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Germany is among the most innovative countries and attaches great importance to networking and excellence. It is a research community shaped by universities, research institutions and extensive research by industry. The research covers a broad range of different fields with special focus on future-oriented topics.
Join our online talk and find out about Germany’s different types of research performing institutions and how you can join them.
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The event is open to anyone interested in doing research in Germany. It is free of charge and will be conducted in English.
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"The German research landscape"
Who does research in Germany?
Monday, 30 May 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CEST)
Sina Bremer, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Des. Antonino Ardilio, Team Leader Technology and Innovation Intelligence, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft based in Germany is the world's leading applied research organisation. Prioritising key future-relevant technologies and commercialising its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. It is a trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developements and research excellence. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports research and industry with inspiring ideas and sustainable scientific and technological solutions and is helping shape our society and our future. The areas of research at Fraunhofer IAO are Mobility, Urban Systems Engineering and Innovation Systems. Dr. Ardilio's interdisciplinary team looks at smart-data approaches to develop solutions that empower companies and organisations to strategically identify, evaluate and implement new technologies or fields of application.
Fraunhofer IAO homepage
Dr. Florian Bittner, research coordinator at Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants
Research - Evaluate - Advise: This "triad" in relation to their work on crop plants forms a unique selling point of the JKI in Germany. All three areas are anchored in law. The primary task is to provide rapid, targeted and competent advice to the federal government. This requires extensive research work (including preliminary research) to provide the expertise needed for many issues. The JKI consists of 17 specialized institutes, complemented by service units, such as library, data processing, field and greenhouse and administration. Around 1200 staff members work at the institutes of whom 350 are scientists. The JKI operates research facilities at currently 10 sites, its main office is located in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt).
Evelina Skurski, Head of section International Scientific Cooperation, Dept. of International Affairs at TU Berlin
The Technische Universität Berlin is an active participant in Berlin, an international metropolis and outstanding center of science. Using its entire breadth of subjects, Technische Universität Berlin is establishing innovative fields and promotes inter-faculty research activities with external key players. Six characteristic key application areas form the framework of these activities along with the Clusters of Excellence approved by the federal and state governments in the Excellence Strategy are Digital Transformation, Energy Systems, Mobility, and Sustainable Resources, Human Health, Humanities, and Educational Science, Urban Systems and Environmental Systems, Photonics and Optical Systems, Materials, Design and Manufacturing.
TU Berlin's homepage
Dr. Elke Loichinger, Head of Research Group Global and Regional Population Dynamics, The Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)
The Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) examines the causes and consequences of demographic change and has the task of advising the Federal Government and the Federal Ministries on the basis of scientific research. This includes support of the Federal Government in international cooperation on population issues within the framework of the United Nations. Informing the general public on topics related to demographic change and on the institute’s research results is another important task of the BiB.
The BiB was established in 1973 and is based in Wiesbaden. It is a federal departmental research institution and is part of the area of responsibility of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
Dr.-Ing. Hendrik Schröder, Volkswagen AG, Group Innovation, Head of Mobility Systems & Powertrain Solutions
The Volkswagen Group with its twelve brands, headquartered in Wolfsburg, is one of the leading car manufacturers worldwide and the largest car producer in Europe. With the rise of new emerging technologies and rapidly shifting customer needs, the company recognizes that the automotive industry is facing a major paradigm shift, as they move beyond the core business towards new business opportunities and a collaborative way of innovating.
Volkswagen Group Innovation - NEW AUTO - mobility for Generations to come
How do people want to move around in the megacities, but also in rural areas, in the coming decades? What options can we offer that will meet their needs? And how - with what kind of technological solutions - do we implement them into products, services and new business models in such a way that we achieve our climate targets? These are the questions we are dealing with in the new Volkswagen Group Innovation. On our way to becoming a sustainable mobility provider with a role model function in the areas of environment, safety and integrity, we rely on a cross-brand and efficient research network. This network connects experts, enables partnership-based cooperation at eye level, creates an innovative working environment and bundles activities in order to increase synergies and efficiencies across the group. Read more here:
Volkswagen Group Innovation