Welcome to the Fraunhofer IMW central news section! Here, we regularly report on current highlights and socioeconomic research work at the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center. Our news items are sorted chronologically. To read current news on a specific unit or project, please enter a search term.


  • Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes Unit / 2020

    Visit of the International Green Week: Sustainable into the new decade

    News | Leipzig / 20.2.2020

    Saxony’s exhibitors at the Green Week 2020 presented themselves in a regional and environmentally conscious manner to the more than 400,000 visitors of the agricultural fair in Berlin - while at the same time the tractors of Germany’s protesting farmers rolled through the streets. The EXPRESS team took the opportunity to meet and talk to a wide range of players.

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  • Faunhofer IMW / 2020

    Joint kick-off to the Science Year 2020


    For the fifth time, the Research Day marked the start of the new research year at the Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig. On January 23, 2020, the researchers presented their research priorities in the Science Year 2020 "Bioeconomy". Thematically, they picked up where they left the expiring Science Year 2019 "Artificial Intelligence" and other socioeconomic focal points.

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  • On January 21, 2020, Institute Director Prof. Thorsten Posselt welcomed two CDU members of parliament for a professional exchange on the research priorities of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW at the Institute's headquarters in Leipzig. In addition to Sebastian Gemkow, Saxony's Minister of State for Science, Oliver Fritzsche, Member of the State Parliament of Saxony, accepted the invitation of the Fraunhofer IMW.

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    The EXPRESS joint project, which began on 9/1/2019, was awarded funding on 10/17/2019 in the field of data-driven networking and digitization in agriculture. This project tests digital technologies in crop production to determine stimuli for farming practices. The official kick-off took place on November 26th and was followed by a workshop on work at Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig.

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  • Fraunhofer IMW researchers co-author a study on digital business models in China and Germany / 2019

    Study presented at Third Sino-German Annual Meeting of State Secretaries and Vice Ministers for Intelligent Manufacturing


    Dr. Steffen Preissler, head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division, and Henrik Beermann, deputy head of the Innovation Acceptance unit, are co-authors of a Sino-German study on value networks as the foundation for digital business models. The confidential document, commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, examines use cases from Germany and China in the field of intelligent manufacturing and digital manufacturing transformation.

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  • Innovation Acceptance Unit / 2019

    SPARCS project officially launches

    News | Leipzig / 11.10.2019

    The SPARCS project, a smart city initiative that brings together 31 partners* with the common goal of creating a network of Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon Communities, is officially kicking off on October 1st, 2019. Following the kick-off, the project partners will gather at a General Assembly in Espoo, Finland on October 11th, 2019.

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  • The first milestone meeting of the research project "Diffusion of digital technologies in vocational education and training through collaboration between learning facilities (DiBBLoK)" took place on August 19th, 2019. The aim of this joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to identify the best conditions for a successful use of digital technologies within the context of collaboration between learning facilities in vocational education and training. Researchers of the involved parties are developing different recommendations and measures for digitalization processes in vocational education and training, for vocational schools and training companies as well as individual users. As a result, the potential of digital, cross-linked working will be uncovered and potential future fields of application in learning facility collaboration will be identified.

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