50 Years ISI

At Fraunhofer ISI, we research every day for a better future. This year, however, we are also looking back at the past: We are looking back at 50 successful years since the founding of the institute in 1972.

Campaign #50years50weeks

From January to December 2022, we will present current and past research projects, activities and personalities from 50 years of Fraunhofer ISI in 50 social media postings.



Frieder Meyer-Krahmer (in the middle) led the institute together with Eberhard Jochem and Hariolf Grupp (right) from 1990 until 2005. In today's post we explain why the institute's name changed during that time.



Raw materials are necessary for satisfying the needs of modern societies – which is why our business unit Raw Materials, headed by Dr. Luis A. Tercero Espinoza, examines raw material flows and future raw material demand in the context of current megatrends.



Sustainability is not only an important research topic for us, but also a guiding principle in everyday life – and is also relevant for the employees of Fraunhofer ISI, for example, when commuting to work.



The business unit Actors and Social Acceptance in the Transformation of the Energy System analyses the attitudes and needs as well as the decisions and actions of political, economic and social actors in the transformation of the energy system.



What is the environmental performance of electric cars? Where does Germany stand in terms of digitization? What are the challenges of importing hydrogen? Our Policy Briefs provide answers to these and many other questions.



Research and innovation are important for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. What innovation policy must do to implement them is what the Business Unit Policy for Innovation and Transformation led by Stephanie Daimer explores.



Today we celebrate 50 years of ISI! To mark this special occasion, we asked our Executive Director Prof. Dr Jakob Edler three questions about the Fraunhofer ISI.



Today we celebrate 50 years of ISI! To mark this special occasion, we asked our Institute Director, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, three questions about the Fraunhofer ISI.



Renting clothes instead of buying them: a promising model for the future? These kinds of questions are researched in the Business Unit Sustainability Innovation and Policy presented by Head Sabine Langkau.



He laid the foundation 50 years ago: Helmar Krupp was the founding director of the Fraunhofer ISI, which he directed from 1972 to 1989. He is considered one of the inventors of the modern Fraunhofer model and is the author of the »ISI Foundation Study«.



The Business Unit Industrial Change and New Business Models researches innovation and competitive strategies of manufacturing companies. A current study researched the effects of the pandemic on the industry.



Instead of a contribution to #50Years50Weeks, we would like to express our shock and bewilderment today in the face of the attack on Ukraine, which is contrary to international law.



With her team, Tanja Bratan investigates innovations in the health system – individual products as well as complex transformation processes. The DESIREE project, for example, explores how AI-based systems are changing the healthcare system.



In the business unit Future Dialogues we design processes for developing alternative futures. Our video explains how a future dialogue works online and how we reach new people with it.



Fraunhofer IOSB took us in at the institute building in the Waldstadt district of Karlsruhe in 1972. Today, some of our staff work in the Technology Park. A video presentation shows some of the new premises.



Our business unit »Regulation and Innovation« analyzes regulatory framework conditions and their effects on innovation. 



How does AI contribute to the energy transition and how well is Germany positioned in terms of research? We address these and other questions in the cross-cutting topic »Artificial Intelligence«.



This year we are celebrating 50 years of Fraunhofer ISI – but today above all the 80th birthday of Prof. Dr. Eberhard Jochem! Since 1973 he has been inseparably linked with the institute.



»50 years of ISI - shaping | future | together« – this is our anniversary motto, which our colleague Aline Scherrer came up with. Here she explains what the motto expresses. 



In 2022 we will celebrate 50 years of Fraunhofer ISI! Under the hashtag #50Years50Weeks we publish a new post every week with information from 50 years of Fraunhofer ISI!