The Fraunhofer-Society is Europe’s largest organization for applied research. The research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. With 85 research institutes around the world mainly focusing on engineering sciences and natural sciences, the Fraunhofer-Society works very closely with industry and cities, developing the technologies for a sustainable future.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), located in Stuttgart, focuses on technology management and systemic integration of business models, technologies, people’s behaviour and regulatory frameworks. The activities of the Fraunhofer IAO focus on investigation of current topics in the field of technology management. A holistic approach is applied to the study of commercial success, employees' interests and social consequences. The Institute helps organizations identify the technologies of relevance to them, and draws up a technology strategy aligned to the competitive environment and the market.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions