Unit, Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes

In the face of increasing complexity and uncertainty in societal and environmental conditions, foresighted orientation knowledge is becoming increasingly important for strategic decision-making. Working with futurology methods is one way of producing and applying this knowledge.

The core competency of the Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes unit is to develop future knowledge for the use of new technologies and services with the help of our interdisciplinary team. To this end, we examine the market development potential and relevant advances in technology and services in their broader context (e.g. social, economic, or political aspects). In addition, we test new collaborative formats of knowledge transfer and organize cooperation initiatives between researchers and experts with different professional backgrounds. Our unit has been working successfully for several years in both European initiatives (7th Framework Programme (FP7), HORIZON 2020, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme) and German projects from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Range of services

  • Investigation on the socio economic areas of influence on the use of new technologies or social innovations
  • Future foresight to support strategic decisions in organizations and networks (e.g. future scenarios in AGENT-3D, Data Mining and Value Creation, Space Travel 2040)
  • Vision development in inter and transdisciplinary contexts (e.g. IntTransNet, SPARCS)
  • Knowledge and cooperation management in interdisciplinary joint projects, Project communication (e.g. ALTERFOR)



Science Talk / 2.11.2020

SPARCS - Grand Plans with Vision for a Climate Neutral City

Interview, Nadja Riedel, head of the Leipzig SPARCS consortium in the Digital City Department of the City of Leipzig, and Annamaria Riemer, head of the Professionalization of Knowledge Transfer Processes unit

The future of agriculture

EXPRESS to be discussed at Digital Day 2020

Digital technologies worldwide are becoming more prevalent in the agriculture industry. This includes fruit and wine growing where numerous smart farming approaches offer new solutions to old problems. Used in the right place, these could, among other things, help to conserve resources and decisively improve the environmental balance in crop cultivation.

How the digital future of fruit and wine plantations could look like in concrete terms will be discussed by the research team of the Professionalizing of Knowledge Transfer Processes Unit at the Digital Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture on the 19th June as part of Digital Day 2020.

More news and interviews

Please refer to the following links for various news reports and informative interviews from the scientists of Fraunhofer IMW.

Foresight Fraunhofer: Future topics with relevance to application-oriented research
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a corporate context: literature analysis and thesis paper (in German)
Three future scenarios. Additive production in Germany in 2025. (in German)


Cooperation with other Fraunhofer institutes