Cyber Security for the Future

Cyber security is the basic prerequisite for digitalization. Whether it is in automotive, production, critical infrastructure or digital services, confidence in the safety of new technologies is indispensable.

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Real-time communication: Why the Internet has to become tactile

The Internet of the future will greatly enrich many areas of life: From industry to health care provision, all the way to traffic management and intelligent logistics. The essential foundation for all this will be 5G, the next generation of mobile communications.

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Focus on people

People play a very special role in scientific endeavors. Whether it’s work, health, energy, resources or autonomous systems – for decades, Fraunhofer has put the focus on people researching for people.

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Production 4.0

Producing individual products quickly, flexibly and sustainably – Industry 4.0 will make it possible.

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Fraunhofer Awards Ceremony 2016

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Doing Secure Digital Business

Cloud Computing, Industry 4.0, Smart Data, the Internet of Things and Services - the digital transformation of the economy is already underway.

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Popular Encryption

Sending emails is as easy as pie. However, until now a lot of know-how has been required to securely encrypt them. This is bound to change: Deutsche Telekom and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt will be making encryption easy – with a popular encryption named Volksverschlüsselung.

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New Products, One Layer at a Time

Bones, engines and shoe soles from the printer: How additive manufacturing is revolutionizing our production world.

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Dealing with Antibiotic Resistance

Cross-sectional infection model for skin infections: Histological section through a skin model grown in a test tube, which has been infected with Candida albicans – one of the commonest human fungal pathogens. Violet: Candida albicans, blue: skin model.

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Driving Electric

Innovative batteries, cable-free charging and cost-efficient drive systems are to help improve the performance of future generations of the electric automobile.

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Cyber-physical equivalence

Smart production control opens the way for flexible manufacturing processes capable of producing one-off products and limited series on an industrial scale.

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Fraunhofer’s »NeuroLab« has been built to study what happens in the brain when people use technical devices.

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Hannover / October 25-29, 2016

Fraunhofer at the Euroblech 2016

International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition


Maritime research at Fraunhofer

Science Year 2016*17 focuses on Seas and Oceans. Scientists at Fraunhofer are developing the technologies needed to explore and make sustainable use of the world's oceans.

Frank Treppe elected new President of EARTO

The EARTO Executive Board has elected Frank Treppe President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations.

New Guiding Principles published

With our new guiding principles we pave the way towards a successful future.


Düsseldorf / October 19-26, 2016

Fraunhofer at the K 2016

Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber


Morgenstadt – City of the Future Initative

Fraunhofer researchers are working on the idea of sustainable, livable and future-oriented cities. »Morgenstadt« is a vision of a innovative city of the future and its suburban surroundings.


Fraunhofer magazine 1.2016

Making it lighter

Trimming down the weight of cars, planes and trains offers a potential solution for saving energy and raw materials.

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Polyamides from a waste stream of the wood industry

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for the manufacturing of high-quality plastics from terpenes, a waste stream of the cellulose production. They will present their new bioplastic and its possible applications from October 19 – 26 at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf. Visitors can find the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 7, Booth SC01.

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Optimizing sludge treatment

Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

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Ultrasensitive sensors ensure optimum sight conditions

Automotive industry research is strongly focused on technology that enables automated driving. A new sensor system developed by Fraunhofer researchers should help increase passenger safety.

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Lightweight rotor blades made from plastic foams for offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines are becoming ever larger, and the transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of their gigantic rotor blades are presenting operators with new challenges. Fraunhofer researchers have partnered with industry experts to develop highly durable thermoplastic foams and composites that make the blades lighter and recyclable. Thanks to their special properties, the new materials are also suitable for other lightweight structures, for instance in the automotive sector. The first demonstrators will be on display at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf from October 19 to 26.

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