Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour 2019

The Internet of Things, Cyber-physical Systems, and the Future of Manufacturing: Developing Industry 4.0 in Germany
September 22nd to 28th 2019


The Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour 2019 offers insightful on-site visits to universities, research institutes and companies in the field of Industry 4.0, the German government’s initiative to promote the development of data-driven, AI-powered, and connected “smart factories”.

Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world and Europe’s largest industrial producer. In 2016 Germany’s industrial output totalled US$1.050 trillion ( Researchers and industrial partners in Germany build on a profound and long-standing expertise in handling production processes, and on a wealth of data related to these processes. The existing data provides an ideal test bed for studying and integrating new digital and industrial processes. Research in this field is highly sought after and implementing these processes will be of critical importance for future industrial development. This is true not only for large companies but for enterprises of all sizes given that Germany’s industrial output depends to a large extent on a multitude of small and medium sized companies.

This year’s Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour offers a comprehensive and enjoyable opportunity to study important aspects of Industry 4.0, including the close cooperation between academy and industry as well as examples of practical implementation.

Travelling together throughout Germany, the tour’s participants will be offered a close look at the front line of state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 research. At the same time, the tour will inform about interesting research cooperation and employment opportunities. Participating researchers will be able to exchange their ideas with other participants from all over the world, with representatives from German academia and industry, and with us.

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The tour language is English. The planned tour schedule is

22.09.19 Aachen Opening speech and welcome
23.09.19 Aachen RWTH Aachen University: Cluster of Excellence "Internet of Production" (IoP)
24.09.19 Dortmund TU Dortmund: ML2R - The Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr
25.09.19 Verl Beckhoff Automation GmbH
  Lemgo SmartFactoryOWL
26.09.19 Berlin Federal Ministry of Education and Research: World Café on funding and job opportunities
  Potsdam U Potsdam: Research and Application Centre Industry 4.0
27.09.19 Berlin Siemens
28.09.19 Berlin Departure

The detailed schedule and regular updates on the institutions to be visited and related topics (including links) are available here.


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service