The National Academy of Science and Engineering provides a platform for knowledge transfer and networking between science and industry. In addition to the promotion of young professions in the technical jobs it represents the interests of science and engineering in Germany and abroad. The acatech advises politics and publicity in technology-related issues of the future.

Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz

The Academy of Science and Literature is an association of personalities from science, literature, and music. It is dedicated to the cultivation of the sciences, literature, and music.

With long-term fundamental researches in fields that are not usually funded by other institutions (German Research Foundation, Max-Planck Society, or major research institutes and universities), the Academy preserves and promotes cultural heritages.

Berliner Kreis Competence Network

The Berliner Kreis – Wissenschaftliches Forum für Produktentwicklung e.V. (Scientific forum for product development e.V.) is an association of 25 university professors. Its aim is to regularly coordinate research and teaching according to the challenges of the industry as well as to assist companies in the development of products and markets of tomorrow.


The research association „Forschungsvereinigung Smart Engineering e.V.” is an association for the support of science, research and education in the field of smart engineering. The association supports the development of smart products and processes throughout the entire product life cycle to enable a continuous digital added value.

Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is a non-commercial partnership of industry, politics and science. The IIC was founded in March 2014 by the founding companies AT & T Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., General Electric, Intel Cooperation and IBM Corporation to merge the technologies and organizations for the growth of the Industrial Internet.

Platform Industrie 4.0

Resulting from the cooperation of industry associations BITKOM, VDMA and ZVEI, the “Platform Industrie 4.0” seeks to strengthen the business location Germany by developing technologies, standards, business and organizational models as well as by promoting cross-industry exchange and practical implementation. Thus, the high competitive strength, flexible manufacturing, custom manufacturing, innovative business models and a new working is to be reinforced at the business location Germany.

Profile Area CYSEC

The profile area CYSEC focuses on cyber security research. Some of the priorities of the profile area include interdisciplinary research approaches, technology transfer and consulting expertise in the IT security. More information on CYSEC see the news report of the TU Darmstadt.

Profile Area Internet und Digitalisierung


ProSTEP iViP is an association that provides pioneering solutions and standards for product data management and virtual product development. In cooperation with science and research the interests of manufacturers and suppliers in the manufacturing industry as well as of IT vendors are exchanged, so that more efficient processes, methods and systems are developed.


The Scientific Society for Product Development WiGeP – Berliner Kreis & WGMK – is made up of a competence network that promotes product innovations in mechanical engineering and in related industries by acting as a link between academia and industry. The focus is set on the joint communication and cooperation in matters of research and teaching in the field of integrated product development.