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Press Release / 8.2.2021

Healthcare sector: Conserving resources improves health and environmental protection and lowers costs

With an annual raw material consumption of 107 million tonnes, Germany's healthcare sector is in fourth place in the German economy. Approaches to conserve resources in this sector are often only scattered and not a political priority so far. In this study, Fraunhofer ISI shows the possibilities and potentials to lower healthcare costs and improve environmental protection and human health with less raw material consumption.


Press Release / 25.1.2021

New study predicts increased market penetration for graphene-based applications by 2025

Graphene Flagship experts from Fraunhofer ISI identify key opportunities in graphene commercialisation after a comprehensive three-year analysis of production methods and potential applications. The results are summarised in two new publications. 

Topic pages / Blog / 12.1.2021

New cross-cutting topics

The groups of the cross-cutting topics “Artificial Intelligence” and “Transformation and innovation systems for urban areas” made up of experts from all the Competence Centers at the institute.

In the blog, Dr. Bernd Beckert and Dr. Susanne Bieker talk about the new topics.

Press Release / 18.12.2020

New FAIRCHAIN project favors intermediate food chains

Food science, food industry and food associations kicked off the Horizon 2020 FAIRCHAIN project with online discussions on 5 and 6 November 2020. Representatives of the 20 project partners, located in 8 European countries, began planning the work for this 4-year project which has a budget from the European Commission of nearly 7 million euros.

Press Release / 17.12.2020

Paris Agreement: Falling costs for renewables do not automatically lead to increased climate protection in the energy sector

Falling costs for solar panels and wind turbines equals lower CO2 emissions in the energy sector - if this equation is correct, it would a big step towards achieving the Paris climate goals. Many key renewable energy technologies have indeed become much cheaper in the last few years. However, a study of national energy and climate policies in Argentina, Indonesia and Mexico shows that falling costs for renewables do not automatically result in more climate protection.



IST 2021 will be hosted by Fraunhofer ISI

We are happy to announce that the next IST conference will take place in Karlsruhe and be hosted by Fraunhofer ISI. In this video, our Executive Director Jakob Edler explains what awaits you 2021 in Karlsruhe.


The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI annually publish more than 200 publications including research reports, books, working papers and scientific articles which together cover the broad spectrum of ISI's research. Every month, the latest Fraunhofer ISI specialist publications will be updated in an institute-wide list.