Recent Events

The 4th webinar in the Science Curio Series, Fire-Side Chat: “Innovation and Applied Research made in Germany for the world”

The 4th webinar in the Science Curio Series, Fire-Side Chat: “Innovation and Applied Research made in Germany for the world” was held on November 9th 2021. The series focused on the collaborations between Germany and India in the field of “Innovation and Applied Research''. The session was organized in partnership with Nuffic Neso India, Euraxess India, German Consulate Bangalore and Fraunhofer Office India. The aim of the series was to motivate young Indian researchers and foster collaborative opportunities between companies and education institutes in disciplines of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analytics. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India and Dr. Samrat S. Kumar, Euraxess India were the panelists for the session. The event was moderated by Mr. Friedrich Birgelen, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate Bangalore. The event had a large participation with 500 registrations. The webinar received a very good response, with a lively participation during the Q&A session.

Visit of Mr. Friedrich Birgelen, New Deputy Consul General, German Consulate Bangalore to Fraunhofer Office India

Mr. Friedrich Birgelen has been recently appointed as the New Deputy Consul General of the German Consulate in Bangalore. He had expressed his keen interest to visit Fraunhofer Office India to meet with the Fraunhofer Office India team and understand the research landscape in India. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India welcomed him and presented the activities of Fraunhofer in India and also briefed him on how Fraunhofer has supported the Indian companies in upgrading their innovation capabilities, which has set a benchmark for Germany’s R&D prowess in India. Fraunhofer is playing an active role in supporting and strengthening the aspect of applied research in India. Mr. Birgelen was accompanied by Mr. Karl Philipp Ehlerding, Former Deputy Consul General and Ms. Ambika Banotra, Adviser - Politics and Economics, from German Consulate in Bangalore. 

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Current Developments in Battery Technology - Highlights along the whole value chain”

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Current Developments in Battery Technology - Highlights along the whole value chain” on June 30th 2021 conducted by Dr. Matthias Vetter, Head of Department - Electrical Energy Storage from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany. The webinar covered current scenario, application areas, research and development and Fraunhofer’s competencies in the entire value chain of battery technology starting from materials, cell production, components up to systems - processes including simulation, analysis, BMS, EMS, testing and certification and various technology interventions in the area. The webinar session was very well received by the Indian side with a good participation by 70+ attendees from 35+ organisations. Attendees appreciated R&D activities of Fraunhofer.

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Car Body – Forming (Sheet Metal), Manufacturing and Joining Technology”

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Car Body – Forming (Sheet Metal), Manufacturing and Joining Technology” on June 28th 2021. Mr. Frank Schieck, Divisional Director, Sheet Metal Forming and Dr. Reinhard Mauermann, Head of the Institute, Head of the Forming Technology Department from Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tool and Forming Technology (IWU) were the speakers in this webinar session. The webinar covered topics like Press Hardening of Steel (PHS), Advanced High Strength Cold Forming Steel, Warm Forming of Aluminum, Hybrid Materials and Technologies, and Joining Technologies with examples from auto industry. The webinar received a very good participation from the Indian as well as German side and it was very well appreciated by Mr. Frank Schieck and Dr. Reinhard Mauermann.

DWIH Science Circle Lecture

DWIH had invited Prof. Dr. Martin Hofmann-Apitius, Head of Department “Bioinformatics”, Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) to deliver a science circle lecture on the theme “Making a difference in AI” on June 17th 2021 in a virtual format. The topic of his lecture was “Why should India and Germany partner up for AI?” The lecture dealt with the question of how the heterogeneity of the health systems in Germany and India could be used to create AI-based models for e.g. to validate personalized recommendations in oncology in completely different health ecosystems. 

DWIH had also invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India to chair the interactive session with Prof. Hofmann-Apitius that immediately followed his lecture. This session outlined how a strategic data collaboration between India and Germany could generate values ​​in the fields of agriculture, technology and mobility beyond the health sector. The session was very well received by the researchers, industry representatives and data scientists from both India and Germany.

 

Urban Thinkers Campus

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Govt. of India had partnered with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Govt. of Kerala and organized the Urban Thinkers Campus on the theme “Climate Action” on June 4th and 5th 2021. The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) is conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. Dr. Marius Mohr, Head of Innovation Field Water Technologies and Resource Recovery, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) was invited as a speaker to introduce the Kochi Smart City Innovation Lab, as a part of the Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative. Fraunhofer IGB is involved in the fields of water supply, wastewater treatment and flood protection and Dr. Mohr heads the City Lab in Kochi. 

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Technologies and Systems for Smart Power and Mobility “

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Technologies and Systems for Smart Power and Mobility“ on May 28th 2021. Dr. Steffen Kurth, Head of Department “Multi Device Integration” and Dr. Alexander Otto, Deputy Head of Department “Micro Materials Center” from Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) were the speakers in this webinar session. The webinar covered topics like Sensor technology for monitoring of equipment in the field of distribution of electricity, Radio based multi-sensor systems for high voltage overhead power lines, Reliability assessment of high power electronic components, Use of new materials such as SiC for power semiconductors to name a few.

IET India Digital Conversations - Confluence of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - India had invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India to moderate the leadership panel discussion on “Confluence of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0” on May 21st 2021. Prof. Sunil Jha, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi, Mr. Prateep Misra, Head of Technology & Product, TATA Consultancy Services, Mr. Gautam Dutta, Director, Siemens Digital Industries Softwar, Mr. Sachin Kulkarni, Head Automotive & Practice Head Digital Transformation, Tech Mahindra and Sebastiano Toffaletii, Secretary General of the European Digital SME Alliance, were other eminent speakers on the panel.

The panel discussed how Indian MSMEs can leverage emerging technologies like Data lakes, Platforms for supporting horizontal and vertical integration, Cloud Computing, AI/ML, IoT, AR/VR and cyber security etc. so that they become globally competitive and sustain over a long run. The session was very well received by the participants, who represented manufacturing ecosystem of automotive sector, plant and factory heads, technology experts, engineers, government and academia.

Morgenstadt Global Smart City Initiative Stakeholder & Solution Workshop

Morgenstadt Global Smart City Initiative Stakeholder & Solution Workshop for the city of Kochi was organized by Fraunhofer, University of Stuttgart, National Institute of Urban Affairs and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, in support with Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (C-HED) and Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC). The workshop was held on April 21st 2021, and due to the critical situation created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop had to be held virtually.

The workshop was outlined to present the City Profile of Kochi and to discuss the proposed project ideas in order to develop a pilot project in Elamakkara ward in Kochi. After many months of analysis and evaluation in the Kochi City Lab, the sustainability profile of the city was officially presented to the Mayor and the important local stakeholders of Kochi. Mr. M. Anilkumar, Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi, initiated the proceedings with a welcome address. Afterwards, Mr. Petr Suska, Head of the Team Urban Governance Innovation (Fraunhofer IAO) gave a brief introduction to the MGI project as well as the process of the City Lab in Kochi. This was followed by a special address by Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director of the Fraunhofer Office India on the IndoGerman cooperation in Smart Cities and Fraunhofer’s significant contributions and initiatives in smart cities in India.

The session continued with the presentation of the City Profile results by the Fraunhofer experts. Firstly, Dr. Marius Mohr, Head of the City Lab Kochi (Fraunhofer IGB), presented the results in the water sector. The results for the energy sector were presented by Mr. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Head of the Group Smart Cities (Fraunhofer ISE), and Ms. Sabine Giglmeier, Business Development Manager and MGI sector expert (Fraunhofer IBP) presented the results in the housing and built environment sector. The second session focussed on project development, and was opened by Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Director of C-HED illustrating the activities in Kochi related to the proposed pilot project.

This workshop was facilitated by Fraunhofer Office India

Meeting with the Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation

Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India, Dr. Marius Mohr, Head of Department of Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and Mr. Aditya Fuke, Manager - Smart Cities & IoT, Fraunhofer Office India had a web-meeting with Mr. M. Anilkumar, Hon’ble Mayor, Kochi Municipal Corporation on April 19th 2021 to introduce the project “Kochi Smart City Innovation Lab” and to discuss the developments in it.

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Energy Harvesting technology to power wireless sensors in production environment“

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Energy Harvesting technology to power wireless sensors in production environment“ on April 15th 2021. Dr. Peter Spies, Group Manager “Integrated Energy Supplies”, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) was the speaker in the webinar session. The webinar covered topics like generic architecture of wireless sensors with energy harvesting, overview of different energy harvesting technologies and performance and application examples. The webinar received a very good participation from the Indian as well as the German side and was very well appreciated.

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Industrial Polymers and Plastic”

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Industrial Polymers and Plastic” on April 15th 2021. The webinar was attended by industrial representatives from plastic, polymer and tyre manufacturing sector. Dr. Robert Brüll, Group Manager Material Analysis and Dr. Ingo Alig, Group leader Morphology and Dynamics from Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) gave a presentation on Polymer Technology, Analysis Methods, Detection, Chromatography and Physical Characterization of Polymers and Plastic. The webinar received a very good participation from the Indian as well as the German side and was very well appreciated.

 

Fraunhofer Tech Talk on “Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab”

Fraunhofer Office India had organized a webinar on “Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab” on March 25th 2021. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prinz, Vice Chair and Deputy Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) was the speaker in this webinar session. The webinar covered topics like Introduction to blockchain concepts, classification of different blockchain technologies and identification of blockchain applications and their benefits. The webinar received a very good participation from the Indian side and was very well appreciated.

Indo-German Forum: Cities and Climate

The Indo-German Forum: Cities and Climate was organized by DWIH New Delhi from March 16th-17th 2021 in virtual format. The forum addressed the multifaceted topic of urbanisation and climate-change and brought together scientists, decision-makers, and professionals from India and Germany to present research projects across disciplines and analysis on the relationship of cities and climate.

Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated the participation of Fraunhofer IAO and IMW in this forum. Dr. Eva Ottendoerfer, Head of the Morgenstadt Network, Fraunhofer IAO was invited as a keynote speaker. She delivered a presentation on the “Morgenstadt Initiative - A Systemic Approach to Urban Transformation”. Mr. Urban Kaiser, Head of Innovation Acceptance Unit, Fraunhofer IMW was invited as a speaker in the session on “Citizen involvement in policy and science” in this forum. Additionally, Fraunhofer IAO had also held a booth and showcased some successful use case examples of its smart city projects coordinated across the globe.

CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering

28th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering was jointly organized by TU Braunschweig and BITS Pilani in virtual format from March 10th - 12th 2021.The objective of this conference was to engage and empower all participants to take the necessary actions required to develop technologies that foster sustainability worldwide and make “business as unusual” the new usual. The conference covered all life cycle phases and paradigms ranging from digitaliztion to water-energy nexus.

Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India was invited as a keynote speaker in this conference. She delivered a presentation on “The Changing Paradigm in the Innovation Ecosystems in India” , which was very well received by the researchers, industry representatives and environmentalists from both India and Germany.

First virtual meeting of the Expert Group Digital Agriculture India-Germany

The first virtual meeting of the Expert Group “Digital Agriculture India - Germany” was organized jointly by Fraunhofer, German Agribusiness Alliance and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI), on February 18th 2021. The experts from both the sides discussed the topics of immediate importance that would uplift the Indian agriculture scenario by promoting applied research in development of innovative German technologies in the smart agricultural landscape. This meeting brought together the experts from Industry and Research from both the nations. Topics such as Intelligent Agri Ecosystem, Image recognition and Image processing, data platform for farmers, Precision agriculture, Smart development and IoT for Agritech and food analysis detection, were some of the very important out of the many topics that were deliberated upon, and further shortlisted for development of proposals. Dr. Ralf Kalmar, Head of Business Development from Fraunhofer IESE delivered a presentation on the project “Cognitive Agriculture - COGNAC”. Fraunhofer office India had also coordinated the participation of Prof P. Anandan, CEO, Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence, who delivered a presentation on “AI technologies for Agriculture” that are being developed at the Wadhwani Institute. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India coordinated this meeting and moderated the discussions.

Visit of Mr. Volker Lennart Plän - Resident Representative at Hanns Seidel Foundation India to Fraunhofer Office India

Mr. Volker Lennart Plän visited Fraunhofer Office India on February 11th 2021 to discuss opportunities of collaboration in Water Innovation Hub - a recently developed concept by Fraunhofer IGB and Fraunhofer Office India. He was accompanied by Mr. Sandeep Dubey, Regional Head of HSS in Bangalore. 

Visit of Mr. Stefan Halusa - Director General of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) to Fraunhofer Office India

Mr. Stefan Halusa has been recently appointed as the new Director General of IGCC. During his visit to Bangalore, he along with Mr. Sumit Sharma, Regional Director, IGCC - South India, had visited Fraunhofer Office India on February 11th 2021 to understand the activities of Fraunhofer in India, and deliberate on how Fraunhofer and IGCC can work together towards creating awareness for a larger stakeholder interaction between India and Germany in Research and Development and Innovation. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India received him and lead the discussions during his visit. Fraunhofer Office India team - Mr. Sanmati Naik, Sr. Manager - Energy (RE), Mr. Aditya Fuke, Manager - Smart Cities & IoT, Mr. Edwin Raj, Manager - Finance & Admin and Ms. Aishwarya, Executive Assistant, all participated in this meeting. 

First Workshop with Wipro Ltd. on Industrial Automation and Robotics

Wipro is one of the largest IT companies in India spanning its business across IT services, consulting and system integration. It has offices in 62 countries including Germany. Fraunhofer Office India was already in process of discussing potential cooperation with Wipro Ltd. in the areas of Smart Manufacturing, Smart Energy, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, Smart Mobility and Data Security. The CTO’s office of Wipro has shown keen interest to take the dialogue with Fraunhofer further in the most demanding topic that spans all the industrial sectors “Industrial Automation and Robotics”. To this effect, Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated a workshop between Fraunhofer IPA and Wipro Robotics Practice (Wipro Ltd.) on January 21st 2021 to discuss and explore an opportunity for collaborative research in Industrial Automation and Robotics. Several topics in this area were presented by Fraunhofer IPA, and topics like Roadmap for Demo Sprint on Micro-fulfillment and 3D Bin Picking are selected by Wipro for further elaboration based on the customer demands. Commercial models were also discussed and Fraunhofer IPA is expected to present an offer on these topics. This workshop was conducted in a virtual format. 

Fraunhofer IIS becomes an Associate member of TSDSI, Govt. of India

TSDSI is an autonomous, membership based, standards development organization (SDO) for Telecom/ICT products and services in India. It comprises of the Indian telecom operators and manufacturers, Academia and R&D organizations. It is administered by Dept. of Telecommunication, Govt. of India. The primary objectives of TSDSI are developing, promoting and standardizing India-specific Telecom/ICT requirements and solutions and taking Indian requirements to global standards. As an Associate member, Fraunhofer IIS can participate in all technical activities of TSDSI and make proposals for new technical activities on behalf of their organization. The main objective of Fraunhofer IIS would be to create an enabling environment for a standards oriented approach to product development and adoption. The key activity for Fraunhofer IIS lined up for 2021 is preparation of TSDSI roadmap 2.0, which will include:  Development of Rural Broadband Architecture,  CSI enhancement for 5G  Developing Smart IoT Data Platforms and Cloud - Interoperability  Mobile Data Protection and Privacy, Contact Tracing and Proximity Detection Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated the entire membership process for Fraunhofer IIS. 

Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India becomes a member in the panel on 'Heavy EV Charging Standard' of BIS

Ms. Anandi Iyer has been invited by Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India to become a member in the panel on ‘Heavy EV Charging Standard’ under ETD51 Sectional Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Govt. of India. This panel is responsible for coordinating inter-ministerial dialogue between Dept. of Science and Technology and Dept. of Heavy Industries to develop EV Charging Standards and formulate recommendations for Govt. of India. This committee focuses its activities on the Indian Use Cases, to help the wide deployment of low cost EV Charging Infrastructure and development of technology platform for electric mobility in India. In January 2021, this panel has conducted several meetings on topics like Plugin AC&DC Charging, Automated (Pantograph) Charging, Battery Swapping, Deployment Configuration & Renewables Integration and DC Charging Standards. The final recommendations of this panel to Govt. of India are expected in April 2022. 

