Director of Fraunhofer ISI joins the steering committee of the initiative

Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, director of Fraunhofer ISI and professor of Innovation and Technology Management iTM at KIT, was invited to join the steering committee of

Digitalization implies radical changes in all areas of life and work. As one of the leading IT locations in Europe, Karlsruhe is in a good starting position to harness the potentials of this development. The initiative was founded in 2016 to work together in addressing the opportunities and challenges of the digital transition. Eleven working groups, more than 25 institutions and more than 50 companies from the digital sector are pursuing the joint vision of making Karlsruhe a driving force for digitalization and a trailblazer for digital topics.  

The initiative has developed ten theses that show where Karlsruhe is already optimally prepared and what should be done to keep it this way in the future.

  1. Karlsruhe has the best foundations to become a driving force for digitalization and to utilize the opportunities of the digital transition.
  2. Karlsruhe must become the best ecosystem and network worldwide for the digital transition.
  3. Karlsruhe must provide the best infrastructure for the digital economy and society.
  4. Karlsruhe must become a designer of digital sovereignty and set security standards for IT.
  5. Ideal quality of life in the region to attract the best people.
  6. Karlsruhe must become the leading location in Europe for education in digital topics.
  7. Karlsruhe needs the best climate for innovative start-ups.
  8. As a model region for digital issues, Karlsruhe must become a living lab for future topics.
  9. Karlsruhe must become a pioneer for digital citizen services and smart government.
  10. Karlsruhe must become a shaper and maker of digital working environments.

Prof. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl has now been appointed to the steering committee of She can contribute her expertise here both as the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and as the professor for Innovation and Technology Management iTM at the Institute of Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (ENTECHNON) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The steering committee also includes representatives of several companies and institutions.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.

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