Dr. Steffen Preissler

Steffen Preissler

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Dr. rer. pol. Steffen Preissler

Deputy Institute Director, Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Neumarkt 9-19
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 231039-121

Fax +49 341 231039-9121

Areas of Expertise

  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • Science management (strategy and organization)


Professional Development

Dr. Steffen Preissler studied political science, law and sociology in Leipzig (D), Olomouc (CZ) and in Samara (RUS). He first worked as a research assistant at the Center for International Economic Relations (ZIW) in Leipzig and then joined the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in 2006. Fraunhofer is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Since then he has designed and managed various national and international projects (e.g. EU, BMBF, BMWi). Since 2008 he is head of the department “Knowledge and Technology Transfer“ and holds a teaching position at the University of Leipzig. In 2020, Dr. Steffen Preissler was appointed deputy director of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW by the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Since 2010, he has served as an expert for various ministries (CZ, D), funding agencies (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG) and in 2012 and 2018 as a Short Term Consultant for the World Bank. In 2015, he was commissioned by the EU Commission as an “Independent Expert“ within the framework of the new “Policy Support Facility“ to work out recommendations for the further development of the Bulgarian research and innovation system as part of a 10-member expert team at the initiative of the Bulgarian government. In 2016, he received his doctorate from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Leipzig on the topic “Interorganizational Knowledge and Technology Transfer. A transactional economic analysis between market and hierarchy“. Since 2019, he serves as representative of Fraunhofer IMW in the “Sino-German Company Work Group on Industry 4.0 and Intelligent Manufacturing (AGU)”.


Publication Type
2013 Wissens- und Technologietransfer in der Region Leipzig
Lehmann, Harald; Preissler, Steffen
2012 Creating an organised IP rights market in Europe
Bader, M.; Gassmann, O.; Jha, P.; Liegler, F.; Maicher, L.; Posselt, T.; Preissler, S.; Ruether, F.; Tonisson, L.; Wabra, S.
Journal Article
2011 Creating a financial market for IPR. Final report
Bader, Martin; Gassmann, Oliver; Jha, Pirjo; Liegler, Florian; Maicher, Lutz; Posselt, Thorsten; Preissler, Steffen; Ruether, Frauke; Wabra, Stephan
2009 National councils for sustainable development - an appropriate tool of common use?
Kohlmann, Romy; Preissler, Steffen; Stengel, Malgorzata
Journal Article
2009 EU communication on corporate social responsibility and the effects on national and corporate sustainability agendas
Gorban, Marianna; Johnson, Matthew; Preissler, Steffen
Journal Article
2008 Forschungsdialog zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung mit den Staaten Mittel- und Osteuropas: Rumänien
Kohlmann, Romy; Preissler, Steffen
Journal Article
2007 Demokratischer Prozess zwischen Stadtparlament, Stadtverwaltung und den Bürgern in Leipzig
Preissler, Steffen
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2005 Marktwirtschaft und Unternehmensstruktur in Russland und in der EU. Zur konstitutiven Bedeutung von Unternehmertum und Wettbewerb in Transformationsprozessen
Preissler, Steffen; Starodubrowskii, V.; Lutysk, T.; Kunze, C.
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2005 Status der Unternehmer und des Unternehmertums im heutigen Russland
Preissler, Steffen; Starodubrowskii, V.; Kunze, C.
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2005 Zur Wiederentstehung und Entwicklung privaten Unternehmertums und privater Kleinunternehmen in der Russischen Föderation
Khachaturyan, A.; Kunze, C.; Preissler, Steffen
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2005 Rahmenbedingungen und wirtschaftspolitische Förderung der Tätigkeit von KMU unter der Präsidentschaft Putins
Preissler, Steffen; Kunze, C.; Khachaturyan, A.; Rudolph, K.
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2003 Demokratyczna wspolpraca mieszkancow, Rady Miejskiej i administracji miejskiej
Müller, Elke; Preissler, Steffen
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2001 Zur Messung Politischer Aktivität
Preissler, Steffen; Rauch, Mathias
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
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Further Talks and Conference Contributions


  • Preissler, S. (2021). Welcome address and panelist. (Panel discussion: “Developing Transfer Concepts in Applied R&D Projects“). 2nd German-Greek Workshop on Knowledgeand Technology Transfer (Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany & General Secretariat for Research and Innovation Greece). Online. 30.6.2021.
  • Preissler, S. (2021). Knowledge and Technology Transfer as matter of strategy. Visiting lecture, Chemnitz University of Technology. 6.5.2021
  • Preissler, S. (2021). 5G the fifth generation technology standard. Web conference “Web we can“.  Université de Rennes (France). 13.1.2021


  • Preissler, S. (2020). Value Networks as the Foundation for Digital Business Models. Keynote, web conference “Business Model Innovation in Times of COVID-19 – Insights from Germany and China“. Online. 12.10.2020


  • Preissler, S. (2019). Opening speech and moderation of three workshops: “Transfer Co‐Creator: Who Is Involved in the Transfer?“, “Create a Common Transfer Vision: What Shall Be Transferred?“, “From Research to Market: How the Results Can Be Transferred?“. German‐Greek Workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer. Athens (Greece). 11.-13.6.2019. 
  • Preissler, S. (2019). Expert forum 1: “Unser Europa für mehr Innovation & Wertschöpfung in Sachsen“. Panelist, 14th Think Tank of the CDU Saxony. Dresden. 17.5.2019. 


  • Preissler, S. (2018). Bulgaria – A Role Model for Technological Success?. Workshop “Transforming the Transformation? – Economic and Social Development in Central and Eastern Europe“. Leibniz-Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Fraunhofer IMW. Leipzig. 28.-30.11.2018.
  • Preissler, S. (2018). Wissens- und Technologietransfer in Zeiten der Digitalisierung. Transfer workshop with the focus “Innovationen aus der Wissenschaft – Wer macht den ersten Schritt?“. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. Berlin. 15.-16.11.2018.
  • Preissler, S. (2018). Marktchance Afrika: Frugale Innovationen im Sektor Umwelttechnologie. Keynote, Country Special South Africa at IFAT 2018. Munich. 16.5.2018. 
  • Preissler, S. (2018). Participant of the session “From Lab to Market: How to commercialise innovations, an interactive panel“. Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer as Innovation Drivers for Regional Growth. Sofia (Bulgaria). 4.5.2018. 
  • Preissler, S. (2018). Technological Commercialization Model of Fraunhofer. Korean Innovation Model, Technology Commercialization Model of Fraunhofer and Lessons for Bulgaria. Sofia (Bulgaria). 20.3.2018.


  • Preissler, S. (2012). Technology Transfer of public funded research organizations. Scientific workshop. “Topical Issues of Economics and Management in the Context of Globalization: German and Russian Experience“. Kazan 2010/11.