Zeil: “Waischenfeld is turning into a top address for scientists from all over Germany”
MUNICH / WAISCHENFELD Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Zeil, was able to convince himself of the rapid progress being made with construction work on the ‘Fraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld’ at the foundation stone ceremony today. “The Fraunhofer Research Campus is giving Waischenfeld completely new momentum. I am particularly pleased to see that the whole region is backing this future-oriented project”, underscored Zeil. The new building in Waischenfeld is being funded with a total of Euro 7.5 million from Bavarian state funding, federal resources as well as the European Regional Development Fund ..
When it is completed at the end of 2013, Waischenfeld will have a research campus with 2000 square meters of office space and conference facilities along with laboratories in the middle of idyllic Franconian Switzerland. For Fraunhofer IIS, the entire concept focuses on the campus idea. “The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is creating a working environment, where up to 50 scientists can research, test, cooperate and hold meetings in a concentrated and at the same time communicative closed-study atmosphere far away from any disturbing factors “, Zeil explained. The concept designed by the architects Barkow Leibinger envisages a complex divided up into units and modeled on the formation of a small Franconian town, taking advantage of the topography of the surrounding countryside. The buildings will be made as wooden structures largely using materials typical of the region, in keeping with the tradition in Waischenfeld..
With a work force of over 500 permanent employees, Fraunhofer IIS is today the largest Institute of the Society, generating high business proceeds and licensing income. The Institute focuses its research activities on the fields of microelectronics, information processing, telecommunications, audio and multimedia technology, satellite navigation, medical technology, logistics as well as automation in mechanical engineering and industrial equipment. In addition to the headquarters of the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen-Tennenlohe, the Institute’s other locations in Nuremberg (Nordostpark business park) and Fürth offer constant potential for development..