Women power inventors at Fraunhofer IIS: Senior Engineer Simone Neukam – from invention to market

Panorama / April 17, 2024

As part of our mini-series, we present the work of three female scientists who are involved in numerous patents. The interview with Simone Neukam is the second article in the series.

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Women power inventors at Fraunhofer IIS: Dr. Elke Roth-Mandutz – 5G could be even better

Panorama / August 11, 2023

Dr. Elke Roth-Mandutz leverages her creativity and experience in standardization to improve the security and energy efficiency of this mobile communications standard

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Tackling the coffee shortage with Fraunhofer technology and responsible behavior

Series: Innovation Driver Coffee / March 28, 2023

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The effects of climate change are making life hard for the sensitive coffee plant. Experts warn that without appropriate countermeasures, more than half of the area currently used for growing coffee will no longer be suitable for that purpose. Katrin Simon from Erlangen Botanical Gardens, Julie Mildenberger from Weltladen Erlangen and Joelle Claußen from Fraunhofer IIS explain how phenotyping coffee plants, embracing experimentation and more conscious consumption can help ensure that coffee can remain a daily pleasure despite climate change and resource scarcity.

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Vielfalt in der Digitalisierung / Diversity in digitalization

Vielfalt am Fraunhofer IIS | 16. Dezember 2022

So erleben Fraunhofer-Mitarbeitende die Digitalisierung im Alltag in anderen Ländern / How Fraunhofer employees experience digitalization in their everyday lives in other countries

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Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year

Diversity in digitalisation | 01.12.2022

Research at Fraunhofer IIS has many faces. Employees as well as students and trainees from more than 53 nations from different continents work on intelligent solutions for a future worth living. In the video, employees send heartfelt Christmas greetings and talk about the diverse traditions for the celebration of love, family and peace.

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Green ICT – toward sustainable information and communication technology

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 2.6.2021

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Prof. Albert Heuberger, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen.

In this interview, Albert Heuberger talks about the challenges facing the field of Green ICT, and how applied research can help. As chairman of the steering committee of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD), he also discusses the topics the FMD is working on, as well as outlining the developments currently being pursued at Fraunhofer IIS.

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»The only way to meet the expectations placed on modern microelectronics is through networking and cooperation«

Fraunhofer IIS / 19.4.2021

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Prof. Albert Heuberger, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen.

The innovative potential of microelectronics is a driver for numerous industries. The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) was created in 2017 to strengthen the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry on the global playing field. We spoke to the chair of the FMD and spokesman of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, Professor Albert Heuberger, about the FMD’s accomplishments so far and the expectations associated with modern microelectronics.

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AI series: European Sovereignty in AI

Fraunhofer IIS / 23.11.2020

Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin, Fraunhofer IIS director, responsible for the Positioning and Networks as well as the Supply Chain Services research areas

How can we leverage our expertise on a European level so as to ensure European sovereignty in AI? Statement from Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin, Fraunhofer IIS director, responsible for the Positioning and Networks as well as the Supply Chain Services research areas


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In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic webinars open up new opportunities

Audio and Media Technologies

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Speakers tell us about their experience with the webinar series at Fraunhofer IIS.

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How we took the NO out of inNOvation

Fraunhofer IIS / 11.9.2018

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However, good ideas on their own are not sufficient, they also need to be implemented. That is innovation. And thus the Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IISB joined up with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and for the first time jointly developed the #inNUEvation Conference based on the platform of the LZE e. V. International experts from research, business, and politics gathered there to examine the topic of innovation from different perspectives and to exchange ideas and views.

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A Tour of the Computer Technology Collection Erlangen

In context / 18.5.2018

Zuse Z23
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Zuse Z23

Storing and processing data has a long history. From the Middle Ages to this day, people have turned to computing aids to help them solve problems. The Computer Technology Collection Erlangen charts the development of data processing technology, from tally sticks and Zuse machines to the integrated circuit.

ISER director Guido Nockermann takes us through his treasures, offering a brief anecdote about each exhibit.

Innovation in the heart of Bavaria

In context / 18.5.2018

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Pierre Leich – Project manager at kulturidee GmbH.

The Nürnberg metropolitan region is known for its good beer and little sausages. But many are unaware that Middle Franconia is the most innovative region in Germany with a tradition spanning centuries. Pierre Leich, project manager at kulturidee GmbH, explains where the bright minds of innovative SMEs come from and what the region’s research can do.

FutureIOT research project connects town and country

In context / 13.3.2018

From start-ups and SMEs to big industry, more than 20 industry partners are involved in the joint research project. On February 20, 2018, Fraunhofer IIS hosted a kick-off event. Many of the project partners took the opportunity to speakk on camera about what they expect from the collaboration.

What scientists should do next

In context / 27.3.2018

The make-a-wish-box
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The make-a-wish-box

Objects that can communicate, TV that feels like you’re at the movies, pocket X-ray machines... sounds like science fiction. But then who knows? At the Long Night of the Sciences 2017, visitors to Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen got to put their questions to scientists. Professor Albert Heuberger, director of Fraunhofer IIS, joined the scientists to answer the questions and explain what may soon be possible.

Science sets sail on the Thor Heyerdahl

In context / 9.11.2017

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Science sets sails

„In Riga, we wait at the luggage carousel – and wait and wait, until finally the gates shut and the belt stops. Twelve of us from Erlangen are missing our luggage.”

This is how Nadine Lange, who is part of the team Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme LZE, started out on her one-week sailing trip on the Thor Heyerdahl. In the summer of 2017, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg invited some of its own researchers and other scientists to broaden their scientific horizon in this exceptional setting. Read how this journey without luggage unfolds and what else is going on aboard in her travelogue.


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