information on the conference and details about registration and participation are available here.

Kick-off for setting up the Big Data Center at Fraunhofer MOEZ

Free State of Saxony and EU Regional Development Fund support Big Data Center at Leipzig’s Fraunhofer centre

Digitalization is permeating all areas of society and the economy. The amount of data usable in real time is growing dramatically. The quantity of economic data worldwide is doubling annually across all sectors. At the same time, new analysis techniques allow companies and institutions to handle the growing data volumes properly. The digital society and economy is faced with the task of extracting useful knowledge from this data. New potential for value creation is to be tapped, innovations advanced, processes optimized and new products developed.

In order to shape this global development for and with businesses focusing on central Germany, Fraunhofer MOEZ is investing in the future. Big data research is being repositioned through a new technical infrastructure. The new Big Data Center (BDC-1) that is to be set up is being supported with 280,000 EUR by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts (SMWK) and with funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It consists of 150 processors with a total of 350 terabytes of memory capacity.

This “super brain” will enable the Fraunhofer researchers to improve decisions at companies by means of market development simulations and real-time analyses of pricing information. Fraunhofer MOEZ focuses on cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises.

The opening is planned for the second half of 2014. The Big Data Center is being supervised by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lutz Maicher, head of the group Competitive Intelligence at Fraunhofer MOEZ.

Director of Fraunhofer MOEZ, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, in the Jahrbuch Innovation (Innovation Yearbook) 2014 of the F.A.Z.-Institut on Innovation 4.0: Challenges for Innovation Culture

Article by Markus Garn, F.A.Z.-Institut, and Professor Thorsten Posselt, Director of the Fraunhofer Centre for Central and Eastern European Research (MOEZ), in the Jahrbuch Innovation 2014. Innovation Drivers for Business, Science, Politics and Society.

Fraunhofer MOEZ invited people on a world tour at the Long Night of the Sciences

What Jules Verne’s heroes managed in eighty days, the public at Leipzig’s Science Night achieved in one night on 27 June 2014: a trip around the world. At Fraunhofer MOEZ a varied programme all around the globe awaited around 250 inquisitive night-time visitors. The country stations from across all continents gave insight into the work of Fraunhofer MOEZ and tested the international knowledge of big and small.

Workshops for companies: How can medium-sized companies become more attractive to the workforce in international locations?

As of autumn 2014, workshops on pressing questions about the attractiveness of German SMEs as employers in international locations are being offered by Fraunhofer MOEZ in cooperation with the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Junior Professorship in International Management at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

About the planned workshops with company representatives, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management says: “Within the context of the workshops, SMEs can subject their employer image to a ‘practice check’. They will gain valuable feedback from our students about optimizing their positioning as employers in international locations.” Hans-Günter Lind, head of the department “Companies and International Markets” at Fraunhofer MOEZ, adds: “Many companies value the opportunity of getting into direct contact with the relevant target group of ‘high potentials’. In the joint discussions, very individual approaches to solutions will be worked out.”

The workshops can be registered for as of now. The number of participants is limited. The information sheet with further details is available for download.

Fraunhofer MOEZ helps develop technology-assisted solutions for better care and treatment of patients

Fraunhofer MOEZ is a member of the cooperation network “Technology-based Assistance Systems” funded by the Central Innovation Program SME (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand – ZIM). The research consortium has set itself the goal of improving the medical and nursing care of patients, as well as the corresponding administrative processes, using technology-assisted products. They are intended to facilitate the everyday work of nursing staff and doctors and simplify their cooperation as a team. The central aim is to enable high-quality care and treatment that are efficient.

Cultural heritage sites face challenges of climate change

Closing Ceremony of project „Climate for Culture“ on the 9th and 10th of July in Munich

After 5 years’ successful cooperation, the results of the research project „Climate for Culture“ will be presented in Munich on the 9th and 10th of July, 2014. Fraunhofer MOEZ coordinated the project within the European Union’s 7th framework program together with the Fraunhofer IBP. The aim of the 27 project partners' from 14 countries was to develop solutions for cultural heritage sites across Europe and North Africa facing challenges of climate change. The closing ceremony and conference is hosted by the “Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen” (Bavarian Administration of State Palaces, Gardens and Lakes). Registration for the conference is open until Friday, 27th June 2014.

Fraunhofer MOEZ expert at K-tech Forum 2014 in Seoul

On 22 May 2014, Dr. Lutz Maicher, head of the group “Competitive Intelligence” at Fraunhofer MOEZ, gave an expert lecture at the K-tech Global R&D Forum 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The Junior Professor in Technology Transfer at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena discussed the ten most significant economic and social challenges for Germany, the answers of the German high-tech strategy to these challenges and possibilities for closer research and development cooperation between Germany and Korea. The host of the event was the South Korean governmental institution Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT).

Fraunhofer MOEZ coordinates qualification program for bioenergy consultants

As of May 2014, Fraunhofer MOEZ is coordinating the innovative advanced training course for the qualification of certified bioenergy consultants within the scope of the Q-BICON project. This free, part-time, practice-oriented advanced training is aimed at professionals, multipliers and consultants from the energy and biomass fields. With classroom and online phases, the course imparts scientific knowledge and management and communication skills in the topic area of biomass.

Fraunhofer MOEZ and Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) seal their cooperation

On 26 March 2014, Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt, Director of Fraunhofer MOEZ, signed a cooperation agreement with Dr. Ki-Sub Lee, President of Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT). This is to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions and joint projects in the field of technology development on a long-term basis, as well as making a contribution towards German-Korean research partnerships. The South Korean governmental institution KEIT has been operating a liaison office in Europe since January 2012, which is located at Fraunhofer MOEZ.

Fraunhofer MOEZ organizes conference and award on cross-border cooperation

On 27 March 2014 the four winners of a competition on cross-border cooperation with the Czech Republic or Poland were awarded prizes on behalf of the Federal Government Commissioners for the New Federal States. The award ceremony took place within the context of a conference on cross-border cooperation in Chemnitz. The department of Innovative Transfer Systems at Fraunhofer MOEZ and ICM – Institut Chemnitzer Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. were responsible for the competition and the event.

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