Unit, Stakeholder Dialogue and Social Acceptance

Our application-oriented research relates in particular to success factors (best practice) and barriers that promote or impede the creation of sustainable energy systems at an international level.

In terms of methodology, our analyses are based especially on the identification of best practice examples, the comparative analysis of the situation in different countries, approaches from a political science perspective and the use of innovative dialogue and mediation processes.


Keynote Speech / 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 keynote, Professor Thomas Bruckner, Non-resident Distinguished Fellow at Fraunhofer IMW, will discuss technical options and policy instruments to cope with climate change.


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


International market development strategy for insulation board made from bulrushes

The experts from the Stakeholder Dialogue and Social Acceptance Unit are investigating the socio-economic factors and user acceptance level of an innovative, sustainable construction material for thermal renovations that is made from bulrushes (Typha) in Bulgaria.

EFFESUS (Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts Sustainability) Booklet

Fraunhofer "EU-Netzwerk" meets at Fraunhofer Center Leipzig

From 13 to 14 April 2016, the EU-Netzwerk of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft met at the Fraunhofer Center in Leipzig. Employees from different Fraunhofer institutes discussed topics related to European funded projects. At the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig, Annamaria Riemer and Urban Kaiser overlook the interdisciplinary research partnership EU Plus that positions projects within European funding programs and provides ongoing assistance with research and development during implementation.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bruckner discusses "Smart City" strategy with mayor of Leipzig.

Establishment of an international energy and environment network in the Danube region

The Leipzig Fraunhofer center researchers are accompanying the establishment of an international renewable energy and bioeconomy network in the Danube region. The network managers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania, the Ukraine and Serbia hope to thereby consolidate their expertise with that of the Leipzig Power and Environment Cluster with the ultimate aim of future collaborative projects.

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Protecting Heritage with Fraunhofer Innovation – Pilot project started

Climate information at a glance: the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig at Klimanavigator.de

The Leipzig Fraunhofer institute has carried out research into the consequences of climate change for quite some time; important information that will be available on the internet portal Klimanavigator.de in future. This "climate navigator" provides an overview of climate-relevant research, scientific findings regarding climate change and climate adaptation initiatives. "It is only logical that the Fraunhofer IMW should join the online platform Klimanavigator.de as a result of the Fraunhofer institute's research into sustainability management and infrastructure economics. 

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Protecting Heritage with Fraunhofer Innovation - Pilot Project Started in Collaboration with the Dresden State Art Collections and the Saxon State Library


Sixteen Fraunhofer institutes, the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) and the Saxon State Library - University Library Dresden (SLUB) will cooperate over the next three years on a pilot project for the preservation and restoration of cultural property in Saxony. The required project funding of 1.5 million Euros will be provided by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The Fraunhofer IMW will participate in the project by undertaking a study on the economic factors of cultural heritage. On December 8th, 2015, the project was launched with a kick-off event at the Dresden Royal Palace.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: "The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft counts the protection and preservation of cultural heritage as a concern, because its loss is irreplaceable. That is why we have provided a total of 1.5 million Euros for this three-year project. Sustainable future strategies and innovative technologies are needed to ensure the funds are used as efficiently as possible for the protection of cultural heritage and for the preservation of cultural assets. Today the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has laid a solid foundation for this pilot project and also extended an offer of long-term partnership."

Typha Bulgaria: an innovative, sustainable and insulating construction material made from bulrushes

In Bulgaria the ratio of multi-story, multi-dwelling housing to total living spaces is very high. Unlike in Germany, a large proportion of the apartment units are owned by the residents. Most of these units are in desperate need of thermal improvements. However, a lack of unity among tenants makes a classic restoration through external insulation almost impossible. In this case, a suitable alternative is internal insulation. It can be installed independently in the individual units without consensus from the owners' association. The so-called bulrush (Typha lat.) – a water and marsh plant – has the necessary properties to be used as insulating material in residential premises. The Leipzig Fraunhofer Center is conducting a study in which it is analyzing whether decentralized production of Typha plants in certain regions of Bulgaria is economically sensible and whether local building material loss might be expected. The Leipzig experts will identify potential buyers of the Typha plant for use in the construction sector and examine the user acceptance of the "Typhaboard" by German companies using Typha technology.



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


Research cooperation with the Innovationszentrum für Bioenergie

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