Strategic Projects

Current projects


Research building Suderburg

New research building on the Suderburg university campus


The Ostfalia University Campus Suderburg is to receive a new research building with 14 office workplaces and 300 square metres of laboratory space by 2022. This will be made available to the Institute for Sustainable Irrigation and Water Management in Rural Areas, founded in 2019, and thus to inter- and transdisciplinary working groups in cooperation with regional companies, other research institutions and organisations. Through this cooperation, application-oriented research is established. The new building is part of the development of a research infrastructure that focuses on questions of water use, but also on adaptation measures that are made necessary by climate change and extreme weather events. Thus, research activities of the Ostfalia University in the fields of sustainable irrigation, integrated soil and water protection, social transformation processes and regional development in rural areas will be further developed and promoted.


The planned new research building on the Suderburg campus

By complementing the existing research facilities in a targeted manner, high-quality research at regional, national and international level will be made possible, joint research activities of the partners in the respective institutions will be bundled and the visibility of the Ostfalia will be increased. The new building will be financed in particular through research proposals funded by the EFRE, BMBF and DFG.


Your contact person is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Röttcher


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.


 Ostfalia I4.0 Catalog - Demonstrators for Industry 4.0 Technologies


To show various technical possibilities how companies can take steps to digitalization in a way that saves time, resources and costs, the "GrowIn 4.0" project team of the Ostfalia arragend a catalog of demonstrators of some Industry 4.0 Technologies, which gets expanded with time. The  "Ostfalia I4.0 Catalog"  illustrates the digitalization measurements and should be an inducement for companies to see the technolgies of the university in application and talk about possibilities for cooperation of their development.

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


FH-Europa: Regional Network for European Activities and Research at Ostfalia and Harz (weR-NEAR)

The project´s goal is to strengthen the networks between partner Universities which were developed through previous research projects, transfer-activities and lecturer and personnel mobility. The Ostfalia will primarily focus on cooperations and contacts in Finland and Portugal. 

Research focuses will be determined in cooperation with researchers. Cooperative online-workshops with researchers from the University Harz will then be used to compare the set focuses. The goal: German, finnish and portuguese researchers will exchange and discuss ideas regarding the set research focuses and will create networks for cooperative applications within Cluster 2 of Horizon Europe. 

We would gladly shine a light upon you and your research focus, present it on an european level and help you to strengthen networks throughout europe.




Your contact persons are

Yannick Waselkowski

Corinne Motard-Schäfer


Open Mobility Lab

Open Mobility Lab

Björn Thümler presents notification of approval for the construction of the Open Mobility Lab

Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture, Björn Thümler, visited Ostfalia University's Wolfenbüttel campus on August 1st to present the notification of approval for the construction of the Open Mobility Lab. The Open Mobility Lab will be a two-storey building on a plot owned by the federal state within the Wolfenbüttel university campus, with over 600 square metres of flexible research and office space. What is special about it is that, as from the summer semester of 2021, there will be interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research performed here at an international level, in the field of intelligent systems for mobility.



Presentation of the notification of approval: Minister Björn Thümler, President of the Ostfalia Rosemarie Karger and Kai Hillebrecht, Vice Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer.


To ensure high-quality research, targeted additions to existing research equipment are necessary. This includes an EMC anechoic chamber at a cost of approximately €350,000, which will be used for testing electromagnetic compatibility, and a complete vehicle test stand costing around €750,000. The Open Mobility Lab will thus provide attractive research infrastructures for researchers from the Ostfalia and for research partners, for example, those from the industrial sector. Cooperation with project partners, such as Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg and IAV GmbH in Gifhorn, will be strengthened thanks to the construction of the new research building, and will thus contribute to the strengthening of the regional economy.

“With this new building, we are creating a modern research infrastructure, enabling applied research at the highest level,” explained Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture, Björn Thümler.

The new research building, which will cost around €6.3mil., will be financed 50% by the ERDF (approximately €3.15mil.), from federal state funds (approximately €2.47mil.) and also from the university’s own funds (around €680,000). Prof. Dr. Gert Bikker, Ostfalia's Vice President for Research, Development and Technology Transfer will have overall responsibility for the infrastructure project, and will be in charge of the specialist project leadership and organisation at the Wolfenbüttel site.

Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Karger, President of the Ostfalia, is delighted with the approval of the new building: “With the new research building, we are getting state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and are thus considerably improving the opportunities we offer for interdisciplinary research on intelligent concepts for mobility. It is not customary for universities of applied sciences to have a construction approved which is purely for research purposes – this is a first for us. We are therefore pleased particularly, in view of the fact that the space is urgently needed.”



Your contact person is Kai Hillebrecht 




Project Agency

The project agency "Projektagentur Wolfenbüttel" is a joint initiative of the City of Wolfenbüttel, the District of Wolfenbüttel and the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Office for Regional Development (ArL) in Braunschweig. The organisation supports innovative projects regarding regional development and functions as a networking platform for actors from science, business, organisations and municipalities. It enables access to relevant science and research data and builds bridges for their application in companies and society.

The strategic goal of the project agency and the close cooperation with its stakeholders is to identify, stimulate and further develop concrete projects that have a special significance for the development of the city and the district. This cooperative approach intends to make regional life and business more attractive in the short and in the long term.

The project:

  • Project funding: Office for Regional Development in Braunschweig (ArL) (Support programme Zukunftsräume Niedersachsen)
  • Cooperation partners: City of Wolfenbüttel, District of Wolfenbüttel and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • Project duration: 01.11.2020 - 31.10.2023
  • Project budget: € 310,000 / year
  • Project leader:  Michael Strätz
  • Project staff:  Heide Gliß

For further information, please consult the project agency's website (German).

Your contact person is  Dr. Michael Strätz


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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.

Both universities have well-networked, professional services dealing with technology transfer. Furthermore, 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. The TransferHub38 aims to expand the existing structures and link them in a systematic fashion. For this purpose, the transfer strategies of the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Braunschweig will be merged and a new, joint structure will be created.

The core of this new structure is a so-called “One Stop Agency”. In the form of an online platform, it serves as a central contact point for partners from business and society.


The Project:

  • joint project of the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Braunschweig
  • project leaders: Dr. Martina Lange (Ostfalia) and Jörg Saathoff (TU Braunschweig)
  • project duration: 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2024
  • funding volume: approx. 1.5 million euros
  • project funding:

        Land Niedersachsen         VolkswagenStiftung

  • over 10 regional project supporters from business, politics and education


Objectives of the project:

  • to develop a joint online platform as a contact point for partners from business and society (One Stop Agency)
  • to create a joint research and service portfolio
  • to achieve a higher visibility in the region through a joint science communication and joint transfer events
  • to develop concepts for new target groups, motivation and advice for start-ups by the Entrepreneurship Hub
  • continuous monitoring of transfer success factors


The press release on the project start of the TransferHub38 and the handover of the funding decision can be found here.


Your contact persons are

Martina Lange (project leader)

Gabriele Stiller

Theresa Joost

Dagmar Wilgeroth (Entrepreneuship Hub)



TOOL - Development of a toolbox for science communication in EU research proposals and projects

The aim of the project is to develop a toolbox of efficient formats and best practices for science communication in EU projects. This is intended to support researchers in communicating with stakeholders from business, politics and science, but also civil society, and to highlight opportunities as well as benefits of successful communication.


The Project:




Your contact persons are

Yannick Waselkowski

Angelina Capelle


Finished projects

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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 Osfalia 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 official project phase is considered completed since the 30th of September 2020. The measures, offers of cooperation and the developed services will continue to be available. Networking and cooperation in the medium term will remain available with the support of FHnet.



The project: 

  • Project start: February 2015
  • Funding amount: €150,000
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Project extension: May 2017
  • Funding amount: €150,000
  • Project duration: an additional 2 years
  • Project end: March 2019 (extended to July 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.



Consulting and support structures

  • Building the structure (personnel, infrastructure)
  • Needs-oriented range of services
  • Qualification offers / knowledge sharing



Building and maintaining networks

  • Participation in technology platforms






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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

NMWK            Logo_Volkswagenstiftung






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






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