Director of Fraunhofer ISI supports the “Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry Baden-Württemberg (BW)“

Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl will chair the working group “Research and Innovation Environment“ as part of the “Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry BW“. The director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, who also holds the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, is supporting Baden-Württemberg’s state government in preparing the automotive industry to face future challenges.

In the summer of 2017, Baden-Württemberg’s state government initiated the “Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry Baden-Wuerttemberg“, which will run for the next seven years, in order to help manage the transformative developments taking place in the field of mobility: On the one hand, technology developments like electrification, digitalization and automated driving are producing differentiated mobility needs; on the other hand, transport must greatly reduce its pollutant emissions and make a major contribution to climate protection.

To actively confront these changes and shape the transformation process, the “Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry BW“ brings the relevant different stakeholders together in a network: politics, industry, academia, employer associations, consumer organizations, environmental organizations and the civil society. Together, representatives of the different groups will build on the solid foundation provided by the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg and develop concrete measures to shape the transformation of mobility.

The strategy dialog’s activities are divided into six topics. The Baden-Württemberg’s State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts represents the topic “Research and Innovation Environment“, which is designed to cut across all the others. The State Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, has now appointed Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl to chair the “Research and Innovation Environment“ working group.

She is looking forward to this task: “The innovation environment is decisive for the future viability of the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg. It is true that Baden-Württemberg is in a strong international position today. However, in the Strategy Dialog Automotive Industry BW, we will be looking at the long-term perspective and focusing on where Baden-Württemberg must become even more adaptable and flexible in order to confront different possible futures in the transformation process. I am looking forward to actively accompanying these changes by developing concrete measures.“ The group began its work on 8 February 2018.

Further information about the “Strategy dialog automotive industry BW” is available (in German) on the website of the state Baden-Württemberg.

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