Partnership for Innovation
Established in early 2015 as a new advisory group on innovation policy, the High-Tech Forum has given guidance on the development of the Federal Government's current High-Tech Strategy and more broadly on Germany's research and innovation policy.

The remit of the High-Tech Forum up to the end of the current term of government in 2017 is to draw up recommendations for further action and develop strategies on key innovation policy issues. Some of the topics the High-Tech Forum will be considering include:

What are the social and technological developments that will transform the innovation system?

How can the different needs, insights and expertise in society, science and industry be better integrated into research and innovation?

What are the societal and technological areas where there is a particular strong need for research and change?

The Mission of the High-Tech Forum

Presentation with the results in a PDF file:





Better Together: Sustainable Added Value, Prosperity and Quality Lf life in the Digital Age - Innovation Policy Guidelines of the High-Tech Forum
The High-Tech Forum outlines guidelines for the further development of Germany's high-tech strategy as well as for future projects with a high potential for innovation. The approach of a cross-departmental innovation strategy is to expand on the basis of a broader understanding of innovation and a stronger networking of all innovators.
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Bringing Good Ideas To Effect - Implementation Impulses of the High-Tech Forum on the High-Tech Strategy
The High-Tech Forum presents its concrete impetus for the successful implementation of the current high-tech strategy. They are the results of a broad intersectoral dialogue in the High-Tech Forum and its expert forums. The focus is on the promotion of future technologies, talents, competencies and framework conditions.
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The Hightech-Forum in pictures
Photos by David Ausserhofer, Steffen Weigelt, Svea Pietschmann/acatech

The members

Prof. Dr. Reimund
Co-Chair of the High-Tech Forum
Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas
Chair of the High-Tech Forum

The High-Tech Forum has 20 high-level members drawn from science, industry and civil society. Apart from innovative key technologies, the advisory group will take a closer look at relevant cross-cutting issues. For instance, it will explore new forms of how work can be organised to create a stronger focus on the innovative potential, or explore innovative, interactive processes to realise the full potential of digital opportunities. By involving key players from society at large, the High-Tech Forum focuses on a broad and modern concept of innovation. Apart from technological innovation the advisory group will also discuss suitable measures to promote social innovation.

The Members

  • Dr. Wilhelm Krull
    „The collaboration between science and society creates many valuable initiatives for social, ecological and technological innovations.“
    Dr. Wilhelm Krull
    Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation
  • Dr. Heinrich Strunz
    „We aim to make very specific recommendations for helping small and medium-sized companies to become even more innovative and for making the innovation system more effective.“
    Dr. Heinrich Strunz
    Managing Director, LAMILUX
  • Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann
    „We want to show how Germany could become the lead supplier and lead market for autonomous systems.“
    Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann
    President, National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek
    „Germany needs a better framework for establishing new companies and for startups to be able to attract the world's best talents from industry and science.“
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek
    Professor, Department of Physics, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
    „The Expert Forum aims to develop a vision for the future of healthcare in the next decade.“
    Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
    Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Gather
    „The forum consists of experts from sectors that are essential for implementing Germany's High-Tech Strategy. They bring a broad perspective on national and international innovation activities to the table.“
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Gather
    Rector, TU Dortmund University
  • Elke Hannack
    „Our aim is to match scientific knowledge with company practice and to derive recommended actions from this.“
    Elke Hannack
    ⦁ Deputy Chairwoman, German Confederation of Trade Unions
  • Marlehn Thieme
    „The Expert Forum will provide fresh impetus for sustainable management.“
    Marlehn Thieme
    Chairwoman, German Council for Sustainable Development

The High-Tech Forum will examine in more depth selected thematic priorities of the High-Tech Strategy through Expert Forums. It will draw up innovative strategies and outline required actions. It will also identify needs for further research and develop new research and innovation policy instruments.

The Expert Forums

A different take on innovation

Video on the work of the High-Tech Forum (available in German only)