Networks + collaborations

Regional roots, global demand, outstanding networks

Information, communication and microsystems technologies are more closely connected in southwestern Germany than anywhere else in the country. We network to drive the transfer of our technologies and to quickly establish new partnerships targeted at the needs of our customers.

Universities + institutes

Universities and academies educate the engineers of the future. The Hahn-Schickard institutes are closely networked with universities and academies in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Offenburg. The institutions benefit mutually from infrastructure, research and development.

Institute for Microintegration (IFM)

We are affiliated with the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Microintegration (IFM). Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Zimmermann, Hahn-Schickard's Scientific Director in Stuttgart, also jointly directs the IFM conducting fundamental research in the field of microtechnical components reliability. In particular, this includes the clarification of damage mechanisms, as well as integrated model-based design for the mounting, casing and connection technology used in microsystems. The IFM is responsible for teaching the specialized subject of microsystem technology in the masters program in mechanical/micro engineering, instrument engineering and technical optics at the University of Stuttgart.

The University of Freiburg's Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK)

IMTEK comprises 24 professorships, about 370 scientific employees and approximately 650 students. This makes it one of the world's largest and leading academic research centers in the field of microsystem technology. At IMTEK, Hahn-Schickard scientific directors Prof. Dr.-Alfons Dehé and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Zengerle run the Georg H. Endress Professorship for Smart Systems Integration and the Laboratory for MEMS Applications.

Offenburg University

Offenburg University and Hahn-Schickard cooperate in projects involving the scientific and research-related development of software and communications solutions used by embedded systems. Within the scope of this cooperation, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora has occupied the Professorship for Embedded Systems and Communications Technology at Offenburg University. Since 2016, he has been working (as part of a delegation) both as director of the Software Solutions department and as associate scientific director at Hahn-Schickard in Villingen-Schwenningen.

Associations + societies

In addition to the technically-oriented universities in the region, numerous networks connect stakeholders from industry, research, and education.

Baden-Württemberg Industry Alliance 4.0

Baden-Württemberg strives to consistently utilize the opportunities presented by digitalization to transform the state on the global stage into the pioneering region on the subject of Industry 4.0. For this reason, on the initiative of the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Nils Schmid, the Baden-Württemberg Industry Alliance 4.0 was established. The purpose of the Alliance is to unite expertise from production, information and communication technology as well as network all key actors and, through innovative transfer offers, guide the medium-sized business sector with Industry 4.0 as a framework.

AiF – The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" e.V.

The AiF, founded in 1954 and industry-based, is an innovation network for funding research and development in the mid-sized business sector. It links the interests of economics, science and politics. As the umbrella association of about 100 industry-specific research associations, its task is to strengthen the competitiveness of the German economy long-term. The AiF, as a non-profit society, is the institution for joint industrial research. Film explaining AiF

Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW)

Hahn-Schickard is part of innBW, an alliance of independent research institutes. It carries out results-oriented commissioned research in the important future fields of sustainable mobility, environmental technology and resource efficiency, health and care, information and communication.

microTEC Südwest

microTEC Südwest is a cross-sector technology cluster in southwest Germany. In the growth-oriented microsystem technology sector, microTEC Südwest is among the largest technology networks in Germany. Hahn-Schickard is a premium member, and as a founding member supports the Freiburg-based microsystem technology network.

German Industry Research Foundation Konrad Zuse e.V.

The German Industry Research Foundation Konrad Zuse e.V. represents the interests of independent, non-profit, industry-oriented research institutes. The association, which is open to technology and industry, has 77 members nationwide. As practice-oriented and creative idea providers, they translate the findings of science into applicable technologies for companies, thus preparing the ground for successful innovations. The Hahn-Schickard-Institutes as well as other innBW institutes are among the members.

Spatial Electronic Components Research Association 3-D MID e.V

The Spatial Electronic Components Research Association 3-D MID e.V is the largest network for MID technology, with about 100 members consisting of manufacturers, operators and research institutions from the fields of engineering, materials, injection molding, structuring/metalization, assembly, soldering and testing. Through collective research and practical measures for knowledge sharing and public relations work, the association, founded in 1992, pursues the goal of funding and advancing MID technology. .

TechnologyMountains e. V.

TechnologyMountains sees itself as a link between the economy and science, and along with its members organizes development and cooperative projects. The technology network's task and purpose is to build synergies, systematically promote and connect areas of expertise, and advance new innovations.

EPoSS e.V.

Hahn-Schickard is actively involved as a member of EPoSS , a European network of businesses, research institutes and universities with the goal of further developing the subject of "smart systems." It also strives to establish long-term initiatives for funding technological development and the European research landscape. Strategic research agendas are thus directly incorporated into the numerous tenders as findings by the EPoSS work groups.
EPoSS Website

Photonics BW e.V.

Photonics BW e.V. is the innovation network for funding optical technologies in research, development and application, training and continuing education, and the training of young researchers and public relations work in Baden-Württemberg.
Photonics BW e.V.

Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A)

The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) is the leading international industry association for organic and printed electronics. It represents this industry's entire value chain. Well over 200 companies from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Oceania collaborate within the OE-A in order to promote the development of a competitive infrastructure for the production of organic electronics. The OE-A bridges the gap between science, technology and application. It is an association within the VDMA.

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