Fraunhofer-Alumni e.V.

Who can become a Full Member of the Fraunhofer Alumni e.V.


In accordance with Section 4 para. 2 of the statutes of the Fraunhofer Alumni e.V., any natural person who fulfills one of the following conditions may become a full member:

  1. former TVÖD employees, C/W- employees or non-tariff employees of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.,"

  2. former guest scientists[1] of the "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.,"

  3. former scholars of the "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V." who had a Fraunhofer contract as well as former scholars without a Fraunhofer contract if the home institution has approved acceptance,

  4. former doctoral students at the " Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V." who had a Fraunhofer contract, or

  5. former employees[2] of a university if the "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V." has signed a cooperation agreement with the respective university and the cooperating home institution has agreed to acceptance 


In addition, students (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) can also become full members if they have been working at the "Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V." They bear the status of "Talent Members" until their employment begins.

[1] Guest scientists are invited by Fraunhofer and are under contract during their time at Fraunhofer.

[2] This applies only to those employees who are connected to Fraunhofer in the course of cooperation contracts with universities, in part even through joint forms of operation


Membership Fee

The membership fee for full members is EUR 50 per calendar year. It is reduced to EUR 30 if the member is under the age of 29 in the respective calendar year. The calendar year of membership is non-contributory for all members. For membership as of September 1st, the following calendar year is also non-contributory.


Advisory Council


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Elisabeth Ewen, Director Human Resources, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Angela Göschel, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology

Prof. Dr. Fritz Klocke, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Dr. Reinhard Lenk, CeramTec GmbH

Dr. Kai Modrich, Director Carl Zeiss Automated Inspection GmbH

Lena-Sophie Müller, Director Initiative d21

Dr. Raoul Klingner, Director Research, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Quotes from the founding members of the Fraunhofer Alumni e.V.

"What is most important in research is capable, creative and committed employees. If they leave Fraunhofer to take on new responsibilities in companies or in government, we don't want to lose contact and connectedness, for the sake of mutual benefit. That is one reason why we are developing our alumni network," says Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wiese, Member of the Executive Board a.D.

"As a sponsor of the "Fraunhofer Alumni" project, addressing alumni work was a great task for me. Employees from various sectors and institutes displayed a close relationship with Fraunhofer. If you take this connection with you in your time after Fraunhofer, it represents an added value for alumni and the society," explains Prof. habil. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft a.D.

"For people who have worked for Fraunhofer for a long time and with a lot of passion for their tasks, this phase has become an important part of their professional and private lives. Networks have emerged which have not lost their meaning even after the departure of these individuals. The Alumni Association makes the maintenance of these relationships much easier, " says Prof. Heinz Gerhäuser, Institute Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS i.R.

"It is a clever way for Fraunhofer to network with those who were part of their society and carry this spirit into business and science. To stay connected with these ambassadors of the Fraunhofer brand and to be in the current specialist dialogue creates added value for all the parties involved," says Prof. Ekkehard D. Schulz, Chairperson of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft i.R.