Annual Report: Highlights 2020


The year 2020 brought unexpected changes and challenges for us all. Thanks to our proven resilience and flexibility, Fraunhofer IIS was well positioned to face the crisis; moreover, we contributed our expertise to research projects aimed at addressing the challenges that the coronavirus presents.

Our X-ray on Wheels mobile lab took to the streets to celebrate 125 years since the discovery of X-rays. Fully equipped with all the requisite X-ray technology, our van traveled around to perform non-destructive testing on historic exhibits. Read about more highlights in this report. In keeping with the motto #WeKnowHow, we show you what we did to address the issues of 2020, find solutions and drive forward digitalization.

This year, too, will be a challenging one. In 2021, we plan to expand our expertise in strategic fields such as artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, trusted and green electronics, 5G/6G and the IoT. This will provide the foundation for our continued success in the future.



Directors of Fraunhofer IIS

Directors of Fraunhofer IIS Prof. Bernhard Grill, Prof. Albert Heuberger ,Prof. Alexander Martin


At Fraunhofer IIS, we work together across countries and disciplines to provide solutions.


The tech experts behind Germany’s coronavirus warning app

Research together with T-Systems and SAP and on behalf of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)


Fraunhofer IIS in figures

  • Workforce again record growth
  • Human diversity at Fraunhofer IIS
  • 41 percent industrial earnings
  • Also 2020 many invention disclosures

Digital transformation from three perspectives

Recently appointed head of department Dr. Nadja Hoßbach looks at digital transformation from three perspectives


We define fields of research, turning knowledge into technology for lead markets – which in turn adds value for society as a whole.


With an attitude between thirst for action and the spirit of research, we tackle even seemingly unsolvable problems – for the world of tomorrow.


Dedicated to the future

How Fraunhofer IIS is meeting the challenges of the future


Illuminating the future

New division director Norman Uhlmann wants to unlock more of the X-rays' potential


Keys to tomorrow

Forward-thinking strategies and projects are paving the way to a bright future