Strategic Projects

The current strategic projects run by the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team are:


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EU Strategy FH

EU Strategy FH

Promoting strategic positioning with regard to European research topics and increasing the visibility of Ostfalia in Europe through the German Ministry of Education and Research.

The strategic goal of Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences is to strengthen the appeal of research and teaching by increasing its presence and visibility in the European research area. The strategy and the internationalisation concept of Ostfalia aim to tap into the European research area and exploit identified potential.



The project:   

  • Project start: February 2015
  • Funding amount: €150,000
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Project extension: May 2017
  • Funding amount: €150,000
  • Project duration: additional 2 years
  • Project end: March 2019 (extension until March 2020)


Measures within the EU Strategy FH project

In order to achieve the objectives of its strategic positioning with regard to European research topics and increasing visibility in Europe, Ostfalia has placed particular emphasis on measures for implementing consulting and support structures, building networks, providing information, individual consulting and coaching, public relations and supplying resources.


The EU Strategy project is integrated into the Ostfalia strategy:



Please find here the EU Strategy FH press releases.


Your contact person is Kai Hillebrecht.




GrowIn 4.0 – Growing into Industry 4.0

GrowIn 4.0 – Growing into Industry 4.0

Accelerate growth in manufacturing SMEs

The project target is the support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the choice and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies, the exchange of international knowledge and strategies during realisation of digitalisation as well as Industry 4.0 technology and systems in SMEs. Up to 60 enterprises in the allied regions will be involved in the activities within the scope of the project.


The project:


Partners in Germany:

  • Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • Allianz für die Region GmbH, Brunswick
  • Europäisches Institut für Innovation, Oldenburg

Partners in Europe:

  • Business Development Centre Central Denmark, Aarhus (DK)
  • VIA University College, Horsens (DK)
  • Flanders Make, Lommel (BE)
  • Open Manufacturing Campus, Turnhout (BE)
  • Strategic Projects Kempen, Turnhout (BE)
  • Voka – Chamber of Commerce of East-Flanders (BE)
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (NL)
  • SNN – Northern Netherlands Alliance, Groningen (NL)
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (UK, to be replaced)
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)
  • TWI Ltd., Cambridge (UK)


Work packages:

  1. Project management
  2. Communication
  3. New business models and strategy development
  4. Better use of technology and development of products
  5. Training, education and recruitment of Industry 4.0 qualified staff


Prof. Dr. Diederich Wermser does teaching and research in the faculty of electrical engineering at Ostfalia UAS. Together with his team and the Ostfalia Knowledge and Technology Transfer he leads the work package "Better use of technology and development of products" . The Allianz für die Region GmbH takes cross-sectional tasks in the work packages "New business models and strategy development" as well as "Training, education and recruitment of Industry 4.0 qualified staff". At the same time they support the project by interfacing with regional enterprises in the field of public relations plus implementation and realisation of innovative tools for launch and use of Industry 4.0 applications. rechteck







Recruiting Young Talent and Retaining Professionals in the Metropolregion

The project "" aims to get people enthusiastic about technology and convince those with an entrance qualification to study engineering. Graduates are retained in the Metropolregion (one of eleven metropolitan regions in Germany) and more engineers are being convinced to work in this area.

In order to achieve these aims, an interactive platform is currently being developed. On this platform the users participate in lectures, discussions, workshops, presentations etc. online. They deal with science and technology in a practice-oriented, transdisciplinary way. As a result, the users are encouraged to study engineering. Additionally, the platform points out attractive career prospects in the Metropolregion.