German Research Day

The Indo - German Research Day was organized on December 3rd 2020 by German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi. Germany and India are important partners for research cooperation and have made heavy investments for further strengthening the bi-lateral cooperation with many initiatives and schemes. This event showcased the research landscape of Germany and presented opportunities available for research, funding lines for individuals and projects for joint research facilitated by Indian and German agencies. Ms. Anandi Iyer was invited as a speaker in the panel discussion on “Research cooperation at research and technology organizations in the Indo-German context”. The other speakers were Mrs. Poonam Sehgal Suri, Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), Dr. Rama Swami Bansal, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Almuth Wietholtz, Leibniz Association and Ms. Eva Portius, Forschungszentrum Juelich, and moderated by Ms. Aadishree Jamkhedkar from DWIH. The panellists discussed the role of research institutes and funding bodies from India and Germany, and shared their experiences and good practice examples from areas of research cooperation. The panel discussion was very well received by the audience who were majorly researchers, science managers, university representatives and important stakeholders from India and Germany. Fraunhofer Office India also held a virtual booth at this event showcasing the activities and sectors of focus for Fraunhofer in India. Mr. Aditya Fuke, Manager - Smart Cities & IoT, Mr. Sanmati Naik, Sr. Manager, Energy - RE and Mr. Rohit Rohilla, Manager - Production Technology represented Fraunhofer Office India at the booth during this event. 

FICCI - DST Global Research & Development Summit 2020

The Global R&D Summit is an annual flagship event of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) organized in partnership with the DST (Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India). The summit focussed on building resilient economies through technology and innovation by fostering Industry & Science collaboration in the New World Order. The Summit was held virtually from November 25th – 27th 2020. Fraunhofer was invited to be the Knowledge Partner to this summit. Ms. Anandi Iyer was invited to be the chair of the session on “Innovation Clusters Session: The Savant Strategists”, which focussed on discussion around innovation delivery model that works both locally and globally in the context of global pandemic. The other speakers on the panel were Mr. Javier Lopez Casarin - President, Council of Knowledge and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico, Mr. Nishith Acharya - CEO, Equal Innovation & Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Mr. Rene Van Berkel - UNIDO Representative, Dr. Dietmar Hueglin, Head, BASF Innovation Campus and Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, Director and Professor of Strategy, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore. The session was very well received by the audience of renowned global experts, senior policymakers, scientists, corporate thought leaders and start-ups. As a Knowledge Partner, Fraunhofer had conducted a Knowledge Paper on “Changing Paradigms: Indian Innovation Ecosystem”, authored by Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India and co-authored by Prof. Rishikesha Krishna, Director, IIMBangalore. The paper was released in presence of Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST and Mr. Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI along with other eminent industry leaders during this summit. The objective of this paper is to compare select international research and innovation ecosystems, outline key priorities and provide recommendations to strengthen the Indian Innovation Ecosystem. Successful case studies of an innovation ecosystem in water in India and setting up a network of applied R&D institutes in Brazil, both coordinated by Fraunhofer, are also a part of this study. The paper was very well received by all the FICCI members who deliberated on how higher synergies and collaboration between industry and science can result in long-term socio-economic development in developing nations.

Kick-off Workshop of Project “AquaHub”

AquaHub focuses on setting up of Water Innovation Hubs and Smart Water Monitoring systems to promote Indo-German cooperation. The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB. The other partners of this project are Umwelttechnik Baden Württemberg (UTBW), Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (ISOE), Let’s Bridge IT, Nivus GmbH, Ribeka GmbH and trAIDe GmbH. The first kick-off workshop of this project was conducted on November 23rd 2020, where the partners discussed the vision of the Water Innovation Hub for India, identifying potential Indian partner for implementation, the structure of the advisory board and also drafted the concept of Smart Water Quality Monitoring System. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India participated in this workshop and presented the present status of water sector in India and the impacts of COVID-19.

Conference on AI & Digital Applications in Agriculture

The German Agribusiness Alliance and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) had organized a virtual international conference on October 8th 2020, focusing on “AI & Digital Applications in Agriculture” and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer to be a speaker in the panel discussion on “Future of Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture”. The conference was organized in cooperation with German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and NITI Aayog, Govt. of India. The other panellists were Mr. Munish Soni, Head - Business Strategy, Bayer CropSscience Ltd., Dr. Aruna Rachakonda, Marketing Director South Asia, Corteva Agriscience, Dr. Parvathy Chandrasekhar, Commercial Manager India, xarvioTM Digital Farming Solutions and Dr. Puran Mal, Senior Agronomy Specialist xarvioTM SCOUTING, BASF Digital Farming GmbH and Dr. Anna Kicherer and Dr. Katja Herzog, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding. The panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Julia Harnal, Chairperson, German Agribusiness Alliance. The conference received a huge participation from IT service technology providers, agro-industries and government officials from both sides of geography. 

