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  • Research project “Mobile Disinfection” (MobDi) / 2021

    Intelligent Robots for the Targeted Combat of Viruses and Bacteria

    Press release | Leipzig / February 11, 2021

    Service robots can help ensure buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection” (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of the pandemic. The project is part of the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona” action program.

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  • 19 Fraunhofer Institutes demonstrate the feasibility of a bio-based circular economy / 2020

    How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

    Fraunhofer Press Release  / December 21, 2020

    The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.

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  • The Relevance of Standardization for Knowledge and Technology Transfer / 2020

    Fraunhofer Study: Making Better Use of the Potential of Norms and Standards

    Press Release | Leipzig  / December 04, 2020

    Norms and standards are an important catalyst for the scaling up of innovations. They define the milestones of technology and pave the way for innovative ideas to succeed on the market. Companies and research organizations can also benefit from them. But often this leverage for business, science and society is not yet sufficiently exploited. This is where a study conducted by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft comes in. Based on extensive research, interviews and analyses, it provides precise recommendations for action on how organizations can make the most of the benefits of norms and standards.

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  • Germany holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of December. In an ambitious program, Germany has set itself the goal of addressing the issues of climate change and the protection of cultural heritage, among others. However, there is still a lack of reliable data and scientific studies on how and, above all, which future extreme weather events will affect our cultural heritage in the various regions of Germany and what measures we can take to protect our cultural heritage. Over the next three years, researchers will investigate this for the first time for Germany in the BMBF-funded project “KERES”. The research project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg together with the Fraunhofer EU Office in Brussels.

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  • Good news for small and medium-sized enterprises: The SME 4.0 eStandards Competence Center will continue to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their digitization projects with eStandards for another two years from August. For the second funding phase, new thematic priorities such as artificial intelligence (AI), sustainability, block chain and platform economy will be in the spotlight.

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management IMW are launching the crowdfunding campaign “Conservation Summer Academy”. This campaign for the preservation of cultural heritage, which is being carried out with great passion, is intended to enable international students to participate in a unique continuing education format in the cultural site of Pompeii. The research project “TransferFinanz”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, supports researchers in financing and implementing project initiatives with a social impact.

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  • Using applied, socio-economic research, the experts at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IWM in Leipzig develop solutions for the long-term success of customers and partners from business, industry, research and society. In order to extend the portfolio of Fraunhofer IMW and to bundle the competences of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the fields of techno- and socio-economic research, the Center for Economics of Materials CEM in Halle, previously located at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, has now been transferred to the Fraunhofer IMW. With this affiliation, Fraunhofer is also taking into account the special social significance of structural change in Central Germany.

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  • Leipzig, 23.10.2019 - On October 17, 2019, Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner handed over the notice of approval for the EXPRESS project. At the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), representatives of the participating research institutes received the funding notice. The aim of the project is to test and promote digital technologies in Saxony's agriculture. The focus is on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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  • In the run-up to the fifth anniversary celebration of “HFC Falke e. V.” today marks the starting point for the crowd funding campaign “crowdFANding - Falcon Fever!” The goal is a club site for the Hamburg soccer club “HFC Falke e. V.”. With the fourth applied crowdfunding project in the field of sports, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW and “crowdFANding e. V.” from Jena are supporting a project that is unique in Germany to date: the soccer club “HFC Falke e. V.”, founded by disappointed fans of the Hamburger SV.

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  • kununu engage offers a number of tools that allow employees to anonymously provide feedback to their employer on a weekly basis. The platform especially helps team leaders to identify problems early and to react quickly. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW and the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, kununu engage has revised the methodology of its surveys - and now offers multidimensional surveys. This makes it easier to measure the drivers of a positive corporate culture and high employee engagement.

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