Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Our Mission

At Fraunhofer IMW, our team draws from more than fourteen years of experience in socioeconomic research at our Leipzig offices. Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to challenges presented by globalization, ensuring the lasting success of our clients and partners from business and industry, research, and civil society.

Our mission is to develop powerful and effective strategies, processes, and tools, in order to:

  • Facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between organizations
  • Convert knowledge into innovative products and services
  • Develop the right environment for innovation and knowledge transfer

In this process, we aim for ecologically and socially balanced and economically viable solutions with a global perspective.

Founded as the Center for Central and Eastern Europe MOEZ in 2006, the institute consolidated its expertise and range of services in internationalization and the knowledge economy under a new name in 2015, becoming the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.

Range of Services

 

Branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW

Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM

As a branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW in Halle (Saale), the Center for Economics and Management of Technologies combines materials science and techno-economic expertise, for example in technology and regulatory impact assessments or the digitalization of materials processes.

Publications

Publications

Our publications document research activities at the institute.

The institute publishes an annual report. To receive your copy, please contact: jahresbericht@imw.fraunhofer.de

 

Annual Report 2020-2022

From strategic foresight to successful transformation

The annual report of the Fraunhofer IMW introduces socio-economic and techno-economic research and innovations for companies, networks, and regions.

 

Compiled volume

Resilience for the future of value networks

This compiled volume brings together current findings in resilience research and shows how companies can capture and improve their resilience.

by Juliane Welz, Marija Radic, Annamaria Riemer and Thorsten Posselt

News

20.10.2023

Leipzig Fraunhofer researchers support regional development in Saxony's lignite mining regions

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig are helping to shape structural change in Saxony's lignite mining regions in Lusatia and Central Germany. In the research project GENESIS (Short for "Gestaltung neuer Entwicklungspfade im Strukturwandel in Sachsen", in English: "Design of New Development Paths in Structural Change in Saxony"), funded by the German government, a data-based twin of the coalfields is being created in close cooperation with the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development. With its help, the structural change there in particular is to be accompanied, evidence-based approaches for the coal phase-out are to be developed and transparency about the development in the coalfields is to be created.
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19.6.2023

World of QUANTUM 2023: Fraunhofer research team "Quantum Ecosystem Deutschland (Q.E.D.)" presents program on building sovereign innovation and value chains in the quantum computing ecosystem in Germany at the Quantum flagship trade fair

The research project "Quantum Ecosystem Deutschland (Q.E.D.)", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, will be represented at the World of QUANTUM 2023 in Munich, the platform for the quantum community, from June 27 to 30, 2023, with an exhibition booth and expert talk. The research team will be working with national and international experts from research and industry in a professional exchange on the state of the quantum computing ecosystem in Germany. You can meet the researchers in hall A1, booth 229 and get an overview of the state of their research work in the presentation at the Focus Day Quantum Computing on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
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20.10.2023

Leipzig Fraunhofer researchers support regional development in Saxony's lignite mining regions

Researchers at Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig are helping to shape structural change in Saxony's lignite mining regions in Lusatia and Central Germany. In the research project GENESIS, funded by the German government, a data-based twin of the coalfields is being created in close cooperation with the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development.

19.9.2023

Fraunhofer IMW's Board of Trustees discusses current research perspectives of the socio- and techno-economic Fraunhofer Institute

Once a year, the high-ranking members of the Fraunhofer IMW Board of Trustees meet to advise the institute on issues of content and strategic development. They promote the networking of researchers at the socio- and techno-economic Fraunhofer Institute in Leipzig in the fields of business, politics and society. Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Dr. Wilhelm Krull, founding director of The New Institute. Arndt G. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the KIRCHHOFF Group, serves as Vice Chairman.
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30.8.2023

Fraunhofer IMW hydrogen experts at the 3rd Central German Hydrogen Congress

On August 30, 2023, the European Metropolitan Region of Central Germany and the hydrogen network HYPOS Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions e. V. jointly invited participants to the Central German Hydrogen Congress in Freyburg/Unstrut. More than 30 speakers presented regional projects and discussed current topics in the industry with around 250 participants in five sessions.
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August 2023

Launch of the Fraunhofer Activity Map: Quantum Computing Funding Landscape

The Fraunhofer Activity Map of the German quantum computing funding landscape, developed as part of the Quantum Ecosystem Deutschland (Q.E.D.) research project at Fraunhofer IMW, is now available online to all interested parties. The interactive map illustrates which organizations in Germany receive public funding in the field of quantum computing. Clicking on an organization provides a comprehensive view of the projects they are working on, the total amount of funding received, and the collaborative relationships established.

 

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HYPOS e. V. and Europäische Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland e. V. | 30.8.2023

3rd Mitteldeutscher Wasserstoffkongress (Central German hydrogen convention)

Meet our hydrogen experts Christian Klöppelt, Sarah Neuschl and Victoria Kubenz at the Fraunhofer joint booth "Wasserstofftechnologien" (booth A7 | reception room / registration) and our hydrogen research coordinator, Dr. Daniela Pufky-Heinrich for the moderation "Offizieller Start des Matching-Formats", among other events.

 

Location: Lichthof of Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei, Sektkellereistraße 5, 06632 Freyburg (Unstrut)

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Time: 9:00 a.m.

