Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Safeguarding critical infrastructure

Energy, water, food, fuel, information, transportation – ensuring a supply of these essential services and commodities is vital for a properly functioning society and economy. Fraunhofer is devising solutions and strategies to safeguard our critical infrastructure.

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How a digital twin can save lives

Diagnostic hypotheses and personalized therapies: artificial intelligence has begun to revolutionize the fight against cancer.

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70 years of Fraunhofer

Our 70th birthday is an occasion for us to celebrate the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft – with partners, colleagues and all those who want to shape the future.

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Mobile communications technology 5G

The extremely powerful mobile communications technology is what makes Industrie 4.0, autonomous driving and so much more possible.

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Preserving cultural heritage – through research and high-tech

How can cultural heritage be protected and preserved? The Executive Board Project ‘Cultural Heritage’ involves Fraunhofer researchers developing the technologies required.

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Fraunhofer at IMTS 2018

Manufacturing the future – the evolution of Industrie 4.0 (Chicago, USA / September 10-15, 2018)

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Health Research in 4D

Drugs, diagnostics, devices and data are the four major areas of medical science.

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Biological Transformation

Materials, structures and principles of nature enable mankind to operate sustainably.

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Production of the future

Rigid factory streets are becoming modular and efficient systems, conserving resources. The human being is supported by assistance systems, new forms of human-technology interaction arise.

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Defense against drones – the danger on the radar screen

Drones are useful, but they can also be dangerous if misused for terrorism. Fraunhofer is developing technology designed to serve as a defense against unmanned aerial systems.

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Blockchain – A technology with great potential

Blockchain technology could make business transactions significantly more secure and easier, for example, for the global trade in goods.

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Batteries of the future

Fraunhofer is developing the next generation of batteries. The spectrum includes the whole range of energy storage: from the smallest applications such as button cells, to large stationary systems such as redox-flow batteries.

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Cognitive Machines

Screwing, drilling, welding or bonding: ANNIE, the mobile assistive robot developed at Fraunhofer IFF, allows direct human-machine cooperation.

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Smart Data – The stuff innovations are made of

Digitalization is a phenomenon that increases the industry’s need for data protection, secure data exchange, and sovereignty over proprietary data that represents the economic lifeblood of many companies.

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Natural Products for Biotechnology

Insects have ingenious survival strategies. The researchers of the Fraunhofer IME project group Bioresources want to make it possible to use these talents in bioeconomy. They're investigating interesting insects such as ladybugs, aphids and burying beetles.

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News

Stuttgart / 7.11.2019

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft joins Cyber Valley

The Fraunhofer IPA and the Fraunhofer IAO have joined Cyber Valley, further strengthening Europe’s largest research consortium in the field of AI.

»Go Beyond 4.0« / 17.9.2019

Individualization in Mass Production

Individualization of single products in mass production by the employment of digital printing and laser technologies provides new opportunities for design and weight reduction by material savings.

Fraunhofer Intellectual Property Transfer Database

Fraunhofer holds more than 6,800 patent families and facilitates technology transfer to industry with a new database.

Rostock / 9.8.2019

Ocean Technology Campus

Official kick-off of major technology research project in Baltic Sea.

 

Fraunhofer magazine 3.2019

Using AI to fight cancer

 

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The story of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
From beacon of hope to innovation engine

 

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How do we develop the future

 

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Latest News

2.12.2019

Rapid test to diagnose asthma

Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases worldwide, affecting more than 235 million patients. It is often more difficult to diagnose in children than in adults. An early diagnosis is especially important for children as to prevent severe attacks of the disease. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB has joined forces with some high-tech companies to develop a rapid test that requires only a drop of blood to diagnose asthma. To do this, the partners use machine learning.
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2.12.2019

The eyes are the window to the nervous system

Individuals who experience an unpleasant tingling in their hands or feet or who suffer from painful discomfort and numbness could be affected by a neuro-pathy – a disorder of the nervous system in which the nerve fibers become damaged and may begin to degenerate. This effect is already visible on the cornea before the first symptoms appear. Through cornea and tear fluid examinations, a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, in cooperation with Friedrich-Alexander- Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), is establishing a method that enables early determination of how much damage the nerves have already sustained.
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2.12.2019

Suitable energy mix for smaller communities

Solar thermal, geothermal, photovoltaic – what form of energy supply is most suitable for a particular municipality? Representatives of smaller communities are overwhelmed by a huge amount of information, which tends to exacerbate existing uncertainty. A new online tool from Fraunhofer is now helping to clarify this confusion. The tool calculates the optimal energy mix for each individual case, including funding possibilities available.
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2.12.2019

Fighting infections and resistances

Winter is influenza season. In the northern hemisphere, cases of this infectious disease peak between November and March, and fatalities are not uncommon. Influenza vaccines can protect against the illness, but they aren’t always effective. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the vaccines for 2018/2019 were only about 20 percent effective. In the iCAIR® project, Fraunhofer researchers are collaborating with partners to develop new, urgently needed agents against influenza, as well as against other infectious diseases that are gaining ground worldwide. What is particularly interesting here is that the research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM can test the anti-infective agents in vital human lung slices.
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