German Day Digitales - Fraunhofer partners with Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC)

The German Day Digitales was organized by IGCC to promote and strengthen economic and cultural ties between the India and Germany. It was a virtual event inaugurated by H.E. Walter J. Lindner, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India on October 3rd 2020. Fraunhofer Office India was one of the key partners to this event. Together with IGCC, Fraunhofer Office India had organized a high-level panel discussion on “Industry 4.0 – The fourth industrial revolution - Opportunities and Challenges” on October 5th 2020. The high-level panel consisted of Mr. Sunil Mathur, CEO and Managing Director, Siemens Ltd., Mr. Soumitra Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Group India, Mr. Clas Neumann, SVP & Global Head. SAP Labs Network and Mr. Abhay Firodia, Chairman, Force Motors Limited. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office moderated this panel discussion. The panel discussed the various nuances of Industry 4.0, the steps India needs to embrace for its faster adoption and the use of technologies like AI, IoT, AR, VR to augment its workforce. The panel discussion received a huge virtual participation from the top officials of governments and industries from both India and Germany. Further on October 7th 2020, German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) had organized a special session and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer to be one of the panellists in this panel discussion on "Opportunities for Collaboration between Industry and Research Institutes in India”. The other panellists were Mr. Yogesh Zope, Chief Digital Officer, Kalyani Group & Sr. VP at Bharat Forge Ltd., Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Director, CSIR – National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Dr. P.V. Lalitha, Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) and Dr. R. Sunder, Research Director, BISS - Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Dr. Katja Lasch, Director, DWIH moderated this panel discussion. The panel discussed how companies in India can leverage the expertise and facilities of research institutes and how such a cooperation in research can lead to innovation and development of more models of successful contractual research.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Innovation Summit 2020

Fraunhofer Office India had received an invitation to speak at the 16th edition of CII Innovation Summit on October 16th 2020, focussing on “Resilience & Resurgence: Innovating for Society 5.0”. Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated the participation of Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Managing Director, Fraunhofer ISST in this summit. He was regarded as the keynote speaker by CII for the session on “Innovation in Manufacturing”. Prof. Otto delivered a presentation on “Data Sharing in Industrial Ecosystems” with a prime focus on technology as a driver for innovation and Industry. His presentation was very well received by the audience, who are the members of CII representing manufacturing ecosystem, technology experts, engineers, government and academia. 

Partnership Workshop between Fraunhofer and Wipro Ltd.

Wipro Ltd., one of the largest IT Giants of India has expressed its interest to enter into a long-term strategic partnership with Fraunhofer in the areas of Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Mobility Concepts, Aviation Logistics, Smart Cities and Data Security. A workshop was organized with Wipro on July 10th 2020 at Fraunhofer Office India to discuss the modalities and to finalize the concept of cooperation, which will be presented to the respective boards of both the organizations. Mr. Anshuman Mukherjee, Partner and Head of Domain & Consulting Travel, Hospitality & Public Sector Business and Mr. Nisanth Ayyagari, Senior Consultant from Wipro attended this workshop. From Fraunhofer Office India, Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director and Mr. Aditya Fuke, Manager - Smart Cities & IoT coordinated this workshop.

Online Event Series organized by Indo-German Business Forum

Indo-German Business Forum had organised an online event series on the topic “Innovation: A smart investment in challenging times” on July 9th 2020, and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India to be the guest speaker in this session. She spoke on the significance of collaborative technology partnerships between India and Germany to drive affordable innovation for the Indian geography. The event was very well received by the audience who represented manufacturing ecosystem - technology experts, engineers, government and academia. 

Session with Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs and Commerce & Industry

Ms. Anandi Iyer represents Fraunhofer in Confederation of Indian Industry CII’s National Committee on Solar Energy and National Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Development. She was invited for a special interactive session by CII with Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs and Commerce & Industry, on June 5th 2020. This interactive session is a part of a series of leadership engagements with the country’s top leadership over a virtual platform coordinated by CII. 

Webinar on “Future of Industry 4.0”

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - India had organized a webinar on “Future of Industry 4.0” on June 5th 2020, and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India as a speaker on the panel, “Adopt Industry 4.0 or risk being overtaken”. The panel discussed the immediate financial impact on manufacturers due to COVID-19 crisis, the steps to be taken to shorten the recovery phase and use of technologies like AI, IoT, AR, VR to augment workforce post crisis. Ms. Iyer’s expertise and insights on Industry 4.0 to rework the roadmap for manufacturing in India was very well received by the participants, who represented manufacturing ecosystem of automotive, plant and factory heads, technology experts, engineers, government and academia. 

Visit of Dr. Markus Wolperdinger, Director, Fraunhofer IGB to India

Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated the visit of Dr. Markus Wolperdinger, Director, Fraunhofer IGB to India on his interest to intensify the cooperation between Fraunhofer IGB and Indian companies. He visited Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi and was accompanied by Dr. Marius Mohr, Head of Innovation Field Water and Resource Recovery, Fraunhofer IGB. Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated a speaker slot for Dr. Wolperdinger in “International Business Summit” organized by Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune on March 3rd 2020. This summit had brought together dignitaries, senior government officials, experts, analysts, business leaders from India and abroad to deliberate on the impact of technology, policies, research, innovation and sustainability, which would drive future business growth around the world. Dr. Wolperdinger delivered a presentation on “Innovation Led Manufacturing for Sustainable Global Business” in the session on “Innovation led Global Business Prospects, FTAs and Risk Management” in this summit. His presentation was very well received by the audience.

