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Whether IFAT in Munich, "Woche der Umwelt" in Berlin or the lecture series "Fokus: Zukunft. Unser Leben 2050": In the near future a number of interesting events are taking place when scientists from Fraunhofer ISI give an insight into their research. You will find more information about these events in this newsletter. You will also receive information about current findings from the broad range of research conducted at our institute – whether renewable energies and energy efficiency, mobility, resource efficiency and securing supplies of raw materials, data protection or developments of the research and science system.
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new European General Data Protection Regulation that is intended to strengthen
data protection in the EU was presented on 4 May 2016. The Privacy Forum, which is
coordinated by the Fraunhofer ISI,
published a new policy paper to mark the occasion that addresses the design of
the regulation. In this paper, the authors give an estimation of whether the
regulation achieves the central objectives of harmonizing and modernizing
European data protection laws and leveling the playing field for competition. More information can be found in the press release.
A new white paper by the Privacy Forum – coordinated by Fraunhofer ISI – deals with the design and implementation of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). DPIAs are intended to help technology providers, data protection supervisory authorities and the public to gauge the data protection risks of data processing and data processing technologies. These risks can then be minimized before processing even begins. When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in 2018, DPIAs will become mandatory for technology providers and system operators processing personal data. Accordingly, the White Paper "Datenschutz-Folgenabschätzung – Ein Werkzeug für einen besseren Datenschutz" comes at a key moment to provide early information as to the form and significance of DPIAs. More information can be found in the press release.
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam: 8.5 percent of the world’s population lives in countries belonging
to the ASEAN Association (Association of Southeast Asian nations). While they are
responsible for around 4.5 percent of the global energy consumption the ten nations
contribute 5.7 percent to the primary energy production. The years between 2000
and 2014 saw historic economic growth of an annual average of 5.2 percent which
was linked to a rapidly increasing demand for energy. In the face of this
challenge the ASEAN Energy Centre and the German Society for International
Cooperation have commissioned the "ASEAN Energy Outlook", scientifically
supported by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. The
4th ASEAN Energy Outlook, which has recently been published, shows future
developments and perspectives of the ASEAN region. More information can be found in the press release.
The project "WISE
Power" investigates the societal acceptance of onshore wind energy and develops
strategies to inform, consult and involve citizens better and to implement
innovative financing models. The planning security for new wind turbines is to
be increased and the planning times reduced. Within this project Fraunhofer ISI
has conducted a survey of 207 actors from 13 European countries. These findings
were used to derive recommendations for action for different wind energy
markets and groups of actors. They are now available as a variable usable
"WE Engage Toolkit", which has been enriched with practical examples.
The online tool can be used free of charge by all actors – developers, net
operators, municipalities and local authorities as well as citizens'
initiatives, associations and NGOs – at http://www.we-engage.eu/. More information can be found on
the project’s website.
Fraunhofer ISI and the Energy
Efficiency Network Initiative organized a join event "Energy Efficiency
Networks – Opportunities for German Industry and for Climate Protection" as
part of the Berliner Energietage (Berlin Energy Days). Representatives of
industrial associations, policy making, science and industry highlighted
different aspects of Energy Efficiency Networks and reported their experiences
in various presentations and three panel discussions. More information can be found in the press release.
are the decisive aspects influencing the further diffusion of electric
vehicles? And who is particularly attracted to them – whether as a privately
owned vehicle or in a car-sharing scheme? The Fraunhofer ISI looked at these questions as part of the research
accompanying the program "Model Regions Electric Mobility". The results show:
younger couples and families are a promising target group for car-sharing. When
it comes to purchasing an electric vehicle, however, private households only
become relevant in the medium term; commercial fleets are more important in the
short term. More information can be found in the press release.
In the "profile region mobility systems Karlsruhe" the
four Fraunhofer Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI and IWM as well as the
project group New Drive Systems NAS are researching future mobility in a
two-year pilot phase in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe and the
Research Center for
Informatics Karlsruhe. The seven initialization projects address the key
challenges of an
efficient, intelligent and integrated mobility along the entire range of
and connect relevant actors from science, applied research and industry.
