Innovative Projects on the Way to Application
Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Max Planck Society presented the “research pearls for application-oriented research” to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Berlin on January 10, 2017. Professor Johanna Wanka, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rainer Sontowski and other high-ranking representatives from politics, business and science joined the event as well. Via future-oriented technologies and concepts, ten researchers impressively demonstrated the innovative power of research in Germany – each one in just seven minutes.
Topics ranged from detecting dyslexia at an early stage, using “smarter data“ in health care, and creating compact energy storage solutions for electric vehicles through to advanced safety engineering, the fight against antibiotic-resistant hospital germs and a “magnetic diamond“ for production control. The “research pearls“, presented by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Max Planck Society are diverse and garner recognition world-wide.
Close Cooperation between Basic Research and Application-Oriented Research
“A presentation like this encourages us to continue providing the reliable financial framework conditions that have made Germany such an attractive place for research“, stated Merkel, after listening to the researchers present their work in just under two hours.
In his conclusion, Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer outlined the need to promote critical key technologies in order to secure the innovative power and sovereignty of Germany and Europe: “In addition to the cooperation between science, politics and the economy, we have successfully demonstrated that both pearls and diamonds are created through the unity of basic research and application-oriented research.“ In order to maintain the best possible conditions for the development of key technologies and disruptive innovations, it is necessary to extend the chain of pearls as well as making sure it does not break.
The idea for the event with its interesting and entertaining format emerged from the so-called "Innovationsdialog" at the Federal Chancellery between the federal government and high-ranking representatives from business, science and society. This dialog provides independent specialist advice to the federal government on innovation policy topics. Members of this steering committee include, Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society.