Our Network

We belong to a variety of networks, as well as regional, national and international collaborations, allowing us to engage in interdisciplinary projects beyond the boundaries of our own institute.



As an institute of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft − Europe’s largest organization for applied research − we benefit from a network comprising 69 institutes and research institutions. We contribute our expertise as a member institute in associations and alliances.


it’s OWL

The “it‘s OWL − Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe” technology network is an alliance of around 200 companies and research institutions working on joint solutions for intelligent products and production methods in 47 projects.


Digital in NRW

Fraunhofer IEM contributes its longstanding expertise in the assistance of small-to medium-sized enterprises within the competence center “Digital in NRW.” Around 25 free and highly practical formats were developed to create shared solutions for digitization in small-to medium-sized enterprises. 


Heinz Nixdorf Institute

The Heinz Nixdorf Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit within Paderborn University. Established thanks to the commitment of Heinz Nixdorf, its aim is to develop intelligent technical systems.


Internationale cooperation

We join forces with universities, research institutions and companies to drive technological progress within the framework of international cooperation.


GfSE e.V.

As a non-profit organization, Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering e.V. (GfSE) promotes science and education in the area of systems engineering (SE) within industry, research, and teaching. The organization contributes to the activities of INCOSE at European and international level and also offers German-speaking services on the subject of SE.


3-D MID e.V.

The Research Association Molded Interconnect Devices 3-D MID e.V. seeks to promote and develop the technology of molded interconnected devices (MID). The association conducts joint research projects, encourages networking and communication between its members and provides stimuli for the implementation of new technologies.


OWL ViProSim

OWL ViProSim (Virtual Prototyping & Simulation OstWestfalenLippe) is tasked in particular with helping small- to medium-sized enterprises in the region to acquire application know-how for the integration of virtual prototyping & simulation (VPS) within the development and production planning processes. The network organizes technical discussions, industry working groups, and conferences.


OWL Maschinenbau

The industry and innovation network OWL MASCHINENBAU aims to strengthen the position of the high-performance region Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) at the vanguard of business and technical advancement in international competition.