Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

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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 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).

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Annual Report 2015/16

10 years applied socioeconomic research

The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW 2015/2016 annual report is available. In its pages we will provide you with an in-depth look back at the institute’s past ten years and focus on our current international projects and research activities. The time period spanning its foundation in 2006 through to the repositioning and change of name in the years 2015 and 2016 has shaped our institute significantly. Initially the Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe, MOEZ, since July 18th of this year we have been working for companies, institutions, organizations, politics and society under the new name of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, or in short: IMW. We have further developed the institute’s core business areas and core competencies and have advanced our socioeconomic research both in terms of content and personnel. The current edition of the annual report examines the anniversary year 2016 and gives an outlook on the future development of Fraunhofer IMW.

Order your copy of the annual report 2015/16 here.

Annual Report: Project of the Week

On a regular basis, we like to provide real-world examples of the services offered by the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW. For this reason, we highlight contributions from our 2015/2016 Annual Report which we recommend for your reading.

The Corporate Development in International Competition division's "Rethinking construction with carbon concrete composite" project is a perfect example of how the Fraunhofer IMW has socio- and knowledge economy in its genes. The team led by project manager Dr. Nizar Abdelkafi, the head of the Business Models: Engineering and Innovation unit, is investigating potential applications for the new composite material and has established a network that links the more than 130 science, business and organization project partners participating in Germany's biggest construction research project "C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite" with each other. Please see the respective article in the Annual Report 2015/16; you might enjoy reading it and are welcome to pass it on to others who may find it of interest.

The carbon fiber and high performance concrete composite material developed in the course of the project is more resilient, workable and energy-efficient than ordinary construction materials. In November 2015, "C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite" was awarded the German Sustainability award by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In January this year, the project was presented at the BAU 2017, the leading international trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, in Munich and last Wednesday and Thursday, "C3" was introduced at the international concrete conference and exhibition ICCX Central Europe 2017 in Ossa, Poland.

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Current events


Investor Days / 13.6.2017

Investor Days Thüringen

On 13 and 14 June 2017, start-ups, investors and industry experts from all over Germany will get together in Erfurt to meet in person and to expand their networks. The Innovation Financing unit will once again lend academic support to the 2017 "Investor Days Thüringen". In 2016, the researchers already investigated how start-ups in Germany can be driven by venture capital for STIFT Thüringen.


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.



Workshop / Bio City Leipzig / 14 - 19 Uhr / 9.5.2017

Dr. Nizar Abdelkafi holds key note on "The Power of Standardization".

Key Note Vortrag / 2.3.2017

Fraunhofer IMW accompanies formal launch of Master's Degree at University of Technology in Jamaica.

The degree was developed in collaboration with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) for the University of Technology in Jamaica. The Sustainability Management and Infrastructure Economics division at Fraunhofer IMW was involved in designing the program. It is the first Master's degree of its kind to be offered in the Caribbean region. In his key note, Professor Thomas Bruckner, head of the division, will discuss technical options and policy instruments to cope with climate change.



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



Fraunhofer expert joins Central German and Leipzig innovation award juries


Round Table / 31.1.2017

Dr. Marija Radic attends kick-off of German-Swedish innovation partnership.


Congress / 24.1.2017

e-Health project "ATMoSPHÄRE" at BMC Congress in Berlin.


Annual Report 2015/16

The Fraunhofer IMW 2015/2016 annual report is available. In its pages we will provide you with an in-depth look back at the institute’s past ten years and focus on our current international projects and research activities. 

Joint Carbon Concrete Composite Project wins the Federal President's Sustainability Award for 2016

On November 30th, 2016, Federal President Joachim Gauck presented this year’s German Sustainability Award, which is bestowed in recognition of technological and innovative achievements, to the three-headed research team from the collaborative project "C³ - Carbon Concrete Composite".


Thüringer Innovationspreis 2016: people's choice award for crowdFANding

Das Projekt „crowdFANding“ hat den Publikumspreis des 19. Thüringer Innovationspreises 2016 gewonnen. Das von der Gruppe Innovationsfinanzierung des Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig wissenschaftlich begleitete Pilotprojekt konnte sich in der Online-Abstimmung mit über 1.200 Stimmen durchsetzen.

Am vergangenen Mittwoch (23.11.2016) nahmen Projektkoordinator Toni Schley und Gruppenleiter Dr. Robin Bürger die Auszeichnung aus den Händen von Thüringens Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsminister Wolfgang Tiefensee entgegen.

Hinter „crowdFANding“ steckt ein innovatives Finanzierungsinstrument, mit dem die Bürgerinitiative UNSER STADION JENA e.V. bei der Kampagne zum Erhalt der Südkurve im FC Carl Zeiss Jena unterstützt werden konnte und das künftig für weitere Fanprojekte angewendet werden kann. Dank des international ausgerichteten Kampagnenkonzeptes wurden knapp 155.000 Euro von über 2.000 Unterstützern aus 35 Ländern gesammelt.

„Wir freuen uns über die Bestätigung, die wir durch den Innovationspreis erfahren haben“, so Dr. Robin Bürger. „Mit dieser zusätzlichen Motivation ausgestattet, widmen wir uns der wissenschaftlichen Auswertung des Pilotprojekts und freuen uns auf das Nachfolgeprojekt crowdFANding 2. “

Der Thüringer Innovationspreis wird jährlich von der Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen an Innovatoren aus der Region verliehen. Eine Jury prämiert die Gewinner in den Kategorien „Tradition & Zukunft“, „Industrie & Material“, „Digitales & Medien“, „Licht & Leben“ und „Junge Unternehmen“. Außerdem werden der Ernst-Abbe-Preis für innovatives Unternehmertum und der Publikumspreis verliehen.


Digitalization roadmap / 16.11.2016

New edition of digitalization roadmap published.


Participation: Fraunhofer IMW joins innovation network "Morgenstadt: City Insights".

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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