Indo-German Start-up Collaboration Roundtable

Invest India - the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of Govt. of India and German Embassy in India had organized an Indo-German Start-up Collaboration Roundtable on February 28th 2020 in New Delhi. The roundtable was chaired by Mr. Christian Herte, Member of the German Parliament. The aim of the roundtable was to bring together key stakeholders to discuss ideas to further bridge the IndoGerman start up ecosystems and enhance mutual cooperation. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India was invited to deliver special remarks in the context of the Indo-German start-up ecosystem. After the roundtable, she also had a meeting with Mr. Rahul Nayyar, Vice-President AGNIi, Invest India.

Visit of Committee on Economic Affairs & Energy, German Parliament to Bangalore

The committee on Economic Affairs & Energy from German Parliament led by Mr. Klaus Ernst, (DIE LINKE), MdB - a left-wing German politician visited Bangalore on February 24th 2020 to explore the opportunity to have an Interactive session over various important topics like Start-up concept in Bangalore, latest trends and technologies in the IT Industry, Indo-German Initiatives and cooperation. In this regard, Mr. Karl Ehlerding, Acting Consul General, German Consulate Bangalore had organized an Interactive session and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India to present an overview on the Indo-German initiatives and potential collaboration in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Her presentation was very well received by the committee members, which is responsible for all aspects of the transformation of Germany’s energy system, the associated issues in the field of climate protection and the topic of energy conservation. 

Visit of Dr. Katja Lasch, Director, German House for Innovation and Research (DWIH) to Fraunhofer Office India

Dr. Katja Lasch has been newly appointed as the Director of German House for Innovation and Research (DWIH). She along with her associate had visited Fraunhofer Office India to meet with Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India for an introductory meeting to discuss the engagement between Fraunhofer and DWIH and the upcoming activities of DWIH in India. Fraunhofer is also one of the supporters of DWIH in India

Large Scale Industry 4.0 Summit

Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) had organized a “Large Scale Industry 4.0 Summit” on February 4th 2020 in Pune. The main focus of this summit was to discuss the policy level initiatives from the relevant Ministries of India and abroad, and sensitizing the manufacturing industry about Industry 4.0 and steps leading towards it. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India was invited to present Fraunhofer’s profile in Industry 4.0 in the international session on “Scope for Collaborative Opportunities” in this summit. Her presentation was very well received by the audience, who represented large, medium and even small scale companies from India and abroad. A High Level Delegation from Karlsruhe and Baden Württemburg in Germany led by Ms. Theresa Schopper, State Minister of the State Baden Württemburg also attended this summit

Indian Metal Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX) 2020

Fraunhofer Office India participated at the ‘IMTEX Forming 2020’, South East Asia’s largest metal forming machine exhibition. It was a 6-day event that kick-started on January 23rd - 28th 2020. Fraunhofer Office India, showcased the capabilities of Fraunhofer IWU in Light Weighting of Automobile Components, Forming Technology, Forging Technology and Additive Manufacturing.

Dr. Andreas Sterzing was invited by IMTMA as a guest speaker to give presentation on forming technology and the advancement made in the area of forming technology at International Seminar on Forming Technology 2020, on 22 January. Over 250 delegates from 112 companies, representing a wide cross section of the metal working industry participated in the seminar. The presentation was focused to the forming technology and lightweight approach to the various components of automotive sector, shipping industry, and Aerospace. 

On-site assessment of Kochi under the project “Kochi Smart City Innovation lab”

A delegation of experts from Fraunhofer, Frankfurt School of Finance, University of Stuttgart and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) visited Kochi from January 13th - 22nd 2020 to conduct on-site assessment of the city under the cooperation between Fraunhofer and Cochin Smart Mission Ltd. (CSML) for the project “Kochi Smart City Innovation Lab”. Dr. Marius Mohr, Head of Group Bioprocess Engineering and Circular Economy, Fraunhofer IGB led the delegation. He is also the leader of this project. This was a very fundamental activity in the project, in which the experts interviewed the key stakeholders in Kochi in the following sectors of focus water, energy and building to draw an analysis of the city profile and define the critical areas of intervention in against climate change. The on-site assessment concluded with a “Smart City Project Development Workshop” on Jan 22nd 2020, where the results of the assessment were presented and the measures that CSML should embrace against climate change were discussed. 

Conference - “Culture Fit” - German and Indian SMEs

Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA), Goethe Institute and Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai had organized a conference on “Culture Fit” - German and Indian SMEs ‘ on November 29th 2019 in Pune, and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India as a speaker to present the best practices of successful IndoGerman cooperation in India. She delivered a presentation on “Examples of Best Practices” of successful Indo-German cooperation in India. The main focus of the presentation was on building mutual trust and confidence between India and Germany to strengthen the scientific and industrial ties between two countries.

Bangalore Tech Summit: Panel on Artificial Intelligence - Driver of Sustainability

As a part of Global Innovation Alliances (GIA), the German Consulate General had participated in Bengaluru Tech Summit on November 19th 2019, together with Fraunhofer India and members of the BIGSUN network and conducted a session on Artificial Intelligence. During this summit Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India, spoke on ''How Artificial Intelligence is of huge importance to all of us and how it is going to be profound for our everyday life. Will it displace humans? No it won't. Artificial Intelligence is an assimilation of human intelligence onto the machine. The German government has a strategy paper just like India. In Germany, they want to focus on mobility, agriculture, production technologies, and healthcare."

