Bringing about the fourth industrial revolution!

With the Fraunhofer Turkey Days, Germany and Turkey are pooling their applied research

At the kick-off event on 25 September for the series of events over the next twelve months called the "Fraunhofer Turkey Days", German and Turkish researchers and industry representatives will be coming together in Istanbul to enter into a dialogue about the key future issues associated with bringing about the fourth industrial revolution.

The series of events is an initiative by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The aim is to work with Turkish partners to extend to other countries the "Research for the future" that goes on at the various Fraunhofer institutes — through creative and pragmatic dialogue.  Following the kick-off event in Istanbul, the next phase of the "Fraunhofer Turkey Days" project, intended to last for twelve months, will begin.  In this phase, representatives from the scientific community and industry in both partner countries will come together for specialist workshops at the various Fraunhofer sites in Germany to discuss issues relating to bringing about the fourth industrial revolution: "How will the production of goods, for example, change in Industry 4.0?" Or: "How will the city of the future work?" The main focus will always be on the actual application of research results and the benefits they bring for people.

New challenges call for new ideas

"The social challenges of the future cross national and specialist boundaries.  This means that the solutions also require the targeted pooling of skills — between disciplines and between nations.  Applied research, conducted with the scientific community and industry working closely together, is vital in this.  Turkey is a dynamic country and by sharing our knowledge we see excellent opportunities for opening up new potential for innovation," explains Daniel W. Bloemers of the Fraunhofer Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, MOEZ. In this context, the land by the Bosphorus is the ideal partner for cooperation, because, thanks to its strong economic growth, it is always looking for innovative solutions. 

German-Turkish scientific cooperation at government level, too

The Fraunhofer organisations involved in the project include the institutes of Labour Economics and Organisation, Chemical Technology, Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Manufacturing Technology and Applied  Materials Research, and Wood Research. The "Fraunhofer Turkey Days" are part of the 2014 German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Turkish Ministry of Research, Industry and Technology.

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