Project partners

Five organizations from different sectors work together in this project, contributing social and natural science-related, economic, engineering-related, pedagogical, and communication-technical expertise to the individual project modules. Each partner institution sets its own emphases and contributes to the overall picture. This results in a multi-layered knowledge base and a comprehensive view of the topic.

Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) (project leader)

Since its inception in the year 1972, the Fraunhofer ISI has shaped the German and international innovation scene. It supports its clients in finding systemic solutions in accordance with an integrated examination of technological developments and societal needs.

The Fraunhofer ISI offers strategic consultation around the topic of innovation to political and economic actors. Moreover, the Fraunhofer ISI offers an important contribution toward developing solutions that aid in coping with overarching societal, ecological, and economic challenges (Grand Challenges).


Simone Kimpeler

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Senckenberg Society for Nature Research) is one of the most important research institutions in the field of biological diversity; with its Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, it manages one of the largest natural history museums in Europe. For more than 200 years, the society’s main task has been the conduction of basic research and the dissemination of the results to the greater public.

The individual research institutes study the role of life’s diversity in the past and present and generate scientific projections for the future. This makes it possible to find answers to urgent questions in the areas of nature and climate protection.


Christina Höfling

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT)

With its application-oriented research in the field of biomass conversion, the Fraunhofer ICT is an important actor in the development of new technologies and technology platforms, and thus also the future development of the bioeconomy.

The institute actively conducts teaching, education, and advanced training in future-oriented topics. Project results are used to keep education and advanced training programs up-to-date with the current state of knowledge. Young scientists are supported as early as in Secondary Level I with projects for the interlinking of theory and practice as part of a teaching and learning methodology developed at the ICT (TheoPrax methodology) (


Martina Parrisius

Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD)

The Fraunhofer IGD is the internationally leading institution for applied research in Visual Computing, i.e., image- and model-based informatics. This describes the ability to transform information into images, and to gain information from images. The IGD looks back on many years of experience in Virtual/Augmented Reality technologies. In particular, it also established competencies in the museum and cultural area.

Augmented Reality apps for museums make it possible to offer visitors a more interesting, memorable, and – due to the use of mobile systems –ultimately more personalized experience.  “Digital Storytelling” can be used to convey stories and make them understandable in a real-life setting.


Manuel Olbrich

ISOE – Institute for Socio-ecological Research

The ISOE – Institute for Socio-ecological Research, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, is among the leading non-university institutes in the field of transdisciplinary sustainability research. For over 25 years, the institute has been developing socio-ecological concepts and science-based decision-making bases for politics, civil society, and economy.

The ISOE thus contributes to a sustainable development and creates impulses for a critical and sustainable science. Its sponsors and clients include international and national public institutions and private companies.


Alexandra Lux