 

Germany’s Energiewende in India, Bangalore

This year Travelling exhibition “Germany’s Energiewende“ to India was organized in Bangalore and Kochi. This was a public exhibition on Germany’s transition to clean an sustainable energy sources. The exhibition opened on November 18th 2019 in Bangalore with a panel discussion on 'Energiewende in India - Status quo and the future'. The panel comprised of the following speakers - Mr. Martin Rohlmann, Cultural Officer of the German Consulate Bangalore, Prof. Tejali Kanitkar, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Mrs. Palak Agarwal, CoFounder & COO, Batti Ghar Foundation and Mr. Amir Bazaz, Senior Consultant, Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS). The German Consulate General in Bangalore had invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer office India to moderate this panel discussion. 

 

CII - EDU Summit - Reimagining the future of Higher Education

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - Telangana Chapter had organized an education summit in Hyderabad on November 15th 2019, and invited Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India to speak in the session on “Education-Research-Skills for Economic Growth”. Ms. Anandi Iyer delivered a presentation on “Converting Research into Products”. Her presentation was very well received by the audience, most of whom were from academia and industry focussing on workplace of tomorrow, which calls for a redesign of the higher education courses to enable students to develop new types of skills. 

 

Visit of Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany to India for 5th Indo German Intergovernmental Consultations

Germany is amongst India's most important partners both bilaterally and in the global context. India and Germany have a strategic partnership since 2001, which has been further strengthened with the Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) at the level of Heads of Governments allowing for a comprehensive review of cooperation and identification of fresh areas of engagement. H.E. Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany led the highest German Parliamentary Delegation to New Delhi on November 1st and 2nd 2019 for 5th IGC with Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi and his cabinet. 17 MoUs were signed during the 5th IGC. MoU between Fraunhofer and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India to promote, establish and expand Scientific and Technological Research Cooperation between India and Germany was amongst the 17 signed MoUs. 

Fraunhofer was a prominent part of the events and activities around the visit. Mrs. Anandi Iyer was present in New Delhi on the invitation of the German Embassy and the Indian Government, and participated in the official events around the visit. This included the Indo German Energy Forum where she was one of the dignitaries who inaugurated the business event ahead of the Forum. She also met with the Chancellor Delegation, and had detailed discussions with Mrs. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister for Education and Research,Mrs Julia Kloeckner, Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection as well as Mr. Christian Hirte State Secretary for Economics and Energy. Fraunhofer signed a MoU with the Council for Education and Scientific Research on the subject of partnership in Frontier Technologies, with focus areas being Water, Building Technologies, Battery Technologies and Advanced Production Technologies. Fraunhofer was also the Innovation Partner to the 63rdAGM of the Indo German Chamber of Commerce, where the Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel was the Chief Guest. 

Fraunhofer Stand during 63rd IGCC-AGM Meeting

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany- Dr. Angela Merkel inaugurated and attended 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC).

Fraunhofer was the “Innovation Partner” to the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. Around 12 Indo-German companies and institutions displayed diverse products and services in the exhibition. Fraunhofer office India also coordinated a stand, featuring and showcasing the competencies in Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Smart city and Renewable energy through poster presentation. The stand was visited by industrial delegates, policy makers and individuals to see Fraunhofer competencies and how Fraunhofer can assist them as a technology partner.

Dr. Matthias Vetter, Head of Department Electrical Energy, Fraunhofer ISE, speaking at the 10th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress & Expo 2019

Energy And Environment Foundation with the support of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and NITI Aayog, Government of India have organised the 10th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress & Expo-2019 in New Delhi and invited Dr. Matthias Vetter, Head of Department Electrical Energy, Fraunhofer ISE as a speaker.

Visit of H.E. Mr. Walter. J. Lindner, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany

German Ambassador to India H.E. Mr. Walter J. Lindner is on a mission to understand the research landscape in India, and had expressed his keen interest to visit Fraunhofer Office India, understand its activities and interact with some of its important Indian clients. With this objective, Fraunhofer Office India had organized a roundtable and invited some of its very important clients and partners on July 23rd 2019, where they shared their thoughts and views on their cooperation with Fraunhofer. 

Dr Torben Seemann, Managing Director, Fraunhofer Project Centre on Light weighting, Wolfsburg, speaking at the Light Weighting Conference by ACMA

“Dr Torben Seemann, Managing Director, Fraunhofer Project Centre on Light weighting, Wolfsburg, speaking at the Light Weighting Conference by ACMA on April 30th 2019”, the conference was attended by Indian Automotive fraternity.

Visit of Dr. Moritz Haemmerle, Head of Research Cognitive Engineering and Production, Fraunhofer IAO to India

As one of the supporters of DWIH (German House for Innovation and Research), Fraunhofer was invited to speak at DWIH’s Annual Symposium 2019 focusing on Future of Work, held on March 19th and 20th 2019 in New Delhi. Dr. Moritz Haemmerle he delivered a presentation on ‘The Future Work Lab’ in the session on ‘Artificial Intelligence and New Working Environment’.

Indo-German Summit on Green Building and Sustainable Energy - 'Eco-technological and Digital Solutions for Smart Cities' organized by Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology (RSET)

Mr. Aditya Fuke, Manager – Smart Cities & IoT represented Fraunhofer Office India in the Indo German Summit on Green Buildings and Sustainable Energy organized by RSET in Kochi on February 19th 2019, and he delivered a presentation on ‘Smart & Sustainable Cities: Morgenstadt Approach’ in the session on ‘What makes a City Smart?’