 

LASER World of PHOTONICS 2023 | WORLD of QUANTUM 28.6.2023

Focus Day Quantum Computing | BMBF

Treffen Sie unsere Quantum-Expert*innen am Q.E.D.-Messestand (Halle A1 | Stand: 229) und unseren Experten, Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch zum Vortrag: »Quantum Ecosystem Deutschland” (Q.E.D.) – The socio-economic accompanying research on the way to a strong Quantum Computing Ecosystem in Germany«

Ort: Halle A1, Stand 220
Datum: Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2023 Uhrzeit: 13.10 Uhr

 

Experimental Fields Conference / April 27-28, 2023

"Digital Affinity and the Use of Digital Technologies in Viticulture and Fruit Growing – The Role of Knowledge Transfer Processes in the Experimental Field"

April 27-28, 2023, Berlin: An exchange between politics, research and practice takes place at the Experimental Fields Conference. Dr. Juliane Welz and Jördis Arnecke will be on site. Dr. Juliane Welz will also give a presentation on "Digital Affinity and the Use of Digital Technologies in Viticulture and Fruit Growing – The Role of Knowledge Transfer Processes in the Experimental Field".

 

Event / 27.3.2023

Innovation Dialogue Technical textiles in fruit growing

March 27, 2023, Obsthof Griesbach, Dohna: As part of the EXPRESS project, we cordially invite you – together with the Saxony Economic Development Corporation and Agronym e.V. – to the Innovation Dialogue for Technical Textiles in Fruit Growing. The aim of the event is to promote the exchange between researchers and practitioners because new ideas are generated in particular through continuous and in-depth dialogue! Our colleagues Valentin Knitsch and Jördis Arnecke will be on site and will guide you through the afternoon.

 

Hybrid event in the Kupfersaal (lounge), Leipzig / 30.11.2022

"Fraunhofer Energy Talk" - Current Challenges

Nov. 30, Leipzig: Prof. Dr. Felix Müsgens, Chair of Energy Economics, Brandenburg University of Technology and Dr. Tim Mennel, German Energy Agency GmbH (dena) at the Fraunhofer Energy Talk, 4-5 p.m., with Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Growitsch, Director of the Fraunhofer IMW Institute.

 

Fraunhofer Forum Congress / 24.11.2022

"Cultural Heritage at Risk - Fraunhofer Technologies for Cultural Property Protection in Times of Climate Change and Digitalization".

Nov. 24, Leipzig: The Fraunhofer Forum will discuss the results of the research project "Cultural Heritage at Risk - Impacts of Climate Change, Opportunities of Digitization" (2019-2022). Uta Pollmer, research associate in the Innovation Accetance Group, will present the publication "Fraunhofer Technologies for Heritage Protection in Times of Climate Change and Digitization," among other things.

 

Saxon Transfer Forum in Chemnitz / 23.11.2022

Keynote: "Transfer for Transformation - Shaping the Economy for the Future with Innovative Knowledge and Technology Transfer".

23.11.2022, Leipzig: Executive Director of the Institute Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt gives the keynote speech at the Saxon Transfer Forum, organized by futureSAX.

 

12. Transferwerkstatt | Berlin / 17.11.2022

Transentive project

 

Event of the REIHE MOBILITÄT of the Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e. V. and the VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e. V. / 11.10.2022

Hydrogen in public transport

11.10.2022, Leipzig: Institute Director Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Growitsch will give a lecture on the opportunities and challenges of a hydrogen economy in Central Germany at the event Hydrogen in Public Transport at HeiterBlick GmbH.

 

Dialogue between decision-makers from politics, the energy industry, science and eastern German SMEs / 28.9.2022

11th East German Energy Forum 2022 - Energy for the Future

September 28/29, 2022, Leipzig: What does the turnaround in energy policy mean for security of supply, climate protection and energy costs in eastern Germany?

Institute Director Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Growitsch will deliver the opening lecture on energy legislation at the 11th East German Energy Forum and discuss the future of energy supply in a panel.

Revier2030 #futuresaces. How much space does structural change need? / 6.9.2022

"Innovative spaces"

September 15, Jülich, Revier2030 #futurespaces. How much space does structural change need?, Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch talks about innovative spaces.

 

 

Social Outcomes Conference | Oxford / 8.9.2022

"The challenges of decentralisation in the Rhenish lignite mining district"

September 08, Oxford, Social Outcomes Conference, Dr. Benjamin Klement lectures on "The challenges of decentralisation in the Rhenish lignite mining district".

 

34th Annual EAEPE Conference | Naples / 7.9.2022

"Enhancing international cooperation in science, technology and innovation to achieve sustainable development goals"

Sept. 07-09, Naples, The 34th Annual EAEPE Conference: Prof. Dr. Iciar Dominguez Lacasa and Manuel Molina Vogelsang present on "Enhancing international cooperation in science, technology and innovation to achieve sustainable development goals".

 

Digitalzünder 2022 BreakOut Session / 6.9.2022

»Digitale Transformation im Mittelstand – Chance, Treiber, Hemnisse und Beispiele«

Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center eStandards at Fraunhofer IMW

Holger König: "Discover in this BreakOut Session how to succeed in digitizing your business models. I will use survey results to show you what the opportunities, drivers and obstacles of digitization are in medium-sized companies. We will talk about the megatrends of digitization as well as best practices from the Mittelstand Digital network. Finally, I would like to give you an insight into the AI demonstrators from the Open Workshop Leipzig."

 

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