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Bavarian Research Associations

Strong research collaborations with experts from politics and industry

Bavarian Research Associations (Bayerische Foschungsverbünde) are research projects which involve researchers at several locations in Bavaria and usually last for three or six years. Research Associations are set up in response to contemporary affairs or as a direct investment in the future to secure Bavaria’s strength in research and industry. They also involve partners from industry who are actively involved in research in addition to providing funding. The private public partnership ensures that the results of the research are quickly put into practice. Public funding is provided by the Bavarian Research Foundation and the Bavarian Ministries, in particular the Bavarian Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts.

Current Research Associations

The energy reform which is under way in Germany and the associated expansion of volatile renewable energies are leading to an increasingly unstable supply and fluctuating electricity prices. In light of this, companies need to design their factories and production systems in such a way that they are able to react flexibly to the electricity supply. The aim of the FOREnergy Research Association, which is being funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation, is to develop concepts and solutions for energy flexibility in production. Go to website

Although we have more knowledge, money and wealth than ever before, we are facing crises on all levels: individuals are at risk of burning out, organisations and institutions have to constantly reinvent themselves to survive. The financial crisis, energy reform, climate change, fundamentalist wars – we are moving from one upheaval to the next. In the FORChange Research Association, thirteen sub-projects are investigating how different entities react to changes and deal with existential threats using examples ranging from individuals, teams and organisations to systems in economics and law. The ability to cope with these things is defined as resilience. Go to website

The main goal of ForIPS is to establish iPS technology which can be used to develop a model of Parkinson’s disease. The process of reprogramming mature body cells to turn them into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) is one of the most innovative developments in biomedicine which has been made in recent years. The first stage is to reprogramme adult cells from a skin sample taken from the patient to create stem cells – that means putting them back in a state of pluripotency. These cells are then matured in a targeted way to form organ-specific cells. The group working on the ForIPS project studying brain cells which can be created using iPS from patients with Parkinson’s disease, investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms which cause sporadic Parkinson’s syndrome, and researching new forms of treatment. In order to do this, the researchers reprogramme skin cells from Parkinson’s patients and develop them in a laboratory to form neural cells. Go to website

At the , central IT systems were often completely isolated or only communicated with other IT systems to a very limited extent. Over the past few years, the boundaries between systems have become more and more flexible or disappeared completely. Complex, customised attacks on IT systems (e.g. Stuxnet, Duqu or Flame) have shown that there is considerable room for misuse and industrial espionage. Current threats highlight the fact that the currently commonplace three-stage IT security process – consisting of separate stages of preliminary protective measures, fighting off attack, and preserving evidence and post-processing – is not sufficient, as synergies are not fully exploited. FORSEC is taking this as a starting point and combining the three, previously separate parts of the process into a comprehensive, interdisciplinary concept – an integrated security process for connected IT systems. Go to website

The goal of this Research Association is to identify and validate pathogen and host-specific biomarkers and use this information to develop products to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases. At the same time, the project aims to strengthen the interaction between the participating universities and businesses in the area of infection research, and contribute to developing the biotech industry in Bavaria. Go to website

KONWIHR’s primary objectives are to provide technical support for high-performance computers and supercomputers, in particular the Höchstleistungsrechner Bayern (Bavarian Supercomputers), and to increase use of high-performance computing in research and development. Experts from key disciplines, users (particularly from industry) and computing centres are working closely together to achieve these and aim to transfer results efficiently and apply them quickly. Support can be given for courses, research projects, conferences and presentations. Go to website

Past Research Associations