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European Research Co-operations:
Promotion of Science and Business Synergies

Universities and research institutions situated in Baden-Württemberg are actively involved in a vast number of European research projects.
This web portal presents a selection of projects at universities in Baden-Württemberg. European researchers and entrepreneurs are invited to visit the platform and to look for potential partners for future projects or co-operation.

Research and development constitute part of the key areas of every type of innovation. Innovations are essential for safeguarding the competitiveness of our industry as a basis for the prosperity of our country. Innovation policies not only require established technologies to be improved but also „new land“ to be discovered. Basic research and the development of new technologies form an essential basis for innovation processes therefore. In addition, optimal conditions have to be established which help industry to transform scientific results into new products, processes and services.

The policy of the Baden-Württemberg State Government is therefore directed to increasing the innovative force of industry. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts are therefore working closely together in order to co-ordinate their research and technology policies and to develop them on a joint basis.

Numerous measures for improving co-operation between science and industry have been initiated in Baden-Württemberg in the light of the aforesaid. These measures include, for example:

  1. Specification of main strategic matters
    Based on a study conducted by Roland Berger, Baden-Württemberg has important clusters in automobiles, production technology, business software services, photonics, telemedia and health. Embedded systems, metrology and automatic control systems, miniaturization, new energy conversion and driving systems and new materials are regarded as cross-sectional technologies.
    What is decisive for innovations is not only the collaboration between research establishments and institutes themselves but also their collaboration with industry. Numerous competence centres and networks (www.kompetenznetze.de) have been established in Baden-Württemberg therefore. The important actors in this particular sector are, inter alia
    • Photonics BW e.V.  for Optical Technologies: www.PhotonicsBW.de,
    • BioPro Baden-Württemberg GmbH for Biotechnology and Life Sciences: www.bio-pro.de,
    • Baden-Württemberg Connected: Branch Networks in the IT Sector: www.bw-con.de
    • MFG (Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH) in the IT, Media and Film Sectors: www.mfg.de
    The establishment of these networks is an expression of the increasingly close collaboration between industry and science; efficient communication and co-operation are therefore prerequisites for developing and training technological competence.
  2. Increase in computer capacities:
    Industry and science have been collaborating for almost 10 years in an operating company for top-performance computers. PC clusters up to 10 TeraFLOP/s-Vector Processors are available on computer systems for digital modelling and simulations. Karlsruhe and Stuttgart Universities have established a new Competence Center especially for innovative applications in the life sciences, energy and environmental sectors which assist potential users in science and industry with commensurate projects: www.hkz-bw.de.
  3. Improvement in science and technology transfer:
    The Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts are jointly promoting integrated research projects with funds of the State Foundation in which institutes, research establishments and companies are collaborating. Information on the current publications and results of these projects are to be found under www.wm.baden-wuerttemberg.de.
    Basic-oriented research work is also promoted by the State Foundation (www.landesstiftung-bw.de)
  4. Improvement in the access to Baden-Württemberg’s research infrastructure on a European level:
    A new Internet platform associated with the state presentation on the CORDIS-Server of the European Commission: www.cordis.lu/baden-wuerttemberg/ is designed to provide technical colleges and research establishments with the opportunity of demonstrating their efficiency and abilities and developing as a forum for contact and partner searches for interested parties at home and abroad.
    The Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (www.steinbeis-europa.de) plays a major part in establishing contacts between European partners and in the European technology transfer sector.
  5. Development of an active policy on industrial property rights:
    With the introduction of the new law on the Employees’ Invention Act (2002) (Arbeitnehmererfindergesetz), universities have the possibility of protecting all economically feasible inventions in their sector, thereby leading to a stronger and more effective industrial exploitation and utilization. This process is supported on a ongoing basis by means of a central patent exploitation agency in Baden-Württemberg (Technologie-Lizenzbüro der baden-württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH:www.tlb.de).
  6. Simplification of spin-offs:
    A central instrument both for accelerating the innovation process by means of transfers of heads and also establishing new jobs is the promotion of spin-offs from university and research establishments. Examples of this are as follows: