Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl

Professor Marion Weissenberger-Eibl

Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, Dr. oec

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Head of the Institute


Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. As well as directing the Fraunhofer ISI, she also holds the Chair Innovation and Technology Management at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (ENTECHNON) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

She works on the conditions conducive to innovations and their impacts. Her main research focuses are the management of innovations and technology, roadmapping, strategic technology foresight and planning, enterprise networks and knowledge management.

Professor Weissenberger-Eibl, who was recently named as one of the “most influential women engineers in Germany”, studied clothing technology and business administration. She obtained her doctorate and wrote her habilitation thesis at the Technische Universität München.

Professor Weissenberger-Eibl was also a member of the group of experts in the Chancellor's Dialogue on Germany's Future where she led the working group Innovation Culture as one of the experts and advised the Chancellor on the future design of society and the economy in Germany. The idea for the International German Forum (IGF) came from the Federal Chancellor’s Dialogue on Germany’s Future. The IGF is a format for the interdisciplinary exchange of views on globally relevant issues of the future. At the IGF, Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl moderated the discussion of the topic “The future needs holistic solutions”.

Professor Weissenberger-Eibl also helped to strengthen the links between industry, science and research when she was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of HeidelbergCement AG in July 2012. She represents a valuable addition to the company with her experience and expertise in the areas of innovation research, foresight, strategy development and knowledge management. In addition, Professor Weissenberger-Eibl was also elected to the Supervisory Board of MTU Aero Engines AG in May 2013. She became a member of the Supervisory Board of the Rheinmetall AG on May 10, 2016.

In recognition of her scientific achievements, Professor Marion Weissenberger-Eibl was appointed a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) in October 2012. On 1 May 2014, the German government appointed her a member of the Board of Advisors of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU). From 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2019, Professor Weissenberger-Eibl will also support the Karl Heinz Beckurts-Stiftung as a member of its board of trustees. In January 2014, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, appointed her a member of the German-Chinese Dialog Forum for a period of four years. In 2016 she was appointed a member of the University Council of Heidelberg University. In April 2017, she was appointed a member of the steering committee for the German government’s science platform "Sustainability 2030". This platform is part of Germany’s sustainability strategy. Its main task is to provide scientific support to implementing the German government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and to develop recommendations for actions. Since July 2017, she has been a member of the Structural Commission to establish a new University of Nuremberg of the Bavarian state government under the Minister President Horst Seehofer; she was appointed by Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, MdL, Bavarian Minister of State for Education and Culture, Science and the Arts. The Chairman of the Structural Commission is Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of the Technical University of Munich.

Professor Weissenberger-Eibl is the author of numerous publications and editor of the series "Cooperation of Science and Industry” and acts in addition as an expert consultant for many institutions. She is a consultant for industry, science and politics and in this way makes a decisive contribution to the innovation process in Germany.

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