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Since 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 in internationalization and knowledge economy 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 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), 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).

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Annual Report 2016/17


Annual Report 2016/17

The annual report »Knowledge Worlds« presents selected research projects, key figures and developments of the institute in 2016/17.


Interview with director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, and Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

Knowledge - the most valuable resource of the future?


Selected research projects of the Fraunhofer IMW in the annual report 2016/17.

Annual Report Article of the week: The European Business and Technology Center and Fraunhofer IMW facilitate market entry in India

We regularly highlight the spectrum of services offered by the Fraunhofer IMW through the projects it is involved in. For this reason, we also like to suggest some articles from our 2015/2016 Annual Report to you as recommended reading.

Internationalization processes pose particular challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, emerging markets such as India offer enormous potential for new, international business activities. In order to facilitate entry into these countries’ markets, Fraunhofer IMW has launched a cross-sectoral web platform in cooperation with the European Business and Technology Center (EBTC). Here European small and medium-sized companies can fine tune their technology portfolios and present themselves and their service offerings to customers and cooperation partners from India.

Virtual meetings with renowned Indian stakeholders from industry and government, or access to exclusive pitch events and investors' forums, make market entry easier. In the co-operation between EBTC and Fraunhofer IMW, the Regional Positioning and Location Development Unit, under the leadership of JProf. Tobias Dauth, is responsible for the development of the technology platform. The organizational unit has already implemented several projects related to the Indian market - including the German-Indian Economic Forum which took place in March 2016, and the ongoing project on the potential of frugal innovations in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Technology.

You can find the Article from the Annual Report right here.

Current events



Fraunhofer expert JProf Dauth invited to World Economic Forum in Davos

Conference / 15.9.2017

Joint conference of the Chemnitz University of Technology and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy

Participants in the conference «Milestones and prospects of the knowledge-based economy» addressed the question and relevance of knowledge for the economy of the 21st century on the 14 and 15 September 2017 at Chemnitz University of Technology. Together with the Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig, TU Chemnitz invited experts from economic, social, historical and cultural sciences.


Conference / May 25-26, 2018

I, Scientist

I, Scientist – The conference on gender, career paths and networking will present possible career paths following upon the completion of mathematical/scientific studies or a doctorate in these subject areas. Also up for discussion will be the problem of unconscious, gender-based bias as well as solutions for reconciling family and career. Last but not least, the conference, organized by the Lise Meitner Society, aims to increase the visibility of inspiring women as role models.

Conference / 10.10.2017

AGENDA Conference 2018: Debate on the political agenda of the future

On October 10, 2017, top representatives
from politics, associations, think tanks,
media and NGOs attended the »AGENDA
Conference -The German Policy Summit« in
Berlin. The conference was sponsored by
the publisher of the Tagesspiegel GmbH, of
which Fraunhofer IMW is the scentific
partner. This year, the discussion included
relevent topics for policy during the next
legislative period. Keynote speakers at the
conference were Jean Asselborn, Minister of
Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg, and Annegret
Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister-President of
the Saarland.

Conference / 6.10.2017

Financing experts hosted talks at G-Forum 2017 conference

The G-Forum 2017, the interdisciplinary
annual conference on entrepreneurship,
innovation and medium-sized enterprises,
took place on October 5 through 6. Dr.
Robin Bürger and Jens Rockel hosted the
talks ‚Crowdfunding run for small-scale
socio-political influence: A case study on
dollar votes as credible signals of
community support‘
and ‚More
transparency for investors: Development
of a cross-institute matching approach to
discuss new financing methods‘

Conference / 12 September 2017

R&D Summit in Warsaw

The R&D Summit, held annually in Poland, focuses on innovations and trends in research and development. The conference is organized by TechBrainers, an agency specializing in research and development at the interface between science and business.

Polish and international experts will discuss topics such as innovation systems, social networks in organizational culture and Blockchain. Wojciech Roskiewicz, the head of Fraunhofer IMW‘s Research and Business Accelerator Unit, will moderate a discussion panel on internationalization models.

Conference / 14.9.2017

Interdisciplinary conference invites discussion on the concept of »knowledge economy«

On 14 and 15 September 2017, experts from the social sciences, economics and humanities, along with interested parties from university and non-university research
institutions and students, discussed the concepts »knowledge-based economy« and »knowledge economy«. The Chemnitz University of Technology, together with the
Fraunhofer IMW, invited attendees to the Chemnitz-based conference. The results will be published in a conference transcript.

Board of Trustees meeting / 27.6.2017

New members of Fraunhofer IMW Board of Trustees.

At the meeting of the board, which took place on June 27th, 2017 in Leipzig, Susanne Burger from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Dr. Hans-Jörg Stotz, Head of Strategy and Innovation for the Internet of Things at SAP, were appointed as two new members of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer IMW.


Workshop / 31.5.2017

Indian Energy Minister informed on electromobility.


Annual Conference / 30.5.2017

Fraunhofer Annual Conference 2017 in Dresden.

Within the scope of this year's annual conference in Dresden, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Saxon institutes marked 25 years Fraunhofer innovation in Germany's new Länder with an interactive exhibition and a public event in the Dresden city center.

Fraunhofer Allianz Big Data / 17.3.2017

Future workshop artificial intelligence for medical biosignal processing.

Workshop / 9.3.2017

Scenario Thinking Workshop, lighthouse project E³ Production.



Data as digital value: Joint research project by Fraunhofer IMW and the University of Leipzig before the start.


Trends in artificial intelligence

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is developing key technologies of artificial intelligence at many of its institutes. Research in such areas as robotics, image and voice processing, and process optimization contributes to theories and ethics of artificial intelligence, while at the same time recognizing practical needs of clients. A new study addresses myths and trends as well as progress in artificial intelligence and supercomputers.


More information: Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance 


Interview with Dr. Steffen Preissler, head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

»We must overcome this segmentation.«


Interview with Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch, head of Innovation Policy and Transfer Design unit

»Knowledge exchange is one of the most important elements of successful innovation processes.«


Interview with Annamaria Riemer, head of Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes unit

»Future scenario analysis: nowadays, we are able to flexibly address a much greater number of issues.«

Interview with Erik Ackermann und Dr. Robin Bürger on »crowdFANding II – co-determination in the sports area through crowdfunding«

»We are extremely satisfied with how the crowdfunding campaign went.«

Press release / 1.9.2017

Fraunhofer IMW developing data analysis software for the Tagesspiegel‘s »Politician Check«

Press release / 13.8.2017

Leipziger Fraunhofer researchers support world record attempt for crowdfunding in sport with technical assistance.


Dr. Robin Bürger, Promoter for Fraunhofer Venture

Press release / 5.7.2017

Expertise consolidation: Fraunhofer establishes Innovation Research Group


Fraunhofer 2017 annual conference in Dresden.

For 25 years, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been an innovation center and employer providing technological, economic and social impetus in Germany‘s new federal states. As part of the scope of this year's conference in
Dresden, the Society and the Saxon institutes marked the milestone anniversary by hosting a public event in the city center. The participating institutes also presented 100 innovative research projects via the interactive online platform #realdigital.


Fraunhofer IMW supports recommendations for Germany's international innovation policy.


Fraunhofer IMW premium member of Europe's most important crowdfunding network.

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. 

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