As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IZM specializes in applied and industrial contract research. Fraunhofer IZM’s focus is on packaging technology and the integration of multifunctional electronics into systems.
The institute has a staff of more than 350 and saw a turnover of 28.1 million euros in 2015, of which 76 percent was earned through contract research. Fraunhofer IZM has four sites in Germany. Apart from its headquarters near Berlin Mitte, the institute is also represented in Dresden and Munich, both strategically important centers for electronics development and manufacturing. A research group based at the Berlin technology park Adlershof fosters close ties to optical technology companies and research institutes.
The four Fraunhofer IZM departments promote internationally cutting-edge technology development. The departments jointly work on application areas and key development topics, ensuring the research is advanced across technologies. In key development topics, the Fraunhofer IZM researchers monitor and develop highly promising research questions, paving the way for future projects with industry.
Here, Fraunhofer IZM benefits from its close cooperation with the Technischen Universität Berlin and other scientific institutes. Fraunhofer IZM has cooperated on highly productive preliminary research with the TU Berlin since its establishment, and the close relationship between the institute and university is best illustrated by the current practice of appointing a joint IZM institute head and TU university professorship.