IGCC’s 63rd Anniversary Founders’ Day Lecture

Ms. Anandi Iyer attended the 63rd Founders’ Day Lecture of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and the lecture was given by Ms Svenja Schulze, German Minister for Environment, Nuclear Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Visit of a high-level delegation of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India to Fraunhofer Institutes

Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India had coordinated a visit of a very high-level delegation of senior scientists from CSIR led by Dr. Shekhar Chintamani Mande, Director General, CSIR to Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany. During the visit of Prof. Frank Treppe, Managing Director Political and International Affairs & Associate Board Member, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to India in January 2019, a meeting was organized with CSIR to identify potential collaborative opportunities. As a next step in this engagement, the CSIR delegation visited Fraunhofer IGB, IPA and IBP to identify specific research topics of mutual interest in additive manufacturing, coatings, image processing, lightweight construction technologies, functional materials, membranes, energy and water conservation and energy efficient buildings for developing collaborative R&D proposals.

Seminar on Digital Transformation in Germany

Ms. Anandi Iyer represented Fraunhofer in the Seminar on Digital Transformation in Germany organized by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in Bangalore. During the seminar she also met with Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia to discuss the activities of Fraunhofer in Digitalization.

Indian Metal Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX) 2019

IMTEX is a flagship event for the Indian metal cutting industry organized by Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA). It is South and South East Asia's apex exhibition showcasing the latest trends as well as technological refinements from India and other global players. The mega event attracts visitors from a wide spectrum of manufacturing and ancillary industries including key decision and policy makers as well as industry captains who are keen to source latest technologies and manufacturing solutions for their product lines.

For the last 6 years, Fraunhofer has been showcasing its capabilities in Lightweight technologies in Automotive components, forming technology and additive manufacturing along with select exhibits at IMTEX, and every year, Fraunhofer has received a constructive reciprocation for its capabilities from the organizers IMTMA. This year Fraunhofer was the knowledge partner to IMTMA for Industry 4.0 pavilion at IMTEX 2019. Under this partnership, Fraunhofer had organized a conference on ‘Factory of the Future’ on January 25th 2019 at IMTEX 2019. Fraunhofer was also offered a large exhibition space to showcase its Factory of the Future model. Fraunhofer institutes IWU and IPT participated and showcased their competencies along with select exhibits in light-weight materials, additive manufacturing, industrial process automation, human-machine interaction, autonomous systems, digital twins etc.

Prof. Frank Treppe, Managing Director Political and International Affairs & Associate Board Member, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Dr. Eckart Bierduempel, Head - Multinational Networking, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Dr. Andreas Sterzing, Division Director - Bulk Met-al Forming, Fraunhofer IWU, Mr. Peter Blau, Division Director - Machining and Removal, Fraunhofer IWU and Dr. Kristian Arntz, Head of Department Non-conventional manufacturing processes and technology integration, Fraunhofer IPT were the visiting Fraunhofer delegates for IMTEX 2019. Fraunhofer Office India also coordinated the visit of Ms. Renate Schimkoreit, Minister & Head Economics and Global Affairs, German Embassy to the conference on Factory of the Future.

Forum on Social Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (FORSITE)

Fraunhofer Office India and Rotary International had jointly to organized a Forum on Social Innovation, Technology and Enterprise with an objective of combining humanitarian efforts with innovation, which will deliberate the impacts Social Innovation has on society and organization, and its need in India. This event was organized in the evening on December 6th 2018 in Hotel Taj MG Road, Bangalore. Three Fraunhofer technical presentations followed by a panel discussion on Impact of Social Innovation both curated by Fraunhofer were the highlights of this forum. Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India presented the Fraunhofer innovation Ecosystem. Dr. Thomas Schlegl, Head of Department, Energy System Analysis, Fraunhofer ISE presented on Energy: The Green Gold focusing on sustainable technologies in solar rooftops, solar pumps, AgroPV etc. Dr. Simon Schmidt, Head of Climate Culture Building, Fraunhofer IBP presented a visionary approach in developing sustainable technologies based on climate and socially compatible situations, as well as local solutions for the construction sector. Dr. Eckart Bierduempel, Head of Multinational Networking, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and Vice President of World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) was one of the panelists in this forum.

Panel Discussion on “Innovation - the Fulcrum of a Global Industry” and Fraunhofer Office India Decennial

Fraunhofer Office India has completed its 10 years in India in 2018. On this milestone achievement, Fraunhofer Office India had organized a high-level panel discussion in the evening of December 5th 2018 in Hotel Shangri-La, Bangalore on ‘Innovation - the Fulcrum of a Global Industry’ with marquee leaders from the industry and government namely Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director and CEO, TUV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd., Dr. Makarand Sr. Vice President - Innovations, Reliance Industries Ltd., Mr. Anantha Sayana, Vice President & Head - Digital, Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Ms. Saloni Malhotra, Vice President - Innovations, Invest India, Govt. of India and Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof. Dr. V. Sumantran, Chair-man, Celeris Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The panel discussed the innovation ecosystems across leading nations, India scenario challenges and opportunities, trends and way forward to scale up the Indian innovation ecosystem, with focus on skill development, scaling up Indian Manufacturing, digitalization and strengthening industry-academia link in India. The panel discussion was attended by a very select audience of industry captains and senior government officials, who are close business associates of Fraunhofer in India. This was followed by an exclusive networking dinner hosted by Fraunhofer Office India.