The project:

  • Cooperation partners: VDI Braunschweiger Bezirksverein e.V. (The Association of German Engineers, regional association in Braunschweig) as well as VDI Bezirksverein Hannover e.V. (regional association in Hannover)

    VDI Braunschweig    VDI Hannover

  • Project funding: Amt für regionale Landesentwicklung (ArL) Leine-Weser (regional development office of Leine-Weser, administrative district in the Federal State Lower Saxony)

    Amt für regionale Landesentwicklung Leine-Weser

  • In collaboration with the Metropolregion (one of eleven metropolitan regions in Germany)


  • Over 20 regional supporters from the educational, scientific, economic and political sector
  • Project duration: 15 April 2018 - 15 April 2021
  • Project budget: approx. €400,000 (half co-payment by the three partners)
  • Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gert Bikker
  • Project coordinator: Angelina Capelle



Your contact person is Angelina Capelle.



Innovation Consulting - Cooperation with the district Wolfenbüttel

Innovation Consultancy - Cooperation with the Wolfenbüttel District

Innovation Consultancy

Cooperation with the Wolfenbüttel District

Innovation is the transformation of an idea into a new product, service, process or business model that significantly adds value to the business and its customers. (quoted after Allied Consultants Europe, 2005)

The aim of the innovation consultancy is to support companies from the Wolfenbüttel district in the development of new products, services and processes. The close cooperation between Ostfalia University and the regional economic support of the district enables small and medium-sized companies to benefit from the know-how in applied research.


You have:

  • a product idea or want to develop innovative processes and services
  • a need for research and development services
  • interest in funding opportunities
  • a need for using laboratories, measuring instruments and machines of the university
  • interest in preparing reports, analyses or experiments
  • skills shortage
  • interest in the latest technology trends
  • a need for in-house seminars
  • interest in degree programmes part-time in industry with integrated vocational training


We offer:

  • a non-binding and confidential consultation
  • arrangement of contacts to experts and partners
  • know-how in applied research and development
  • joint development of solutions
  • transdisciplinary research competence
  • initiation of research and development projects
  • advice on subsidies
  • information and access to the equipment of the university
  • events for companies
  • tailor-made training opportunities
  • arrangement of contacts to persons responsible for degree programmes part-time in industry with integrated vocational training



Your contact person is Katrin Beyer.




Building bridges between two universities and the region’s economy and society

The Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Braunschweig will be jointly strengthening exchanges with the region's businesses. The state of Lower Saxony is funding this to the tune of around €1.5mil. over the next five years.

Together, the two universities were successful in their application for funding for their TransferHub38 concept, which came through the call for proposals “Transfer in Lower Saxony: Strong structures for innovative projects”.

In June the funding notification was handed over by Dr. Sabine Johannsen, Lower Saxony's Secretary of State at the Ministry for Science and Culture, to Ostfalia’s President Professor Rosemarie Karger and Professor Ulrich Reimers, Vice President for University Development and Technology Transfer at the Technical University of Braunschweig.



There are already examples of the long-standing and successful co-operation between the two universities, which the new TransferHub38 hopes to emulate. For example, the joint Entrepreneurship Hub promotes start-up culture, and there is joint advice on funding at EU level, available via the universities’ European Office. Both universities have well-networked, professional services dealing with technology transfer. The TransferHub38 aims to expand the existing structures and link them in a systematic fashion. The partners work intensively in this respect with the local business-promotion entities, and with the region's chambers of commerce and associations.

Two additional staff are to be assigned to TransferHub38

  • to support the exchange of knowledge and technology between science and society and/or industry, and in particular as regards themes involving both universities,
  • to lower barriers to access for companies to university facilities,
  • to increase the visibility of the transfer of knowledge and technology, and
  • to promote spin-offs from the universities.

Additional capacity will be built up in the areas of entrepreneurship, monitoring and science communication, as well as in research marketing.


Views on TransferHub38

Lower Saxony’s Secretary of State for the Ministry of Science and Culture, Dr. Sabine Johannsen, said: “Start-ups, spin-offs, research contracts – there are numerous channels for the transfer of knowledge and technology. Two things are essentially needed: the courage to implement excellent research in innovation, and the optimally close integration of science and industry. Within the Braunschweig area, TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia have been collaborating in the field of transfer for many years now. This collaboration is to be further strengthened with TransferHub38. The aim is to move the existing transfer structures to a new joint structure, and link it up with regional business-promotion entities. I wish the universities great success with this project.”

