Unit, Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes

The core expertise of the Professionalizing Transfer Processes Unit lies in researching the mechanisms of successful knowledge transfer processes.  We develop and evaluate instruments and organizational structures in order to increase the efficiency of knowledge transfer.

We work in a complex environment where several specialized disciplines collaborate. The cooperation between the research, political, industrial and NGO stakeholders involved is one of the key aspects of innovation success.

We investigate how institutions and the respective social, political and economic spheres of influence impact on the exploitation of technical and social innovations.

We ensure that our analyses are based on the latest research methods and findings. At the same time, they are guided by the needs of our clients – from the initial concept to its realization. That is how we close the gap between research and practical application.

Our clients and partners from the business, science and political communities use the results of our research to strategically plan, develop and design their future cooperation, business and funding activities.

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Future Prospects for Space Travel 2040

Within the framework of the project "Zukunftsvorausschau Raumfahrt 2040" (Future Prospects for Space Travel 2040), Fraunhofer IMW and INT developed and applied an innovative, science-based procedure for the DLR Space Administration, sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). This procedure included the creation of scenarios and backcasting methods, various technology analyses in the form of technological forecasts, in-depth social science analyses, and various group discussion formats.

Today, conventional methods of strategic foresight are often insufficient to make organizations resilient. The relationships and interactions among technological, social, economic, and political factors are too complex. A systematic, methodologically sound, and medium- to long-term interdisciplinary approach to these spheres of influence enables better preparation for the future.


This one-year project addressed the following core questions:

1. Which social and economic developments and trends will influence the development of space travel in Germany by the year 2040?

2. What kinds of technological trends and developments, both within and outside the space industry, can be expected by 2040?

3. What scenarios can be deduced? What role do these scenarios predict for the future of space travel in Germany?

4. What medium- and long-term objectives can be derived from these scenarios?

5. What are the most resilient courses of action for the DLR Space Administration?

This process made it possible to derive comprehensive strategic options for action, thus encouraging the Space Administration in its own strategy development. Finally, a vision for the future of German space travel in 2040 was presented.

In cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT

In cooperation with The German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Promoted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs

-> Fraunhofer INT Future Prospects for Space Travel 2040 (in German) 

Current Projects

AGENT-3D – printing new worlds


Networks and transfer in international collaborations


Alternative models for future forest management


AGENT-3D_BASIS Workshop: Future scenarios for the industrial use of additive manufacturing


Knowledge transfer expert of Fraunhofer IMW heads lecture on self-learning machines



“Nowadays, we are able to flexibly address a much greater number of issues”


Fraunhofer Allianz Big Data / 17.3.2017

Future workshop “Artificial intelligence for medical biosignal processing”

Supporting knowledge transfer with visualization techniques

Newsletter of EU-funded funded project ALTERFOR

Project website of EU-funded forest management project ALTERFOR

INTEGRAL followed by ALTERFOR: Start of new EU project on forest management

Researchers from the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center's Knowledge and Technology Transfer division have been supporting EU-funded forest management research projects since 2011.


Paradigm change in industrial production: New AGENT-3D project initiated.

Symposium discusses Germany's support policy

How can research innovations become commercial successes? Fraunhofer researchers discussed this issue with Ministerialrat Hans-Peter Hiepe, experts from the project funding agency Jülich, transfer agencies, sponsors and political advisors at the final symposium of the research project “WTT_Lehren” on 15 October 2015 at the Fraunhofer Center in Leipzig.  

Selected projects in the annual reports of the Fraunhofer IMW

In its annual reports, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum. The expert teams' contributions provide a compact overview of the institute's projects and product, subject and research focuses.

EU Plus


EU Plus: Management, Financing and Communication of EU funded projects