The "profile region Karlsruhe" is expected to pool the existing
competences for the
development of pioneering mobility solutions and create the necessary
structures within the partner organizations to strengthen the location
Baden-Wuerttemberg in the long run. More information (in German) can be found in the press release.
input for the annual Report on Research,
Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany by the Commission of
Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI), Fraunhofer ISI regularly monitors
developments in the research and innovation system. This allows assessments of
the present and future competitiveness of economies. Fraunhofer
ISI contributes by analyzing patent filings and scientific publications to
evaluate the performance of the German science and research system. Patents
thereby reflect the output of application-oriented research and development,
while publications mirror the scientific performance of national science
systems. In the studies, the dynamics and structures of
patent- and publication activities across science and technology fields are
examined in an international comparison. Hereby, not only the quantity but also
the quality of patents and publications, i.e. their impact on the science and
research system are explored. The studies are available for download here (patents) and here (publications).
Major findings of the
project TWIST++ are presented at IFAT, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water,
Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. IFAT takes place in Munich from 30 May to
3 June 2016. At the joint stand of the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (Hall A5, Booth 217/316) Fraunhofer ISI together with project partners will present
innovations from the BMBF joint
research project which has been ongoing for almost three years. This includes
the integrated concept for water energy transition (i.WET) which facilitates
modern and intelligent water supply and waste water disposal, and a Serious Game,
an educational game which is a new way of communicating knowledge and documenting research results.
Visitors are particularly welcome to attend the brief presentations on 31 May and 2 June (each day at 16.00 hrs). The findings were also presented on 19 May
2016 at the final event of the project TWIST++.
funding measure "r4 – Innovative technologies for resource
efficiency – Research for the provision of economically strategic raw materials",
supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with around
60 million euros, is scientifically accompanied by the Clausthal Institute for
Environmental Technologies, Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Pforzheim
University. The integration and transfer project "r4-INTRA" connects
leading raw material researchers in around 40 joint projects which develop
innovative solutions to ensure the supply of critical raw materials for the
German industry. More information can be found in the press release.
If the German economy makes use
of existing potentials for more resource efficiency, puts new efficiency technologies
into practice quickly and decouples its growth more from the use of raw
materials, then this can in future lead to a reduction in the dependency on raw
materials and a stronger competitive edge. To realize these ambitious targets
the Federal Ministry for Education and Research started the funding
program "Innovative technologies for resource efficiency – Impulses for
resource efficiency" in short "r+Impuls" at the beginning of the year. In
cooperation with the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Fraunhofer ISI accompanies the funding
measure "r+Impuls" with the technology transfer project "r+TeTra". The focus is
on investigating the success factors for the implementation of innovative resource
efficiency technologies and the support of the companies involved in r+Impuls when
exploiting the results. More information can be found in the press release.
Scientists of Fraunhofer
ISI are taking part in the "Woche der Umwelt" (Environment Week) which is taking place on 7 and 8
June 2016 at Bellevue Palace in Berlin: On Tuesday Dr. Thomas Hillenbrand is at
the expert forum "Mikroschadstoffe in unserer Umwelt – Was tun?" organized
by Fraunhofer ISI. On Wednesday Professor Harald Bradke is involved in two
events of the German Advisory Council on the Environment: "Energiewende und Klimaschutz: Worauf kommt es jetzt an?" (as a participant in the
discussion) and "Wie lassen sich unerwünschte Wirkungen höherer Energiepreise sozialpolitisch abfedern?" (as moderator). Also on Wednesday Professsor Rainer
Walz takes part in the discussion "Megatrends im Umweltbereich – Perspektiven für die Technologieentwicklung" organized by IFAT.
Anticipating technological and societal trends and dealing with possible consequences for industry, decision makers and society as a whole are extremely important. Therefore this year Fraunhofer ISI, the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Siemens AG have again organized the joint lecture series "Fokus: Zukunft. Unser Leben 2050" (Focus: Future. Our life 2050). Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, Director of the Fraunhofer ISI and Head of the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management, hosts the first lecture of the year entitled "Digital in Zukunft – Was sind die Chancen und Risiken von Industrie 4.0?" on 9 June 2016. The second part takes place on 17 November 2016. The focus then is on "Mobilitätskonzepte der Zukunft: Wie kommen wir von A nach B im Jahr 2050?". More information (in German) can be found here.
If you would like to know more about the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, please have a look at http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de.
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