“To our understanding, transfer is certainly not a one-way street,” said Professor Rosemarie Karger, President of the Ostfalia. “For us, companies are not just customers, but true partners, whose knowledge and experience we can benefit from in our research and development activities, and vice versa. The TransferHub is to be a common entry point, where good ideas are discovered and promoted so that they can eventually be converted into products and services within existing and new companies.”

Professor Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, President of the TU Braunschweig, is pleased to be working with the Ostfalia: “The fact that we can count on the support of local business-promotion institutions, chambers of commerce and associations means that we have a tail wind, and once again speaks to the cohesion seen in the region.”

Professor Ulrich Reimers, Vice President for University Development and Technology Transfer at the Technical University of Braunschweig, explained: “The cooperation between the TU Braunschweig and the Ostfalia around the 'third mission', i.e. universities’ third task, following teaching and research, has been going on for years. TransferHub38 is the logical next step in this respect. I’m pleased that the federal state has recognised the successful cooperation, in the form of funding awarded as the result of a competitive process.”

As Prof. Gert Bikker, Ostfalia's Vice President for Research, Development and Technology Transfer explained: “We are very proud that our application was selected. It represents confirmation that this is a good concept, and we now get the opportunity to further strengthen our successful cooperation with the TU Braunschweig in the field of knowledge and technology transfer. Together, we can achieve significantly more, and promote innovation in the region, by exchanging knowledge/technology with companies and business-promotion entities.”

Jörg Saathoff, from the Technology Transfer Office of the TU Braunschweig, added: “ We are seeing that the transfer of knowledge and technology is increasingly becoming the focus of politics, economics and society, and that it is perceived to be an important part of the mission of a university. It is therefore a logical step to expand the transfer in the region through our project, and to ensure close coordination between the two universities.”

“Our advantage is that we have lots of experience with joint projects, and that all the major players in the region (such as the business-promotion entities of almost all municipalities and local authorities, the chambers of commerce, Allianz für die Region, KIM and VDI) have pledged their support, thanks to the two universities’ existing contacts,” said Kai Hillebrecht, from Ostfalia’s Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department. “ Together we will specifically develop a common portfolio of services for companies, and offer information, advice and a platform for the exchange of ideas from a single source.”



Your contact person is Kai Hillebrecht.

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Future Automotive Technologies in Open Region Lab - ZuFOR

Future Automotive Technologies in Open Region Lab - ZuFOR

With this transdisciplinary research project Ostfalia University pursues to find answers to the urging questions about the future of mobility.

Four research teams from the faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Transport-Sports-Tourism-Media are working in their respective fields of expertise. At the same time the Open Region Lab (ORL) is being built up. Here, project results are presented and discussed in a more general setting. Events like workshops, competitions and meetings are supposed to include external input for the benefit of the project and the university.


The project: 

  • Project start: October 2016
  • Funding amount: €1.4 m
  • Project duration: 4 years
  • Project funding: "Niedersächsisches Vorab" (The Ministry for Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony (MWK) and the Volkswagen Foundation)
  • Project Areas (with cooperative doctoral research studies):
    • Intelligent range extender, electric vehicles, digitisation and vehicle 4.0
      Prof. Dr.-Ing.  X. Liu-Henke | Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    • Development of integral, shiftable security systems,
      Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Bachem | Faculty of Automotive Engineering
    • Light plastic structures in automotive engineering
      Prof. Dr. A. Schmiemann | Faculty of Automotive Engineering
    • Implementation of open networking structures in regional innovation systems
      Prof. Dr. A. Jain | Faculty of Transport-Sports-Tourism-Media
  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. G. Bikker
  • Project coordinator: Gabriele Stiller M.A.
  • The project is funded by

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Your contact person is Gabriele Stiller.



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